The total Packaging, Processing and Supply Chain event PackPlus witnessed the attraction of the industry stalwarts and market regulators from packaging, pharmaceutical, and food industry to discuss about the recent developments related to these sectors.
The new regulations on printing ink for food packaging material shall be in place by July 2019. FSSAI, the country’s apex food regulator, is working on the regulations, and it would take another year-and-a-half for the process to be complete. This was stated by Kumar Anil, advisor, standards, FSSAI, at the International Packaging Conclave-PackPlus, which took place at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi, recently.
“Six months’ time after publishing is mandatory before any regulation comes into force. The regulations can only come into force from either July 1 or January 1. We would be able to publish the regulations by August this year, so the date of implementation effective would be July 1, 2019,” he added.
FSSAI is in process of drafting a regulation which will bring printing inks for food under the scope of the regulatory framework for food packaging.
According to sources, the regulation shall refer to the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) standards for printing inks for food packaging, where there is a list of chemicals which should not be used in printing inks. Ashish Pradhan, chief executive officer, Siegwerk India, said, “It is a big step forward by the regulatory body and will certainly push the industry to move towards healthy and safe packaging.”
The unfavourable toxicology properties of toluene is the reason why global brand owners like General Mills, Nestle, Ferrero, Perfetti and Wrigley’s have already joined this movement of going toluene-free by either restricting or even completely banning the usage of toluene in ink formulations intended for food packaging material of their products. Even various countries have banned toluene. These include China, Sri Lanka and Pakistan.
“Siegwerk India is the first and only printing ink manufacturing company in India to manufacture Swiss- and Nestle-compliant toluene-free inks in a completely toluene-free environment,” Pradhan said.
PackPlus 2018 met with an enthusiastic response from the exhibitors. Mr. Tushar Mathur, Dy. Manager, Exports, from Paharpur 3P shared their post-event note.” It was a great experience to be a party of Packplus-18 and we look forward for the participation in the next year with a plan to exhibit with more solutions and the latest technology”. Paharpur 3P showcased their flexible packaging laminates/pouches.
According to Mr. Gaurav Bansal, Director – Marketing, Kiran Consultants Pvt Ltd, “We met with our target audience engaged in the manufacturing of Flexibles, labels, mono-cartons, lamitubes, Woven sacks. We have finalized with a label converter at Ahmedabad. This was our third participation at Packplus, New Delhi and we have already finalized for the next year.”
Their product/technology showcased was?production and marketing software solutions for the packaging and label manufacturing industry, mobile apps for the marketing team, CRM as SaaS Service over cloud.
We have been associated with Packplus for quite some time now & it has always been a great experience to be a part of the show as an Exhibitor. The footfalls were prominent and we got to see many new exhibitors this time.
Considering the increased level of competition in this industry, Mr. Ram Grover, Managing Director, Elesa and Ganter India Pvt. Ltd. said, “Exhibitions like Packplus help us in reaching out to a larger segment under one platform. We gain an insight into the latest technological developments and get an opportunity to initiate business relationships with the new Prospects”.
PackPlus provides the opportunity to attendees to share the platform with representatives and professionals from package development, production and procurement industries and to generate sales leads and to establish business relationship with potential clients. With its wide range the exhibition, the exhibition is an excellent opportunity to get an overview of the latest products and trends, and to make business contacts.
Commenting on the participating the next year he says, “You will see us in the next edition of Packplus with our wide range of standard machine elements and new innovations on display”.
Elesa and Ganter India at Packplus showcased their wide range of Standard Machine Elements along with the specially designed range for Packaging Industry.
They even launched their NEW GENERAL CATALOGUE (048) with the detailed information on 60,000 product codes; a new single volume for over 60,000 product codes, always at your hand.