Delhi Book Fair and Stationery Fair 2018

DSC02953The 24th Delhi Book Fair and 20th Stationery Fair kick started off on August 25. The show opened its gates on Weekend and people poured in with full festive mood. To my disappointment as well as to many the Delhi Book fair and stationary fair could not live up to the expectations. The show occupied Hall no. 7ABC, Hall no. 7D, Hall no. 7E & Hall no. 7FGH. Stationary Fair and 4th Office Automation & Corporate Gift Fair occupied Halls 7ABC and except few interesting stalls most of them are routine stationery brands selling the usual products which can be easily sighted at any other stationery shop around the corner.

Occupying Hall nos. 7D, 7E and 7FGH is Delhi Book fair which has totally lost its charm. The magic it used to cast on us was nowhere to be seen. Kids were the most disappointed. Delhi Book fair was dominated by local book sellers, selling regular novels, 3@100 bucks, old & torn out magazines and digests. Most of the renowned publishers were missing from the party.

No wonder the kids and growing generation is dipping themselves in the pool of digital media for fulfilling not only their educational appetite but for their leisure reading as well.

Despite of this sorry state of Delhi Book fair, I would still recommend book lovers to visit otherwise it will be disappointing for those who have lend their supportive shoulders to the show and to you as well who every year very enthusiastically mark their attendance in the show. I too managed to find something which will be a good read from NBT stall and even enrolled myself for the lifetime membership of National Book Trust of India.

I hope this is just a temporary phase being marked by the ongoing renovation work of Pragati Maidan and the show will regain its long lost glory by the time it will be organized again.


UPM Raflatac announces clear-on-clear and solid white label materials to join PP Lite sustainable range


UPM Raflatac has further expanded its PP Lite range of labeling solutions for the European market with the introduction of two new products, clear-on-clear PP FTC Lite and PP Solid White FTC Lite. The PP Lite range helps brands achieve their sustainability targets with lightweight, eco-designed face materials, adhesives, and backing materials.

Products in the PP Lite range combine a lighter face material, a lower coat-weight adhesive, and a lighter backing. This makes them incredibly lightweight overall, optimizes raw material use, and reduces greenhouse gas emissions, energy and water consumption, and waste. As well as helping brand owners increase the sustainability of their packaging, the PP Lite range also boosts productivity across the value chain.

PP Solid White FTC Lite is a non-pearlescent, solid white PP film that offers a bright white base color with dependable performance. PP Clear FTC Lite is a clear PP film that can be combined with R704 adhesive and PET Lite liner to offer a coveted no-label look as well as clean performance in converting and dispensing. Both films are ideal for multi-purpose labeling applications on smooth, rigid containers. The high strength of PP Solid White FTC Lite’s solid core also makes it ideal for multi layer and peel-and-read applications. Both label solutions meet EU food safety standards.

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“Our PP Lite range of labeling solutions has been welcomed by customers, helping brand owners achieve their sustainability targets and differentiate from the competition while also increasing efficiency and productivity,” explains Päivi Knihti, Segment Manager, Films, EMEIA, UPM Raflatac. “The addition of clear-on-clear PP FTC Lite and PP Solid White FTC Lite to the range provides even more options for brands to make a more sustainable choice.”


Pidilite Industries Limited and Germany’s Jowat SE enter into collaboration

csm_Pidilite_logo_63e9a51ffaPidilite Industries Ltd, a leading manufacturer of adhesives in India, has entered into a collaboration with Jowat SE, a German family-owned enterprise and one of the leading suppliers of industrial adhesives worldwide. csm_JOWAT_DE_4C_CS_9e7f9346edAs part of the collaboration, Pidilite will now exclusively handle sales and distribution of the entire range of Jowat adhesives in India and other neighbouring countries including Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Nepal. In addition to this, the two companies have also entered into a technical collaboration encompassing the high growth, specialised category of Hot Melt adhesives. This will provide a comprehensive range of Thermoplastic Hot Melt adhesives for use in several industrial, and modular and other wooden furniture segments.


