LANXESS demonstrates its commitment for Quality Education with its continued association with Teach For India

LANXESS India Private Limited, a subsidiary of leading global specialty chemicals company LANXESS, has continued its association with Teach For India, which promotes the need for quality education throughout the country. The company has committed a sum of EUR 75000 (approx. INR 53 lakhs) per year for Corporate Social Responsibility projects in India as part of its pledged five year commitment to support the not-for-profit organization’s efforts towards providing quality education to under-privileged children. LANXESS relationships with Teach for India will continue to prosper as LANXESS always look forward to extend its supports towards health and education.

Dr. Jacques Perez, Managing Director and Country Representative, LANXESS India Pvt. Ltd. handed over the cheque to Ms. Dimple Gujral, Chief Financial Officer, Teach For India (TFI) at LANXESS House in Thane on February 9, 2018. LANXESS has been contributing to TFI since 2010, starting with a sum of EUR 50,000 per year.

LANXESS has supported over 15 TFI fellows (trained teachers on a 2 year full time paid commitment) and over 675 students directly so far. This contribution works as a support for the fellows who volunteer to teach the kids at the municipal schools since they generally have given up their jobs to fulfill these social commitments.

Speaking on this occasion, Dr. Perez said, “At LANXESS, we are dedicated towards making a better tomorrow through partnering with NGOs like Teach For India in order to provide quality education. Good education is one of the most important needs that children have in their growing years that helps shape their future. It is our collective social responsibility to ensure that, students are able to attend their school regularly and attain good standard of education.”

On behalf of TFI, Ms. Dimple Gujral said, “We are thankful to LANXESS for their continued support and encouragement in our earnest endeavor of improving children’s lives through education. Our fellows are striving every day to bring out the best in every child and handholding them on the path to a bright future. The support from corporates like LANXESS gives us confidence to sail forward in this journey.”

LANXESS believes in empowering education and has taken many initiatives in India, in the areas of education, skills training and preserving cultural heritage. LANXESS has previously contributed to various NGOs, technical institutions and schools to support education in every region that it operates in.

Teach for India is a nationwide NGO, that aims to eliminate inequity in education in India. Through its Fellowship program, TFI recruits qualified college graduates and working professionals to serve as full-time teachers in low-income schools for two years. Fellows work to bridge the educational gaps that their students face, by using innovative methods in classroom.

Early availability of LibreOffice 5.4.5 and LibreOffice 6.0.1

The Document Foundation announces the earlier than planned release of LibreOffice 5.4.5 and LibreOffice 6.0.1, to solve issues which have popped up after the launch of LibreOffice 6.0. In addition, the new release has been leveraged to integrate a security patch.

Although members of the LibreOffice core development team were attending FOSDEM in Brussels to talk about LibreOffice and meet the FOSS community, they have immediately reacted to QA reports and provided the necessary patches. This confirms the level of responsiveness achieved by LibreOffice project.

All LibreOffice users are therefore strongly invited to update to the new versions:

Power users, early adopters and technology enthusiasts should update from the recently installed LibreOffice 6.0 to LibreOffice 6.0.1,
All individual users and organizations of any size should update from any other version of LibreOffice to LibreOffice 5.4.5.

Organizations should deploy LibreOffice with the backing of certified developers, migrators and trainers (an updated list is available at https://www.libreoffice.org/get-help/professional-support/).

LibreOffice 5.4.5 bug and regression fixes are described here: https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Releases/5.4.5/RC1 while LibreOffice 6.0.1 bug and regression fixes are described here: https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Releases/6.0.1/RC1

Download LibreOffice

LibreOffice 5.4.5 and LibreOffice 6.0.1 are immediately available for download from the following link: https://www.libreoffice.org/download/download/

LibreOffice users, free software advocates and community members can support The Document Foundation with a donation at https://www.libreoffice.org/donate/. Donations help TDF to maintain its infrastructure, share knowledge, and fund the presence of volunteers at events, where they can meet with other free software advocates.

Several companies sitting in TDF’s Advisory Board (https://www.documentfoundation.org/governance/advisory-board/) provide either value-added LTS versions of LibreOffice or consultancy services for migrations and training, based on best practices distilled by The Document Foundation.

Microsoft breakthrough as Windows 10 overtakes 7 globally for first time

Windows 10, Microsoft’s operating system, overtook Windows 7 for the first time globally in January according to independent web analytics company, Statcounter.

