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Key Technologies Involved in Transformation of the Equipment Manufacturing Industry

An article by Mr. Vikas Gupta, PRESIDENT ( TECHNICAL) – Kanchan Metals- SME Street
As the world of technology keeps on advancing and innovating, equipment manufacturers are leveraging exciting new opportunities that allow them to redefine their operations and processes. From advanced robotics to big data analytics and computer vision in warehouses, manufacturing technologies are huge in number and bringing unprecedented transformation. The vast choice often makes it difficult for manufacturers to decide which types of technologies are worth investing in and which can wait. Some of the sophisticated technologies being leveraged by equipment manufacturers include 3D printing, Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence etc. to reduce human intervention, improve operations’ speed and minimise errors.

Technological advancements have had various transformative effects on businesses. Some of these are compiling massive amounts of data for intelligent machine learning, usage of the internet by various objects to communicate etc. Such advancements have improved manufacturing efficiencies and are well-received in the sector. As we keep advancing into a new phase of industrial developments, we need to remember that the emerging industry is all about connecting humans and machines. The ongoing pandemic only accelerates the fusion.

As the trend continues, it is worth exploring the ways these technologies are fundamentally transforming the equipment manufacturing industry as we know it.

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)
The successful results of IoT in mainstream service industries advocated its use in production facilities. As a result, interconnected devices used within industrial production facilities are today tagged IIoT devices. The focus of IoT in the equipment manufacturing sector is on seamless process chains and networking of machines.

In industrial environments, IoT is being increasingly used for applications in automotive plants, industrial factories, pharmaceutical plants, electronics, F&B supply chains as well as in oil refineries. Some of the possibilities being created by IIoT in the manufacturing industry are optimization of processes, greater flexibility of production processes, increasing degree of automation, more accurate predictions of machine condition and more efficient maintenance etc.

Robotics
The role of smart robots is expanding in industrial production and equipment manufacturing. Robots can help automate repetitive tasks, reduce errors, enhance accuracy and help manufacturers focus on more productive areas. They improve efficiency right from handling raw material to finished product packing, are highly flexible and can be customized to perform complex job and highly cost-effective even for small manufacturing units. With continuous advances in robotics technology, it is more likely to become smarter, cheaper and more efficient.

Nanotechnology
Though the technology is still in the advancing stage, it will be indispensable to every manufacturing industry soon. It can deliver highly effective results in the industry such as creating stable and effective lubricants that are required in many industrial applications. Further, tire manufacturers are using polymer nano-composites in high-end tires to make them wear resistance.

3D Printing
3D printing has delivered amazing results in the product design field and is all set to take the equipment manufacturing world by storm. According to Markets and Markets, the global 3D printing market size is estimated to reach USD 34.8 billion by 2024. Also known as additive manufacturing, the technology is faster, agile and innovative. 3D printing significantly reduces design to production time, offers greater flexibility in production, simplifies the production of small-lot products from machine parts to prototypes, reduces manufacturing lead times drastically, minimizes waste etc.

Blockchain
Blockchain is hotly tipped as a technology with huge potential to transform business and day to day life. From technological perspective, blockchain technology has pushed new boundaries but looking at its potential, a lot of disruption is foreseen in the future. Many big players are confident that it will provide real value to industries and government organisations in need of innovative solutions for record keeping. Industrial manufacturers are currently using it to secure third-party collaborations within the manufacturing industry as well as secure supply chains.

Artificial Intelligence
AI is being aggressively used across various sectors. Industrial manufacturers are using it on the plant floor and in the front office to automate various tasks. In the future, AI-powered forecasting will become more advanced that will help equipment manufacturers align their supply chain with demand projections.

Big Data
The manufacturing industry is complex in terms of the variety of products and their features. As far as expanding production is concerned, companies can leverage big data to tackle the challenges. As the process of capturing and saving data is evolving, new standards in updating, sharing, transferring, querying, searching and information privacy are arising. When integrated with big data, manufacturing software like CMMS, MES, and manufacturing analytics can help find patterns and solve any problems. To summarise, big data ensures better quality assurance, customised product design, manages the supply chain and identifies potential risk.

Summing Up!

Technologies for industrial manufacturing reduce labor costs and waste as well as improve efficiency, making future manufacturing cheaper and more environment-friendly. Additionally, improved quality control ensures superior equipment which benefits both the customer as well as manufacturer.

