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Emerging Role of

Corrugated Packaging in
Global Scenario
Harish Madan
Past-President,
Federation of Corrugated Box Manufacturers of India
Director, SnS Containers Pvt. Ltd., Dehradun

Historical Perspective

Corrugated
Packaging

50 Year old industry.


Initially Corrugated Boards were
imported from Japan.
Over a few Years,
8 10 Automatic Board Making Plants were imported.
These Plants are still in operation at
various places in India.

Corrugated
Packaging

Fragmentation of the industry.


Mushrooming of box units all over India.
Manual and semi automatic machines set up.
Industry reserved for SSI Sector.
Resulted in constraints of technology development.

Present Scenario
Wave of Globalization sweeping the industry.
Many global brands entering India.
Demand for high quality boxes of
international standards increasing.
Consolidation taking place.

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Packaging

Technology Development

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Integrating Manufacturing Processes.


Indian Machinery Mfrs takes on the challenge and
start making Automatic Plants.
25 to 30 Indigenous Automatic Plants installed
in last 10 years B U T.. s p e e d s < 50mtrs/mnt

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Packaging

Printing Processes on corrugated transform


from screento offset to Flexo.High Speed
Flexo
Ceramic Anilox Rolls upto 400dpi.
PLC Controlled High speed, Multi Colour Flexo
Printing Machines with Slotter, Die Cutter units

The China Factor

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Packaging

Enter Chinese Corrugating Lines


Speeds > 100mtrs/mnt to 4 5 0 mtrs/mnt ! !
Converting Machines-Printers, Slotter, Diecutters
Machine manufacturers capable of producing
almost 300 plants in a year ! !

Initial resistance to high cost of the


Plants gradually being overcome.
More and more progressive Corrugators
opting for sophisticated Chinese plants.
10 to 12 Chinese plants already installed.
Another 10 plants in pipe line.

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Packaging

Quality

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Packaging

Awareness for the need of Systems to maintain


Consistency in Quality for our Customers.
Corrugators started implementing
Quality Systems and attaining ISO Certification.

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Packaging

Modern Quality Systems like ISOs, Six Sigma,


4M, etc., are being put in place, resulting in higher
Productivity and Consistency in Quality.
Streamlined Shop Floors.
Material Handling Systems are being put to use.

Future Outlook

Corrugated
Packaging

Educated and enlightened entrepreneurs


entering the industry.
Indian Corrugated Industry ready for a quantum
leap in terms of Quality, Productivity and
Technology.
Box making industry will endeavor to be at par
with international standards.

Benefits

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Packaging

Improved Management Practices.


Better Quality Boxes with good graphics > Value Add
Capability to deliver large volumes at short lead time.

Future Outlook
On the machinery side, technology upgradation
is imperative, to match the speeds and
sophistication of Chinese machines.
Some alliances between Indian and Chinese/
Taiwanese machinery manufacturers
are on the anvil.

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Packaging

Constraints

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Packaging

Quality and fluctuating prices of Kraft Paper.


High Import duty.
Excise Duty Structure.

Efforts by F C B M
FCBM appealing to concerned authorities
to remove constraints.

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Corrugated Box continues to be the most


preferred mode of Packaging because of its versatility,
strength, cost-effectiveness and eco-friendliness.
As shipping container or secondary package
the box has few rivals.

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Packaging

Emerging as a Primary Pack, POP, Pallet, etc.


Box is also being effectively used
as a marketing tool.
Consumer friendly packages.

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Packaging

Innovative Designs
Value Engineering for Cost Innovations.
Improved Graphics, great Value Addition
Eco-friendly material fitments are making
corrugated boxes the preferred choice for packing
fresh fruits, vegetables, electrical, electronic
equipments and a host of other applications.

Customer sees better value-addition


in a corrugated box

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Future Challenges
Higher Strength
Lesser Weight
Better Graphics
Lower Tolerances

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Future Challenges
Shorter lead times
JIT Deliveries
Quality Certifications
Incorporation of Bar Codes,
RFID as part of Box

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Packaging