Its research arm Statcounter Global Stats finds that Windows 10 reached 42.78% in terms of worldwide internet usage compared to 41.86% for Windows 7.

“This is a breakthrough for Microsoft,” commented Aodhan Cullen, CEO, Statcounter.

“Windows 10 was launched at the end of July 2015 and Microsoft will be pleased to have put its Windows 8 experience behind it. However, Windows 7 retains loyalty especially amongst business users. Microsoft will be hoping that it can replace it a lot quicker than XP, launched back in August 2001, which only fell below 5% usage worldwide in June of 2017.”

Worldwide chart: http://gs.statcounter.com/windows-version-market-share/desktop/worldwide/#monthly-201701-201801

Windows 10 overtook 7 in North America in January 2017.

In the UK Windows 10 passed 7 in June 2016.

To analyse other individual countries/regions see: http://gs.statcounter.com/windows-version-market-share/desktop/worldwide/#monthly-201701-201801

The data is based on Statcounter Global Stats. This provides media, researchers, analysts and interested consumers with a free service to help analyse internet wars as the major vendors battle for dominance across operating systems, search, browsers, desktop and mobile.

Statcounter (www.statcounter.com) last year launched an upgrade of its core website which provides web analytics, including a free option, to help companies, agencies, bloggers, self-employed and charities measure, analyse and understand visitors to their own sites.

Statcounter Global Stats data is based on over 10 billion page views per month to over 2 million websites. Further information: http://gs.statcounter.com/faq

The Document Foundation announces LibreOffice 6.0: power, simplicity, security and interoperability from desktop to cloud

The Document Foundation announces LibreOffice 6.0, a major release and a dramatically improved free office suite, which celebrates the 7th anniversary of the availability of the very first version of LibreOffice. Today LibreOffice is more powerful, simple and secure, and offers superior interoperability with Microsoft Office documents.

LibreOffice 6.0 is immediately available for Windows, macOS and Linux, and for the cloud. The new major release adds a large number of significant new features to the core engine and to individual modules (Writer, Calc and Impress/Draw), with the objective of providing users with the best in terms of personal productivity.

A video summarizing the top new features of LibreOffice 6.0 is available on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YHBve8v13VY.

Power

The Notebookbar, although still an experimental feature, has been enriched with two new variants: Grouped Bar Full for Writer, Calc and Impress, and Tabbed Compact for Writer. The Special Characters dialog has been reworked, with the addition of lists for Recent and Favorite characters, along with a Search field. The Customize dialog has also been redesigned, and is now more modern and intuitive.

In Writer, a Form menu has been added, making it easier to access one of the most powerful – and often unknown – LibreOffice features: the ability to design forms, and create standards-compliant PDF forms. The Find toolbar has been enhanced with a drop-down list of search types, to speed up navigation. A new default table style has been added, together with a new collection of table styles to reflect evolving visual trends.

The Mail Merge function has been improved, and it is now possible to use either a Writer document or an XLSX file as data source.

In Calc, ODF 1.2-compliant functions SEARCHB, FINDB and REPLACEB have been added, to improve support for the ISO standard format. Also, a cell range selection or a selected group of shapes (images) can be now exported in PNG or JPG format.

In Impress, the default slide size has been switched to 16:9, to support the most recent form factors of screens and projectors. As a consequence, 10 new Impress templates have been added, and a couple of old templates have been updated.

Simplicity

The old WikiHelp has been replaced by the new Help Online system, with attractive web pages that can also be displayed on mobile devices. In general, LibreOffice Help has been updated both in terms of contents and code, with other improvements due all along the life of the LibreOffice 6 family.

User dictionaries now allow automatic affixation or compounding. This is a general spell checking improvement in LibreOffice which can speed up work for Writer users. Instead of manually handling several forms of a new word in a language with rich morphology or compounding, the Hunspell spell checker can automatically recognize a new word with affixes or compounds, based on a “Grammar By” model.

Security

OpenPGP keys can be used to sign ODF documents on all desktop operating systems, with experimental support for OpenPGP-based encryption. To enable this feature, users will have to install the specific GPG software for their operating systems.

Document classification has also been improved, and allows multiple policies (which are now exported to OOXML files). In Writer, marking and signing are now supported at paragraph level.