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Mr. Bharat Puri, Managing Director, Pidilite Industries Limited, said, “The collaboration is in line with Pidilite’s ambitions to continuously improve its already strong market position in all the segments where it is present, and especially in adhesives. Pidilite’s leading presence in several consumer product segments, with hugely popular brands, is complemented by a large range of industrial products, developed and marketed to meet specific requirements in the country. The synergies between Jowat and Pidilite in terms of product range, customer segments served and technologies deployed are clear and visible. Both companies together are uniquely placed to capitalise on the healthy prospects for growth in the segments targeted.”

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Mr. Klaus Kullmann

Mr. Klaus Kullmann, Member of the Board of Directors of Jowat SE, said, “We see a strong platform for sustained growth through collaboration with Pidilite. Jowat has pioneered the development of several high end adhesive products, and has constantly undertaken development work at the cutting edge of adhesive technology. The company’s core competence lies in innovation in both technology and R&D, and in delivering outstanding technical service to customers. There is an excellent value match between Pidilite and Jowat to meet the future needs of customers for quality products in all high-growth segments such as furniture, packaging, automotive, and textile, among others, where specialised adhesives are used.”

The collaboration is for the long term, and leverages the well-known strengths and capabilities of the two companies. It aims to provide best-in-class technology and products to customers, comprising of manufacturers of furniture and varied industrial products with requirement of adhesives.

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Brands and labels-An Industry Insight


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The Label World is transforming at an unprecedented rate due to which Label printing & Packaging industries are persistently evolving to meet the ever growing & emerging market needs.

Today’s technology driven consumer has totally revolutionalized his shopping experience. He is more aware and demanding which has led to many challenges for Brand owners. Where on the one hand it is opportunistic yet on the other it has made the competition fierce among brand owners .

Today, if a brand needs to sustain itself in the market and wants to enjoy consumer’s loyalty, it has to stand out in the digital campaigns as well as on the shelf. This has opened up a host of opportunities for Label printing & Packaging industry as brand owners are looking for smart and attractive packaging solutions with labels playing a crucial role.

The need of the hour is customized and personalized packaging to go hand in hand with the digital marketing campaigns launched by the brand or to attract particular genre of clientele.

The pace of change has led to attractive designs which need to have multiple effects to engage consumer.

Today a label is no more ‘A Product Identification data’ as it used to be, but it has become multi dimensional adding more cores to its meaning.

It is a brand identity, it has developed a persona of its own , It stands out.

With the rise in the complex requirements by the brand owners, label jobs will tend to increase considerably.

By incorporating technology advents and marketing gimmicks labels have out grown themselves from their traditional image.

They are now viewed as a sophisticated tool for not only positioning a brand but an identification mark of the brand authentication as well.

The challenge which lies amidst this advancement for Label Industry is reluctance of brand owners to pay in accordance.

The cooperation between the tricycle of Label Industry, Brand Owners and Consumers is limping.

Views of Industry experts on how does brand owners perceive the ongoing changes in Label Industry. 

Samir Patkar, Heidelberg Asia & Regional Head of Sales – Asia Pacific, Gallus Label Presses 

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Mr. Samir Patkar

Labeling which plays an integral part of packaging and brand recognition  also plays key roles in merchandising and product success, furnishing opportunities for producers to stand out among competitors as they jostle for retail shelf space.

Product differentiation calls attention to individual brands in many ways. By associating unique characteristics with their products, brand owners create instant recognition and authority within their niches, leading to higher sales as visibility and credibility rise.

The name of a product/ Brand , for example, provides a cornerstone to build on, often inspiring brand themes that increase recognition among consumers. Whatever you sell, your logo and supporting artwork aim to please those within your target market, so the visual images do more good than your sales pitch alone. Even your color-scheme is chosen with consumer appeal in mind, catering to trends within your niche.