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“For the food supply chain, it was beyond what any of us could have anticipated or prepared for,”

Raghav Gupta, Director at Kanchan Metals also accepts that the first and the second wave caused a huge disruption. “For the food supply chain, it was beyond what any of us could have anticipated or prepared for,” he says. However, Gupta also opines that lessons were learned and the manufacturing sector took steps to adapt to the new conditions. Where, tech-led innovations have supported the industry to rise above the challenges that were posed the first time around.

On the speculations about the third wave, Gupta says that the industry players are bracing themselves for whatever is to come. “We have begun stockpiling on essentials so that we can deliver the same to the customers when the time comes. we are building just-in-time inventories that help minimise storage costs. Wherever possible we have automated operations to also protect our staff. So, preparations are underway, and we hope to be ready for the third wave,” he asserts.

The same goes for the real estate sector as well, which started on an impressive note this year. However, the second wave obstructed the growth of the industry to some extent.- SME Futures

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Rise in recruitment of women in the equipment manufacturing industry

Manufacturing involves innovation and creativity. It is what we do all day and almost every day. The Indian manufacturing industry is witnessing exponential growth. In the Indian context, women in manufacturing were a rare sight earlier. However, that is changing now as the erstwhile male-dominated industry is now seeing women foraying steadily into the key roles spread out over equipment manufacturing landscape in the past few years.

According to research, women make up for 10-15% in the micro industries and for less than one-third of the total manufacturing industry workforce, right from assembly line and production to the C-suite. But this number has been fluctuating over the past three decades, bringing inconsistency to the ever-evolving industry. Women have remained under-represented in the manufacturing and heavy industries segment for various reasons – these require rough manual labour, long working hours, and it’s not as lucrative as other occupations. However, tides are changing and there are several ways to ensure the trend of women recruitment in manufacturing maintains an upward trajectory, thus shaping the next generation of the industry to be more gender-inclusive, innovative and rewarding for those making a career in this field.- The Economic Times, HR World

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How technology is transforming the snack manufacturing industry

Vikas Kumar Gupta
In the food industry, where margins are slim and labour intensive manufacturing environment has always existed, automation continues to make inroads to increase competitiveness through enhanced savings, efficiency, and productivity. According to a new market research report by Meticulous Research, the global food automation market is projected to reach $14.3 billion by 2025, growing at a CAGR of 7.5% from 2019.

Robotics and Automation in Food Manufacturing
Today, food manufacturing has become quite difficult within the intricate processes needed to carry out certain tasks. These processes include various cooking methods, picking and packing, preparing ingredients, as well as, improving the overall safety and hygiene of the food manufacturing environment.

As there has been a rising demand for lean manufacturing within the food industry, technology has been seamlessly integrated to make high precision movements within the workplace and mitigate workplace accident levels as much as possible. It is no wonder that technology is being adopted to do monotonous jobs. While there are minor chances for human error, there are no chances of fatigue from a robot.

The Indian Snack Food Market
The Indian snacks market will be worth more than Rs 1 billion by 2024, as per the Research and Markets report (2018-24). The lifestyle changes, ever-increasing number of working professionals, local availability of snacks in small packages in addition to the growing popularity of convenience foods are driving the market for snacks. Further, factors such as rising population and increasing disposable income affect retail market dynamics significantly.

The evolving needs of customers create complexity in the food production and distribution system. As people increasingly look for packaged food, snackable food and ready to eat options; food brands are installing technologically advanced machines to produce snacks like smoothies, yoghurts, dosa mix, healthy juice, and so on.

Though there was a time when the vast supply chain of the products had huge costs associated with it such as maintenance cost, transportation cost, machinery and infrastructure; the situation is no longer the same since the advent of advanced and indigenously developed equipment.

Food Processing Equipment Industry in India
The Indian food processing equipment market is growing at a steady rate. For example, the Indian snacks market alone is expected to be worth more than Rs 1 billion by the end of 2024, according to the Research and Markets report (2018-24).

The market is driven by the growing need to achieve food safety and fulfil the demand of its ever increasing population. Additionally, availability of processing equipment in different sizes, designs, configurations; increasing awareness among people about health consciousness; evolving dietary habits; and increasing consumption of processed and ready to eat food is further expected to enhance the market growth over the next few years.

