SMI Labels and Packaging Materials

Monday, October 22, 2018

LMAI to host Global Label Associations Group-"L9"
Indian Label industry has for the last many years been registering a steady double-digit growth. The industry largely consists of family owned small or medium sized enterprises employing 1-5 label presses. A handful of larger enterprises have surfaced in recent times due to acquisitions or mergers by multinational companies. The size still needs to become bigger to reach the size of large international label producers. Ironically some of the upcoming existing companies in this segment who were growing and appeared to become large players, opted to be acquired rather than go it alone. We do see some Indian owned label companies now rising from the crowds to become evident in growth beyond the average size. It is hoped that they will also not opt to be acquired, we do need indigenous companies that will grow and prove their mettle. There is an imperative need for these companies to break away from being single owner or family driven businesses to become professionally-managed entities. They need to optimise production processes, manage wastages, invest in workflow automation, etc. leading to continuous growth and better profitability. Stronger bottom lines in the industry is sure to enable printers investing in expansion and employment of new technologies leading to evolution of the industry, presenting state of art products. A large population and expanding retail trade are driving the demand for labels. The industry that originated in just the metro cities is now spreading to the interiors of India, there is need for further growth as printers realise the need to be multilocational to be able to service customers in a large country more efficiently. At this time the exhibition Labelexpo is looked at with interest as it provides knowledge not only to existing printers but also to new entrants. It showcases the best of indigenous and international label production equipment, materials and consumables at one place. India’s label association LMAI not only supports this important exhibition but also adds value to it by organising events on the side lines, making it worthwhile for their printer and supplier members.

LMAI, L9 meet: L9 is the informal platform of leading global trade associations for the labels and narrow-web industry which was founded in 2009 for the purposes of communicating regional issues and developments to the global industry, identifying and jointly examining issues of transnational concern to industry members, sharing information, developing and recommending best Industry practices regarding efficiency, training, technology, safety and environmental matters, recognizing Industry achievements and pursuing such other programmes and activities as may promote and better the industry worldwide. The alliance consists of LMAI (India), JFLP (Japan), FINAT (Europe), TLMI (North America), LATMA (Australia), PEIAC (China), AMETIQ (Mexico), ABIEA (Brazil) and SALMA (New Zealand). Every year L9 meets in one of the member association countries. At the last 7th L9 meet in Beijing China it was decided that LMAI India will host the next meet. LMAI has made elaborate plans. It is now scheduled to be a 4-day prestigious global meet that will include multiple events and agendas including Label Exchange Program, L9 Board Meeting, Industry visits, Labelexpo visit, networking and leisure activities. The event will also cover a wide range of subjects within the label industry including sourcing and consumption of raw material, future demands, quality parameters, new machinery, innovative technologies and global trends. 

Spearheading the program LMAI past President Sandeep Zaveri says, “We are very excited to welcome the L9 participants to India” acknowledging support of his LMAI colleagues Vivek Kapur, Amit Sheth, Ajay Mehta, Harveer Sahni, President-Kuldip Goel, Rajesh Nema, Ramesh Deshpande and Dinesh Mahajan in organising this important event, he further adds, “It is an opportunity for all our label printer friends to meet international label printing leaders and hear them on various ascents like recycling sustainability.” The L9 meet and related events are sponsored by SMI Coated Products as main sponsor and Intergraphic Pulisi. 

LMAI Avery Dennison Label Awards Night: This prestigious Label industry biennial event has
traditionally been organised by Tarsus, the organiser of Labelexpo India along with the show Labelexpo. This is the first time that the event is being organised by LMAI under the leadership of their President Kuldip Goel. LMAI Avery Dennison Awards night will take place on the first day of Labelexpo India on 22nd of November 2018 at Expo Mart Greater Noida, UP India. It is expected to be a memorable event full of information, presentations, entertainment and global networking opportunities as the international visitors who will come for L9 meet will also be present. The award categories are as follows;

·       Flexo Category 

·       Letterpress Category

·       Offset Category 

·       Combination Printing Category  

·       Digital Printing Category 

·       Screen Printing Category

·       Rotogravure Category (under Gold Category)

·       Booklets & Coupon Labels Category (under Gold Category)

·       Innovation Category (under Gold Category)

·       Green Sustainable Category

The entry to the awards night function is restricted to either invitees or paid ticket holders.


·       Individual places - per seat price - Rs. 3999

·       For LMAI members the cost is subsidised to Rs. 2999 
Sponsors for this gala night are as follows;
  • Avery Dennison           Gold Sponsor
  • Vinsak                          Silver Sponsor
  • Nilpeter                        Silver Sponsor
  • SMI Coated Products   Silver Sponsor
  • OMET and Dupont      Silver sharing Sponsor
  • Intergraphic Pulisi        Silver Sponsor
  • Gallus/Heidelberg        Silver Sponsor
  • J N Arora and Co.        Silver Sponso

Labelexpo India: Labelexpo India is scheduled to be held at Expo Martsharing , Greater Noida, UP India from 22nd to 25th November 2018. It is the largest event for the label and package printing industry in South Asia - with more products, more launches and more live demonstrations! The exhibition will display Digital and conventional printing presses, High tech label and packaging materials, Prepress and platemaking technology, Finishing and converting systems, Inspection, overprinting and label application equipment, Dies, cutters, rollers, Inks and coatings, RFID and security solutions, Software and interactive technology. Spread over 4 days in 4 halls the show has 250 exhibitors which include Avery Dennison, Bobst, Esko, HP, Hyden Packaging, Martin Automatic, Monotech Systems, Nilpeter, OMET, RK Label, Xeikon, and Zhejiang Weigang Machinery. The last labelexpo India in 2016 saw over 8000 visitors.

