The much awaited sixth biennial LMAI label conference, held from 20th to 23rd July 2023 at the sprawling Leela Palace Hotel Jaipur, concluded as a highly successful event.
The event was organized following a hiatus of 4 years after an amazing showing at Kochi in 2019.
A Total of 580 delegates that included Printers from all over India, domestic as well as international suppliers and leading printing magazines. 212 delegates came from 100 label printing companies and 357 delegates came from 101 supplier companies. Indian delegates came from Bengaluru, Chandigarh, Mumbai, Nasik, Delhi, Chennai, Ahmedabad, Surat, Gandhinagar, Gurgaon, Faridabad, NOIDA, Vapi Kolkata, Hyderabad, Vizag and other cities in the states of Tamil Nadu, UP and Haryana. International delegates came from 10 countries like Germany, Japan, USA, Korea, UK, Italy, Israel, Indonesia, Denmark and Belgium.
The event began after registrations on the 20th July2023 evening with the LMAI Board of Directors adding the colour and vibrance to the inauguration ceremony in traditional Rajasthani attire, the Jodhpuri Blue Bandgala suit together with a typical red Safa (Rajasthani Turban).
There were 38 sponsors who also had the display area for a table top for showcasing their catalogues and interacting with customers. All delegates were accommodated in two hotels, The Leela Palace and The Fairmont. The event was fully sold out.
After the lighting of lamp, Rajesh Nema, President LMAI, delivered the welcome address
This was followed by the opening presentation by Saurabh Agarwal Vice President & General Manager at Avery Dennison, South Asia who were the platinum sponsors for this largest labels’ industry event.
Saurabh Agarwal, Avery Dennison
Jade Grace, Managing Director of Labelexpo group, who are partners for LMAI along with Pradeep Saroha, Director Labelexpo India, spoke about the upcoming Labelexpo Europe at Brussels in September2023.
Manish Desai, Chairman LMAI conference committee then apprised the audience about the agenda and presenter guidelines.
Manish Desai, Conference Chairman
Ramesh Deshpande of Renu Prints Aurangabad was conferred the LMAI lifetime award
Thereafter LMAI felicitated the extensive list of 38 sponsors in a royal style titled, “Darbar-E-LMAI”.
On day2 After the welcome address by Jaideep Singh secretary LMAI, the extensive list of sponsors started to deliver their amazing knowledge-imparting presentations adhering to the conference theme, “Creativity Innovation Sustainability”.
What is most interesting is that the conference theme was dwelled at length, detailing past and envisaging future as regards to the industry imperatives for creating labels that act as marketing tool with innovations built into them but keeping in mind the need to be sustainable and for the planet to be safe for generations that follow.
Emphatic presentations were made by Vinod Vazhapulli of Jindal-SMI, Priyanka Rathi of Monotech and many others.
One of the most talked about, powerful and intense presentation came from Pawandeep Sahni Managing Director Omet India Pvt. Ltd. subsidiary of Omet Srl Italy.
To witness this presentation Click the link; https://1drv.ms/v/s!Ap6vcIHnSHydgYUKaMSlFMjP2L1wdg?e=vJhxaF
On the last day 22nd July, it started with a panel discussion moderated by author Harveer Sahni. Panelists included Ankit Gupta (Holostik), Umesh Kagade (HP), Hemantha Paruchuri (Pragati Pack), Upal Roy (Flint Group), Rajeev Chhatwal (Kwality Offset), Sajeev Sharma (Avery Dennison), Manish Kapur (Nilpeter) and Akshay Datta (Datta Press)
The presentations ended with concluding remarks by past president LMAI Vivek Kapoor. After Lunch, a special event titled “Round Table” was held whereby all sponsors were seated at a round table with seven chairs at each table, displaying their catalogues. Printers were required to visit each table to meet each sponsor and get stamped, a passport given to them. Those who visited all the sponsors qualified to participate in a random selection process to get three winners of the visitors to the round table.
Later part of the evening after a presentation by Dari De Meoof Bobst and Manish Kapur of Nilpeter, Celebrity actor and motivational speaker Boman Irani came on stage to keep the audience spellbound for over an hour.
He summed up his lecture with an amazing delivery of a Frank Sinatra song, the audience was ecstatic, gave a standing ovation, cheered, applauded and exhibited appreciation. To hear his full song please click the link https://1drv.ms/v/s!Ap6vcIHnSHydgYUypk16kGTBPDPf6w?e=BTstKX
The last part of the conference was an entertaining Gala Evening and had been set up as Roman theme “Veni Vedi Vici”
Formally dressed Board of Directors with KD Sahni in picture
They later adorned the Roman look and made a grand entry.
The Roman attired Board!
After a vote of thanks by past President Sandeep Zaveri, the bar was thrown open, networking commenced, and the celebrity “Kakkar sisters, Sukriti-Prakriti” came on stage and the dance floor was rocking! The party went on till late in the night, participants to the event vowing to meet again at another LMAI event.
Wonderful Images from the event!
The next morning after breakfast, it was time to say goodbyes, and promise to meet again at another industry event soon, taking back wonderful memories of the three days with the virtual who is who of the Indian Labels industry and the number of global suppliers who supported the event at this property, The Leela Palace, portraying the great heritage of Rajasthan. The hotel management displayed good hospitality.
My coverage of the event would be incomplete if I do not mention the excellent job done by the event organizer Mercury Integrated team lead by the beautiful Hemal Solanki Bhagwat, who even in the most stressful situation was always managing to keep smiling! The author had the pleasure of clicking a wonderful picture with her.
Written and compiled by Harveer Sahni Chairman Weldon Celloplast Limited, New Delhi-110008 July 2023