Indian Label Directory Limited Edition

Friday, November 30, 2012

INDIA PACK 2013 poised towards ‘Packaging for Economic Growth’


A common Proverb says, “Old is Gold”. This statement is absolutely true while, we talk about India Pack, an oldest packaging show of India which has achieved the recognition as a versatile event in this part of the world.

In order to make an exposure to the packaging community about availability of various opportunities, technologies & their application, India Pack is being one of the effective event for time and again. Considering this fact, the Institute has been organizing International Packaging Exhibition since 1987 to showcase about the latest trends, development of packaging materials, machinery and system mainly for the benefit of packaging converters, machinery sector and user industry.

In the same line, Institute is organizing the next International Packaging Exhibition under the banner India Pack 2013 at Bombay Exhibition Centre, Goregaon, Mumbai during 28-31 January 2013 with a theme of ‘Packaging for Economic Growth’. This exhibition will prove to be a unique platform for the packaging and allied industries to showcase about the development of newer packaging materials including various primitive packaging media.

The Institute had also formulated a series of road shows for this event. The first launch cum press meet was held in Mumbai at the end of March 2012 with overwhelming response followed series of launches at Delhi, Chennai & Kolkata. The event is also well promoted overseas.

On the backdrop of India Pack, several other value added concurrent events are also planned such as International Summit for Packaging Industry (ISPI2013), Indiastar & Pacmachine Award Ceremony, International Buyer Sellers’ Meet, Exhibitors Forum, Packnite & many more to go. The response to all these events have been very enthusiastic and overwhelming making India Pack the most eagerly awaited event. We are grateful to all the participants, delegates, several Industry associations & Government of India for their continued patronage in making this event a success.  

With this background, may I invite all the packaging fraternity to come forward, participate in the forthcoming India Pack 2013 exposition to make a landmark success for the benefit of packaging industry in terms of business growth and overall economy of the country.

With the same encouraging support and co-operation from the industry and allied sectors, surely we can aim for the most awaited mega show “India Pack 2013”. So mark your dates and look forward to see you in India Pack 2013.

Labels India is one of the Media Sponsors to the show. See us there…



Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Asian Paints expresses immense satisfaction with P.E. Labellers's labelling machines

The largest Indian paint manufacturing site being the third one from the dimensional point of view in the whole Asian territory (last year, this manufacturer has added fifteen new production lines), has expressed its satisfaction with the systems P.E. Labellers supplied them with in 2009; in 2011, the company bought eleven new machines being the same as the previously supplied ones.

The orientation systems being mounted on P.E. Labellers's labelling machines are among the most effective systems in the market; if combined with plates handling systems by means of integrated servo drives, such systems are able to ensure an excellent application quality, even in case of special containers.

The aforementioned orientation systems can also be utilized without combining them with labelling stations. As example we can mention the eleven orientation systems Asian Paints - India - has been supplied with. They are equipped with a system consisting of five centring cameras + one print control camera and integrated servo drives; such orientation systems are able to orientate containers at a speed = 8,000p/h. This is the evidence P.E. Labellers is willing to meet even the most demanding customer needs.
Five linear self-adhesive Packlab labellers have also been installed in production lines for 10 and 20 litre buckets, along with the eleven machines supplied by P.E. Labellers. Packlab labellers apply the label onto empty containers; they have a dual orientation system equipped with cameras, thermal transfer overprinting, label presence inspection equipment (also equipped with camera) as well as rejection of all non-conforming containers. Packlab also recently supplied Asian Paints with three labelling machines same as the aforementioned ones.

Asian Paints and many other customers derive benefit from having both companies as one and only supplier: common spare parts and personnel training, effective and timely customer service, reliability and professional competence of two leading companies having a several years' experience in the bottling machines sector.

World Label Awards restructured


Finat, the worldwide association representing the interests of the self-adhesive labelling industry, announces that the L9 has decided to substantially restructure the 'World Label Awards' competition. It is also launching the 'Best-of-the-Best' contest. The L9 is the alliance of global label associations, formulating policies and strategic information in connection with global matters affecting the worldwide label industry.

The World Label Awards (WLA) began in 1991 as an informal 'Ryder Cup' like contest between the associations of Europe (Finat) and North America (TLMI), both of which have well-established regional competitions. In the course of the years other regional associations joined. Geographies that are currently participating include TLMI (North America), JFLP (Japan), LMAI (India), LATMA (Australia), SALMA (New Zealand), PEIAC (China) and FINAT (Europe). With ABIEA (Brazil) and Ametiq (Mexico), Latin America is expected to follow soon.