Interoperability

OOXML interoperability has been improved in several areas: import of SmartArt and import/export of ActiveX controls, support of embedded text documents and spreadsheets, export of embedded videos to PPTX, export of cross-references to DOCX, export of MailMerge fields to DOCX, and improvements to the PPTX filter to prevent the creation of broken files.

New filters for exporting Writer documents to ePub and importing QuarkXPress files have also been added, together with an improved filter for importing EMF+ (Enhanced Metafile Format Plus) files as used by Microsoft Office documents. Some improvements have also been added to the ODF export filter, making it easier for other ODF readers to display visuals.

LibreOffice Online

LibreOffice Online is fundamentally a server service, and should be installed and configured by adding cloud storage and an SSL certificate. It might be considered an enabling technology for the cloud services offered by ISPs or the private cloud of enterprises and large organizations.

New features introduced with LibreOffice 6.0 aim to align the functionality of the desktop and cloud versions, especially in areas where users expect similar behavior. For instance, a Save As feature has been added, while the amount of rows managed by Calc has been increased to half a million. In addition, a Find and Replace dialog and spell checking support have been added to Writer, Calc and Impress.

Builds of the latest LibreOffice Online source code are available as Docker images: https://hub.docker.com/r/libreoffice/online/. Background on LibreOffice Online: https://nextcloud.documentfoundation.org/s/scDjtQPATAzpeyE.

LibreOffice Viewer for Android

The upcoming release of LibreOffice Viewer for Android will be able to create new documents, will offer a tab-based toolbar with formatting options, and will let users add pictures either from the camera or from a file stored locally or in the cloud. In addition, the Calc user interface will be improved with column headers, while Impress will offer a presentation mode. The release is planned during the first quarter of 2018.

Enterprise deployments

LibreOffice 6.0 represents the bleeding edge in term of features for open source office suites, and as such is targeted at technology enthusiasts, early adopters and power users.
For enterprise class deployments, TDF maintains the more mature 5.4 family – now at 5.4.4 – which should always be supported by certified professionals (a list is available here: http://www.libreoffice.org/get-help/professional-support/).

Several companies sitting in TDF Advisory Board (http://www.documentfoundation.org/governance/advisory-board/) are providing either value added Long Term Supported versions of LibreOffice or consultancy services for migrations and trainings, based on best practices by The Document Foundation.

LibreOffice is deployed by large organizations in every continent. A list of the most significant migrations announced in the media is available on TDF wiki: https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/LibreOffice_Migrations.

Availability of LibreOffice 6.0

LibreOffice 6.0 is immediately available from the following link: https://www.libreoffice.org/download/. Minimum requirements for proprietary operating systems are Microsoft Windows 7 SP1 and Apple macOS 10.9.

LibreOffice users, free software advocates and community members can support The Document Foundation with a donation at https://www.libreoffice.org/donate.

LibreOffice 6.0 is built with document conversion libraries from the Document Liberation Project: https://www.documentliberation.org.

LANXESS: Holger Hüppeler to lead the Inorganic Pigments business unit

Holger Hüppeler (50) will take over the management of the Inorganic Pigments (IPG) business unit at the specialty chemicals company LANXESS from December 1, 2017. The current manager of the Procurement and Logistics group function will succeed Jörg Hellwig (52), who has been the driving force behind LANXESS’s digital activities as manager of the dLX group function since the spring.

“With Holger Hüppeler, the management of this important business unit will be in the hands of an excellent industry and market expert. He will continue to build on IPG’s position as one of the world’s best-performing players in the pigment sector,” said Matthias Zachert, Chairman of the LANXESS Board of Management. “With customer proximity and innovative strength, Jörg Hellwig has made IPG a leading supplier of pigments.”

On the same date, Holger Hüppeler will be succeeded by Bernd Makowka, currently responsible for the purchasing of raw materials in the Procurement and Logistics group function. Makowka will initially lead the group function in addition to his current duties.

Holger Hüppeler began his professional career in 1989 at Bayer in Leverkusen. Having trained as a business administrator, he assumed various tasks in the Ion Exchange Resins Business Group and in the Industrial Intermediates business area, among them as a Technical Sales Representative in the United Kingdom. On his return to Germany he became product manager in the Active Ingredient Intermediates business unit and then headed several market segments. From 2002 he was head of Strategic Marketing in the then Basic Chemicals business unit. Since March 2008 Hüppeler has been head of the Global Procurement & Logistics group function.