According to Technova’s quarterly update about the performance of food processing equipment industry, the food processing industry is growing consistently and is expected to grow further on account of increasing acceptance of processed food in the Indian market. The gross value of plant and machinery deployed in the food processing sector will likely reach $51.19 billion by 2024-25.

Well established coffee chains, cafes, in-store bakeries, and quick-service restaurants are quickly leveraging the opportunity associated with snack and ready-to-eat food items – greater convenience, availability, and a wide range of variety in products. Further, rising urbanisation, an ever-increasing number of working professionals, lifestyle changes, the growing popularity of convenience foods along with local availability of snacks in small packages and increasing drive for greater taste, hygiene and consistency are driving the market for processed Indian food or Indian snacks. Factors such as rising population and increasing affect retail market dynamics significantly.

Benefits of Automation in Food Production
As rapid advancement in technology continues to increase the demand for improved food quality and safety, it has resulted in the growing implementation of automated systems in the food industry. The accelerated demand for processed and advanced packaged foods and increasing technological innovations further drives the need for automation in the food industry.

The benefits of automation in food production illustrate the reasons why those in the business see upgrading their systems as such an important way to increase competitiveness. The ability to produce a food product with the minimum use of ingredients, without compromising its appearance and quality, not only improves line efficiencies leading to bottom-line profit but also increases sales. Additionally, improving the traceability of ingredients provides the added benefit of improved food safety. Although widespread adoption of automation systems may still be a ways off, promising signs have been seen in quality control, improved safety, brand protection and an end to end traceability.

Emerging Trends in Food Processing Equipment
There is a growing demand for processing basic food items such as grains, fruits and vegetables in addition to shifting consumer behaviour towards more advanced value-added food categories. These demands can only be fulfilled with technologically advanced equipment, thus, increasing the demand for advanced methods, technology, and machinery. Further, there is a massive requirement for cold storage facilities across the value chain, pack houses at the farm gate, multi-modal logistics etc. Hence, equipment manufacturers specialising in machinery that support infrastructure creation across the value chain have an edge.

With the ever-evolving industry landscape, many food processing companies are expanding their product line-up or planning to do so in the coming years without making significant changes to their production process. Thus, versatile equipment that can produce different product types will be a preference.

India’s vast agricultural resources further create huge potential for investments in its food equipment industry. As the consumer is shifting towards more value-added food categories such as cheese, yoghurt and processed meat, it is working in favour of processing equipment market.

There exist huge opportunities within the food industry for automation to take place. As technology advances and the ability to manipulate complex shapes become easier, more opportunities for higher levels of automation are foreseen. Manufacturers need to remember that food items and their packaging evolve constantly to meet ever-increasing consumer expectations, and the technology must always take this into account. –Food & Beverage News

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Five must-have skills for women at work

Women these days are much more successful professionally than they have ever been. They make up a good ratio of managers and senior position holders and are starting to take over a host of different career paths which were erstwhile dominated by men, such as engineers, doctors, lawyers, marketing professionals and so on Mr. Raghav Gupta, MD, Kanchan Metals, believes these are the most sought -after skills for women to have for being successful at work:

Technical Skills:Having good technical skills leads to better productivity at work. Upskilling yourself will help to gain the technical skills required to perform the job successfully and it will instil self-confidence & competence in daily tasks.
Time Management:Time is money! It’s essential that you manage your time and meet your deadlines, both for achieving personal productivity and as a part of your responsibility towards your organisation. Efficient time management involves being punctual, focusing on and being capable of meeting deadlines, paying attention to detail, being motivated and enterprising to take initiatives.
Leadership:Leadership skills are an essential part of your role within an organization which is a lot broader than the ability to tell people what to do. To be an effective leader, you must have skills like budgeting, coordinating resources, coaching, taking decisions, planning & mentoring, setting goals, and gathering information.
Communication Skills:To build meaningful relationships with your clients and colleagues an effective written, verbal and nonverbal communication is necessary. In your career trajectory, you will be representing your business in spoken and written forms. And here you are expected to convey a positive image as that will reflect on your organisation too. This is where your professionalism and attention to minute details will set you up for success.
Teamwork:Being a professional, you should be able to “share responsibility with others, be able to communicate effectively, and meet a common goal.” For this, you should be able to resolve workplace conflicts, foster positive relationships and build and manage a team.
-Media Bulletins

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Tackling Indigenisation Challenges to Boost the Manufacturing Sector

Raghav Gupta is the Director of Kanchan Metals. The company is dedicated to providing end-to-end solutions to the needs of food processing firms in India. Motivated by his passion for providing the best possible services in the food processing industry, Raghav firmly believes that success is a result of one’s diligence and determination. Raghav has been a part of Kanchan Metals since 2011. Under his direction, the company has gained a unique position in the food processing industry in India. He believes that their customers help shape views about the business and its potential, thus opening doors for the organization to expand its business volume, in terms of equipment manufacturing and food product manufacturing divisions. He aims to make the company the preferred choice for food equipment and food product manufacturing for its customers.

