IFCA seminar discusses technology for sustainability in packaging

Gaurav Talwar of Brilliant Polymers welcoming Edward Kosior at IFCA seminar. Brilliant Polymers was a platinum sponsor of the seminar


The Indian Flexible Packaging & Folding Carton Manufacturers Association (IFCA) organized a seminar discussing technology for sustainability in consumer packaging at the Bombay Exhibition Centre, Mumbai on 28 September 2018. The seminar was hosted alongside PackEx 2018 exhibition.

Brilliant Polymers was a platinum sponsor of the IFCA seminar. The sessions started with keynote speaker Suresh Gupta, chairman Huhtamaki – PPL giving some insights of the packaging industry followed by Ramaiah Muthusubramanian, director of Unilever, speaking about sustainable flexible packaging at Unilever.

In his keynote speech, Gupta addressed the issue of waste management. He said, “Today what is Plastic Waste Management will become Packaging Waste Management and finally turn into Solid Waste Management.”

Muthusubramanian shared that Unilever will move from linear to circular economy. “The strategy is to educate the consumer, enable EPR models and collection infrastructure, and also enable recycling and recovery infrastructure,” he said.

Brilliant Polymers sponsored a talk on Sustainable Packaging and Plastic Recycling by Edward Kosior, MD – Nextek. Kosior stressed on the need to end the dig-use-discard era and recover the materials the manufacturers make so, that it can be recycled. Kosior holds several patents for the recycling plastics and been instrumental in the introduction of recycled plastics into food packaging in Europe and Australia (PET, HDPE and PP). He is also working on mitigating plastics in oceans and encouraging adoption of science and best practices in avoiding the environmental problems facing developing countries.

The seminar also had other very interesting sessions including an inspirational talk by Mount Everest summiteer Captain Sandeep Mansukhani followed by Ramesh Ramchandran, associate director of PepsiCo, speaking on packaging development in PepsiCo. Ramchandran said, “We must evolve our packaging materials and upstream supply-chain. Shipping less air into the chips packets have numerous benefits such as it improves the overall supply chain density.”

The IFCA seminar was a great opportunity to network with big flexible packaging converters, raw material suppliers, inks and adhesive manufacturers, and film suppliers in addition to speaking with customers regarding the latest market trends and developments.

— Dev Kumar Dutta