LANXESS presents leather fashion trends for spring-summer season 2019

· Orientation for leather manufacturers

· Recipes and advice on processing

Specialty chemicals company LANXESS, a world-leading manufacturer of leather chemicals, is unveiling leather trends for the spring-summer season 2019. The collection presents tanneries with numerous leather samples that reflect the trends in terms of color, structure, haptics and overall appearance.

LANXESS’s Leather business unit provides this service twice a year so that leather designers, producers and suppliers can react early to future trends and realize new creative items. Furthermore, tanneries receive relevant formulations and practical advice on processing. This unique mixture of upcoming fashion trends and new technologies as well as innovative chemical products creates significant added value to exclusive fashionable leather products in regard to quality, sustainability and ecology.

La forza della Natura

The colors are subdued and convey a calm feeling after the winter. We see a very subtle pastel color that can be chic depending on what is combined with it. A neutral tone which creates sophisticated environments and combines well with everything. For warm, cozy and very natural environments we see the colors of a paradise island. What color is the sea, what color is the sand? They are of soft blue or a very striking and seductive rose. The senses are awakened.

Aria d’Estate

Blues and greens which represent not only spring. Refreshing and calm at the same time, they invite us to breathe deeply, to oxygenate us. The trees are already leafy and the tones are stronger and embody a desire for connection with nature. The green with a more intense, spectral version invites you to think about the tropical and festive spirit.

There also appear proposals of reds that are more fashionable than ever in their soft versions, so that they cause an aura of innocence, tranquility and purity.

Dopo la prima metà

The blue is essential in any of it shades in this season – electric, marine or soft as the blue of a glacier illuminated by the sun. The colors of ripe fruits are presented along with pastel shades in this advanced stage of summer. They will appear in all versions and want to become companions – from candy-colors like lavender, purple to blue. A Mediterranean green is another color that this season could not miss – combined with earth tones. Citric yellow will appear at garments and accessories.

Caldo Abbraccio

The sun is at its highest, the heat embraces us and we feel the positivism and energy of the season. Colors like the orange set intensive accents – mixed with tones of earth or yellow. The color red and its varieties of shades – up to orange and rose – impose a Spanish touch.

LANXESS improves quality and durability of metalworking fluids

LANXESS is making sure everything runs smoothly when it comes to metalworking and the use of engines and machinery across virtually all sectors of industry. The specialty chemicals company offers a comprehensive range of products that enhance the quality and durability of lubricants. On November 28 and 29, 2017, the company showcased its portfolio to the industry at the “Kühlschmierstoff-Forum” (Metalworking Fluids Forum) in Fellbach, near Stuttgart.

Additives and base materials for the most exacting demands

The product range of the Additives (ADD) business unit at LANXESS includes synthetic lubricant base oils, lubricant additives, industrial additive packages and finished lubricants that are used over a whole variety of application areas and industries. A core competence are additives and additive packages for metalworking applications which are finding their use mainly in the automotive, aviation, shipbuilding and primary metalworking industries. Other key areas comprise products for refrigeration systems, food processing, mining and construction. They are used to protect engines and drive trains from wear and extend the service life of machinery.

The product line of additives and additive packages for industrial lubricants and greases is offered under the brand names Additin, Lobase, Hybase, Naugalube and Durad. The Hatcol and Synton brands are high-performance synthetic base oils, while Reolube hydraulic fluids are used in special application areas that require not just good lubrication, but the highest possible standards in flame retardance.

Effective preservation of metalworking fluids

Metalworking fluids are either oil based or water-based emulsions or solutions. In metal workshops, they are in permanent contact with not only tools and workpieces, but also air and must be protected against decay through bacteria, fungi and yeasts. Otherwise, they soon can turn into putrid waste. Metalworking fluids are therefore preserved with biocides.

LANXESS offers Preventol O Extra, Preventol ON Extra and Preventol OF 45 as effective protection. The products are based on o-phenylphenol (OPP), a mild-acting, stable fungicide, which is resistant even under difficult conditions, such as a high pH or high temperature. It acts on the cell membranes of the microorganisms, without being decomposed by their metabolisms. As a result, unlike most biocides, Preventol OPP is not consumed when eliminating microorganisms. Its most striking properties are an especially long effective life, good incorporation, outstanding stability in liquids with high pH values and excellent effectiveness even in the parts of a plant that only come into contact with metalworking fluids due to splashing. It is particularly suited to protecting non-synthetically produced, natural, difficult-to-preserve, contaminated substances such as emulsions containing mineral oil that are intended for use as metalworking fluids.