In the times of retail modernization brands today need to stand out in the crowd especially when certain goods today use same size, shape and style of packaging. As markets become more competitive, however, brand owners continue to work with converters to help set them apart from competing brands. One way forward to create Colorful graphics with the intent to add value embellishments in the label by process mix of printing processes like  flexo, screen, cold/hot foil, gravure all in line to create colour brilliance and high product appeal to attract consumer attention that highly supports brand differentiation.  Playing around with different substrates that support both added value and sustainability is getting more popular, for example, labels are now printed directly on a variety of materials, clear films, metallised surfaces, higher use of PP/PE/PET including Silver metallised films  that were once difficult to print. And color is used more effectively than it once was, helping brands establish themselves through color recognition.


Brand differentiation is essential to retail marketing success, so packaging plays a primary role by calling attention to your products over those of competitors……..hence it will not be improper to state that “ The Package is the Product”.

Considering the critical criteria’s as above the converters need to understand the critical role they play today in supply chain and brand building of brand owners and ensure that a business environment of win – win is created. Innovation that supports business growth needs to create value for everybody in the supply chain for the cycle of innovation to continue …. Else it only damages product value and erosion of street prices  which does not support anybody business goals !

Mr. Manish Mehta, MD Reifenhauser (India) Marketing Ltd. Mumbai  

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Mr. Manish Mehta


THERE IS NO DENYING THE IMPORTANCE OF THE LABEL for content, marketing, brand Positioning and the company image itself. And at the same time, there is also no denying the fact that margins are constantly under pressure, with brand owners demanding always a high quality, yet not willing to increase prices especially for packaging. 

UNLESS, there are new features or value add that not only benefit the brand owner but also ensure benefits to consumers. 

This therefore, and now, even more, underscores the need for high end technologies, not only to optimize on productivity and production costs, but also new solutions such as aesthetic appreciations or security, anti-counterfeiting solutions et al. 

 Of late, has been a trend of big players selling off to multinationals and flexible packaging convertor also wanting to have a share of the label pie. 

While on the one hand this is increasing competition ( to the benefit of the brand owner in terms of costs, delivery and differentiation), on the other hand, it is also a very clear indicator of the expected growth in the industry, which is being reflected in terms of number of machines being installed as well. 

To cut a long story short, mushrooming of players will continue, as will as the need for differentiation, along with the growing demand for labels with newer and fresher concepts of sales and marketing. 

Quality demands in terms of infrastructure, kind of machines, clean room etc will also be precursors for higher realizations in the markets along with brand image and brand positioning taking center stage. 

Mr. Danny Mertens, Corp. Communications Mgr.-Digital Solutions Xeikon-Digital Div. Flint Grp. Belgium

Brand owners are always looking for new manufacturing techniques to support their drivers. The most important ones are:
– shorter runs for different reasons like localization of products, different product versions and flavors according to local preferences or trial marketing actions such as customized or even personalized packaging.
– fully integrated and digitized workflows to support last-minute decisions on manufacturing changes to come to a fully flexible production process which allows for just-in-time production.

The label industry has to cope with these drivers and the resulting requirements and both converters and brand owners are typically on a balance between the new requirements and the new (available) production techniques. At Xeikon we see a lot of marketing trials for new types of labeling illustrating the drive to fully flexible customization as well as growing print volumes at our customers doing this already today.”

Mahesh Kode, Business Unit Head, Narrow Web Siegwerk India Pvt. Ltd. Gurgaon

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Mr. Mahesh Kode


The last decade or so has seen a revolutionary change in the buying habits of Indians! 

The Indian Labeling industry has been quick to sense and adapt to this changing need and ever-increasing demand for Aesthetics, Anti-duplication & Branding, and Shelf-appeal challenges. The country has continued to see a spate of high-end Imported presses being installed and added over the years, producing labels that rival any others produced in the most developed countries, and yet, at what price??!!

