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International Seminar on Tinplate Packaging held in Mumbai

The 2nd International Seminar on Tinplate Packaging ‘Cannovation' was held at Hotel Taj Lands End, Mumbai on 8th November 2005. The event, jointly organized by Tinplate Promotion Council (TPC) and Indian Institute of Packaging (IIP) focused on the new ideas and innovations in tinplate packaging across the world. Renowned experts from the world of packaging spoke at the Seminar and put forward their perspectives on how innovation and designing is giving better packaging solutions to the consumers today.

The Seminar stressed on the fact that innovation is key to development of consumer friendly tinplate packaging. In the context that India is emerging as ‘Food Factory to the World’ with its rich agriculture, dairy, fruits and vegetables resources, it was felt that tinplate packaging, being the most suitable medium for edibles and processed food, is poised to grow and would be partner in growth towards establishing India’s leadership position in this sector. Other eminent speakers at the Seminar included Mr. Olivier Magon, Project Manager, Arcelor Packaging International, France, Mr. Evert van de Weg, Packaging Consultant, Netherlands, Mr. P. A. Pai, Director Recon Machine Tools, Mr. Carl Hoying, President, SBC Global, USA, Prof. Manubhai D. Shah, Chairman Emeritus, CERC and others.

The exhibition which was inaugurated by Mr B Muthuraman, the Chief Guest earlier in the day, showcased the state of art in Tinplate Value Chain and got overwhelming response from the delegates.

The seminar brought together senior decision makers from the government and industry, besides national and international experts in the field, and facilitated meaningful interface on the current and future needs of the metal packaging industry. The seminar reemphasised that Tinplate, the "green" packaging medium is not only safe for products, but is totally recyclable and renewable. Moreover, with its excellent printability, Tinplate ensures a distinct brand differentiation.

After a business like seminar during the day, the evening was a time to celebrate the Packaging excellence in a relaxed atmoshphere through a glittering TPC Awards Nite anchored by Mr Siddhartha Basu of KBC fame. The Chief Guest on the occasion was Mr Subodh Kant Sahai, Hon’rable Union Minister, Food Processing Industry, Govt. of India. 18 Role Models in the industry were recognized for driving towards Innovation & Consumer Convenience in Metal Cans. The “Can of the year” Award went to Zenith Tins for shaped Cans.

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