Brand Innovation Day: Labelexpo India 2018 hosted “Brand Innovation Day” will take place on the afternoon of Thursday 22 November (Day 1 of the show). It will include a series of presentations followed by a short tour of key suppliers, highlighting the latest technologies and showing how brands can achieve stand-out product presence. About 50 brand owners and packaging designers in India are expected to attend. The purpose of the program is to equip delegates with expert insight into making the most out of their brand, how they can overcome key challenges on the path to future growth and staying ahead of competition in a fast-paced industry. Labelexpo Global Series managing director Lisa Milburn, who will open the Brand Innovation Day, said: “Our most commonly asked question at Labelexpo India is how brands can learn how to use their labels and packaging to stand out from the competition. Given the success and popularity of our educational program for our other Labelexpo events including our Americas show in held in last September, we wanted to provide similar opportunities for Labelexpo India attendees. The appetite for labels and package printing continues undiminished in India and it is now one of the biggest growth markets, so it felt the right moment to offer this educational opportunity to brand owners and packaging designers at the show itself. “The Brand Innovation Day” is a rare chance for them to gain industry insights into how a brand can be inspired to innovate, experience the highlights of Labelexpo India 2018, and learn the tricks of the trade from the experts.”

The Labelexpo India Brand Innovation Day is sponsored by HP, Avery Dennison and SMI.

The above article is written and compiled by Harveer Sahni, Chairman Weldon Celloplast Limited New Delhi India, October 2018

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Labelexpo Americas 2018, a pictorial presentation

I have been attending labelexpo exhibitions since the onset of new millennium. In those days there was only the main event Labelexpo Europe in Brussels followed by Labelexpo Americas in Chicago and labelexpo Asia in Singapore. Labelexpo Asia was later moved to China which eventually settled down as labelexpo China as the market for labels started booming there and the sheer market size due to the population there, drove in visitors. However, as I see, it is now primarily a China show, though visitors still do come there from various countries due to the price considerations of Chinese products. The mother event of Tarsus, “Labelexpo Brussels” continued to grow phenomenally and became the centre stage for the global label industry suppliers to showcase their products and project the ultimate evolution of label production technologies. It is a must attend event for any progressive label producing company. It would not be wrong to say it is the “Mecca for label printers” around the world! Labelexpo Americas was the second most important show of Tarsus, more so because it was the home turf of industry founder R Stanton Avery, also because USA has the highest per capita usage of labels. However, since the importance of the Brussels show escalated due to geographical global growth of label industry, labelexpo Americas comparatively became a region centric show which has not lost its relevance because it still contributes largely to innovation and evolution of label making. It is surely smaller in size than the parent event at Brussels.

Tarsus saw the proliferation of label industry into other parts of the world and felt there was a need
to have presence in countries that saw growth of retail and a growing market for labels. In an effort, to bring global technologies to their doorsteps and to make it convenient for printers who were small and had potential to grow but could not travel long distances to witness the evolving technologies, they moved to other countries. They acquired the “India Labelshow” and renamed it Labelexpo India. Recently also launched a show Labelexpo South East Asia in Bangkok to cater to the South East Asia markets. With growth of labels and packaging in the MENA region, they have the Gulf Print Pack in Dubai. They have also started to hold label summits in Africa and Latin America as a precursor to setting up shows there when situation warrants. Labelexpo Americas 2018 was recently held in Chicago from 25-27 September 2018, I had the opportunity to visit and connect with peers on the industry. I call my personal visit and meeting global label industry friends as “Bonding in labels”! A day before the show opened on 24th September 2018, the judging for World Label Awards took place. I feel honoured to have been one of the judges for this global competition which was chaired by Mike Buystedt of Flint Group who moderated it with professional efficiency. I reproduce my pictorial attendance at this event and the events on the side-lines. I always feel pictures do communicate more than the words.

Judging for World Label awards in progress

On the evening preceding the opening of Labelexpo Americas, a networking gathering was arranged. It was a good to connect with global Industry friends, I personally call it "Bonding in Labels". In the picture is Jules Lejeune-Managing Director FINAT, Dan Muenzer-President TLMI and Noel Mitchell-label consultant and former Vice President UPM Raflatac.

Nilpeter Stand
Gourav Roy of FIG at the Mark Andy Stand

Gavin Rittmeyer VP Martin Automatic

Craig Moreland Chairman TLMI

Label Awards Night

Georges Gravanis President Label/Graphic Materials Avery Dennison

Lisa Milburn MD Labelexpo and Keren Bec Mexico

Bobst Stand

Gururaj Ballarwad of Signode India with Ramon Li of Brotech China 
Christian Menegon HP

Gallus Stand

Automation Area

A selfie with Label Guru Mike Fairley and Andy Thomas

Delta Modtech

Amit Sheth at Pulisi Stand

Steve Katz Editor Label and Narrow 
Dan Muenzer President TLMI

Indian Exhibitor Mona Equipments

Finat President in a meeting

The above presentation is written, produced and compiled by Harveer Sahni Chairman Weldon Celloplast Limited New Delhi India. October 2018