The changes agreed upon at the L9 meeting in Chicago at Labelexpo Americas last September reflect the evolution of label markets and label converting technology. The new format of the World Label Awards comprises 22 classes which recognizes 'technical excellence' in the different technologies as the main differentiator. The exception being the wine and spirits class, which has separate classes within those technologies. All other segments compete against each other. This arrangement gives many other converters an opportunity to win an award.

The 22 category winners for 2012 were selected by a panel, chaired by Tony White (FINAT), which also consisted of one nominee from each participating association. The winners will be announced in February next year.

The 22 category winners were also the finalists of a new, prestigious L9 'Best-of-the-Best' global awards to be celebrated annually on the occasion of the Labelexpo shows held in September.

The 'L9 Best-of-the-Best' awards, destined to become the 'Oscars of the label industry', will honour the most outstanding labels in each of the 5 major label printing technologies:

  • Flexography
  • Letterpress
  • Offset Litho
  • Combination Printing
  • Digital Printing
The first L9 Best-of-the-Best awards will be presented during the Labelexpo Global Awards gala on the first evening of Labelexpo Europe 2013 in Brussels.

Lithotech Labels Orders two Rotocontrol RSD Finishing Machines


Rotocon has announced the receipt of a purchase order from Lithotech Labels for two Rotocontrol RSD 340mm web width die cutting, slitting/rewinding finishing machines.

Lithotech Labels is a division of Bidvest Paperplus (Pty) Ltd, a division of the Bidvest Group of companies, and provides a total range of functional and decorative labels including self-adhesive labels for addressing envelopes, jars, bottles and punnets. Their solutions include the supply of specialised equipment that is associated with the use of labels, such as bar-code printers and scanners, as well as tagging systems for the manufacturing, industrial or retail sectors.

"The pre-sale discussions and product recommendation was a team effort involving myself, and Patrick and Pascal Aengenvoort of Rotocont," comments Michael Aengenvoort, Business Development Manager of Rotocontrol. "We are honoured to be awarded this considerable order from Lithotech Labels, a prestigious converter in South Africa."

Flint Group announces Narrow Web Print Award winners


Label converters from around the world participated in the eighth annual Flint Group Narrow Web Print Awards competition in September 2012.  Entries were submitted from several countries, including the United States, Italy, China, Argentina and Brazil.  Label submissions utilized a wide range of technologies – UV flexo, water-based flexo, UV screen, special effect inks, and coatings.  And, new in 2012, a category dedicated to UV flexo low migration food packaging!

"The Print Awards continue to be a fantastic tribute to our global customers who demonstrate the most creative use of colour, design, and materials in narrow web label printing," explains Niklas Olsson, Flint Group Narrow Web Global Brand Manager. 

He continues, "Each year we receive anywhere from 60 to over 100 print samples for judging; you can only imagine the excellence in print we see from all around the world!  Our team is thrilled each year to see what printers are doing – how they continue to push the boundaries of printing; how they use our inks to create their works of art."

Awards were presented in eight different categories in September 2012 – all print submissions using inks, coatings and specialty products supplied by Flint Group Narrow Web. The winners included:
  •  ACM S.r.l (Italy)
  • Shanghai Komark Labels & Labelling (China)
  • Smyth Companies LLC (U.S.A.)
  • Autopack SA (Argentina)
  • Labelcrafters (U.S.A.)
  • Prakolar Rotulos Autoadhesivos (Brazil)
  • Consolidated Label Company (U.S.A.)

Mike Buystedt, VP Sales Narrow Web North America had this to say, "Judging the label submissions is a great challenge, which is taken very seriously.  Many times, we have to choose between several outstanding print samples in the same category; we have to look to the most intricate detail that sets one great print apart from another.  In some of these cases, we give honourable mention to designs that are a close second."

Criteria for judging followed the guidelines that are standards set by the industry associations FINAT and TLMI and included: registration, smoothness of dot/vignette, overall print quality, and degree of difficulty.  The judges also reviewed each label for creative use of inks and colour – rewarding those prints that exhibit extra-ordinary use of inks.

The Narrow Web Print Awards will continue in 2013 at Labelexpo Brussels in September.  Narrow Web converters from around the world are encouraged to submit printed samples and join this friendly and professional competition of colourful use of inks, design, and print.

Lohmann announces New Distributor for Indonesia


One of the world's leading providers of adhesive solutions, Lohmann GmbH & Co. KG announced the appointment of Flexo Plate Digital, as a Partner of Lohmann, an official distributor of DuploFLEX plate mounting tapes for flexo printing in Indonesia.

