India shining! Indian Exhibitors at Labelexpo Europe

Fourteen Indian companies will be showcasing their produce at Labelexpo Europe 2017 in Brussels. I am tempted to look back at 2005 when my company Weldon Celloplast Limited was the only Indian company exhibiting its labelstocks at the show. It remained so with each subsequent edition of the show until 2009. In 2011 we were joined by at least three more Indian companies as exhibitors and thereon the number of exhibitors from India has continued to slowly increase. Indian companies have benefitted from Labelexpo Europe. Initially it was a learning process as visitors and coming back home to upgrade their products to global standards. I contacted all the fourteen who are exhibiting to know their experience. Eleven of the fourteen responded. What is interesting to note is that all the Indian exhibitors at Labelexpo Europe 2017 are repeat exhibitors. Each one of them was present at the 2015 Labelexpo in Brussels. This actually indicates the value that this exclusive show delivers. The suppliers return repeatedly to showcase yet again.
For a Label show or for that matter any print show to succeed, it must have the maximum number of running presses live onsite at the show. As I mentioned above until 2009 there was just one Indian exhibitor showcasing labelstocks. There was no Indian press manufacturer who could display a label press that could stand up to the international quality standards needed in a label printing press. At Labelexpo Europe 2011 we saw a welcome change when Amit Ahuja of Faridabad based Multitec Aids Pvt. Ltd. Stand No. 5C10, a design engineer showcased his label press. Multitec, setup in 1983, has continued to exhibit in all subsequent editions of this show. It will be their 4th time to be showcasing there running label press in Brussels. This time they will exhibit their S2 model which is a full servo press with metal sleeve/cylinder concept which is advantageous as compared to fibre sleeves. The plate cylinder has been converted into a sleeve for easy mounting with no gear contact between sleeve and impression cylinder. There is a direct servo drive to print cylinder and another direct servo drive to impression cylinder in every printing unit. The machine has fast setup time, low wastage and infinitely variable print repeat. Amit is happy that after multiple showcasing at Labelexpo they are recognized as a supplier of world class equipment economically. They are now hoping to extend their marketing to South America and African countries after their success in Indian and Middle East markets.
The largest amongst the Indian labelstock manufacturers, Ajay Mehta lead SMI Coated Products
Pvt. Ltd. Stand No. 11A27 was setup in 1993. In their 4th time showcasing at Labelexpo they will exhibit their large range of labelstock solutions. SMI offers 200 SKUs with various adhesive options, their products are sold to 22 countries. Ajay says, “Labelexpo Brussels is the Mecca of Label Industry, each show is better than the previous one. We are able to generate gainful leads with our participation in the show”. He further adds, “It also gives us an opportunity to meet friends from around the world”. SMI will launch two new label stock solutions; Clear on Clear and UV cured peel able adhesive label solutions, especially for “Wet Wipes” application. 
Cosmo films Stand No. 3C70 with Ashok Jaipuria as founder Chairman and Managing Director was established in 1981.They are a global leader and manufacturers of specialty films for packaging, lamination and labeling applications offering biaxially oriented polypropylene (BOPP) films, cast polypropylene (CPP) films and soon to be offered biaxially oriented polyethylene terephthalate (BOPET) films. Also a fourth time exhibitor at Labelexpo, they will display their entire range of label films for Wrap Around, Cut N Stack, IML and PSA labels along with over-lamination films, direct thermal printable film and universal printable synthetic paper. Pankaj Poddar, the CEO of Cosmo film while confirming that exhibiting here generates business, expresses his appreciation for this show, “Our experience at the previous shows has been very good. Europe has always been a leading market for coated films and PSA label films. One gets to see the latest trends that are going to be driving future demand in our segment”. Some of the new products that will be on display include high temperature direct thermal printable film which can endure temperatures of -20 to 130 degrees C, used for carcass tagging and deep freeze labeling.  Also on display will be premium label over lamination films in velvet, black velvet and scuff free finishes.
Third time exhibitor Shashikant Garware’s, Garware Polyester Ltd. Stand No. 3E70, established in 1978, are the first and one of the largest manufacturer exporter of Polyester Film in India. An ISO 9001 – 2008 certified company, Garware Polyester is global technology-driven organization with an expertise in  manufacturing,  marketing value added Polyester, BOPP, Thermal lamination and Sun Control Window Films. It has been a trendsetter in Polyester Film manufacturing for more than last 30 years with development of products like Motor Insulation Films, Low Oligomer Films, PET Shrink Films, Lidding films, BOPP films, PET and BOPP Coated LABELS film, PET Silicone Liner, PET Matt Film, Pet White Qpaque Film and Lamination Films (Wet & Thermal). At Labelexpo they will like to establish global presence in Label industry and to expand their network. They assert that the last two times that they exhibited has given them a platform to showcase the product range, specially the new products and innovations with an opportunity to meet new possible future clients and brand owner prospects globally.
