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8 to 9 May 2019, New Delhi, India

Asian packaging conference_019

Shaping the Future of Print and Packaging in Asia


Titled SHIFT_019, this year we celebrate the 17th edition of Asian Packaging Conference.


SHIFT_019 is Asia’s premiere labels and packaging conference. Over two days, the conference will be filled with enlightening presentations, thought-provoking discussions and networking opportunities.


When & Where?


8 – 9 May 2019

Novotel Aerocity, New Delhi, India


Who should visit?


Business owners and suppliers, packaging printers, converters, brand owners and designers.




“Investing for Sustainability & Financial Returns”

This year’s theme aim to address two of the most pressing issues faced by you today:


  • Sustainability: Dealing with environmental and legislation changes, Achieving Sustainability with Plastics and Substrate Use, How to go Solvent-Free.  

  • Return on Investment (ROI) – How to invest in new technology, Making money with new investments,  Dealing with price sensitivity, Facing “Show me the Money” issues head on.


We pride in bringing you thought-leaders and experts from around the world.




“The Impact & Benefits of Digital Workflows and IOT on Label Printing”


MPS Systems BV


Tim Klappe has worked in the graphics arts industry in the Asia Pacific region for more than 27 years. He has worked in several countries for Heidelberg, set up Manroland in Indonesia and managed the HP channel partner in the Philippines. Before joining MPS Systems at the end of 2017, Tim was responsible for OneVision software in Asia Pacific, providing specialized workflow solutions for label and other printing applications. Tim is based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and is tasked with setting up sales and service for MPS Systems in the Asia Pacific Region.

“Shaping packaging with productive, sustainable and state of the art machinery”


Marketing & Sales Director Web Fed Solutions, BOBST MEX SA


Based in Switzerland, Alfred brings a varied 40 year career in the graphic arts and packaging machinery field with a rich background in design, folding cartons, corrugate, flexible, fine printing – in short, the entire gamut of the industry. Alfred will provide a comprehensive view of Bobst’s latest innovations of integrated solutions for the  packaging industry.


“Advanced Ultrasonics as an investment for sustainability and financial returns”


Managing Director, Alphasonics Advanced Ultrasonic Cleaning Systems


A design engineer by profession, David began Alphasonics in 1993 in Liverpool UK. Since that time he has based the company’s technological developments on solid engineering principles and practices and Dave believes that this ‘feet on the ground’ approach has been a major force behind the achievements that the company has realised over the past 25 years.

“Trends in Sustainable and Innovative Packaging”

Key Account Manager for Asia, DIC


Having grown up in Chicago, Mr Kashiwagi graduated with a Degree in Commerce from Japan’s Doshisha University in 1999 before commencing his career with the International Division of DIC. He has held various positions in Japan and overseas within the DIC Group of Companies and is currently the DIC Key Account Manager for Asia.


 “Sustainability through Standardisation of Pressroom”



Managing Director, Pressman Solutions & Idealliance South Asia


Based in India, Selvan is a qualified trainer and consultant for improving print quality to world standards. Selvan in a print specialist with expert qualifications for G7, BrandQ and UGRA. He is also India’s committee representative for ISO TC 130. As managing director, he is partner to companies such as CGS Publishing Technologies, Bodoni, Printflow, GTI, etc. Selvan holds graduate engineer qualification in printing technology.


"Doctor Blades – Optimize quality and productivity for flexo and gravure"

Technical Sales Manager Asia Pacific, Prime Blade


Tom has worked in the Flexible Plastics Printing and Packaging Industry for almost all of his working life. Practically grew up on Production Floor, being fully and heavily involved in the manufacturing and technical processes as well as in the overall operational management of the printing and packaging businesses in Melbourne, Australia and also in The Philippines. Joined MDC Daetwyler Singapore in 2012 as Technical Sales Support, specializing in providing technical assistance to clients and agents in their Doctor Blade side of the business as well in their Rotogravure Cylinder Making Line Facility for the Southeast Asia Market Region.


"Solutions for Increased Productivity and Sustainability in CI Flexo - EASY-COL"

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General Manager Sales & Marketing, WINDMÖLLER & HÖLSCHER INDIA PVT. LTD.


Anuj is an MBA in marketing and a mechanical engineer. He has been with W&H since 13 years and is responsible for group’s Sales & Marketing activities for Indian-subcontinent (except Pakistan). At present he is looking after business development for W&H for both flexible and woven segments.

"Flexographic Printing Trends”




Giuseppe follows UTECO sales in South Asia and the far east region. Since 2009, Giuseppe has been following the Indian market as Sales Area Manager in renewable energies and the railway sector. Holding a degree in Electronic Engineering at Padova University, Giuseppe has been working for 10 years as an R&D firmware engineer in power electronics companies. 


