Dear Members,

I hope the New Year has brought lot of joy and cheer into your lives. With the raw material crisis in our industry easing out I hope things have begun to brighten up on the work front too. It gives me great pleasure to extend a warm welcome to all of you.

WICMA R & D Centre has been continuing its activities with good response from members. The 3-day Practical Testing Course was held from 17th to 19th January 2019. 12 participants hailing from Navi Mumbai, Palghar, Pune, Kolkata &Kutch, Gujarat participated in this course. This bi-monthly activity has benefitted members by imparting upto date training to their supervisory and quality control staff and thereby raising the standards of production within the members' factories.

The flagship programme of WICMA R & D Centre the 5-day Certificate Course in Corrugated Packaging - Basic Level (WICMA's 43rd course) was held from 11th to 15th Feb 2019. Students were from Delhi, Mumbai, Sangli, Uttarakhand, Pune, Sindhudurg, Sangamner, Navi Mumbai, Thane, Akola, Kerala.

I am grateful to WICMA R & D Centre Chairman Shri Dilip Patel and his team ably supported by Course Coordinator Manoj Rahate for the success of this programme.

In addition WICMA Deccan Division hosted a seminar on "How to Increase Profit Margins in Cost Competitive Environment" at Hotel Keys Select, Pune on 9th Feb 2019.

Inspired by this subject WICMA Marathwada Division hosted a seminar on "How to Increase Profit Margins in Cost Competitive Environment" and "Insurance - An Effective Business Protection Tool" at Hotel Grand Kailash, Aurangabad on 15th March 2019. I thank WICMA R & D Centre Vice Chairman Shri Ramkumar Sunkara for enlightening members at both these events.

We also had the pleasure of hosting our 5th Managing Committee Meeting at the Cardboard Café B.K.C. Bandra, Mumbai. It was a unique feeling to experience first hand the imagination and execution skills of our Magician with Cardboard Shri Haresh Mehta. The entire interior decor including the tables and chairs were of corrugated board. Members do take the time to visit this place and you will definitely change your outlook towards corrugated board.

Many of our members would be travelling to the Sino Corrugated 2019 to be held in at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre, Pudong, Shanghai, China from 8th to 11th April. I wish all the best to our members for this trip and hope they come back enriched with knowledge as well as plans for expansion and upgradation of their facilities.

FCBM has formally announced that the 48th FCBM Conference will be hosted by RCBMA in the pink city of Jaipur at Hotel Fairmont from 20th to 22nd December. This ultra-luxury property considered as one of the finest destination venues in our country will host our annual conference and associated exhibition. There is a very attractive early bird offer for those who register themselves soon. I request you to make your plans to attend this premier event of our federation.

I am sure members are pleasantly looking forward to each issue of the Industry Insight and with the wide array of interesting content it makes for very interesting reading.

To conclude, I would appeal to my members to participate whole heartedly in all activities of WICMA. Myself and my team are always receptive to all your suggestions and look forward to them. Do keep visiting the WICMA website for regular updates on our activities and please connect with one another on the FCBM Connect App.

Deenu Shetty