OPP is the preferred choice in applications where exposure, i.e. contact with people, plays a role. For example, it is used in disinfectants and crop protection agents and, unlike many other biocides, has no sensitizing (allergenic) effect. Despite its high stability, it is biologically degradable below the minimum concentration.

The use of OPP in concentrations up to 1,000 ppm in ready-to-use metalworking emulsions has been thoroughly tested. Roland Stopp, Product Manager in the Biocides business line at the LANXESS Material Protection Products business unit, summarizes the results: “The test series showed that effluents, after splitting off the emulsions, can as a rule be discharged to public sewage treatment plants without any additional processing and without exceeding the specified limits of the phenol index.” The toxicological evaluations of OPP likewise give no occasion for criticism. In practice, levels fall far below the MAK value of 5 milligrams OPP per cubic meter of air that was introduced in 2015. Tests in a facility with a central plant measuring 140 cubic meters found a maximum of 0.09 milligrams OPP per cubic meter of air, which was measured as vapor and aerosol.

Saltigo celebrates 50 years of pioneering chemistry

· Five decades of the Central Organics Pilot Plant (ZeTO) in Leverkusen

· EUR 60 million investment program completed successfully

· Capacity expansion by two multi-purpose production lines

· 10 new employees reinforce the ZeTO team

Saltigo GmbH, a wholly owned subsidiary of specialty chemicals company LANXESS, has not one, but two reasons to celebrate in November 2017. The Central Organics Pilot Plant (ZeTO) run by the custom synthesis specialist can look back on 50 years in operation at the Leverkusen site. The ZeTO accounts for around one-fifth of Saltigo’s total capacity and, with its 220 employees holds a unique position based on its versatility alone. In time for this anniversary celebration, work also was completed on the extensive expansion and modernization project started in 2015.

Some EUR 60 million were invested at the Leverkusen site, primarily in two new multi-purpose production lines at ZeTO and the construction of a neighboring tank container storage facility. This new active container storage area has up to 16 tank container locations.

“In the 11 years of Saltigo’s existence alone, a total of nearly EUR 300 million has been invested in the integrated production network at the Leverkusen site, over a third of that in ZeTO,” says LANXESS Board member Dr. Hubert Fink.

Saltigo Managing Director Dr. Torsten Derr is pleased with the full order books for the new production lines. “Production will already be up and running in the new facilities by early January 2018.” The additional capacities will be available at just the right time, on schedule and within budget as we had planned,” he says.

Following expansion, ZeTO’s total reactor volume will be 470 cubic meters. The largest of the 75 total stirred-tank reactors has a capacity of 16 cubic meters. Capacities for solids isolation have likewise been expanded significantly.

Still up to date even after 50 years

Even 50 years after it was built in 1967, the ZeTO is still one of the world’s most modern and flexible multi-purpose production facilities for fine chemicals. To safeguard this position, the company has made continuous investments in ZeTO to keep up with advancements in synthetic chemistry, process engineering and automation. “We incorporate our up-to-date systems and all our experience in every new project, in newly developed and improved production processes, thanks not least to our highly motivated employees who receive thorough and ongoing training,” says Dr. Boris E. Bosch, Plant Manager of ZeTO.

Uwe Richrath, Lord Mayor of the City of Leverkusen, emphasizes: “For 50 years, Saltigo’ s Central Organic Pilot Plant, or ZeTO for short, has been transforming customers’ needs into chemical formulas, process technology and products. The ZeTO existed long before the company’s name Saltigo was registered. That is what links it to Leverkusen, because our city did not bear its current name from the very beginning. With the expansion of the ZeTO and the latest investment of 60 million euros, Saltigo is continuing to pursue a sustainable location policy in the face of global competition”.

Commitment to the site

Saltigo, with its production facilities in Leverkusen and Dormagen, is committed to Germany as a business location. “The ‘Made in Germany’ label has an impressive ring to it again in the field of custom manufacturing, especially when faced with Asian competition. This applies particularly to regulated industries where meeting quality, scheduling and cost targets is the deciding factor for market success,” Derr explains.

