Amit Kale: Indian representation at Interpack surprised me

India should promote machinery manufactured in India, says Amit Kale, vice-president, Reliance after attending Interpack 2023

13 Jun 2023 | By Ramu Ramanathan

Amit Kale, vice-president, Reliance

Ramu Ramanathan (RR): Back after six years. What was the Interpack highlight for you?
Amit Kale (AK):
After six years, yes. I have visited Interpack twice before, but this time what surprised me was the number of Indian companies that were exhibiting and the number of Indian visitors.

RR: What caught your attention and why?
AK:
We have launched our FMCG vertical. We were looking for innovative packaging machines, also innovation in sustainable packaging like paper punnets (containers). Some notable innovations are replacing EPS with corn-based cushioning material, weight reduction, and rigid packaging with flexible stand-up pouches with spouts.

RR: More than 116 Indian manufacturers at the Interpack show. Good news for the Indian packaging industry or still some way to go?
AK:
This year getting a German visa was an uphill task. Still, looking at the Indian participation, I can proudly announce that the day is not far when a blue passport will have a visa on arrival in most western countries.

RR: Things you believe would make a difference if the Indian packaging fraternity learns to adopt from Interpack?
AK
: Our packaging fraternity should believe in our ability to transform and get solid recognition from the global packaging industry. The sector will reach the top; prioritising quality along with cost.

RR: Reliance prospects at Interpack 2023?
AK:
Reliance will implement a few of the innovations that we witnessed at the show.

RR: One AHA thing you overheard at the show.
AK:
Weight reduction and replacement of rigid packaging with flexible stand-up pouches with spouts.

RR: Are you excited about Interpack 2026?
AK:
Of course, I am looking forward to more innovations and Indian participation.

RR: What should India's plans be for Interpack 2026? One suggestion.
AK:
To move the show from Dusseldorf to Mumbai. Machinery manufactured in India should be promoted. Also, India should partner with German manufacturing companies and get some ancillary equipment outsourced to India for cost benefits. Hence, I am looking forward to more participation from India.n
 

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