"Lohmann is excited to partner with Flexo Plate Digital – they are a recognized leader in Indonesia for flexographic reproduction and package design services for multinational FMCG companies" stated Michael Boerner, Regional Sales Manager, Lohmann Asia Pacific.

"Indonesia's flexo printers and converters can now take advantage of Flexo Plate Digital's one stop solution for plates and tapes and technical support in order to improve print quality and shorter delivery time with its local inventory management system. We are pleased to make Lohmann tapes more widely available in the Indonesia's flexo community."
This partnership is the latest expansion for Lohmann in the Asia Pacific market. Lohmann products and services are already distributed in Singapore, Thailand, Australia, and New Zealand.

"Lohmann's DuploFLEX will provide a powerful addition to Flexo Plate Digital's portfolio of flexographic products and services," says Eric Oh, CEO of Flexo Plate Digital.  "Lohmann's award winning tapes will provide Indonesian flexo printers and converters with a wide range of tools and reliable solution to process the most demanding jobs that would set them apart from the rest."

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Labelexpo India 2012 exceeded all previous visitor and exhibitor numbers.

Labelexpo India 2012, which was held in Pragati Maidan, New Delhi between 29 October and 1 November, has enjoyed its most successful edition in its 10 year history. Underlining the show’s importance in the region’s fast growing label and package printing industry, Labelexpo India 2012 exceeded all previous visitor and exhibitor numbers.

Attracting 8,049 show visitors, attendance figures were up 33% on 2010’s event total of 6,054. Occupying its largest footprint since being founded in 2002, Labelexpo India 2012 featured over 200 local and international exhibitors including 49 first time participants; up from just over 150 in 2010. In addition, the show organizers also reported that 53% of exhibitors had already confirmed their participation at Labelexpo India 2014 before the show closed. Many have committed to bigger stalls at the next edition.

A significant platform for new product launches, Labelexpo India 2012 saw the unveiling of over 20 new presses which were demonstrated live on the show floor. Business was brisk across the show’s four days with many exhibitors reporting on-site sales including Nilpeter and Mark Andy each selling two machines and Epson also reporting strong sales.

Again playing host to the LMAI Avery Dennison Label Awards, Labelexpo India was also supported by the Label Manufacturers Association of India (LMAI), All India Federation of Master Printers (AIFMP), Hologram Manufacturers Association of India (HOMAI), Delhi Printers' Association and all of the country’s key printing and packaging magazines.

Jade Grace, event director, Labelexpo India commented: “We would like to thank everyone involved including our association and media partners with Labelexpo India for their unfailing support and contribution in making 2012’s show the largest and best yet. The show’s four full days have been exceptional and the atmosphere in the venue was vibrant and upbeat as the aisles were packed.”

She continues: “The Indian label industry has made substantial advances in adopting new technology and investing in innovation, training and sustainable growth since we were last here in 2010. With label and package printing converters spending wisely on top quality machines, materials and ancillaries, the future of India’s label industry is undeniably strong with so many opportunities to benefit from. With new prospects emerging for label and packaging printers as the retail sector opens up through FDI and a growing interest in digital technologies, we look forward to returning in 2014 to see how much more this exciting market place has developed and grown.”

Quotes from Labelexpo India 2012:
Chris Chappel, sales engineer, Edale: “Edale exhibited alongside our Indian agent Printers Supply Co and report it to be the ‘best show of the Indian series so far’. Over the four show days, visitor numbers were consistently high and visits to the Edale stand exceeded prior expectations; the level of enquiries were up by 37% compared to the Labelexpo India 2010 show. We received a high volume of machine enquiries and quotes requested and I am confident that we will convert a good majority of these enquiries into sales and future partnerships in the coming months.”

Ajay Mehta, SMI Coated Products Pvt Ltd: “SMI Coated Products has been participating at Labelexpo India from the very beginning. The show is improving every time and it was bigger, better and very well organized with purposeful delegates attending the show. Our friends from the Industry were clear in their requirements and confident in the discussions. With the clearance of FDI in retail segment by the Indian Government, the industry’s future is indeed very bright and Labelexpo has been a key motivator towards the growth of this sector. Our participation has always been very fruitful and this year was no exception. The LMAI awards night was a fitting finale to the show. We will all miss Mike Fairley at future shows. A respectful bow, from all of us, to the Label Guru!”