Alas, the Brand Owners who have created this need for enhanced decoration techniques and fine, high-quality printing, have then set the Packaging Development and Purchase teams to browbeat the Label-convertors and suppliers into submission, challenging them to produce the highest quality at the lowest possible prices…

It is a fiercely competitive scenario, wherein quality, consistency, supply-chain, innovation are all taken for granted in the face of say, a reverse-auction, that does not always end up altering the original vendor, but only secures lower prices from the same supplier when the actual auction-winner is unable to service demand in real-life!!!

One hopes that the MNCs, domestic FMCG players (who are getting as successful as the former, sometimes even outshining them with products and campaigns!) and BOs start realizing that this vicious cycle has to end somewhere, and their partners in the entire supply-chain should get their dues worth for the investment, hard work and systems that they deploy to produce millions of labels that all look the same and yet stand out!

Label Convertors, on the other hand, need to continue improving efficiencies, enhance their people-skills and knowledge to increase productivity, cost their products appropriately based on not just RMC but all direct and indirect costs that go into running a Label-printing plant, and defend their prices based on due merit and cost justification.

India has come of age, and the Indian consumer is now far more discerning and affluent, not wanting to buy a product because it is the cheapest off the rack, and it is time the industry recognizes this change and stops focusing only on the cost or the price-point, and instead brings in more value to the end-user in various ways, be it the product performance itself, or a premium appeal of a superiorly labeled container, which will ultimately ensure sustainable business growth for all the players associated with it!

Mr. Gururaj Ballarwad, Management Consultant, Signode India Limited & ALPS President, N.Delhi

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Mr. Gururaj Ballarwad


In India, all the Brand owners want most of the features & decoration but unfortunately they don’t have budget to spend. Most of the Brand owners are on cost reduction drive.

 As a cost component Label only adds 1-2% to the total cost but the questions which haunts is, why only Label is at the radar. Label is the selling point for them, still Label is the only one component which is always targeted.

If they reduce the decoration of the label they will invite more & more counterfeit in the market. Instead of increasing their margins & sales either they will find that brand not growing or in negative.

My suggestion is wherever they are in the leading position they should add more features, decoration & improve the sales rather than looking at reducing the packaging cost.

To end this discussion, I would like to add, the tools that Indian Label Industry need to beat the current course scenario are:

  • Setting the Costing right, to include equipment payback & investment for new equipment in 3-4 years
  • Great Negotiation skills because they are up against a highly qualified & constantly trained purchaser/ brand owner.
  • Wise Equipment choice, with low cost of production & long term quality product delivery in mind.
  • USP (unique sales proposition) has to be built into the product, this may be decoration, security features, on time delivery etc.
  • Every new financial year collaborative brainstorming & planning to get better pricing  as the opponent for sure is doing a detailed planning on how to get prices reduced and that too in a very structured manner…. leaving our front end guy defenseless.



Mark Andy Acquires Presstek

M&A markThe Total Solutions Partner to the label and packaging industry, announced its acquisition of Presstek, a well-known global supplier of DI® (direct imaging) offset plates and presses, CTP solutions and world-class service for commercial and in-plant customers. 

presstekWith the acquisition, Mark Andy now serves as one of the only full-complement solutions providers to the global graphic arts and print industry.

Presstek’s team of over 60 technical professionals will be integrated within Mark Andy’s world-class service infrastructure, making it the largest, regionally-staffed service organization in North America. Certified technicians will support equipment service for brands such as Presstek, ABDick, Ryobi, Heidelberg, Xerox, KBA, Epson and more.

Mark Andy and Presstek have maintained a strong partnership over the years, with Mark Andy Print Products (MAPP) fulfilling all orders in North America for Presstek DI® and CTP products. Integrating Presstek’s sales and service teams within MAPP will yield many benefits to Presstek’s existing customers, including improved market coverage, extensive parts inventory, enhanced service resources, single point of invoicing, and faster response times.

