SMI Labels and Packaging Materials

Thursday, July 27, 2017

LMAI creates knowledge, entertainment and networking magic at Label Conference!

The 4th LMAI conference was well managed from start to finish. Incoming delegates were picked up from Delhi airport and transported in 8 coaches to Jaypee Palace Hotel and Convention Centre Agra, in the historical city of Taj Mahal. There were many from Delhi and other north Indian towns who drove in their own cars. On reaching the hotel, as delegates descended from their vehicles, they were welcomed with beating of drums, traditional welcome by hostesses and LMAI conference team. 

Lighting of lamp

The conference commenced with a welcome speech from Sandeep Zaveri followed by lighting of the lamp. This is considered as an auspicious ritual before commencing any important event. LMAI initiated their new creation, the LMAI anthem which was played after the lighting of lamp.

Sandeep Zaveri, welcoming guests. LED screen in backdrop

Welcoming the over 550 delegates and thanking sponsors, Sandeep Zaveri mentioned that the label industry was like a joint family. He dwelled on the conference theme, “Innovation Simplified” and stressed on the need for innovation to spread to all processes of label creation. Label is the important part of a product and connects it directly to the consumer. 

Pankaj Bhardwaj

Pankaj Bhardwaj Senior Director and general Manager, Label and Graphic Materials South Asia Avery Dennison, delivered the keynote address.

Lisa Milburn Managing Director LabelexpoGroup

In her special address Lisa Milburn, Managing Director Labels Group, Tarsus Group PLC UK mentioned the strong and ongoing partnership with LMAI. She also spoke on the forthcoming meeting of L9 (The federation of nine leading global label associations) which is scheduled to be held next year in India. Pradeep Saroha, Country Manager for Labelexpo group gave information on Labelexpo Europe in Brussels in September this year. Conference Chairman Kuldip Goel apprised the audience with agenda of the event. 

Harveer Sahni awarded lifetime award with family and LMAI leadreship team

At the same time he announced an award to Harveer Sahni of Weldon Celloplast for a “Lifetime in support of the Indian label industry”.

The day ended with an entertaining evening sponsored by BobstFirenze and themed, Mughal-e-Azam followed by Dinner. Many delegates were in traditional Indian dresses.
Entertainment program

Jitesh Mehta, Director Avery Dennison
Next morning after breakfast Rajesh Nema secretary LMAI initiated the conference by showing avideo of LMAI activities during the past year and informing the day’s agenda. Jitesh Mehta, Director Avery Dennison had interesting questions for the audience on innovations in the structure of Taj Mahal. Interesting facts came to light. He also said, “Innovation is a team sport and aids profitable implementation of ideas, creating value across the value chain” he further added, “By making innovation complex, we maybe killing it”.

Ajay and Rohit Mehta SMI being felicitated

Ajay Mehta and Rohit Mehta of SMI Coated Papers cautioned that reverse auctions were affecting printers adversely and instead of becoming complacent, they need to move on. Competition brings innovation making quality and consistency in product offering an imperative for driving growth.

Paolo Grasso Omet and Pawandeep Sahni Weldon

Pawandeep Sahni of Weldon and Paolo Grasso of Omet made an impressive presentation titled “simplify Visions, innovate processes” The presentation which was interactive with the audience, was highly appreciated. Shaun Paullen of Mark Andy spoke on “Turning market needs into machine deliverables”.

Amit Ahuja Multitec
 Amit Ahuja of Multitec spoke on wastage control. Gavin Rittmeyer of Martin Automatic explained the need for automation and nonstop continuous production to reduce wastage. Impressive knowledge delivering presentations were made by the large number of speakers representing companies who sponsored the event. A holistic session was held by Isha Foundation of Sadguru fame. The swami ji hosting the session taught the delegates the nuances of meditation. A session of “Isha Kriya” was taken up with audience participation. He said that for the power to create, we need to meditate to success. Success is not an aspiration, it is your work that others will connect with and say he is successful. He also advised the congregation that creating happiness at workplace will get full potential from employees.  The last part of the evening hosted by SMI Coated Papers, began with a high powered motivational lecture by renowned management guru, Shiv Khera.
Motivational speaker Shiv Khera

 Shiv Khera spoke for almost three hours and the delegates in full attendance were glued to their seats listening in rapt attention. Quoting boxing legend Mohamad Ali he said, “We need the skill and the will to succeed. Between the two, will is more important” Such was the delivery of his address that the audience was left in awe. Quoting the former President of India, Dr. A P J Kalam he said, “Dreams are not that make you sleep, dreams are those that don’t let you sleep”. Adding more to this he went on to convey that success is not absence of problems, it is the overcoming of problems. Luck is not designed to deliver success but concentrated efforts do deliver it. His advice to the audience was that for conflicts in life learn to resolve issues and not dissolve relations. The evening ended with dance performances and networking dinner.

Appadurai Country manager HP

Two days of hectic schedule and non-stop presentations, did not tire the delegates and one was surprised to see they were ready for more. The final day again had a holistic meditation session by Isha foundation. This was followed by presentations by Samir Patkar-Gallus, Appadurai-HP, Manish Jain-Loparex, Seigwerk and A K Datta- Kurz. Guest speaker Sudhaker Kasture spoke on export strategy on labels. The day’s presentations ended with presentations from Huber group and Tesa Tapes.

Round Table in Progress
This was followed by a very interesting event; LMAI Round Table. For this part of the event all the sponsors were divided into different groups that were allocated different rooms with round tables. Each sponsor was allotted a table. The printer members were also divided into groups. Each group of printers were the made to sit on round tables with sponsors for 10 minutes and then asked to move on to next sponsor’s table. The sponsors and printers got to interact one to one driving in satisfaction in the process whereby their queries were answered face to face. All through the conference, a well spread out table top exhibition was in progress. Delegates were able to visit, interact with exhibitors and collect literature.