Ram Prasad S M, deputy general manager, Epson India Pvt Ltd: “Epson India was present for the first time at Labelexpo India 2012 and we are very glad with the experience gained through this event. We were able to showcase our digital Sure Press – L4033AW for the first time in India and the excitement the product elicited among converters was really amazing. The high point for us was the sale of our first Sure Press L4033AW to Sai Packaging for its Bangalore Unit. Making our first sale to one of the most respected pioneers, who are considered the benchmark for quality in the packaging industry, was extremely gratifying for us. Labelexpo India helped us to introduce the future of label printing to the industry with the requisite impact.”

Samir Patkar, Gallus: “I felt the show was good, bigger, better and managed to pull some quality customers. The quality of the show is getting better every two years. Labelexpo India 2012 did well in projecting new trends and opportunities within the Indian label industry. It was a good platform to connect with label printers and understand their requirements and challenges in their daily business. As always our partners supported us very well. The show gave Gallus a good platform to reinforce our commitment to the Indian markets especially with our newly formed Gallus India team. Yes, we did finalize a few orders and have a challenging task ahead of us to follow up on new projects. I would like to congratulate Labelexpo for a well-organized show.”

Manish Hansoti, managing director, S. Kumar Multi Products Pvt. Ltd - national distributor for Zonten Machinery: “Labelexpo India 2012 was a great show and visitors were serious about their requirements. The 30th and 31st of October were so hectic that I could not take lunch and was busy for entire duration of the show! I have visited many exhibitions for labels in other countries  but this time everything  was very well done by exhibitors and all the arrangements were just fantastic. We are expecting great business from the visitors. We were delighted to book two flexo presses during the exhibition so it was a great event for us. We wish all success to Labelexpo team for future events.”

Chinmay Samanta, Inkstream: "Inkstream received many new leads on UV flexo inks and water based inks at Labelexpo India 2012. Inkstream has become a strategic channel partner of Ashland Inc for India. The products of Ashland are well known in global label market. UV-curable varnishes, adhesives and special effect coatings from Ashland have received a very good response from narrow web flexo label printers."

Tilkesh Jathan, senior manager – marketing, Kaygee Loparex India Private Limited: Congratulations over the success of Labelexpo India 2012. You guys have lived up to our expectations. Many new sales leads were generated. There could have been no better opportunity to broadcast our new innovations than at Labelexpo India 2012. Your show was organized very professionally, which is attested by the fact that you have added another hall for 2014 and the advance bookings you have received for it already.”

Sandeep Nahata, marketing director, Khushboo Scientific Pvt. Ltd: “Labelexpo India 2012 was a great show to participate in and enough leads were generated through visitors from different industries like label, sticker, graphic printing etc who visited our stall and discussed their requirements which are valuable to us. We hope to receive worthy response and do good business.”

Abraham S Prabhakar, Kodak India Private Limited: “Labelexpo India 2012 was an excellent trade show and was well organized. My heartiest congratulations go to the Labelexpo team for a job well done. We saw a good quality of footfall and visitors to the show. Labelexpo India 2012 also had a good range of exhibitors. Relevant and key packaging customers were targeted and invited, and this made a huge difference to the trade show’s performance. For Kodak, we had a very good footprint, serious enquiries and order closure with a pretty good ROI. We are happy to have participated in this show and look forward to the next Labelexpo venture.”

Anuj Bhargava, CEO, Kumar Labels: “It was our very first time participating at Labelexpo India as an exhibitor. Being a label printer we couldn’t imagine making a machine ourselves, but the success at the show really encouraged us. Our stall was almost always busy and we had a tremendous response to “HassleFree Technologies NB-330 Intermittent (semi-rotary) die-cutting machine”. We thank the Labelexpo team for making this event a great success for us.”

David Ho, Martin Automatic: “Martin Automatic has participated in Labelexpo India from the beginning, and 2012 was the best show yet. Leaders in the Indian label industry have responded favorably to Martin’s non-stop unwind and rewind solutions. Leading printers and converters in this region are modernizing their production models to become more efficient by reducing material, energy, ink and labor costs. And sustainable practices are becoming increasingly important in the region. Martin is pleased to be considered an integral part of the new standards that are becoming a reality among India’s manufacturing leaders.”

Nilesh Mehta, director, Maxcess India: “This was the first time we have participated at Labelexpo India 2012 and there was quite a good response from the market for our new web guiding system FIFE 500. We have received enquiries directly from end users directly, instead of OEM. Quality and services are main concerns regardless of price. We had five positive enquiries, 27 leads will be great for first time participation.”