India is one of the leading manufacturing countries in the world. Be it any sector, India will boast of having its presence in the production of products in that particular industry.

Various reports suggest that the Indian food processing sector is one of the fastest-growing markets and is expected to reach $ 535 bn by 2025-26. While the sector is booming, it is of prime importance and hence garners attention from the government as well. It is one of the leading providers of huge employment opportunities as well. Our nation is also touted to be one of the major exporters across the Middle East, Southeast Asia, SAARC countries, the EU, and the US.

India not only possesses a huge domestic market but also possesses raw material in abundance. With rapid urbanization comes a change in consumption patterns and growing consumption rates. In the present fast-paced times, the population especially the millennials don’t have much time for cooking and preparing meals at home. This further boosts the demand for ready-to-eat, ready to make and packaged foods.

Growth of the food processing sector in India

The organized food retail sector offers a diverse variety of options to its consumers. This coupled with luring deals and offers makes the sector all the more appealing and attractive. Rising disposable income, rapid urbanization, and growth of the organized retail sector are some of the major driving factors for this market.

The sector’s growth is dependent on various factors. The major ones include-

Changing lifestyle of the consumers leading to a shift in their food consumption habits
Rise of disposable income
High agricultural production
Increased export opportunities leading to global integration of the economies
Government’s support
Challenges faced by the industry

While the sector is growing significantly, it faces various challenges as well. Lack of infrastructural facilities, applied research, quality of raw material, inadequate food safety laws, production delays due to seasonal availability of certain crops, and storage constraints. Additionally, the transportation issues, lack of technological advancements, along with ensuring the provision of a hygienic and high volume food production without compromising on the taste are some of the major roadblocks for the food processing industry’s growth in India. However, one of the major challenges that the industry faces is the indigenisation of the produce.

Despite locally manufacturing the produce, we still lack in the availability of the right raw material of adequate quality at the right place and at the right time. This happens primarily due to poor planning, unbalance in the demand-supply chain, absence of advanced farming methods, improper farming methods, etc.

There is a strong need for local manufacturing and technological development so as to enhance the food processing machinery and the working of the industry. Reducing the GST rates lower than the import duties by the government is another step that can help in this direction.

All food processing companies who serve as the machinery industry’s potential customers should be provided with enhanced eligibility of depreciation claim in the first investment year only if they buy local machinery over imported ones. Besides, a solid scheme dedicated to the manufacturing and food processing industry is essential that will boost the research and development activities and accelerate technology development of the industry to reduce imports.

With programs like Atmanirbhar Bharat, Vocal for local and Make in India, the manufacturing sector got the requisite push and also paved the way for indigenisation. The Pradhan Mantri Kisan Sampada Yojna is another major initiative that will help in adopting modern infrastructural facilities that will further improve the supply chain process. Additionally, the government’s 100% FDI permitted for food processing in India will help in tackling the indigenisation charges.

The government can further help bolster the food processing equipment manufacturers by establishing a program to assess the quality and knowledge and operation skills of local manufacturers. Based on such assessment, they can further execute tie-ups with industry leaders from abroad for the development of local manufacturers. Additionally, there is a need to incentivize R&D activities by local manufacturers to help them grow their capabilities.

Summing Up

The surprising bit is that despite being the manufacture of raw materials, we have to depend on the exports for various products. Thus indigenisation remains one of the major challenges for manufacturing especially the food processing and equipment sector in India. While there are various government initiatives that will help in tackling the indigenisation challenges, it is indeed the need of the hour to come up with technological advancements and strategies to ensure that we locally manufacture all the products and there is a bare minimum import of raw material and technology. Doing so will eventually boost the food processing, equipment, and manufacturing sector on the whole.- CXO Outlook

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Kanchan Metals offers end-to-end solutions to food processors

Greater Noida-based Kanchan Metals (KMPL) is dedicated to offering end-to-end solutions to India’s food processing companies. The company was established in 1984 as an international trading company in non-ferrous metals out of Kolkata and promoted by Sanjeev Gupta, director, Kanchan Metals, and his brother. Speaking of the company’s journey to date, Gupta said, “We became technology partners for leading food producers in India and started offering customization solutions, automation-related technologies, and new products. In 2012 we started our snack food manufacturing plant as a third-party manufacturer for ITC. Later in 2020, we started another unit for ITC for Indian ethnic namkeens.”

