The 11th edition of Plastivision India 2020, organised from 16-20 January in Mumbai, witnessed an upsurge in Indian and foreign participation. The five-day show is held every three years. Among the highlights was the biggest ever Chinese presence at this year’s Mumbai show edition despite the threat of coronavirus looming large.
“We have hosted the biggest Chinese presence at the Plastivision India 2020, with more than 300 companies occupying almost 4,000 sq.m. and around 1,000 people in attendance,” claimed Kailash B. Murarka, Chairman, Plastivision India 2020 (PVI 2020). The Chinese have reportedly carried out substantial business during the show, which should be the highlight of the show considering lock-down of its several cities. As per organisers, most of the Chinese exhibitors had already confirmed their presence in the next edition of the show in 2023 as India remains one the key growth markets for China.
As part of giving spur to business between India and China, the 4th Edition of Indo-China B2B meeting, jointly organised by PVI & CMEC on 16 January, was attended by over 450 delegates.
PVI 2020 spreads over an area of 110,000 sq.m. with 1,420 exhibitors from 25 countries. The exhibition was held at Bombay Exhibition Center (BEC) Grounds. Interestingly, the number of exhibitors was the same as that of the previous edition, but there is an upsurge recorded in terms of space. The organisers claim around 230,000 visitors visited the show.
Around 550 foreign companies participated at the show and occupied an area of almost 5,000 sq.m. “The overseas participation is up by 50% as international companies exhibited in 2,500 sq.m. during the last edition,” claimed Mr. Morarka. The organisers are now targeting to sell 6,000 sq.m. of space to the overseas exhibitors in PVI 2023. Mr. Morarka further said, “The exhibition has grown by 15-20% in terms of overall space.”
The premier plastics industry show focused on sectors like recycling, Industry 4.0, plastics in medical, Plasti-culture, solar energy, start-up pavilion, job fair and consultant clinic etc. “The show also focused on alternative to single use plastics, circular economy, opportunity to smallest industry stake holder and MSME sector,” said Bharat Vyas, CEO (Exhibitions), All India Plastics Manufacturers Association (AIPMA).
As part of the concurrent event, a four-day conference on circular economy was also organised in association with Elite plus business knowledge partner attended by over 450 business delegates of national and international repute. Around 200 Indian and foreign speakers presented their papers during the conference.
On amount of business conducted in terms of value, Mr. Vyas confided, “As per preliminary reports INR 30 billion business and queries generated during PVI 2020.” Commenting on the significance of the show, Mr. Vyas added, “PVI presents much-needed platform and opportunity to connect with overseas plastics fraternity, share technological trends, optimisation of resources for the domestic audience.”
The dates of the 12th edition of Plastivision 2023 are also announced as the show would be organised in the month of February instead of January from 9-13 February 2023.
On growth expectations in the next show, Mr. Vyas stated, “We are expecting 10% growth in terms of exhibitors and space.” Interestingly, next edition would likely witness sizeable Iranian participation as Iran has already confirmed 2,000 sq.m. space for 2023 show.
Plastivision also travelled overseas with one of its version is scheduled in the Middle East as Plastivision Arabia at Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates regularly. The show also has one edition in South Africa. Now there is a plan to revive the African version again in the near future.
Aerodry launched Nano Gravimeteric Batch Blender with Dutch partner
Plastics auxiliary equipment and systems firm Aerodry Plastics Automation (www.aerodry.com) launched Nano Gravimetric Batch Blender at Plastivision 2020 in Mumbai. The new product was introduced in collaboration with Dutch partner and is economical, reliable and user-friendly blending system. It is suitable for large extruders, blow moulding machine designed for efficient dosing for free-flowing thermoplastic materials.
“We have globally launched it at the K Show but introduced at the show for the domestic market. The new Nano Gravimetric Blender is introduced in collaboration with Ferlin B.V. Holland,” informed Arun Pundir, Director (Technical), Aerodry Plastics Automation Pvt Ltd. Priced in between about $7,000 to 9,700, the nano blender has the capability to carry proper mixing of expensive material as per required properties for making hi-end products. Commenting on the product, the executive said, “This is a unique product and has no competition in the domestic market in this particular size.” Aerodry maintains technology alliance for the last one decade with the Netherlands based Ferlin Plastics Automation B.V. for gravimetric batch blending systems and Bolder Automations GmbH for extrusion process control & systems.
Mr. Arun Pundir, Director (Technical), Aerodry Plastics Automation Pvt Ltd.
Exhibiting for the eighth time at the show, Noida (near Delhi) based firm has recently signed techno-commercial agreement with Brescia (near Milan) based Nova Frigo Engineering Srl, which is in industrial refrigeration business from last more than four decades recently. As part of further expanding its footprints in the Southeast Asian market, Aerodry is also considering opening a marketing office in that market. “We are seriously considering opening marketing operation in Thailand to cater to the Thai and adjoining market specifically Vietnam etc.,” according to Mr. Pundir. Currently, Aerodry exports meagre 10% of the total production, to mainly markets of neighbouring countries like Nepal, Bangladesh & Myanmar and to the Middle East. The firm is also taking advantage of change in terms of export agreement with European technology partners, which opens up new markets for the Indian company. As per revised terms, it has been permitted to explore more markets in Asia Pacific.
