|Inauguration of Labelexpo India 2014|
were present, however still the number of European flexo label presses displayed at the show was down to just Omet, Nilpeter and Rotatek.
Weldon-Omet stand labled as Technology Bar
The Nilpeter Stand
The Amit Sheth lead Label Planet group of companies also put up an interesting bouquet of offeringsfrom label presses, slitter rewinders to other allied equipment.
The Esko-Dupont stand displayed the possibilities of supporting printers bring out qualities comparable to Offset. The samples printed at Zircon left all in awe especially for the metallic effects brought about without use of any metallic inks. While international die and tooling manufacturers like Rotometrics, Lartec, Kocher & Beck, etc. were present yet it was interesting to note that Indian magnetic cylinder manufacturer Precise Graphics and flexible die manufacturer Diehard dies also displayed yet again. Vinsak, Kumar Labels and Precise also displayed their slitter rewinders.
|Avery Dennison Stand|
While international labelstock producers Avery Dennison and UPM Raflatac were at the show, Indian manufacturers SMI, Weldon Celloplast, Shree Arihant and SticOn Papers also had a smart showing. It is difficult to write about all the exhibitors I have still tried to communicate that India surely is now presenting itself well alongwith international producers.
It was interesting to meet international friends and colleagues;
I had the pleasure of holding a meeting with Jakob Landberg Chairman FINAT membership committee to set targets in the Finat Membership Committee.
Another meeting at the Nilpeter stand with Jakob Landberg and Mike Russel of Mark Andy. Global friendship finds new meanings at such occasions
On the sidelines of Labelexpo India there always has been a fun part. Many suppliers organize parties for their customers. This time there were three main parties, the one organized by Avery was the theme party for the Indian industry, the LMAI Avery Dennison Label awards evening; the second was the UPM Raflatac party and the third and very focused small party organized by Weldon Celloplast at the Weldon residence.
The LMAI Avery Dennison Awards Night:
|Ferdinand Ruesch of Gallus handing award to Anygraphics|
|SMI team with Wolfram(Kimoha) & Mrs. Ruesch|
|Frank Burgos FlexoGurukul shakes a leg with Pawandeep and KD Sahni|
|Douglas Emslie Group MD Tarsus in a turban|
|Paolo Grasso(Omet), Frank Burgos(FlexoExchange) & KD Weldon|
|Chandan Khanna & Mahendra Shah of Renault with KD|
|Sanjeev Sondhi Zircon with Pawandeep and Kavneet Sahni|
LMAI President Vivek Kapoor!
Meanwhile the biggest attraction of the Labelexpo India fun part is the LMAI awards night held at Hotel Le Meridian on the 31st of October 2014. Right from the opening day there was talk of tickets or passes for the event being in short supply. No one wanted to miss! The Tarsus team, LMAI leadership and Sponsors Avery were under pressure. Last time the pressure was seen and since it lacked control at the venue of the awards night, this year even though the controls were tight yet the demand for tickets was over bearing. This was because of a sudden growth in membership of LMAI in the last two years. The members were resenting just one ticket per member. It is also on agenda that for the next time a bigger venue maybe considered also additional tickets may be made available on sale. The evening started with speeches from LMAI president Vivek Kapoor and Lisa Milburn followed by an entertaining program and then on to the announcement of winners for the best labels. It was a great surprise to see Kuldip Goel lead Anygraphics bagging 10 out of the 20 awards followed by Rajesh Chadha lead Update Prints. Once the awards were over and the LMAI managing committee felicitated, it was time to party. The printers were all on the stage dancing with gay abandon and pulling colleagues to join them. Ferdinand Rüesch of Gallus who was a sponsor for one of categories of awards celebrated his birthday that evening and joined the dancing printers on stage along with his wife. Sometime closer to midnight I decided to go home but I am told the party went on for much more time and toward the end the charming and ever smiling Managing Director of Labelexpo Group Lisa Milburn sang on stage. Wow! I missed that…