From humble beginnings in the late ’90s, Kanchan Metals has entered the food processing machinery space as a sourcing agent for India’s food processors. The company partnered with renowned international food processing equipment manufacturers to offer the Indian market quality equipment and after-sales services of the highest standard.

Manufacturing plants and product portfolio

Kanchan Metals has 20 years of experience in the automation of various international and regional snack food products machines. The company owns three plants at Greater Noida, UP. Snack food and Indian namkeens plants for ITC have large capacities and employ approximately 400 persons. “The plant and machinery are best in class available globally and are automated with no human intervention. Our processes, establishments are ISO 22000 certified, and we employ highly skilled manpower. The combined space occupation for both these plants is 5.5 acres with a built-up space of 175000 square feet,” added Gupta.-Food Tech Biz

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Raghav Gupta, MD, Kanchan Metals: The market indication is positive and our order book is becoming healthier

Kanchan Metals is investing in augmenting its production capacity. Raghav Gupta, MD – Kanchan Metals tells Suchitra C of WOH News that the company is also undertaking bespoke conveyor projects in the frozen food and bakery industry.

The company has planned Rs 15 crore outlay for its upcoming project with the aim to double the revenues of machinery manufacturing in coming years. Tell us more about it.
We are planning to expand the production capacity of our machinery manufacturing division. The market indication is positive and our order book is becoming healthier. Therefore, we feel the need to start manufacturing machines quicker and the new unit will help us achieve our objectives.

You have planned a new manufacturing facility in NCR. How is this going to pave your future roadmap?
As explained above the new unit will help augment production capacity. Focus will be to build machinery for namkeen and snack processing. We have come up with some innovative products over the years that have helped us establish a certain position in the market. We want to continue doing that and develop products for specific applications in namkeen and snack food processing.

Kanchan Metals is well known in the food processing industry space. This allows you to cater to the HoReCa segment with ease. What are your plans in this segment and how will it complement the expansion of your equipment manufacturing division?
We are more inclined towards industrial and high volume production systems. Currently the focus will remain on namkeen and snack food. However, we are also undertaking bespoke conveyor projects in the frozen food and bakery industry. For example, we recently developed spiral conveyors and vertical tray lifting system that can help those producers who are looking for space saving solutions. We will continue to focus in these areas.

What are the latest technologies in equipment manufacturing that will hold Indian commercial equipment manufacturers on par with global manufacturers?
The use of digital cameras and software for efficiency mapping is something that is gaining momentum. We too are evaluating such technologies to help us plan and control the operations in a better manner.

What is your strategy for 2021 growth?
Consolidating our current strengths and coming up with new products for namkeen and snack food industry.- World of Hospitality news

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Regulations of Packaging And Labelling Amid Pandemic

The humanitarian impact of the infectious COVID-19 pandemic disease has dynamically changed the world. The outbreak of the pandemic has given a sledgehammer blow to a multitude of industries across the world. The packaging and labelling industry is no exception either. What the packaging industry was focusing on since ages were coming up with innovative technologies that were sustainable, environment-friendly, reusable, and biodegradable. But today, there has been a paradigm shift in their focus that brought safety concerns to the forefront of the consumers. Such changes threw a pool of challenges to the $900 billion per year global packaging industry. Today, the packaging industry in India is expected to witness a higher volume growth and reach a CAGR of 26.7% during 2021-2026 to USD 258.35 billion by 2026.

Labels that have been a part of the supply chains of the necessities and serving as a vital tool for conveying information severely faced local supply chain problems. It was mainly due to the discontinuation of paper production in India. The pandemic-infused fear led the consumers to become more aware of their purchased products after thoroughly checking what goes into them. Every country requires such information under consumer, product/environmental legislation, sector etc. to protect against fraud and counterfeiting.

