Intelpack, India’s main packaging technology show, took place from September 12 to 14. The show was co-located with two other Indian shows on food and drug manufacturing, “Foodtek 2013” and “Pharmapack 2013.” The combined event spread over 14,000 square meters of floor space at the Bombay Exhibition Centre, Mumbai, India. During its three days, over 8,000 visitors saw the offerings of 175 exhibitors, including makers of coding equipment, tray sealing machines, converting machines, carton erectors, flow wrap applicators, and form/fill/seal lines. Many media suppliers exhibited as well, such as for flexible packaging films, folding carton board, corrugate, and seal materials. On balance, it looked like a smaller version of Pack Expo in the U.S., with both Indian and international exhibitors promoting their technology and materials. Meanwhile the overall Indian packaging market has been variously estimated at about $19 billion in annual value, with annual growth of 8% or more, and its food, beverage, and pharmaceuticals industries are quickly modernizing.
Digital printing was part of the Intelpack, but it was mainly for coding, marking, and label application, rather than fine color digital printing. In this industrial technology show, there were thus no color digital presses, and monochrome printing essentially ruled. The booths collectively, though, sent a strong message: India has a young, dynamic market for modern packaging equipment and technology, one where color digital printing will soon augment analog technology for label and package printing and decoration. We know that that change has already started, since small numbers of color digital label and packaging presses already operate in India, from companies such as Durst, Epson, and HP Indigo (none were exhibiting at Intelpack). With this ongoing change in mind we offer a summary below of several key booths from Intelpack where digital migration was evident.
Condot Systems Pvt.Ltd:
Established in 1994, Condot Systems Pvt. Ltd. caters to package coding and variable data printing (VDP) requirements in the Indian market. With 80 packaging and VDP applications serving more than 2,000 production lines, the company boasts of its customer base and over 5,000 system installations in India, as well as elsewhere in Asia Pacific and Africa. The company is a distributor for thermal inkjet (TIJ) based coders, specifically ones based on Hewlett Packard TIJ technology; its suppliers include HS Automatic (Denmark), Collins Ink Corporation (U.S.), and General Technology (Japan).
A Condot representative shared that the products mainly are used for numbering, bar coding in the packaging industry, and also for variable data printing in mail applications, printing onto A3 and A4 pages. He also noted that TIJ technology has two benefits that Indian customers especially appreciate, (1) its ability to print both scannable code and very small alphanumeric fonts and (2) the environment friendliness of water-based TIJ inks.
Control Print Limited is an Indian coding equipment manufacturer, with two manufacturing facilities in India (Nalagarh and Vasai) and 11 regional offices across the country. With a product range that includes CIJ printers, large character inkjet printers, thermal transfer overprinters & electrophotographic digital printers, the company provides solutions to its various clients in industries such as automotive, chemicals, metals, and building materials industries, as well as the food, beverage, and other fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) categories.
Like Condot, Control Print also functions as a distributor for coding equipment made by overseas partners. The products displayed during the show include Alpha Jet C, a CIJ printer which is designed and manufactured with German technology from KBA-Metronic. The company is also represents the laser coders of Macsa (Spain), such as the K-1000 for product coding. Control Print appears to be a substantial company and a true manufacturer in its own right, a maker at least of large character inkjet printers such as the P200 and NP200, as well as possibly other coder categories such as hot roll coders.