Packaging Conference on Recycling of Materials

Recycling and Sustainability of Packaging Materials: Facts, Myths and Way Forward will be the theme of the one-day annual national packaging conference, which is slated to take place in Hyderabad’s Hotel Grand Kakatiya on Friday.

It will be organised by Indian Institute of Packaging (IIP) Hyderabad, the local chapter of the apex body of the packaging industries in India, which was set up by the Indian packaging and allied industries and the Government of India, Ministry of Commerce, with the objective of improving packaging standards in India.

Rajeshwar Tiwari, special chief secretary, environment, forests, science and technology, Government of Telangana; Ajit Singh, chairman, ACG Worldwide, and Madan Mohan Reddy, director, Aurobindo Pharma Ltd, are expected to grace and inaugurate the function. This was stated by Gaurav Madhu, joint director, IIP Hyderabad, in a press note issued in the city.

The objective of the conference is to learn, and share from each other’s experiences, some of  the issues and challenges that confront the industry.

It is anticipated that the packaging industry in India will reach $73.6 billion by 2020. It is predicted to grow at the rate of 18 per cent annually. The flexible packaging sector is growing at 25 per cent and the rigid packaging sector at 15 per cent.

The per capita consumption of packaging in India is significantly lower than the global average.  So, several multinational companies are being attracted to the Indian market due to the strong long-term growth prospects of the packaging market.  “Packaging, especially plastic packaging, is valuable, and should be recycled wherever possible. In India, approximately 65 per cent of the plastic waste is recycled, which is much higher in comparison to advanced countries,” the release stated.

Dr Tanweer Alam, additional director, professor and head, laboratories, IIP Mumbai, will deliver the opening remarks. Vagish Dixit, chairman, IIP Hyderabad, will explain the theme of the conference.About 250 delegates comprised of packaging professionals both from the government and private organisations, students and policy makers are expected to participate in the same. The conference is organised in support with the World Packaging Organisation and the Asian Packaging Federation.

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