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Magnifier Labels


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IC Optix patented magnifier label technology brings a new and innovative functionality to product labels.


Transparent Magnifier Label 

IC Optix magnifier label technology enables brand owners to integrate a thin film magnifier layer into standard product labels. The magnifier layer can be a component of the design of the primary product label or it can be a separate transparent label that is placed over the top of the primary product label for simple implementation without the need for redesign of existing label or graphics. 


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Brand owners that associate the magnifier label technology with their products will be providing the consumer or patient with a convenient vision aid that can be used to read print that is often too small to easily see. The functionality and convenience of the magnifier label will lead to an increase in the number of people who will read the important information on product labeling. This will increase compliance with proper use of products while decreasing the chance of medical error in the use of drug products. The IC magnifier label technology has been designed to be highly scalable, low cost, and readily integrated into a manufacturer’s standard packaging and labeling processes with a low impact on operations.

The magnifier lens layer can be re-adhered to the surface of the label for re-use at a later time.

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Constantia Flexibles will become the third largest flexible packaging company in India

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Constantia Flexibles

Constantia Flexibles Group has agreed to acquire a majority shareholding in the Indian film-based laminates producer Creative Polypack Limited. Creative Polypack is India’s fourth largest flexible packaging group, manufacturing film-based flexible packaging for the food and home & personal care (HPC) industries, as well as paper-based soap wrappers. The company serves the leading domestic and international consumer goods companies in India. Creative’s senior management will remain in their current roles.

Alexander Baumgartner, Constantia Flexibles CEO: “Through this acquisition, we will become the third largest flexible packaging company in India. READ MORE

The news belongs to Constatia Flexibles and the blogger claims no right to the news and takes no credit or verify the authenticity of news


Labels that signal when food has gone off are set to be introduced for dairy products

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High tech food labels that turn ‘bumpy’ when products have gone off are set to be introduced by a dairy company to show high street shoppers when food is no longer safe to eat.

The scheme is being tested on dairy products by milk, cheese and cream giant Arla, which has developed labels which deteriorate at the same rate as the products it is used on. Read More on


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A Leadership summit on Anti-Counterfeiting and Brand protection was organized by ASPA-‘The Authentication Forum 2018’ on March 15-16 at Hotel Taj Mahal N.Delhi.

The fight against fakes was joined in by major stakeholders and was inaugurated by

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Shri Suresh Prabhu addressing the gathering

Shri Suresh Prabhu, Hon’ble Union Cabinet Minister, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India.

Mr. Ajay Aggarwal-V.P, Mr. Arunesh Bansal-Hon. General Secretary, Mr. Ashish Gupta- Hon. Treasurer and Ms. Priyanka Rathi-Exe. Secretary, ALPS attended the conference to extend the support from team ALPS for the cause.


Mr. Ranesh Bajaj, Panelist & Speaker of Day 1 & Day 2 sessions

Mr. Ranesh Bajaj, Executive Member ALPS & Director, VINSAK was the eminent speaker & Panelist during the conference.Counterfeiting is a devil which haunt industries globally and has become an unwelcomed resident in almost all the sectors. It is sucking out 2% of our GDP annually.

Today, anti-counterfeiting measures and brand protection is an imperative need of an hour. No matter how big or small your business is , this counterfeiting – devil will surely not play any favors. If it smells profit, it will definitely come for you , leaving you with no choice but to invest in securing your products and packaging. This will help brand owners to protect consumers who are on the front line of receiving the maximum damage.

During the two days conference varied issues were discussed relating to the Role of Govt. & Industry to fight against fake products, Consumer Protection, The 5W’s of Counterfeiting, How to engage consumers in the fight against counterfeiting, The authentication solutions & technologies available , Future of anti-counterfeiting technologies and Branding-‘Value, Protection & Enforcement’ and more. 