How COVID-19 disrupted the packaging & labelling industry 

Unlike other industries, the packaging industry has garnered significant benefits out of the COVID-19 pandemic. It brought a significant shift in the buying patterns of the consumers. The food packaging industry, being the largest area of activity of the packaging industry, all companies ensured a striking balance between sustainability and hygiene to prevail in the pandemic-infused crisis.

However, the COVID-19 lockdown has had a humongous impact on the labelling industry to reach a stand-still. Only a handful of label manufacturing companies were able to continue their operations with 20-25% of workers. As the majority of the label manufacturing companies were owned by the MSMEs, they were not accessed to a large pool of funds. It tried to put a brave front by well-bonding with other industry peers via social media platforms and telecommunications amid the pandemic. Their smooth functioning was disrupted by the shutting down of printers, suppliers, and customers for quite a while. Despite the obstacles, the labelling industry continued to provide services to the most essential things. The role of labels in pharmaceuticals, medical & hospitals, household & consumer goods, and food & drink sectors have been unparalleled during the pandemic. It is because consumers more likely checked the label information on product packaging during this period out of their safety concerns.

Here’s a roundup of the various consumer demands amid the pandemic from the packaging and labelling industry:

Demand for Packaged Foods

The Novel Coronavirus has offered a pool of opportunities, especially to the food packaging industry. Earlier, the majority of consumers in India preferred unpacked food that steadily changed after the outbreak of the pandemic. When other industries suffered, the demand for packaged foods, medicines, and hand sanitizers reached their peak heights. All these products required safe packaging, therefore, their production had been humongous than ever before. Consumers around the world started to prefer packaged food products over lose products like fruits, vegetables, biscuits, bread, sweets, dairy products, and other snacking options. When restaurants were shut down and consumers were sceptical about ordering food from outside due to hygiene concerns, these packaged food items became their saviour. Another major trend is ‘e-packaging’ that involves a minimum manhandling and offers a lower risk of adulteration and wastage due to spillage.

Food Safety & Hygiene Demand over Sustainability

The COVID-19 pandemic has made it transparent that food safety and hygiene are the fundaments to protect consumers from the disease. As the consumers’ sentiment significantly shifted to ‘safety & hygiene’ over sustainability, the packaging industry was left with no other alternative ways rather than changing its existing agenda. The pandemic has disrupted the packaging industry in specific areas like the increasing demand for digital printing, e-commerce, preference for food hygiene, and reviving the usage of single-use plastic. The pandemic brought plastic back to business as environmental concerns temporarily take a back seat. Single-use plastics are way safer, affordable, and long-lasting. 

Tech-enabled Packaging Demand

With the ever-increasing number of COVID-positive cases, tech-enabled or smart packaging gained the maximum traction as it offers more transparency. Technology when incorporated directly to a product, it offers superior protection and knowledge to the consumers. Today, the packaging industry has implemented blockchain technology, QR codes, and smart labels that can be scanned for more knowing more product details. The packaging industry has successfully gained consumer confidence and loyalty by implementing smart packaging. It increases product protection, quality, supply chain productivity, and minimizes waste.

More demand for Transparent Labels

Labels of food products play a significant role in providing complete information to consumers. Consumers’ attitude towards knowing about detailed information regarding manufacturing & expiry date, ingredients, nutritional facts, contents information, product origin, size or weight, instructions for use, etc. have increased rapidly. Keeping in mind about the growing fear and concern of consumers regarding food hygiene during COVID-19, all manufacturers must provide minute details to them. Lack of transparent information on the package can negatively influence buyer decision and lead to decreased sales. They must provide allergic information on the label to inform the consumers about certain ingredients that may cause allergies.

Summing Up

Owing to the emerging concern about untouched and safe packaged food, the demand for safe packaging shall grow more intense in the future. In the pandemic-driven era, packaging and labelling go hand in hand. Both the industries should understand that the consumers demand transparent information on the package labels and keep safety in their top food priority list. It will undoubtedly continue even in the post-pandemic world.

Labels that have been a part of the supply chains of the necessities and serving as a vital tool for conveying information severely faced local supply chain problems. It was mainly due to the discontinuation of paper production in India. The pandemic-infused fear led the consumers to become more aware of their purchased products after thoroughly checking what goes into them. Every country requires such information under consumer, product/environmental legislation, sector etc. to protect against fraud and counterfeiting.