"Having More On Your Plate: Flexo Plates Like You've Never Seen Before"



Technical Director - Asia Pacific, Flint Group

A familiar face in the conference, Supachai is a seasoned technical speaker at the Asian Packaging Conference sine 2004. Supachai has been with Flint Group for 17 years and today serves as Technical Director for the Asia Pacific region. From 2012 to 2018, he was the director of the Thai Packaging Association. Supachai also guest lectures at printing and packaging courses at several universities across Asia.

"Is there a GREEN side to Digitalizing your print production while still delivering profit?”




Klaus Nielsen has recently taken on the role of General Manager, Xeikon Asia where he will oversee Xeikon’s ongoing growth in the Asia Pacific region, Greater China, Japan and Australia and New Zealand. Klaus Nielsen started his career with Heidelberg in 1996 where he held various roles including Business Unit Manager (India) Project Manager (Australia), National Sales Manager (New Zealand) and Product & Marketing Director (Korea). He also held the role of Managing Director in India 2007 to 2018.

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"The Success Formula of the Future  (A Discussion on Outlook & Trends)"


President, APTech


Thayer joined NPES (now called APTech, the Association for Print Technologies) in April 2016, bringing eight years of effective leadership experience in all aspects of association management including strategic plan development, trade show management, government affairs, education and foundation work. With nearly 20 years of association experience, Thayer previously served as Executive Vice-President and CEO of the Independent Electrical Contractors. He directed IEC’s robust policy and advocacy program, as well as the organization’s public relations program, conferences and national tradeshow, and industry publications. Prior to IEC, Thayer served as President and CEO of the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) which he joined from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).


Presented by

Pernilla Jonnsson, APTech

"Process Improvements – A Pathway to Profitability”

Director of Global Sales & Marketing

Isaam Lutfiyya is the Director of Global Sales & Marketing, and SaaS Business Unit Leader for BALDWIN Vision Systems (formerly QuadTech), responsible for global sales operations and strategy. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from Marquette University and an MBA from Cardinal Stritch University. He is currently finishing a Doctorate degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Strategic Management from the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater. Prior to his print industry experience, Isaam spent 20 years serving in several capacities in the healthcare industry, with his final 10 years being at Pfizer.


"Global Trends and Opportunities in Textiles"


President Asia Pacific, Kornit

Andy has been in the industry for 20 years. 12 years ago he started working for EFI, managing EFI’s Fiery business with Xerox in the UK, Ireland and Nordic countries. Following many years of market-share growth and success with EFI in Europe, Andy moved to Japan in 2014 to head EFI’s Fiery business in Asia Pacific including China and India, and he was responsible for managing a team of Sales and Pre-Sales Technical people covering the local and regional HQ businesses with EFI’s Alliance partners such as: Canon, Ricoh, Konica Minolta, and Fuji Xerox. In 2017 Andy was given overall responsibility for all EFI’s businesses and product range, including display graphics printers, textiles, ceramics, building materials, and corrugated including the revolutionary Nozomi C18000 press, as well as EFI’s Productivity Software business. Seeking a new challenge, Andy joined Kornit in February 2019 and he is currently the President for Asia Pacific of the whole Kornit portfolio. Kornit focuses on Digital textile printing solutions for the garment, apparel and textile industries.

"Enabling Conversion From Gravure To Flexo Process Printing For Thin Films And Higher Productivity Benefits”

Presented by

Hrishikesh Kulkarni, Miraclon



With over 40 years experience in the printing industry, Steve has been involved at the leading edge of most of the technologies that have transformed the industry over that time, particularly from the graphic reprographics side. Over the last decade he has been involved in the packaging sector with Kodak flexographic plate technologies that are benefiting both the brand and the printer, which as a result is transforming the quality expectations of flexographic printing to a level previously thought to be unachievable. To today where Gravure to Flexographic conversions are now a reality.

Steve is engaged with the Application Development Group of the Kodak Flexographic Packaging division, focusing on Gravure to Flexographic conversions.

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"Improving ROI with new Flexo Plate Technologies" 

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Territory Manager - South Asia, DuPont Advanced Printing 

Mr. Kirsur is a Printing Technologist and has been working with DuPont Advanced Printing in the flexo plate making business for 17+ years. He is currently responsible for sales in India’s west and south region and Sri Lanka.

"Into the Digital Packaging Fast Lane”


Segment manager – HP Indigo

A printing engineer by qualification, Umesh has more than 10 years of experience working in the printing packaging industry.

He has worked with companies like Esko earlier, and is now working with HP Indigo for the past couple of years managing the packaging segment. His job involves working with Brand Owners to leverage on the new developments in digital print for packaging & how HP’s technology can be used for increasing consumer engagement, brand protection, reduce packaging waste & making a pack more sustainable.

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"Overview of technology trends and innovation potential in rotogravure cylinder manufacturing" 



International Sales Manager - Maschinenfabrik Kaspar Walter GmbH

Markus is the international sales manager at Maschinenfabrik Kaspar Walter GmbH with market responsibility for India, Thailand, Malaysia and Vietnam. With a key market focus in India, he is founder and managing director at aw solution GmbH, Berlin, responsible for market development and sales programs for German equipment manufacturing companies for new markets. He has 15 years of experience in international sales of machine building, plant engineering, automation industry in emerging countries.

