AI, Automation will change the working style of the industry: Expert

On the third day of IntraPac India 2024 on 16 March, a conference was organised on AI and automation for sustainable packaging and printing industry by Indian Institute of Packaging (IIP) and Indian Printing Packaging & Allied Machinery Manufacturers Association (IPAMA).

18 Mar 2024 | By Aakash Mudgal

The speakers at the panel discussion

Dignitaries and guests present at the conference were Prof (Dr) Tanweer Alam, additional director and RO, IIP Delhi and in-charge IIP Lucknow, Jaiveer Singh, president, IPAMA, Vinay Kumar Gupta, general secretary, IPAMA, Suresh Kumar, treasurer, IPAMA, Arpit Agarwal, managing director, Epacflexi, Rachit Mittal, MD, Bagmann, Mayank Shekhar, founder, Shekharson Technologies, Sudhir Kumar, former advisor Niti Ayog, Mukesh Goel, director, Gopsons Papers, Ashok Marwah, associate vice-president, Mark Emballage and Nagesh Bakshi, CMD, Bashir Mark.

Speaking at the conference Alam praised the efforts being made by the IIP and IPAMA to strengthen and to ensure the sustainable development of the Indian printing and packaging industry. He said, “As we all know, AI is the latest emerging trend and the future of technology, the use of artificial intelligence in printing and packaging will give new insights.”

He added that the use of AI will also help in resolving the issues related to the environment. “It can optimise packaging designs for recycling, and reducing waste. Automation in packaging machines enables efficient resource utilisation. AI and automation can take the industry to new heights as they can create unbeatable designs for various purposes according to consumer preferences and market trends. AI Technology allows much faster and more efficient recycling by identifying different types of waste and more precise sorting of recycled materials,” he said.

Arpit Agarwal emphasised the need for sustainability in the printing and packaging industry. He said, “The printing and packaging industry needs to focus on reducing the amount of waste being generated, lowering the carbon footprint of products and several other issues by adopting sustainable practices to compete at the world level. Sustainable packaging also aligns with consumer values and attracts new customers as it comprises innovative design approach that optimise packaging efficiency.”

A special delegation of around 30 delegates from Bhutan was also invited by the IIP for the conference.

Sudhir Kumar, former advisor, Niti Ayog, conclusively highlights the initiatives and various schemes launched by the Indian government to support and strengthen the printing and packaging industry.

He said, “The Indian packaging industry is experiencing remarkable growth, expected to grow tremendously by 2025. Packaging is among the high-growth industries in India, the packaging market size is expected to be at USD 1.33-trillion by 2028. According to my experience and knowledge, I can say that the Indian printing and packaging industry will be the paramount and the driving force of the world Industries. Use of AI and automation can expeditiously boost up the growth of the industry.”