Nu-Vu Conair showcased new dryer range
Nu-Vu Conair Pvt. Ltd. (www.conairgroup.com/india) is one of the leading plastic auxiliary equipment manufacturers in India. It showcased its newly developed models among other products at the Plastivision India 2020. The new models included the D Series Dehumidifying Dryer with PLC control and colour touch screen HMI, OTCU Series of Mould Temperature Controller, CBLT Series of Granulator as well as Multi Component Volumetric Doser.
“These new models come with technological advancements with enhanced features for efficient monitoring and IOT enabled control to cater to growing needs of plastic processors. Along with these new models, our regular products displayed at the booth included EarthSmart Series of Chiller and TB Series of Gravimetric Blender with TrueWeigh EPC System. Our equipment were also seen on live display at various OEM/partner booths in the expo,” explained Pradeep Chudasama, Asst. Manager – Marketing, Nu Vu Conair.
Mr. Pradeep Chudasama, Assistant Manager – Marketing, Nu Vu Conair
Nu-Vu Conair Pvt Ltd also expanded its Gujarat site. The new site spreads over 50,000 sq. ft. and was built on land acquired right opposite to the existing facility. The company has invested about $2 million in the site expansion. The site started operation in the first half of August last year and currently houses ultra-modern fabrication machinery. The expansion was carried out to build in-house capability for manufacturing parts. It also helps the company deliver utmost quality to customers at reasonable cost and at the same time meet tight delivery schedules.
Growing more than 15% annually from last few years in the domestic market, the company has been having pan-India presence and continues to increase customer base by offering world-class plastic auxiliary equipment, value-added services and customised solutions in India and in few overseas markets. Over the last couple of years, it has started focusing on export markets especially Middle East and Africa regions, which has started yielding better results. Nu-Vu Conair Pvt. Ltd., Ahmedabad, India is a joint venture company between Nu-Vu Engineers, Ahmedabad and Pennsylvania headquartered Conair Group.
Alok Masterbatches unveils eco-friendly solutions
The most compelling environmental challenges globally are piling-up of plastics, unsafe disposal of plastic waste and rising levels of landfills. In response to the environmental challenge posed by plastics, Alok Masterbatches (www.alokmasterbatches.com) debuted its range of non-toxic, biodegradable solutions and masterbatches, EnvoPlast. Developed at its Delhi-based R&D arm Alok Technology Incubation Centre (AITC) EnvoPlast offers compostable, non-toxic, bio-degradable solutions that can be used as an alternative to conventional non-biodegradable polyolefinic products. The oxo-biodegradable plastic reacts with oxygen and sunlight, and starts disintegrating, releasing carbon dioxide and water, finally generating a good quality of compost. “EnvoPlast is reusable & recyclable, does not require landfill and composting, no toxic releases, and processed on existing machinery and safe food contact,” explained Vikram Bhadauria, Managing Director, Alok Masterbatches.
Alok and Microban has recently forged strategic partnership for developing antimicrobial solutions in the Indian market. Microban is a US-headquartered company that leads the industry in antimicrobial technology and odour control solutions.
Mr. Vikram Bhadauria, Managing Director, Alok Masterbatches
Alok Masterbatches has one of the largest portfolios of more than 5,000 masterbatches, including a wide range of filler, colour and black masterbatch solutions. It has been recognised for exhibiting world-class safety processes and cutting-edge technologies, deployed at its manufacturing plant in Ranipet in Tamil Nadu. Currently, it operates one site each in Tamil Nadu and Rajasthan, along with two units each in Silvassa and Delhi with cumulative production capacity of 130,000 tonnes per month. It also operates an overseas site in the South American country of Paraguay.
Bry-Air debut world’s first water-less plastic dryer
Bry-Air unveiled the revolutionary DrySmart Green Series plastic dryer at the Plastivision India 2020. A breakthrough in plastic drying technology, it is the world’s first real water-less plastic dryer series providing improved performance with up to 40% reduction in process heat requirement. This super-intelligent series comes with breakthrough in rotor technology, reducing utility and installation cost. No heat ex-changer required for pre-cooling and neither is there any requirement for water hoses, cooling water/ coil making it a totally revolutionary solution offering.
Deepayan Kumar Das, Executive Vice President at Bry-Air explained, “India is a country with high humidity levels. Drying plastic resin is an art and science in itself and it has to be treated that way. Over 55 years of expertise in developing dehumidifying and drying solutions and catering to the plastics industry, Bry-Air launched its revolutionary DrySmart Green Series design based on the ‘art of drying’ and has taken it to the next level with its water-less drying capabilities.”
Mr. Deepayan Kumar Das, Executive Vice President, Bry-Air
Bry-Air is a global solution provider for plastics drying and conveying, humidity control, moisture removal and product drying, gas phase filtration, high temperature heat recovery, dry room solutions critical for lithium battery production and absorption cooling. Mr. Das further explained, “This series is an effort to continuously innovate and provide best-in-class desiccant-based technology to serve customers and the industry. The energy-efficient, hassle-free desiccant dryer eliminates cooling water requirement and also provides improved performance with greater mobility."
Pahwa Group subsidiary, Bry-Air Asia, operates state-of-the-art sites in India and fully-owned subsidiaries in Malaysia, China, Switzerland, Brazil and Nigeria and an associate plant in USA. With installations in over 85 countries, Pahwa Group filed 123 international patent applications in 13 new technologies (since 2007), of which 46 patents have been granted/allowed already.