However, the company’s ongoing support of the city and the region is demonstrated by more than just its investments in the plant. Saltigo also takes its responsibility as a center for vocational training very seriously. “We cannot afford to let the potential of junior talents go unused,” Derr emphasizes. Young people naturally also benefit from this attitude. For example, seven of the 10 new jobs created in ZeTO were filled with graduates of the in-house vocational training program. Three additional employees will join the staff in early 2018.

LibreOffice 5.4.4 available for download

The Document Foundation (TDF) announces LibreOffice 5.4.4, the fourth minor release of LibreOffice 5.4 family, one month before the major announcement of LibreOffice 6.0. Although it still represents the bleeding edge in term of features, conservative users and enterprises can start the update process from their current LibreOffice 5.3 implementation.

TDF suggests to conservative users and enterprises to deploy LibreOffice with the backing of certified developers, migrators and trainers (an updated list is available at https://www.libreoffice.org/get-help/professional-support/). This is extremely important for the growth of the LibreOffice ecosystem.

LibreOffice 5.4.4 includes over 80 bug and regression fixes. Technical details about the release can be found in the change logs: https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Releases/5.4.4/RC1 (fixed in RC1) and https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Releases/5.4.4/RC2 (fixed in RC2).

Download LibreOffice

LibreOffice 5.4.4 is immediately available for download at the following link: https://www.libreoffice.org/download/download/.

LibreOffice users, free software advocates and community members can support The Document Foundation with a donation at https://www.libreoffice.org/donate/. Donations help TDF to maintain its infrastructure, share knowledge, and fund the presence of volunteers at events like FOSDEM, where they can meet with free software advocates coming from all of Europe.

Several companies sitting in TDF’s Advisory Board (https://www.documentfoundation.org/governance/advisory-board/) provide either value-added LTS versions of LibreOffice or consultancy services for migrations and training, based on best practices distilled by The Document Foundation.

CPhI-P-MEC India expo 2017 catapults the pharma sector to new heights

UBM India celebrates the industry with a dazzling array of comprehensive, path-breaking events under the India Pharma Week umbrella

– South Asia’s largest pharma event at a glance:

– 1550+ exhibitors

– An increase of 20 per cent in the number of attendees over last year

– 40 countries represented

– 4 days of exhibitions in 2 different venues

– Over 10 events across different parts of Mumbai in the 2nd India Pharma Week

– Innovation Gallery, Supplier-Finder, Exhibitor Showcase, on-site entertainment: features that kept attendees engaged

– Vital thought leadership garnered from events such as Pre-Connect, Women in Pharma, and CEO Roundtable. Based on the recommendations of industry leaders, a White Paper Report is being prepared to be presented to key policy makers and visionaries.

– The 5th edition of the India Pharma Awards received more than 270 nominations from over 145 companies this year, revealing a growth of over 35 percent

Mumbai, December, 2017: UBM India, India’s leading B2B exhibition organizer, enthralled the pharma industry and brought it to a standstill with the grand 11th edition of its signature event, CPhI & P-MEC India 2017, that was held at two venues in Mumbai – MMRDA Grounds, Bandra Kurla Complex (27th to 29th November) and Bombay Exhibition Centre (28th to 30th November). A record breaking number of exhibitors and visitors, the expo, along with the 2nd India Pharma Week, of which it is a vital part, proved to be a stunning success with an expanded exhibition platform, enhanced bespoke programmes catering to different segments of the domain, much needed networking opportunities, and key industry analysis.

Th CphI &P-MEC India expo got off to a flying start with an inauguration that occurred first at MMRDA Grounds, Bandra Kurla Complex in the presence of an august gathering of industry leaders including Shri. Satish Wagh, Chairman, Chemexcil; Mr. Jime Essink, Chief Executive Officer, UBM Asia Ltd; Mr. Aasif Khan, Director, Fabtech Technologies; Mr. Rajendra Khimsaria, Director, Khimsaria Associates; Mr. Khaja Nizamuddin, Director, Pharmapack Packaging Equipment; Mr. Yogesh Mudras, Managing Director, UBM India; and Mr. Rahul Deshpande, Group Director, UBM India, along with other key dignitaries on November 27. The expo was also inaugurated at the Bombay Exhibition Centre on November 28.