Gala Evening

 The final part of the conference was a gala evening hosted by Avery Dennison with theme “an Affair to remember” and titled “Moulin Rouge”! The evening started with conference chairman Kuldip Goel giving vote of thanks.

Sophie Choudry

This was followed by a vibrant musical performance by celebrity artiste Sophie Choudry. After this the dance floor was thumping with delegates dancing till wee hours of the night or the morning.

This conference was appreciated and enjoyed by all. They left Agra with lingering memories of a euphoric networking event. The industry was a little more bonded and connected giving credence to Sandeep Zaveri’s statement that the Indian Label Industry is like a joint family. As the delegates bid good bye they went with hope of yet another similar event in the summer of 2019!

 The sidelines and the "Fun Part";



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Written by Harveer Sahni, Chairman Weldon Celloplast Limited, New Delhi July 2017

Friday, July 7, 2017

LMAI label conference at Agra, a preview

Jaypee PalaceHotel and Convention Centre

“Wow, tough to miss!” says Chandan Khanna of Ajanta Packaging on going through the
Agenda/Program of the forthcoming LMAI Conference at Agra, the city of Taj Mahal from 20th to 23rd July 2017. Running multiple units in three different countries Chandan was not sure if he could spare the time. Now he is a confirmed delegate. The conference is to be held at the regal Jaypee PalaceHotel and Convention Centre, a glorious structural blend of red sandstone and marble is spread over an unbounded 25 acres of elegantly landscaped luxuriant greenery. Sprinkled with enormous water bodies and endless walkways, this magical creation impeccably blends Mughal and contemporary architecture with modern amenities. It is a venue from where delegates will take back wonderful memories.

Sandeep Zaveri President LMAI

LMAI President Sandeep Zaveri and his team have done a commendable job and we can look forward to a vibrant event that will be remembered for a long time. The event is packed with presentations on the conference theme, “Innovation Simplified”.   

Pankaj Bhardwaj, Avery Dennison

After the inauguration by lighting of lamp and welcome address by LMAI president on the 20th of July, key note address will be delivered by Pankaj Bhardwaj, Senior Director and General Manager Avery Dennison for south Asia. 

Lisa Milburn, MD Labelexpo

Special address will be made by Lisa Milburn the managing director for the Labelexpo Global Series of events followed by address by conference chairman Kuldip Goel. The evening themed, “Mughal-e-Azam” will have dance performances and a show by standup comedian Atul Khatri followed by cocktails and dinner.

Both the following mornings after breakfast when the conference is initiated by LMAI
secretary Rajesh Nema, there will be “Holistic sessions” by Isha foundation of Sadhguru fame! An impressive number of presentations will be made by Indian as well as global suppliers. It is interesting to note here that the number Indian suppliers sponsoring LMAI events have now started to grow, indicating the importance of this association’s endeavours and the growing stature of India’s label industry suppliers. Knowledge delivering presentations will be made by Avery Dennison, DuPont, Esko Graphics, Intergraphic Pulisi, SMI Coated Papers, OMET, Insight Print Communications, Multitec, System Flexovision, PGI Technologies, APL Machinery, Flexo ImageGraphics, Flint, Vinsak, Martin Automatic, Dragon Foils, UPM Raflatac, Monotech, HP Indigo, Reifenhauser, Heidelberg India, BST Eltromat, LoparexIndia, Tion Enterprises, Siegwerk India, Kurz India, Hubergroup India, TesaTapes, and Macdermid
Sanjeev Sondhi, Zircon

Sanjeev Sondhi at Zircon Technologies says, “It is surely a unique event where we are together with industry colleagues and suppliers for three eventful days. I am looking forward to it”.

Shiv Khera

On the second day after the presentations scheduled for the day there will be a 3 hour address by celebrated motivational speaker and management Guru Shiv Khera. Guest Speaker Sudhakar Kasture will speak on “export strategy for labels” 

Hemant Paruchuri, Pragati Pack
On 22nd after lunch a round table event is organized for one to one interaction of sponsors who are leading suppliers to the label industry, with printer members attending the conference. This program, that was initiated at the last conference received appreciation from both suppliers and printer members. Hemant Paruchuri of Pragati Pack Hyderabad says, “I am looking forward to information sharing sessions at the conference”. All speaker presentation sessions will be interspaced with coffee/Tea and lunch breaks. At the end of the conference on 22nd evening a gala evening is arranged with theme, “An affair to remember”. The evening will culminate with a musical performance by the renowned celebrity artiste “Sophie Chowdhary” before the dance floor is thrown open to those who wish to extend the celebration of being together with industry peers.
Dinesh Mahajan

What an amazing response this conference has received! Networking will attain another dimension in quality and opportunities at Agra. "The countdown has begun for the finest label technology event" says Dinesh Mahajan of Prakash Labels.  

Rajesh Chadha, Update Prints

480 delegates from 334 companies spread all over the world, have registered so far and the registrations keep coming. 191 label printing companies and 143 suppliers have registered to be at the event. 30 speakers along with 3 guest speakers will deliver information driven by technology and innovation. As the euphoria builds up, demand for more bookings is pouring in. All the rooms arranged at the venue hotel have been sold out while registrations are still coming in. LMAI leadership has arranged a few rooms at another hotel Courtyard by Marriot but the way it is going they will have to soon express inability to accommodate any more delegates. In words of Rajesh Chadha, Managing Director, Update Prints, “All the conference committee members have worked incredibly hard, we are proud of them”!

Written by Harveer Sahni, Chairman Weldon Celloplast Limited, New Delhi-India July 2017