How COVID-19 disrupted the packaging & labelling industry 

Unlike other industries, the packaging industry has garnered significant benefits out of the COVID-19 pandemic. It brought a significant shift in the buying patterns of the consumers. The food packaging industry, being the largest area of activity of the packaging industry, all companies ensured a striking balance between sustainability and hygiene to prevail in the pandemic-infused crisis.

However, the COVID-19 lockdown has had a humongous impact on the labelling industry to reach a stand-still. Only a handful of label manufacturing companies were able to continue their operations with 20-25% of workers. As the majority of the label manufacturing companies were owned by the MSMEs, they were not accessed to a large pool of funds. It tried to put a brave front by well-bonding with other industry peers via social media platforms and telecommunications amid the pandemic. Their smooth functioning was disrupted by the shutting down of printers, suppliers, and customers for quite a while. Despite the obstacles, the labelling industry continued to provide services to the most essential things. The role of labels in pharmaceuticals, medical & hospitals, household & consumer goods, and food & drink sectors have been unparalleled during the pandemic. It is because consumers more likely checked the label information on product packaging during this period out of their safety concerns.

Here’s a roundup of the various consumer demands amid the pandemic from the packaging and labelling industry:

Demand for Packaged Foods

The Novel Coronavirus has offered a pool of opportunities, especially to the food packaging industry. Earlier, the majority of consumers in India preferred unpacked food that steadily changed after the outbreak of the pandemic. When other industries suffered, the demand for packaged foods, medicines, and hand sanitizers reached their peak heights. All these products required safe packaging, therefore, their production had been humongous than ever before. Consumers around the world started to prefer packaged food products over lose products like fruits, vegetables, biscuits, bread, sweets, dairy products, and other snacking options. When restaurants were shut down and consumers were sceptical about ordering food from outside due to hygiene concerns, these packaged food items became their saviour. Another major trend is ‘e-packaging’ that involves a minimum manhandling and offers a lower risk of adulteration and wastage due to spillage.

Food Safety & Hygiene Demand over Sustainability

The COVID-19 pandemic has made it transparent that food safety and hygiene are the fundaments to protect consumers from the disease. As the consumers’ sentiment significantly shifted to ‘safety & hygiene’ over sustainability, the packaging industry was left with no other alternative ways rather than changing its existing agenda. The pandemic has disrupted the packaging industry in specific areas like the increasing demand for digital printing, e-commerce, preference for food hygiene, and reviving the usage of single-use plastic. The pandemic brought plastic back to business as environmental concerns temporarily take a back seat. Single-use plastics are way safer, affordable, and long-lasting. 

Tech-enabled Packaging Demand

With the ever-increasing number of COVID-positive cases, tech-enabled or smart packaging gained the maximum traction as it offers more transparency. Technology when incorporated directly to a product, it offers superior protection and knowledge to the consumers. Today, the packaging industry has implemented blockchain technology, QR codes, and smart labels that can be scanned for more knowing more product details. The packaging industry has successfully gained consumer confidence and loyalty by implementing smart packaging. It increases product protection, quality, supply chain productivity, and minimizes waste.

More demand for Transparent Labels

Labels of food products play a significant role in providing complete information to consumers. Consumers’ attitude towards knowing about detailed information regarding manufacturing & expiry date, ingredients, nutritional facts, contents information, product origin, size or weight, instructions for use, etc. have increased rapidly. Keeping in mind about the growing fear and concern of consumers regarding food hygiene during COVID-19, all manufacturers must provide minute details to them. Lack of transparent information on the package can negatively influence buyer decision and lead to decreased sales. They must provide allergic information on the label to inform the consumers about certain ingredients that may cause allergies.

Summing Up

Owing to the emerging concern about untouched and safe packaged food, the demand for safe packaging shall grow more intense in the future. In the pandemic-driven era, packaging and labelling go hand in hand. Both the industries should understand that the consumers demand transparent information on the package labels and keep safety in their top food priority list. It will undoubtedly continue even in the post-pandemic world.

The packaging and labelling industry is no exception either. What the packaging industry was focusing on since ages were coming up with innovative technologies that were sustainable, environment-friendly, reusable, and biodegradable.SME Street

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More support is needed to enable startups to recover..

“Jal Jeevan is a step in the right direction, and if implemented with a vision of technology and innovation, it cannot only greatly benefit people but also force startups to think out of the box. Tax holiday and capital gains tax exemptions are helpful. However, more support is needed to enable startups to recover from the pandemic, especially easier access to capital through debt and equity.”-The Tech Panda

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Always tries to launch products that fulfill the demand of the food processing segment.

