Dear members of FCBM,
Seasons’ Greetings to one and all!!
It’s a proud privilege for me to address you as the President and thank you once again for your love & affection and giving me an opportunity to lead this fine federation for the year 2017-18.
We all had a good time at the Annual Conference in Pune and once again I heartily congratulate the Chairman, Vice Chairman and Organizing Committee for making it a grand success.
Our corrugated industry is a major contributor to the GDP of Indian economy. It is important for the industry to survive and to increase the business and that is possible only with catering to the demands of the new market development. The industrial growth can be well supported by the Federation and our Regional Associations as it has been rightly said : ‘ United We Stand…’
In view of the above, I have laid down the plans and policies of “GROWTH UNLIMITED“ for the year 2017-18 and appraised the members present at the Conference. It is my pleasure to provide the brief outline of the plans and policies, and with the support of Managing Committee, Past Presidents and Regional Presidents, we shall fulfill our dreams and reach greater heights during the year.
The plans and policies of the year are as follows:
- Growth in Membership: To increase membership strength across our Country by the end of the year.
Target: Increase membership strength by 700 and touch 3,000 by the end of the year.
- Growth in Knowledge: Seminars and Workshops to be held by Regional Associations to enhance knowledge of our members in our product and innovation and development.
Target: Every Regional President to organize 3 seminars i.e. One seminar in every four months.
- Growth in Quality: To strengthen our R & D activities in all the respective R & D Centres and establish R & D Centres in all the other Regions who do not have their own Labs.
Target: To set up 7 additional R & D Centres
To meet these objectives, plans & policies of the year, I am further pleased to inform that we have formed several committees which are being headed by the responsible members and the details of the same are attached herewith.
I am indeed pleased to inform that the actions have begun. Chairman of New Markets Development Committee, Shri. Milan Dey and his team have taken initiative to participate in the “World Orange Festival“ at Nagpur. This might give an opportunity to the corrugators to develop the said market. My heartiest congratulations to the Chairman and his team.
At the end I can only say, the Action Speaks !!
Hence my appeal to each and every member to come forward with your valuable suggestions, creative ideas, and positive thoughts to ensure the corrugators feel proud to be part of our Federation.
I do not believe in the word Impossible. I strongly believe that Nothing is Impossible. As it has been rightly said, When There is A Will There Is A Way. So great future awaits all of us.
Another year gone. Another one beckons, I wish all of you Happy New Year. New Year always brings hope and aspirations and let us start our efforts to fulfill our hope.
First of all let me sincerely thank you for the trust you bestowed in electing me to the highest office of our Federation. My predecessors have done wonderful job. We bear witness to the enduring strength of our Fraternity in Federation.
Lot many changes are taking place everyday and very positive and a matter to boost the economy, the stable government is formed, after the lapses of several years, and addressing the need to shape up India’s industrial prominence, our Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s agenda for development started with the unveil of “MAKE IN INDIA” a global phenomenon focusing on transforming the country into the world’s largest manufacturing hub.
The Make in India campaign is going to bring the packaging industry into limelight. When you “Make in India” you are going to “Pack in India”. Almost all products are being packed in corrugated Boxes. Today we continue a never ending journey to bridge the requirement of consumer by constantly innovating to keep up with changing demand as well as to stand out in increasingly competitive environment. If we update ourselves with the time, with circumstances and with new generation, having new ideas, we will have an opportunity to be more creative than ever before.
As the time has changed let us change ourselves too and pledge faithfully that we can meet any unmet demand of consumer by our innovative ideas and creations.
A number of steps have been taken by government to speed up green clearances but the government is also considering the suggestions to achieve its twin goals of economic growth and environmental protection. Save the trees, Save the planet. In order to save the trees, wooden boxes will have to be substituted by Corrugated Boxes. No doubt in most of the cases wooden boxes have already been replaced by Corrugated Boxes. But let us try to replace the same totally in the interest of balancing ecology as well as economic growth and hence it is vital that innovative ideas will only help achieve the goal.
As the “MAKE IN INDIA” campaign will trigger the manufacturing Industries, which will further trigger the consumption of packaging material this in turn will bring direct demand for techno-experts in packaging. Indian Institute of Packaging is going to start degree course is most welcome step. But the demand for qualified-technical experts cannot be met, unless- more and more academical institutions are opened up throughout the nation. Atleast all the region should organise technical sessions and educational institutes should offer the course in packaging in all regions.
E-commerce is now a booming sector in India and depends on corrugated packages, which is expected to further aid the growth in the packaging Industry. Growth of manufacturing segment in India will itself increase the need for packaging and related opportunities. There are number of companies that need packaging professionals in the country.
With the changing of time and habits of consumer we will have to think and innovate to meet consumer’s unmet needs to be successful. Incase of fruits and vegetables etc. We can definitely innovate the packaging which may help us to sell our boxes as product item instead of tailor-type item. We have already witnessed and seen the boxes of same type which can be used as product item in case of grapes, apple and mangoes packaging. It is a matter of persuasion and innovation for us to develop the boxes as product item for Lemon, Tomatoes and other variety of Vegetable & Fruits. I am more than confident and sure that our industry can and will develop such packings without fail. There are genius and innovative minds in our industry backed by the experience and highly technical seniors services at our disposal-all having welfare about the packaging industry at heart and keen to help, which has taken our Federation to such high esteemed level. So all my predecessors have offered their helping hand to me for the betterment of industry.
Even the Chairman of New Market Development- Committee Mr. Milan Dey is working very hard on all such issues-and will be happy to share the views expressed by any of our friends in FCBM. He is keen that this is the joint efforts of all the regions and all regional president has to come forward with the ideas and views for the betterment of industry. Friends let us join hands together & pave a way to tape the venues for corrugated boxes so long remaining untapped.
The team GCBMA were working day and night for the successful implementation of 43rd conference of FCBM at Udaipur in December 2014. Their admirable efficiency and warm hospitality ensure that delegates from all over India & abroad enjoyed themselves and got the most they can from the conference. The conference was filled with fellowship, fun & enrichment. I am sure those who have attended the conference carry sweet memories of the pinnacle experience at Conference in Udaipur.
To conclude I look forward to your suggestions and co-operation and support to take FCBM to further height of glory. I also seek the guidance and advise from past presidents and my seniors to steer the way to progress & glory of FCBM.
With warm Regards,
P. S. Shah
Ex. Officio FCBM
Welcome to FCBM - the Federation of Corrugated Box Manufacturers of India.
FCBM - the apex body of India’s corrugated packaging industry is regarded as one of the most active and well organized trade bodies in the country.
Activities of the FCBM include: Research & Development; Establishing and Publishing Standards and Technical Booklets; Encouraging excellence through CORRUSTAR Awards. Publishing “THE CORRUGATOR” magazine and organizing Technical Seminars.
This website www.fcbm.org keeps you informed of the activities and events of the Federation besides highlighting statutory regulations for Corrugated box makers from time to time.
We have also introduced Classified sectionfor members to make use of.
The Annual Conference of FCBM is organized and hosted by one of the Regional Associations – every year. Last year’s conference - was organized by Kerala Association.
The forthcoming 45nd FCBM Conference will be held in Chandigarh in November 2016.
All new website has been launched on 08 September 2016.
We do hope you’ll browse through the various pages and give us your feedback to enable us to update and improve the content.
Shri M V M Bharat