National Conference on “Packaging for the New Millennium” kicked off

IIP undertakes study on Safety of Packaging for Food Products for FSSAI. The findings, if accepted, will be a milestone in Packaging and Food industry and the world’s will see ‘Packaging Act’ which will be unique and first in the world : Prof (Dr.)N.C.Saha, Director of IIP.

IndianPackaging market is pegged at $ 27 billion and expected to touch 32 billion bythe year 2020. 

IIP,Hyderabad seeks 5 acres of land from Telangana State Government for itsexpansion. 

Hyderabad,March 23, 2018... Atwo day National Conference on Packaging for the New Millennium kicked off herein the city at  Hotel ITC Kakatiya.   The annual meetwhich coincides with the establishment date of IIP Hyderabadbranch  is attended by over 200 delegates. 

The NationalConference is organized with the support from World PackagingOrganization and The Asian Packaging Federation.  

Addressingthe gathering  Chief Guest,  Jalaj Ashwin Dani  Presidentof Asian Paints said lighter packaging better bearing properties adds growth.Display of health credentials on the packaging has become veryimportant.   

Giving hiswelcome address, Prof(Dr.)N.C. Saha, Director of IIP(Indian Institute of Packaging),the body which works under Ministry of Commerce, Government of India,Ministry of  said Packaging adds value to the packedgoods.  While it is the last operation at manufacturing, Packaging isthe first impression at selling.  Packaging boosts both—smoothselling of product as well as smooth sailing of the brand.   Ina civilized society, packaing is to product as dress is to a person, none looknice without it. 

APGovernment sanctioned 25acres of land of free of cost for IIP to set up acentre at Kakinada.  Karantaka Government has given four acres,informed Dr. Saha. 

Dr. Sahainformed that they have approached Telangana Government to allocate five acresof land to construct their own building, classes and hostel facility. Thecurrent center at Sanathnagar doesn’t have adequate space. 

The landis required to expand our Hyderabad center intake for PG Diploma from currentlevel 35 intake to 100.  We have submitted a memorandum tothe state government, informed AVPS Chakravarthi, Past Chairman of IIP,Hyderabad.   

Properpackaging protects your food product from physical damage and chemical andmicrobiological contamination. But, the same packaging shouldn’t contaminatefood that it contains, said Prof. N.C. Saha. 

Food Safetyand Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), the statutory body that formulatesrules and regulation in Food Business engaged IIP to steady food samples of1,25,000 licence holders from FSSAI spread over in 29 states and 9 UnionTerroriteries.  IIP, Dr. saha informed, has drawn 1250 samples fromvarious food processing companies to steady whether theya re safe ornot.  The samples were picked up from both organised and organsiedsectors.  The results of the same are submitted toFSSAI.  The most of the companies in organsied sector complied mostof the guildes of FSSAI, but it was not the case with the unorganisedplayers. Based on the findings, a draft policy drafted. Which is now beingcirculated for feedback from the stake holders.  Soon this ifaccepted by FSSAI, may become an act with the name "Packaging Act"after the approval in the parliament.  Dr. Saha described it as thefirst milestone step if FSSAI incorporates the findings and make it into alegislation.  It will be good thing to happen to the industry hesaid. 

It was thestudy about How Safe is Packaging for Food Products?  Who isresponsible?  Is the packaging manufacturer or foodmanufacturer.  We studied in this project whether there was anymigration of packaging material into the food it contains.  We havealso checked if 8 heavy metals, which are carcinogenic nature present in thosesamples.  Now the draft of the policy termed as Packaging Act isunder circulation for the industry to study 

Givingdetails about the packaging industry, Prof. (Dr.). N.C. Saha said, the Indianpackaging industry constitutes about 4 percent of the global packagingindustry. The per capita packaging consumption in India is quite low at8.7  kgs, compared to countries like Germany and Taiwan where it is42 kgs and 19 kgs respectively. However, organised retail and boom ine-commerce, which offer huge potential for future growth of retailing, isgiving a boost to the packaging sector, Saha informed 

The Indianpackaging industry is estimated to be 27 billion US dollars and is expected toreach $ 32 Billion by 2020.  The Indian Packaging Industry is growingat the rate of 13 per cent while global market is growing at  5% andChina at 15%.  The Global market is pegged at 771 billion Americandollars and expected to touch 925 by 2020. 

Packaginggenerates huge employment.  It provides 50 lakh employment bothdirect and indirect in India.  A packaging industry set up with aninvestment of Rs 10crore may generate 150 to 200 jobs and it is not the samewith other industries.  A company set up with Rs 1000crore  in any other sector may generate just 200 jobs, informedVagish Dixit, Chairman of IIP, Hyderabad.  

India boastsof 22000 packaging units, 85per cent of which are SMEs.  And they arefragments into four different categories---Raw materials, converting industry,machinery manufacturing and ancillary material. Packaging growth is directlylinked to GDP growth. 

The keyhighlights of the event according K. Bhasker Reddy, Chairman, Sub-Committee ofNational Conference,  is  discussions on Packaging in thenew digital marketing and distribution age; Technological evolution inpackaging and allied areas including Materials, Equipment, Processes and Application;rapidly evolving role of packaging in promoting sustainable and responsibleapproaches of packaging and distribution. 

The event isorganized by Indian Institute of Packaging, an apex body of the packagingindustries  in India.  

LeadingPackaging professionals from global companies and other subject experts willaddress the gathering and share their knowledge and information on trends andadvance  changes and technologies.   

Theobjective according to Madhab Chakraborty, Joint Director of IIP Hyderabad isto give the benefit and increase the awareness among the packaging community. 

More than200 participants from exporters, manufacturers of various products like Pharma,Food Products, Bulk Drugs, Pesticides, Peroxides, Insecticides, LogisticsIndustries, Consultants and other s.

 IIPis adding four more centers at Bangalore, Guwahati, Kakinada andAhmedabad. 

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