Dear Members,

At the outset, let me wish you all "A Happy 2018 filled with Joy, Good Health & Prosperity".

2017, WICMA’s Golden Jubilee year was magnificently celebrated by hosting the 46th FCBM Conference. The Conference was held from 17th to 19th November 2017 in the splendid environs of the JW Marriott Pune. Over 800 corrugators & associates from the corrugated industry congregated in my Home City, Pune. All the arrangements and organization needed to successfully pull off an event of this magnitude, were in the hands of a young team from WICMA, ably led by Conference Chairman, Mr. Vincent Mathias and Co-Chairman, Mr. Ashok Vyas. I am proud and happy to inform that Team WICMA exceeded all expectations with their unstinting hard work and dedication, which resulted in one of the most memorable and well-attended FCBM Conferences ever.

Special kudos to Sponsorship Committee Chairman, Shri Dilip Patel, through whose efforts we able to get not one, but TWO Platinum Sponsors, and Shri Ramkumar Sunkara, our Technical wizard, whose reputation and sought-after technical intelligence ensured rarely-seen Full Houses during the Technical Sessions. Our sincere thanks to all the participants & members who made this event a grand success.

The Highlights of the Conference and WICMA’s Golden Jubilee Celebrations are available in this issue. The year 2017 saw some game-changing developments on the economic front. We are all just becoming accustomed to the compliances and new laws under the GST regime.

In the short run, it has been a challenge. But in the long run the aggregation of all indirect taxes under one uniform tax system will result in free flow of goods and services in the country and step up economic growth. Regular updates are being sent by FCBM and WICMA on all the new notifications and regulations. WICMA R&D Centre is in the process of importing new equipment to upgrade its facilities. We are also planning to renovate and upgrade the facilities in the WICMA Auditorium. We will be keeping members updated on the developments. A 3-day course on testing was conducted in December 2017 and another one is being conducted in Feb 2018. The weeklong Certificate Courses in Corrugated Packaging will also be held in the current year.

Sunil Gupta