Vinod Krishnamurthy Iyer, managing director, Mimaki Kanphor India Pvt Ltd: “Labelexpo India 2012 was a well-organized show. It’s a specialized show targeting a particular clientele in the packaging industry and makes it quite interesting to find industry and application specific clients. We have received a good number of enquiries and we believe this is positive result. For us it’s not about quantification but quality of leads so we can genuinely generate sales. The actual outcome will give us confidence to be once again there with label expo and build the market opportunity.”

T P Jain , MD, Monotech Systems: “Chennai based Monotech Systems Limited showcased its own manufactured JETSCI YUV high speed UV industrial inkjet system for printing variable data information, two another models were also launched for Aqueous and MICR inks based systems. We participated for the first time at Labelexpo India 2012 and overall it has been very successful launch of the JETSCI YUV. Several hundred visitors were given live demonstrations of the press and we received an overwhelming response. We have dozens of validated leads from the show and hoping to convert them into business very soon.”

Jakob Landberg, sales & marketing director, Nilpeter: “The many visitors at the Nilpeter stall were impressed with the locally built 10-colour FB-3300S press. The FB-3300S is recognized in the industry as a robust workhorse designed to produce labels of superior quality. Nilpeter experienced excellent business at Labelexpo India 2012 with the sale of two machines. India has tremendous potential to be one of the fastest growing markets in the world. Both appearance and attendance improve steadily show on show. Nilpeter is proud to support the event and the strategic important Indian label industry.”

Federico d’Annunzio Nuova GIDUE: “The Labelexpo “brand” worldwide means for GIDUE always well-organized exhibitions, growth of the industry, quality of the attendance. Labelexpo India 2012 confirms our expectation: we had crowds of visitors at our demonstrations of our M1 press, every hour and every day. We could sell two presses at the show, with further dozens of really interested leads to follow. We have introduced to the Indian converters the full GIDUE range; seven press lines, eight printing and converting technologies. And we count on future Labelexpo shows to confirm our leadership in labels and packaging printing and converting machines.”

Per Lövgren, international sales manager, Swedev AB: “Swedev AB has great expectations for sales in the Indian market. Despite all the talk of economic crises we can see an increase in incoming orders. In Labelexpo India 2012, we had visitors from India, Sri Lanka, U.A.E., Kazakhstan and Africa.  We can see big potential to grow our sales in India and the rest of the Asian region.”

Nicolai Bisgaard, sales manager, Vetaphone: “We had a very successful show at Labelexpo India 2012 and received a great response for the launch of the Technology Bar with Weldon Celloplast. We closed several orders for new equipment and received a lot of interesting leads. Overall, it was a very positive show.”

Kishore Kumar P S, manager marketing, Webtech Engineering (P) Ltd: “We had a very good show at Labelexpo India 2012 where we have launched our new generation flexo printing machine Flexomaster S340. We had good number of visitors and quality enquires and leads. The visitor profile was also very specific which helped us exploring more opportunities and all the enquires were related to the planned industry and product we displayed. The business generated was really good and we would be looking forward for the next show. The organizers have done a good job in managing the show very professionally.”

Harveer Singh, managing director, Weldon Celloplast Limited: “It was an amazing and vibrant show. One stroll around, left visitors in awe! The quality of the spread, ambience, and the diverse offerings from a global list of renowned suppliers of materials, toolings, equipment and printing presses made it a wholesome treat for the label printing fraternity. Truly a show, that was the best Labelexpo India so far.Weldon struck many deals.”

Filip Weymans, Xeikon: “Recent developments in the Indian market will accelerate the domestic growth and that inspired people to attend Labelexpo India 2012. It makes the show the perfect platform for Indian label printers and we saw great interest in flexo plate making ThermoFlexX equipment and digital printing, Xeikon 3000 Series.”


Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Wintek Labels, Bengaluru achieves HD Certification


Wintek Flexo Prints, a leading Indian label printer and converter has achieved the HD Certification from Esko by upgrading its flexo equipment, software and processes to makes plates of higher quality for more consistent print than the standard digital flexo plates that it made earlier. Hoshi Deboo, President, Esko Asia Pacific conferred the HD Certification to the leading Indian label printer Wintek Flexo Prints in Bangalore on September 28, 2012. Hoshi Deboo highlighted “Wintek is a valued partner which is always interested in upgrading to meet the tough quality expectations of their global customers and we are delighted to provide Wintek, Esko’s innovative solutions to meet the best in class global requirements”

On this occasion, Gururaj Ballarwad, managing partner Wintek said, “Meeting the demand for high quality labels was challenging in an industry where print buyers (CPC/FMCG) are informed about what to expect in a market that is globalised. HD Flexo from Esko came in very handy to Wintek as a natural progression to the investments made in prepress few years back. We have seen enormous improvement in the quality of labels and most importantly achieved consistent production. Esko has been our trusted prepress partner as they connect with the needs of a printer and have the solutions to overcome the limitations in flexo printing.”