The active discussions & presentations raised many concerns, issues and left the industry decision makers thinking and debating-IS IT LACK OF INTENT, LACK OF ACTION OR LACK OF AWARENESS which is fueling the unabated growth of counterfeiting.

To win this major fight against FAKES, RAIDS is no solution. It may give you  temporary relief or subside the effects of counterfeiting burns but if industry is looking for long term redressal then Consumer Empowerment & Sensitization, Effective Anti Counterfeiting majors employing multiple digital  solutions imbibed with Paper & Hologram, 3D Micro Optical labels and futuristic technologies like BlockChain, NFC-based techniques, Optical chips  and more need to be deployed.

Brands need to understand there is no shortcut to employing effective intelligence gathering techniques to nab counterfeiters and to consciously monitor their supply chain cycle to find the pilferage to curb it.

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Pressure Sensitive Tapes

Global Pressure Sensitive Tape Market: Overview
Pressure sensitive tapes are used across myriad applications with new applications being discovered almost daily. The use of pressure sensitive tapes is expected to rise as a joining and fastening solution with advancement in adhesive technology, low cost in comparison to traditional fastening systems, and ease of use.

Pressure sensitive tape is an adhesive substance that sticks to a given surface on application of light pressure. It is used across various applications in offices, homes, restaurants, institutions, and industries. The major constituents that are used in the manufacture of pressure sensitive tapes are adhesive, filler, resin, and other additives that are combined with organic solvents or water.

The global pressure sensitive tape market can be segmented with respect to backing material, application, product, and geography.

The report on the global pressure sensitive tape market is an interesting read due to its several offerings. The report presents projections of the various segments and sub-segments based on current and past performance. Using standard analytical tools, the report also presents a market attractiveness analysis over the forecast period.

Global Pressure Sensitive Tape Market: Trends and Opportunities
Increasing awareness about the utilization of environment friendly packaging in order to abide by governmental regulations are the major factors contributing to the growth of pressure sensitive tape market.

In 2015, the packaging industry led the application segment of pressure sensitive tape market and is expected to retain its dominant position over the forecast period. Building and construction is the second-largest application segment of the pressure sensitive tape market. The automotive industry is expected to emerge as a significant application segment of the pressure sensitive tape market in the coming years.

In terms of backing material, the pressure sensitive tape market is divided into paper, PVC, polypropylene, and others. On the basis of product, the segments of the market are single-sided tape, transfer tape, double-sided tape, carton sealing tape, and others (includes masking tape, electrical tape etc.) Amongst these, carton sealing is the leading product segment and is expected to display growth over the forecast period.

Global Pressure Sensitive Tape Market: Regional Outlook
In terms of geography, Asia Pacific is the leading regional market for pressure sensitive tapes and it is expected to retain its dominant position until the end of the forecast period in 2024. In this region, increasing building and construction undertakings predominantly in China, India, and Malaysia and growth of the automotive industry are the major factors propelling the demand for pressure sensitive tapes.

The region is trailed by the Middle East and Africa, which is expected to emerge as a significant market for pressure sensitive tapes. Robust growth of the tourism and hospitality industries in the region leading to new construction undertakings has fuelled the demand for pressure sensitive tapes.

North America and Europe are expected to display a moderate demand for pressure sensitive tapes. In U.S., the expansion of the food and beverage sector is indirectly benefitting the pressure sensitive tapes market for corrugated packaging.

Global Pressure Sensitive Tape Market: Competitive Landscape
The global pressure sensitive tape market features a highly fragmented competitive landscape with the presence of a large number of global and regional players. Some of the key players in the global pressure sensitive market are Nitto Denko Corporation, Lintec, Avery Dennison Corporation, Henkel AG & Company KGaA, 3M, Adchem Corporation, and Canadian Technical Tape Limited among others.

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