Kanchan Metals, a company offering food processing machines, has recently launched an intermittent vertical tray lifting system for food processing industry. This system is used for ascending and descending of crates, trays, boxes of weight up to 50 kilogram and offers a transfer rate of 100 products per hour, which will increase the distribution space and productivity. Kanchan Metals always tries to launch products that fulfill the demand of the food processing segment.-IndiFoodBev

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Customized height adjustable to any factory or warehouse and modular design looks

Vertical tray lifting system helps to provide floor space savings, improve worker ergonomics, and help control on-going processes. Companies can operate this system easily and efficiently. The product is very suitable for companies having multi-floor construction and need to transfer products between floors. One of the best features, if compared with other systems, is the low maintenance component. Apart from this, it has a space-saving feature as it has a vertical lift design against spiral conveyor. It stands out because of its effortlessly energy efficient and quick transport components. Its customised height adjustable to any factory or warehouse and modular design looks, all in all, makes the system reliable and more durable satisfying all the needs of the customer.-Food Infotech

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Companies having multi-floor construction and need to transfer products between floors

Kanchan Metals (P) Ltd, a leading and pioneer company offering food processing machines has recently launched an intermittent vertical tray lifting system for the food processing industry. This system is used for ascending and descending of crates, trays, boxes of weight up to 50 kg and offers a transfer rate of 100 products per hour which will increase the distribution space and productivity.-Manufacturing Today

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Vertical tray lifting system for the food processing industry

The vertical tray lifting system helps to provide floor space savings, improve worker ergonomics, and help control on-going processes. Companies can operate this system in an easy and efficient manner. The product is suitable for companies having multi-floor construction and need to transfer products between floors. Its low maintenance component gives it an edge over other machines. Apart from this, it has a space-saving feature as it has a vertical lift design against a spiral conveyor. It stands out because of it’s effortlessly energy efficient and quick transport components. Its customized height adjustable to any factory or warehouse and modular design looks make the system reliable and more durable satisfying all the needs of the customer.- Processed Food Industry magazine

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Improve worker ergonomics, and help control on-going processes

Kanchan Metals, a company offering food processing machines has recently launched an intermittent vertical tray lifting system for the food processing industry. This system is used for ascending and descending crates, trays, boxes of weight up to 50kg and offers a transfer rate of 100 products per hour which will increase the distribution space and productivity.-Nuffoods Spectrum

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Modernize the agriculture sector – Sanjeev Gupta, MD, Kanchan Metals

Our nation ranks second in food production and first, in milk and spice production globally. Consequently, there has always been an undeniable domestic demand in its supplies indicating great opportunities for the food processing industry. The food processing machinery sector has humongous potential too that must be recognized as a major part of the food processing industry. The food processing machinery industry refers to processing systems and machines extensively used for the commercial production of baked goods, meat, salty snacks, drinks, dairy products etc. This sector must receive equivalent status to the food processing industry and strong government policies should be even applied to it. Financing must be provided at a reduced cost and linked to equivalent terms applicable to the agricultural and farm sector. It will aid the food processing machinery sector directly by offering automation which increases efficiencies further reducing wastes. Every database of Indian manufacturers must be aggressively marketed in the global market by government agencies and foreign missions to invite collaborations with technology transfer. It can be a boon to reduce imports and offer world-class technology by manufacturing in India.-Read more at YourStory

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Global technology with local support

The brand aims to provide global technology with local support to Indian businesses. Kanchan Metals is a regular supplier to most leading snack food producers in India and are expecting greater industry demand with the launch of their new product line.

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“We are a Make in India”

Mr. Raghav Gupta, Director, Kanchan Metals said, “We are a Make in India enterprise and we intend to interconnect the most modern food processing technologies with locally produced auxiliary equipment with our continuous efforts to help minimise the cost of machinery and expand its scope to Indian food producers.”SMEstreet.in

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Product reliability and demand from the market for its acclaimed quality and high production standard.

Our products enjoy reliability and demand from the market for its acclaimed quality and high production standard. We are of the viewpoint that the food processing industry is a growing sector and is important for the development of India. It has the ability to bolster India’s position across the globe. With this, our products have a great market capability to benefit the ecosystem.”

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Kanchan Metals launches variety of auto snacks food processing machines-FnBnews.com