Ministry of Industry Promotes the Thai Corrugated Packaging Industry with CCE South East Asia - Thailand 2018

General Press Releases Thursday September 6, 2018 12:49
Bangkok--6 Sep--Core&Peak

The opening ceremony of "CCE South East Asia - Thailand 2018", chaired by Dr. Somchai Harnhiran, Deputy Minister of Industry, reflects Thailand's capabilities of becoming a regional hub for the corrugated packaging industry – an industry highlighted for its manufacturing process from upstream to downstream, and its role in measuring regional, national and global economic growth.

The event is supported by both public and private organizations, including the Thai Corrugated Packaging Association (Thai CPA), the Thai Pulp and Paper Industries Association (TPPIA), the Thai Screen Printing & Graphic Imaging Association (TSGA), the Thailand Industrial Design Center: Thai – IDC and the Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau (TCEB), and runs from 5 – 7 September 2018 at the Bangkok International Trade and Exhibition Centre (BITEC), Bangna.

Dr. Somchai Harnhirun, Deputy Minister of Industry, commented during the opening of "CCE South East Asia – Thailand 2018", "Corrugated packaging play a key role in driving national economic growth as entrepreneurs across these industries are currently maximising the efficiency of their manufacturing capabilities.

By doing this, these entrepreneurs hope to maintain position in a highly competitive market and to better meet constantly growing consumer demand in the digital business era. CCE South East Asia – Thailand 2018 was organized under the support of relevant organizations and associations in line with the government's "civil state" strategy and "Industry 4.0" initiative." Its mission is to provide complete access to new machine innovations and technologies, promote secure and sustainable growth while transforming Thailand into the corrugated packaging industry's regional hub, and expand the manufacturing capabilities and competitiveness of entrepreneurs at the local and regional level."

According to Kanokwara Anutarawatr, Senior Manager, Mack Brooks Exhibitions Asia Ltd., "The 2nd edition of CCE South East Asia - Thailand 2018presents a great opportunity for ASEAN's corrugated packaging industry entrepreneurs to develop connections with over 120 leading manufacturers of machine innovations and technologies worldwide. These industry leaders will exhibit at CCE, and include BHS Corrugated, BOBST, FOSBER Italy, Conprinta, British Converting Solutions, Valco Melton, Re S.p.A., Rodicut Industry, Mosca Asia Pte., HP PPS Asia Pacific, Fujifilm (Thailand), Hsieh Hsu Machinery, Max Dura, Goetlsch International, HPS Promactech, and more. These exhibitors will showcase their latest innovations across a floor space that is 40% larger than the show's 1st edition."

The organizer and key sponsors of the event include the Thai Corrugated Packaging Association (Thai CPA), the Thai Pulp and Paper Industries Association (TPPIA), the Thai Screen Printing & Graphic Imaging Association (TSGA), the Thailand Industrial Design Center: Thai – IDC, and the Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau (TCEB). These organizations are highly focused on utilizing the event to expand business opportunity and connection among corrugated packaging industry entrepreneurs in Thailand and across Southeast Asia.

In addition to gaining new experience, attendees will also learn new tips and techniques from industry leaders who will present keynote speeches throughout the 3-day event. On the first day, the seminar topic will mainly focus on machine innovations and technologies applied in the corrugated packaging manufacturing process. The second day will follow with topics on the benefits of automated machine control and waste management, and future market trends of the corrugated packaging and folding carton industry.

Ravi Kasemsarn, President of the Thai Corrugated Packaging Association, said, "The Corrugated packaging industry has been experiencing steady growth as a result of the country's rapid transition to a digital economy. Several key factors, such as e-Commerce expansion, have led to rising corrugated packaging demand and industrial growth within the supply chain, which in turn impacts both Thailand's and ASEAN's economic growth. With ASEAN's total population estimated to be as high as 650 million, the region's market is considered to have great potential as it continues to show a steady growth trend."

Pornchai Wittayakhunsakulchai, President of the Thai Pulp and Paper Industries Association (TPPIA) said, "The Pulp and paper industry is an upstream industry with a locally integrated manufacturing process and steady growth, as indicated by kraft paper production increasing follow economic growth. Meanwhile, the country's rapid transition to a digital economy is a key factor that drives the growth of e-Commerce and logistics industries. It increases online shopping trend and higher paper and packaging demand. At the same time, the industrial sector has adopted automated systems to optimize production efficiency and reduce cost. This includes producing papers for small-sized packaging or light-weighted papers with enhanced strength to minimize transportation cost."

Prapaporn Narongrit, President of the Thai Screen Printing & Graphic Imaging Association, said, "Today's corrugated packaging industry entrepreneurs are focusing on creating innovative products, using eco-friendly materials, minimizing production wastes, recycling, and promoting efficient use of resources. For this reason, most corrugated packaging products in the digital 4.0 era are light weight and highly durable. These features help save transportation cost and, at the same time, better meet consumer demand to ensure sustainable growth."

Jaruphun Jarayophat, Deputy Director-General, Department of Industrial Promotion (DIP), explained, "CCE South East Asia – Thailand 2018 will present an excellent opportunity for product design entrepreneurs – including related organizations, networks and supply chains – to gain packaging design knowledge from both Thai and foreign experts. The insights they learn can be utilized to improve and create new designs to further optimize the industry, driving Thailand to become the regional hub for product design. For the first time in Thailand, this year's edition features a special contest aimed at discovering the best up-and-coming packaging designers in the country. The contest is open to product designers, undergraduate students (or equivalent) from various universities nationwide, and interested participants. The contest is organized by the Thai Corrugated Packaging Association (Thai CPA) and the Thailand Industrial Design Center: Thai – IDC, and the winner will be presented with the Thai Corrugated Packaging Excellence Award 2018."

Kanokporn Damrongkul, Director of Exhibition Department - Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB), said, "As a government agency, we have a mission to support and develop Thailand's MICE Industry, including positioning Thailand as a major hub for MICE in ASEAN. CCE South East Asia – Thailand 2018 provides a perfect stage for both Thai and overseas business organizations to make trade negotiations, efficiently matching supply and demand for corrugated paper and packaging production.

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