HD Flexo by Esko combines 4000 dpi HD optics with unique printing screening technologies to achieve sharper and more accurate imaging on CDI imaging devices. The high-resolution optics deliver sharper imaging of text and lines and more clearly defined, better shaped screen dots. The higher resolution imaging on the CDI creates a textured surface on the plate, improving ink lay-down and increasing ink density on the final print. The result is improved image richness and contrast especially helpful for reproduction with white underprints and for Pantone colors.

Wintek Labels is a long time Esko customer with an Esko CDI 2530 with in-line UV curing and workflow software consisting of DeskPack, Flexotools, Plato, FlexRip that will be upgraded to Esko’s Suite 12 shown at drupa. Wintek has in addition, upgraded their DuPont flexo plate solvent processor to DuPont’s Thermal Fast processor.

Wintek Flexo Prints, a leading Indian label printer started as a pre-press house and later diversified to label printing under the direction of partners Gururaj Ballarwad and K M Shahul Hameed paid dividends. Continuous investment in the latest state of the art technology has made Wintek one of the best known names in label printing and converitng in South India. The company has won numerous awards for excellence not only in India but also at the global level. In 2011, the company was acquired by Hyderabad based ITW Signode.

Headquartered in Gent, Belgium and with R&D and manufacturing facilities in five European countries, the United States, China and India; Esko is a global supplier of integrated solutions for packaging, commercial printing and other industries. The worldwide market leader with software for artwork creation, structural design, pre-production, workflow automation, quality assurance and online collaboration, Esko solutions support and manage the packaging and print processes at brand owners, retailers, designers and packaging manufacturers. 

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Labelexpo India buoyed by record visitor numbers


Labelexpo India 2012, which was held in Pragati Maidan, New Delhi between 29 October and 1 November, has enjoyed its most successful edition in its 10 year history. Underlining the show’s importance in the region’s fast growing label and package printing industry, Labelexpo India 2012 exceeded all previous visitor and exhibitor numbers.

Attracting 8,049 show visitors, attendance figures were up 33% on 2010’s event total of 6,054. Occupying its largest footprint since being founded in 2002, Labelexpo India 2012 featured over 200 local and international exhibitors including 49 first time participants; up from just over 150 in 2010. In addition, the show organizers also reported that 53% of exhibitors had already confirmed their participation at Labelexpo India 2014 before the show closed. Many have committed to bigger stalls at the next edition.

A significant platform for new product launches, Labelexpo India 2012 saw the unveiling of over 20 new presses which were demonstrated live on the show floor. Business was brisk across the show’s four days with many exhibitors reporting on-site sales including Nilpeter and Mark Andy each selling two machines and Epson also reporting strong sales.

Again playing host to the LMAI Avery Dennison Label Awards, Labelexpo India was also supported by the Label Manufacturers Association of India (LMAI), All India Federation of Master Printers (AIFMP), Hologram Manufacturers Association of India (HOMAI), Delhi Printers' Association and all of the country’s key printing and packaging magazines.

Jade Grace, event director, Labelexpo India commented: “We would like to thank everyone involved including our association and media partners with Labelexpo India for their unfailing support and contribution in making 2012’s show the largest and best yet. The show’s four full days have been exceptional and the atmosphere in the venue was vibrant and upbeat as the aisles were packed.”

She continues: “The Indian label industry has made substantial advances in adopting new technology and investing in innovation, training and sustainable growth since we were last here in 2010. With label and package printing converters spending wisely on top quality machines, materials and ancillaries, the future of India’s label industry is undeniably strong with so many opportunities to benefit from. With new prospects emerging for label and packaging printers as the retail sector opens up through FDI and a growing interest in digital technologies, we look forward to returning in 2014 to see how much more this exciting market place has developed and grown.”

Quotes from Labelexpo India 2012:

Chris Chappel, sales engineer, Edale: “Edale exhibited alongside our Indian agent Printers Supply Co and report it to be the ‘best show of the Indian series so far’.  Over the four show days, visitor numbers were consistently high and visits to the Edale stand exceeded prior expectations; the level of enquiries were up by 37% compared to the Labelexpo India 2010 show. We received a high volume of machine enquiries and quotes requested and I am confident that we will convert a good majority of these enquiries into sales and future partnerships in the coming months.”

