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Lanka Pack 2007 to showcase modern trends in packaging

PACKAGING: Sri Lanka Institute of Packaging contributes immensely towards the economic growth of the country, President, Sri Lanka Institute of Packaging, Lal de Alwis said.

‘Lanka Pack 2007’, a mega international exhibition will be held at the BMICH from June 15 to 17.

“The packaging sector contributes by providing 5 percent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Many people are unaware of the role that the institute plays in overall development of the economy. The Government, several ministries and the Export Development Board have contributed towards the development of the institute,” he said.

“Nothing can be marketed without a pack. It plays an important role. Potential buyers will be able to expand business, establish trade partnerships and build capacity,” de Alwis added.

Vice President, World Packaging Organisation, Dharmatilake Ratnayake said packaging will be taken to the next level. “There will be various other events to boost the packaging industry. Throughout the years Sri Lanka Institute of Packaging has brought together the packaging community and created awareness of the rapidly changing trends in the packaging world,” he said.

Ratnayake said around 8000 visitors are expected to discuss and exchange valuable information. “It will provide the opportunity to interact with packaging users from extensive ranges of industries such as pharmaceuticals, processed and fresh food, chemicals and confectionary. It will showcase the high standards upheld by the local packing industry,” he said.

“We are focusing on exchanging and transferring the technology neighbouring countries offer to improve the local industry. We have to work with countries like China and India to obtain machinery, raw materials and technology to develop and surge ahead,” Ratnayake added. Chief Executive Officer, Runeware Inc, Mike Abeysinghe said the exhibition will promote the Institute of Packaging.

“It will enable to share the innovations and create awareness among public and educate them on the facets of packaging. It will create an opportunity for those participating to strengthen their brand value and establish a strong image,” he said.

‘Lanka Pack 2007’ will be held at the BMICH from June 15 to 17. The exhibition will comprise of over 100 stalls displaying extensive range of products and services related to the packaging industry.


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