UBM India, India's leading exhibitions organizer, is all set to host the first edition of the ProPak India expo, catering to India's evergrowing processing and packaging industries. It aims to bring a comprehensive market overview and a conglomeration of internationally renowned professionals from India and overseas.
ProPak, Asia's largest platform in its domain, comes to India as a result of geo-location from the ProPak global model with its proven track record of 26 years. Synonymous with quality, professionalism and service, ProPak with shows in Thailand, China, Myanmar, Philippines and Vietnam will be comprehensively tailored to Indian requirements in the launch edition. It will be well-supported by key associations such as Association of Food Scientists and Technologists (I) Mumbai Chapter (AFSTI), All India Food Processors' Association (AIFPA), and Active and Intelligent Packaging Industry Association (AIPIA).
ProPak India will be co-located with the well-established Fi India & Hi expo at the India Expo Mart, Greater Noida, between August 30 and September 1, 2018. Together with Fi India & Hi, ProPak India will bring to industry players an entire array of products and solutions pertaining to food ingredients, processing, technology and packaging under one giant umbrella. The show will host over 80 companies offering products and services in automation, testing and measurement, filing and sealing machinery, cartooning machinery, thermoforming, robotics, storage and transport, materials and consumables, and complete production lines along with allied services.
Unlike corresponding expos in the sector, ProPak India will cater to packaging and processing in multiple sectors such as food, beverages, pharma, cosmetics, personal care and hygiene. In this, the expo will capitalize and derive value from UBM India's strong foothold in the food, beverages, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics verticals with leading industry events such as Innopack F&B, Innopack Pharma, CPhI - P-MEC India, and Cosmoprof India, besides Fi India & Hi.
Key exhibitors at the show will include Clearpack India, IWK Thailand, Ishida India, Gandhi Automations, Ace Technologies, Goma Engineering, IMA-PG, among a host of others. The show will benefit manufacturers, distributors, government institutions, and other key professionals associated with product development, R&D, QC/QR labelling, packaging development, procurement, supply chain, purchasing, and marketing and help them network, exchange ideas on trends and solutions, and conduct business under one address.
Alongside the exhibition, ProPak India 2018 will also feature an engaging and interactive conference on 'New ways to promote healthy consumption, Fight counterfeiting and Engage consumers' conducted by Active and Intelligent Packaging Industry Association (AIPIA) and interactive sessions by World Packaging Organisation (WPO). Experts from the industry will also share their views on 'Economic Impact of Trade Barriers on Indian Food Processing Sector' and 'Novel Ideas for Start-up in Food Processing & Packaging Sector' that will help the show bridge the knowledge gap and offer many facets of the industry that are waiting to be tapped upon.
Industry landscape in India:
The packaging industry is expected to grow from $32 billion in FY 2015 to $73 billion in 2020. The industry is forecasted to grow at 18% annually (flexible packaging at 25% and rigid packaging at 15%). Increasing organized retail and the boom in e-commerce are also major growth drivers for the Indian packaging industry. Its exponential growth has resulted in thousands of packets being delivered every day across the country and this demands quality packaging of the products. Changing consumer lifestyles towards ready-to-eat products are driving growth of flexible packaging, with food itself accounting for 38% of the flexible packaging market.
Speaking on the announcement of the launch of ProPak India 2018, UBM India Managing Director Mr Yogesh Mudras said, "Packaging serves the Indian economy by preserving quality and lengthening the shelf life of innumerable products - from food, to drugs and medicines, to processed and semi-processed foods, fruits and vegetables, edible oils, etc., besides several other appliances and industrial machinery. Despite an impressive growth rate of 15-18% annually, India's per capita packaging consumption is extremely low at less than 4.3 kg, compared to countries such as Germany and Taiwan where it is 42 kg and 19 kg respectively, revealing the immense scope and potential in this domain."
He added, "UBM India with the ProPak property - that brings together over 3,000 exhibitors to more than 1,00,000 buyers and suppliers globally - aims to bring in a revolution in this niche but growing Indian industry by providing successful meetings, knowledge exchanges, networking and business opportunities for participants from the food, drink and pharmaceutical industries. We look forward to the industry being an enthusiastic part of the first-ever show."