Ram Prasad S M, deputy general manager, Epson India Pvt Ltd: “Epson India was present for the first time at Labelexpo India 2012 and we are very glad with the experience gained through this event. We were able to showcase our digital Sure Press – L4033AW for the first time in India and the excitement the product elicited among converters was really amazing. The high point for us was the sale of our first Sure Press L4033AW to Sai Packaging for its Bangalore Unit. Making our first sale to one of the most respected pioneers, who are considered the benchmark for quality in the packaging industry, was extremely gratifying for us. Labelexpo India helped us to introduce the future of label printing to the industry with the requisite impact.”

Samir Patkar, Gallus: “I felt the show was good, bigger, better and managed to pull some quality customers. The quality of the show is getting better every two years. Labelexpo India 2012 did well in projecting new trends and opportunities within the Indian label industry. It was a good platform to connect with label printers and understand their requirements and challenges in their daily business. As always our partners supported us very well. The show gave Gallus a good platform to reinforce our commitment to the Indian markets especially with our newly formed Gallus India team. Yes, we did finalize a few orders and have a challenging task ahead of us to follow up on new projects. I would like to congratulate Labelexpo for a well-organized show.”

Chinmay Samanta, Inkstream: "Inkstream received many new leads on UV flexo inks and water based inks at Labelexpo India 2012. Inkstream has become a strategic channel partner of Ashland Inc for India. The products of Ashland are well known in global label market. UV-curable varnishes, adhesives and special effect coatings from Ashland have received a very good response from narrow web flexo label printers."

Tilkesh Jathan, senior manager – marketing, Kaygee Loparex India Private Limited: “Congratulations over the success of Labelexpo India 2012. You guys have lived up to our expectations. Many new sales leads were generated. There could have been no better opportunity to broadcast our new innovations than at Labelexpo India 2012. Your show was organized very professionally, which is attested by the fact that you have added another hall for 2014 and the advance bookings you have received for it already.”

Sandeep Nahata, marketing director, Khushboo Scientific Pvt. Ltd: “Labelexpo India 2012 was a great show to participate in and enough leads were generated through visitors from different industries like label, sticker, graphic printing etc who visited our stall and discussed their requirements which are valuable to us. We hope to receive worthy response and do good business.”

Abraham S Prabhakar, Kodak India Private Limited: “Labelexpo India 2012 was an excellent trade show and was well organized. My heartiest congratulations go to the Labelexpo team for a job well done. We saw a good quality of footfall and visitors to the show. Labelexpo India 2012 also had a good range of exhibitors. Relevant and key packaging customers were targeted and invited, and this made a huge difference to the trade show’s performance. For Kodak, we had a very good footprint, serious enquiries and order closure with a pretty good ROI. We are happy to have participated in this show and look forward to the next Labelexpo venture.”

Anuj Bhargava, CEO, Kumar Labels: “It was our very first time participating at Labelexpo India as an exhibitor. Being a label printer we couldn’t imagine making a machine ourselves, but the success at the show really encouraged us. Our stall was almost always busy and we had a tremendous response to “HassleFree Technologies NB-330 Intermittent (semi-rotary) die-cutting machine”. We thank the Labelexpo team for making this event a great success for us.”

David Ho, Martin Automatic: “Martin Automatic has participated in Labelexpo India from the beginning, and 2012 was the best show yet. Leaders in the Indian label industry have responded favorably to Martin’s non-stop unwind and rewind solutions. Leading printers and converters in this region are modernizing their production models to become more efficient by reducing material, energy, ink and labor costs. And sustainable practices are becoming increasingly important in the region. Martin is pleased to be considered an integral part of the new standards that are becoming a reality among India’s manufacturing leaders.”

Nilesh Mehta, director, Maxcess India: “This was the first time we have participated at Labelexpo India 2012 and there was quite a good response from the market for our new web guiding system FIFE 500. We have received enquiries directly from end users directly, instead of OEM. Quality and services are main concerns regardless of price. We had five positive enquiries, 27 leads will be great for first time participation.”

Vinod Krishnamurthy Iyer, managing director, Mimaki Kanphor India Pvt Ltd: “Labelexpo India 2012 was a well-organized show. It’s a specialized show targeting a particular clientele in the packaging industry and makes it quite interesting to find industry and application specific clients. We have received a good number of enquiries and we believe this is positive result. For us it’s not about quantification but quality of leads so we can genuinely generate sales. The actual outcome will give us confidence to be once again there with label expo and build the market opportunity.”

