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Shri K K Seksaria

Shri K K Seksaria
President - Plastindia Foundation

Dear Friends,

On behalf of Plastindia Foundation, I would like to wish you, your family and your Associates a very Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year 2016. May the New Year 2016 prove to be a Road to Success and Everlasting Prosperity to you all.

On the New Year’s note, a new beginning has taken place through this publication, which I would like to share with great pleasure. As the Chairperson of the Publication Committee, Mrs. Kavita Shah has decided to revamp the entire layout as well as the format of the in-house journal after lengthy deliberations amongst the Committee members. As we say – Change is the Necessity of Life for its betterment, this rationale has been applied to this issue to make it simple, elegant and more importantly, giving greater focus and relevant information to the reader from time to time on the happenings covering cross section of the Plastics & Polymer Industry. Apart from changes in the format of the publication, a major decision has been taken to solicit advertisements from our industry brethren with a view to benefit both the advertiser as well as the interested reader. I trust that this new Avatar as “INSIGHTS – Plastics Industry in Focus” of the Plastindia journal will definitely catch the attention of the readers.

Now, I would like to highlight some important activities carried out by the Foundation’s Committees during the last quarter of 2015.

The activities pertaining to Empowerment Committee under the Chairmanship of Shri Arvind Mehta for setting up Plastindia International University (PIU) at GIDC Dungra, Vapi, are going full steam ahead. The reconstituted Empowerment Committee has taken several major steps. These are preparation and approval of Project Report for PIU from the Managing Committee of the Foundation, Coordination with Government of Gujarat for the application for granting PIU deemed university status and taking a step forward to closer collaboration with the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, USA etc. Further, in order to propagate the PIU to the Industry, the PIU team has participated in PLEXPOINDIA 2016 Exhibition held at Gandhinagar, Gujarat and at Polyindia 2016 Exhibition at Mumbai by having a separate stall for PIU alongside the stall of Plastindia Foundation. The responses from the industry during these exhibitions have been very encouraging.

Regarding the activities of Plasticulture Committee, Dr. Y. B. Vasudeo, Chairman, in consultation with OPPI, has proposed to organize Kisan Raaja exhibition in Aurangabad in the month of October, 2016.

The website of the Foundation is also undergoing major changes to make it user-friendly with enhanced features. It is becoming more vibrant by constantly updating the news/events etc.

Under the Chairmanship of Shri Rajeev Chitalia, the NEC has commenced promotional work for Plastindia 2018 at selective for a, domestic and overseas to attract maximum exhibitors and business visitors.

During PLEXPOINDIA 2016 - 7th International Plastics Exhibition organized by the Gujarat State Plastics Manufacturers Association at the Exhibition Centre, Gandhinagar, Gujarat held between 7th to 11th January, 2016, the PIF Office Bearers, Managing Committee Members and the Chairmen of the Plastindia Foundation’s Committees had fruitful interactions with the Members of various Plastics Industry Associations regarding the future growth of Indian Plastics Industry and the role of Plastindia Foundation to achieve the desired objectives. The inputs received from these discussions have been very useful.

In the month of January, 2016, I had the privilege of attending two important Conferences organized by FICCI held on the subject of “Plastics in Packaging - The Sustainable Choice” in Delhi on 19th January, 2016 and the “Indian Plastics Industry – Challenges & Opportunities” at the Poly India 2016 – 3rd National Conference on Polymers & Plastics on 29th January, 2016 in Mumbai. During the course of interactions at the Conferences, it gave me immense pleasure in exchanging views on the Indian Plastics Industry and Plastindia Foundation’s activities, which elicited good response from the participants by their valuable feedback.

I also had the privilege of attending the 25th Asia Plastics Forum Council Meetings held on 20th and 21st January, 2016 in Dhaka, Bangladesh. On behalf of Plastindia Foundation, I made a presentation on the subject of Facing Challenges for Mounting Plastics Waste in Asia – Ideas & Strategies for United Participation by All Stakeholders with reference to India on 21st January, 2016. These forum meetings were very important from the perspective of the Plastics Industry because of the fruitful interactions with the members of other APF nations on the problem of plastics waste.

I am sure that this revamped edition of our magazine will prove to be both elegant and informative to the readers. We need your continued valuable support by way of your feedback / suggestions to improve the Plastindia Foundation’s magazine in order to serve the Plastics Industry better.

Warm Regards,
K. K. Seksaria
President - Plastindia Foundation