Exhibiting for the 3rd time MonotechSystems Ltd. Stand No. 9A42 is manufacturer of solutions for printing and packaging industry in India representing a number of world renowned companies. They will display brochures and samples of their recently launched solutions and Color Press-Colornovo: UV Inkjet Label Production press will be re-launched with more additions to it, plus a Track and Trace Solution will be showcased. According to Tej Prakash Jain Managing Director, the previous two exposures have benefitted Monotech and now that they offer various inkjet solutions for label printing like monochrome, full color inkjet system, security printing and track and trace solutions, they would be looking at a good number of prospects. Faridabad headquartered AlliancePrintech Pvt. Ltd. Stand No. 11A/22 manufacturer of flexo label press is exhibiting for the 2nd time. Owner Jatinder Julka says, “Though we sold our machines in Arab countries and UAE yet it was most rewarding to find sales partners at previous Labelexpo in Western and Eastern Europe. We would like to strengthen our partnerships further”. India’s only flexible dies manufacturer Diehard dies Pvt. Ltd. Stand No. 7A46 exhibiting for the third time are a satisfied exhibitor who will display their range consisting of Premium flexible Dies, Laser Hardened flexible Dies, Brass and Magnesium embossing blocks, Foiling blocks, texture embossing, foiling blocks, multilevel embossing blocks, Flat cutting, creasing Dies and Rotary Dies. Owner T R Prabhu says, “It is a good platform to show case technology and innovations. We are also going to show case double sided plating steel flexible dies”.
Amit Sheth owned company Intergraphic India with their OEM partners Pulisi at Stand No.4A42 will exhibit their inline inspection machine with turret and re-inspection function. Stic-On Papers Pvt.Ltd.Hyderabad Stand No. 6E43 manufacturers of release liners and self adhesive labelstocks is exhibiting for the second time at Labelexpo Europe. Stic-On has been growing and expanding in capacity in recent times. Managing Director Karan Reddy states, “It is the platform where we meet new customers who come to know about our company. It is a time and place for our customer base to grow”. Harsh Doshi heading commercial siliconizing company Globus International Coaters Pvt Ltd. Stand No. 4A38 Mumbai is happy to be at the Labelexpo for the second time. According to him, “It is an excellent show. We participate to meet existing and potential new Customers as also to create new markets for ourself”. They will be exhibiting Solvent-less Silicone Coated Release Papers and Films. They will also be showing their new products Fluoro Liners, HDPE high temperature resistant liners and Non-silicone Liners. Gaurav Sathaye of United Speciality Inks Pvt. Ltd., Stand No.3E62 says, “It is an excellent show with label printers and solutions providers from India, Europe, Africa and South America visiting to know about the latest trends and to find alternate suppliers. This is our second time at Labelexpo and the last time we got a lot of interest from global distributors for our products. We are one of the oldest and reputed manufacturers of Printing Inks in India”. They will also display their new UV Flexo Opaque White, Jet Black, specialty and Security Solutions in inks.
will exhibit their inline inspection machine with turret and re-inspection function.
India’s largest hologram manufacturers U K Gupta lead, Holostik Ltd. Stand No. E-42, Hall No. 4, is the only Indian converter who has been continuously present at the last three consecutive editions of Labelexpo Europe. It is widely felt that this event is for suppliers to label industry as exhibitors and converters or printers are visitors. However in case of Holostik, they have found value in their presence here, so have returned for the 3rd time to be an exhibitor. When asked about their previous experience at the show, Umendra Kumar Gupta, Chairman and Managing director replied, “It definitely has been a good experience for us and this is the reason that we keep on participating in Label Expos. We get decent number of enquiries from the show and it also serves the purpose of brand building for our company Holostik”. Holostik will be showcasing the latest anti-counterfeiting technologies portraying their innovative products and solutions.
*Three companies namely Convertech Equipment Pvt. Ltd.Mona Equipment and IEEC Power Electronics PVT. LTD. also exhibitors at this show did not respond to my queries for information.
Written by Harveer Sahni, Chairman Weldon Celloplast Limited, New Delhi India August 2017
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