"Find your WOW - What Owners Want!


Director of Marketing - QLM Label Makers Group

If you are looking for colour and movement, this is the session not to miss. Lindsay has been working with customers across Asia Pacific to determine what makes you stand out in a crowd. As manufacturers we often forget that we need to sell ourselves nor understand the role we play in marketing print services. Find out how Lindsay has been adding the WOW factor to marketing campaigns and products, and how you can apply these to your business and customers. 

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"What we look for in a Supplier: Beyond the Sale!"



S.B. Packagings Pvt Ltd

In a special stage, Amit Banga and Saurabh Jain from India-based packaging printing company, S.B. Packagings presented on what they look for in a supplier. Their presentation stressed upon the importance of active collaborations between packaging manufacturers and suppliers.

Asian Packaging Excellence Awards

Awards 2019

Congratulations to the winners of the 2019 Asian Packaging Excellence Awards!


Now in its 17th year, the competition recognises and honours packaging excellence for the Asian region. There are 26 categories divided into four segments of Flexography, Rotogravure, Labels and Mockup.

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Click to download the 2019 Winner's Catalog

Winner's Roll



Narrow Web Flexibles Paper


GOLD - ITEK Packz (India)


Narrow Web Flexibles Film


GOLD - J.D. Precision Printing (Taiwan)

SILVER - Multiflex Polybags Pvt Ltd (India)

BRONZE - Letra Graphix Pvt Ltd (India)


Mid Web Flexibles Film


GOLD - TPN Flexpak Co Ltd (Thailand)

SILVER - Multiflex Polybags Pvt Ltd (India)

BRONZE - Letra Graphix Pvt Ltd (India)


Wide Web Flexibles Film


GOLD - S.B. Packaging Pvt Ltd (India)

GOLD - Scientex Great Wall (Ipoh) Sdn Bhd (Malaysia)

SILVER - Multiflex Polybags Pvt Ltd (India)


Post Print Corrugated


GOLD - Diamond Biowood Sdn Bhd, printed by GS Paperboard & Packaging (M) Sdn Bhd (Malaysia)

SILVER - NPP Box Co., Ltd (Thailand)




Paper & Metallised Paper


GOLD - United Graphic Expression Corporation (Philippines)

SILVER - Huhtamaki PPL Limited (India)


Films Surface Print


GOLD - S.B. Packaging Pvt Ltd (India)


Films Reverse Print


GOLD - Prime Packaging Co. Ltd (Thailand)

SILVER - Cyberprint Group Co., Ltd (Thailand)

BRONZE - Flex-ible Plas Co., Ltd (Thailand)

BRONZE - Print Master Co., Ltd (Thailand)




GOLD - Huhtamaki PPL Limited (India)






GOLD - Letra Graphix Pvt Ltd (India)

SILVER - CCL Label (Thailand)

BRONZE - Anlac Labels (Vietnam)




GOLD - Anlac Labels (Vietnam)

SILVER - Fastroll Labels (M) Sdn Bhd (Malaysia)




GOLD - United Graphic Expression Corporation (Philippines)

SILVER - Thung Hua Sinn Co., Ltd (Thailand)


Combination Printing


GOLD - CCL Label (Thailand)

SILVER - Letra Graphix Pvt Ltd (India)

BRONZE - Fastroll Labels (M) Sdn Bhd (Malaysia)


Non Pressure Sensitive Material


GOLD - CCL Label (Thailand)




GOLD - QLM Label Makers (Vietnam)

SILVER - Syscon Labels & Packaging Co., Ltd (Thailand)

BRONZE - Fastroll Labels (M) Sdn Bhd (Malaysia)


Digital Packaging


GOLD - Thai Container Group Co., Ltd (Thailand)

SILVER - Bell Printers (India)

BRONZE - QLM Label Makers (Vietnam)



GOLD - ITC Packaging & Printing Business (India)

SILVER - Bell Printers (India)

BRONZE - Ploy Printing Part., Ltd (Thailand)






SHIFT_019 will be held at the very accessible Novotel Aerocity New Delhi Hotel.

For easy access to SHIFT_019, foreign visitors are recommended to stay at Novotel and Pullman Aerocity New Delhi. The hotels are picked for its easy accessibility. They are located adjacent to both international & domestic airport terminals, just 5 minutes drive away through the Airport Express Line.

For more info on venue and hotel booking, click here.

Incredible India

For the first time, Asian Packaging Conference will be held in beautiful India! Famous for its cultural heritage, gracious hospitality, natural wonders, and internationally renowned cuisine, it’s one of the most colourful and diverse countries in the world. Visit world-famous sites like the Taj Mahal, Fatehpur Sikri, the Pink City of Jaipur and beautiful forts and palaces while on your trip to India.


SHIFT_019 will be in India’s national capital of New Delhi. The city is easily connected via Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport.

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sponsors & partners

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