Originating from CPhI Worldwide, the CPhI & P-MEC India was first introduced in 2006. Today, it has become South Asia’s leading pharma meeting place, covering every step of the supply chain, from drug discovery to finished dosage. CPhI is an industry platform encompassing CROs, CMOs and manufacturers of API, Generics, Excipients and Drug formulation, Fine chemicals, Biosimilars, Finished Formulations, Lab chemicals and Biotechnology. P-MEC, on the other hand, includes manufacturers of Pharma Machinery and Equipment, Analytical Equipment, Automation & Robotics, Packaging Equipment & Supplies, Plant/Facility Equipment, Automation & Controls, Processing Equipment, RFID, Tableting / Capsule fillers, Clean room equipment, Filling equipment and Laboratory products.

The show has grown exponentially over the years to become a trusted barometer of the burgeoning Indian pharma story, with domestic & foreign exhibitors and visitors engaging over significant levels of business. This year, the expo comprised exciting facets such as the Supplier-Finder Desk (a digital floor plan that enabled visitors find exhibitors based on services or company names), Innovation Gallery (an arena where participating pharma companies were encouraged to showcase innovations on an international platform) and Exhibitor Showcase (a platform where exhibitors demonstrated how their new product launches are going to be efficacious.)

The key companies that exhibited at the 2017 edition of the signature show included Aurobindo Pharma Ltd., Granules India Pvt. Ltd., Hetero Labs Limited, Signet Chemical Corporation Pvt. Ltd, DKSH India Pvt. Ltd., Morepen Laboratories Limited, N V Organics Pvt. Ltd. amongst others. On the other hand, some of the leading companies such as West Pharmaceuticals Packaging India Pvt. Ltd., Cadmach Machinery Co. Pvt. Ltd., Brothers Pharmamach (I) Pvt. Ltd, NPM Machinery Pvt. Ltd., Jekson Vision Pvt. Ltd., ACG Worldwide Solid Dosage Consumables and Machinery, Ace Technologies & Packaging Systems Pvt. Ltd, Fabtech Technologies International Ltd., Jagson Engineers, Bosch Limited, Agilent, Food & Pharma Specialities, amongst others, exhibited at P-MEC.

Alongside the expo, UBM India launched the second edition of the India Pharma Week (IPW), an attractive platter of more than ten trend-setting events, that had debuted last year to celebrate the ten years of CPhI& P-MEC in India. Focusing on the pillars of business, knowledge, leadership, innovation, recognition and networking in the pharma domain, the IPW included a Plant Visit, Pharma Leaders’ Golf, Pre-Connect Congress, Women in Pharma, the India Pharma Awards & Networking Evening, a closed door CEO Round Table, and many more engagements. The IPW has transformed the CPhI & P-MEC exhibition from a wall-bound show to an all-encompassing mecca of new trends, industry deals and insights.

What led to the phenomenal increase in numbers this year in an already well-entrenched show like CphI &P-MEC India along with IPW was the even more comprehensive agenda that was established for each of the trail-blazing events. These were based on the feedback & glowing testimonials received from customers & industry stalwarts from across the globe, as well as key governmental associations, thereby creating ample thought leadership and business to propel the industry to the next level. UBM India was also honoured to have the presence UBM’s global leadership team led by Mr Tim Cobbold, CEO, UBM plc; Ms Marina Wyatt, CFO, UBM plc; Mr Jime Essink, CEO, UBM Asia; and Mr Michael Duck, Executive Vice President, UBM Asia, during the show.

Assessing the impact of the 2nd edition of the India Pharma Week and the CPhI-P-MEC 2017 expo, Mr Yogesh Mudras, Managing Director, UBM India said, “The record-breaking attendance at this year’s CphI-P-MEC India expo, along with IPW reveals the vastness of the industry’s overall strength, and the esteemed regard with which our offerings are held globally. Since the inception of the IPW, we have brought in increased & enriched content, and captured more parts of the supply chain to keep pace with the growth in the sector. Besides, we not only provide a vital platform for the industry, we also have the privilege of knowing that these engagements will result in policy initiatives & future innovation to shape the course of the pharma sector. This provides us great impetus to be continually committed to the enhancement of our platforms and initiatives.”

Renowned as the pharmacy of the world, the Indian pharma economy has been lauded for its rapid growth in recent decades. This has cooled down in recent years, but the industry is again growing strongly. With a compounded annual growth of 17.6%; Indian pharma is expected to be worth 55 billion USD by 2020. In line with this, the life science sector in India is also expected to employ close to 3.5 million people by 2022, a 100% increase in under a decade. The Indian pharma industry owes its success to its bold, ambitious approach, history of innovative and an ability to constantly adapt to the dynamic global market.