Dear Members,

Seasons Greetings to All of you.

I have been fortunate to begin my term with an eventful calendar.  The first activity of my tenure has been the 2-day Comprehensive Course in Corrugated Packaging this year was hosted by GCBMA and was held on 4th & 5th Jan 2019 at Novotel Ahmedabad. This course was exceptionally managed by Team GCBMA and had a record attendance of 128 students. I am grateful to FCBM Seminar and Workshop Committee Chairman Sri Ramkumar Sunkara and Co Chairman Shri Amit Jain for continuing the good work of educating our members and improving their technical knowledge. Thereafter I had the unique experience of participating in the World Orange Festival held from 19th to 21st Jan 2019 at Nagpur. This event hosted by WICMA and supported by FCBM NMDC Committee gave good mileage to our federation. With the efforts of WICMA Vidarbha Division Convener  Shri Kirtikumar Gandhi myself and our FCBM NMDC Chairman Shri Achyut Chandrahad a healthy interaction with Union Minister Shri Nitin Gadkari and Chief Minister of Maharashtra Shri Devendra Phadnavis. I am confident this dialogue we have initiated will help us in bringing attention to our Industry and help us to address our issues in a better manner at the right forum. Further I along with my team of office bearers and several members from across our regions participated in the Printpack India 2019 organised by Indian Printing Packaging and Allied Machinery Manufacturers’ Association (IPAMA) from 1st to 6th Feb 2019 India Expo Centre, Greater Noida, Delhi-NCR. I had the privilege of being Guest of Honour at the inauguration of the event. There were more than 450 exhibitors from India and abroad at this premier event for graphics art and packaging.

I was also present for the Inaugural Session of the 43rd Certificate Course in Corrugated Packaging being hosted by WICMA from 11th to 15th Feb 2019. During this visit Team WICMA accompanied me to the Cardboard Café a hip restaurant at B.K.C. Bandra made entirely from corrugated board. The concept developed by our world renowned member Shri Haresh Mehta was one of its kind in the world. I would request all of you given the opportunity to visit the place once and open your imagination to the possibilities of the corrugated board. Thereafter I also had the pleasure of gracing another 2-day Comprehensive Course in Corrugated Packaging hosted by UPCBMA, Kanpur Chapter and was held on 16th &17th February 2019 at Hotel Royal Cliff , Kanpur.

Just recently I had been invited by UPCBMA Varanasi Chapter to a seminar on 9th March 2019. The topics discussed were Packaging of Fruits and Vegetables, Use of Solar power for corrugating Industry and Role of adhesive in corrugated box performance. I was fortunate to share the dias with Padamshri Dr Rakjnikant Dwivedi who laid great stress on the importance of corrugated packaging. This seminar was being held on the sidelines of the 2nd FCBM Managing Committee being hosted UPCBMA, Varanasi Chapter. The seminar and our activities received wide coverage in all prominent dailies of Varanasi. I and the managing committee members had the pleasure of visiting the famed Kashi Viswanath temple for early morning darshan as well as witnessing late evening Ganga Aarti at the Dashashwamedha Ghats from the comfort of the boat. Special arrangements had been made for the same by UPCBMA Varanasi Chapter. This was truly an unforgettable spiritual experience. This followed by a very interactive managing committee where a broad number of issues were discussed. All our Subcommittee Chairmen worked very hard in preparing an extensive calendar of activities for our members and I am very sure that this managing committee a healthy blend of new and old members will do wonderfully well in the coming year.

A number of our members will be visiting SinoCorrugated 2019 at Shanghai from 7th -11th April. I am sure they will find the visit very informative and they come back with renewed energy and ideas to grow business in our country and ensure that our industry gains momentum in the days to come.

Our in House FCBM Connect App is also gaining traction and I request all of you to use the app and experience the exclusive offers being launched on the app from time to time.

Finally it gives me great pleasure to formally announce that the 48th FCBM Conference will be hosted by RCBMA in the pink city of Jaipur at Hotel Fairmont from 20th to 22nd December. This ultra-luxury property considered as one of the finest destination venues in our country will host our annual conference and associated exhibition. Team RCBMA have made elaborate plans to ensure that this will be one of the most enjoyable conference to date. I wish them all the luck and look forward to your participation in record numbers. Needlessly to say Jaipur in December and the company of our fellow members is a unmissable event.

We at FCBM are working very hard to make rapid progress in all spheres with the support of the managing committee and the sub-committee chairmen. However, I look forward to your total support, wholehearted participation and prompt feedback so that our efforts bring benefit to every member and help the industry on the whole.

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