T P Jain , MD, Monotech Systems: “Chennai based Monotech Systems Limited showcased its own manufactured JETSCI YUV high speed UV industrial inkjet system for printing variable data information, two another models were also launched for Aqueous and MICR inks based systems. We participated for the first time at Labelexpo India 2012 and overall it has been very successful launch of the JETSCI YUV. Several hundred visitors were given live demonstrations of the press and we received an overwhelming response. We have dozens of validated leads from the show and hoping to convert them into business very soon.”

Jakob Landberg, sales & marketing director, Nilpeter: “The many visitors at the Nilpeter stall were impressed with the locally built 10-colour FB-3300S press. The FB-3300S is recognized in the industry as a robust workhorse designed to produce labels of superior quality. Nilpeter experienced excellent business at Labelexpo India 2012 with the sale of two machines. India has tremendous potential to be one of the fastest growing markets in the world. Both appearance and attendance improve steadily show on show. Nilpeter is proud to support the event and the strategic important Indian label industry.”

Federico d’Annunzio Nuova GIDUE: “The Labelexpo “brand” worldwide means for GIDUE always well-organized exhibitions, growth of the industry, quality of the attendance. Labelexpo India 2012 confirms our expectation: we had crowds of visitors at our demonstrations of our M1 press, every hour and every day. We could sell two presses at the show, with further dozens of really interested leads to follow. We have introduced to the Indian converters the full GIDUE range; seven press lines, eight printing and converting technologies. And we count on future Labelexpo shows to confirm our leadership in labels and packaging printing and converting machines.”

Ajay Mehta, SMI Coated Products Pvt Ltd: “SMI Coated Products has been participating at Labelexpo India from the very beginning. The show is improving every time and it was bigger, better and very well organized with purposeful delegates attending the show. Our friends from the Industry were clear in their requirements and confident in the discussions. With the clearance of FDI in retail segment by the Indian Government, the industry’s future is indeed very bright and Labelexpo has been a key motivator towards the growth of this sector. Our participation has always been very fruitful and this year was no exception. The LMAI awards night was a fitting finale to the show. We will all miss Mike Fairley at future shows. A respectful bow, from all of us, to the Label Guru!”

Per Lövgren, international sales manager, Swedev AB: “Swedev AB has great expectations for sales in the Indian market. Despite all the talk of economic crises we can see an increase in incoming orders. In Labelexpo India 2012, we had visitors from India, Sri Lanka, U.A.E., Kazakhstan and Africa.  We can see big potential to grow our sales in India and the rest of the Asian region.”
Nicolai Bisgaard, sales manager, Vetaphone: “We had a very successful show at Labelexpo India 2012 and received a great response for the launch of the Technology Bar with Weldon Celloplast. We closed several orders for new equipment and received a lot of interesting leads. Overall, it was a very positive show.”

Kishore Kumar P S, manager marketing, WEBTECH Engineering (P) Ltd: “We had a very good show at Labelexpo India 2012 where we have launched our new generation flexo printing machine Flexomaster S340. We had good number of visitors and quality enquires and leads. The visitor profile was also very specific which helped us exploring more opportunities and all the enquires were related to the planned industry and product we displayed. The business generated was really good and we would be looking forward for the next show. The organizers have done a good job in managing the show very professionally.”

Harveer Singh, managing director, Weldon Celloplast Limited: “It was an amazing and vibrant show. One stroll around, left visitors in awe! The quality of the spread, ambience, and the diverse offerings from a global list of renowned suppliers of materials, toolings, equipment and printing presses made it a wholesome treat for the label printing fraternity. Truly a show, that was the best Labelexpo India so far. Weldon struck many deals.”

Filip Weymans, Xeikon: “Recent developments in the Indian market will accelerate the domestic growth and that inspired people to attend Labelexpo India 2012. It makes the show the perfect platform for Indian label printers and we saw great interest in flexo plate making ThermoFlexX equipment and digital printing, Xeikon 3000 Series.”

Manish Hansoti, managing director, S. Kumar Multi Products - national distributor for Zonten Machinery: “Labelexpo India 2012 was a great show and visitors were serious about their requirements. The 30th and 31st of October were so hectic that I could not take lunch and was busy for entire duration of the show! I have visited many exhibitions for labels in other countries  but this time everything  was very well done by exhibitors and all the arrangements were just fantastic. We are expecting great business from the visitors. We were delighted to book two flexo presses during the exhibition so it was a great event for us. We wish all success to Labelexpo team for future events.”