Thursday, June 30, 2011

National Conference on "PackAge 2011"

PackAge 2011, the two-day National Conference focused on ‘Cost Effective, Innovative & Sustainable Packaging’ started off on 30 June at Novotel Hyderabad Convention Centre, Hyderabad. The Conference was inaugurated by Mr. V S Raju, President, The Federation of Andhra Pradesh Chamber of Commerce & Industries (FAPPI) with other delegates including Mr. U.K. Saroop, Reliance Industries; Mr. Anil Arora, Print-Packaging.Com Pvt. Ltd.; Mr. Debabrata Deb, Future Formats.

Mr V.S. Raju said in his Chief Guest address is that the The current wave of economic development in our country is being observed from all over the world. As infrastructure, manufacturing, agriculture and services grow at high rates, the packaging industry is also showing great variety and depth in its growth. Our packaging industry may achieve an annual turnover as high as $5 billion a year with a growth rate of nearly 25% in significant segments.

Today, packaging is produced more quickly and efficiently. It is generally lighter in weight, uses less material, easier to open, dispense from reseal, store, and dispose. Packaging has evolved from a relatively small range of heavy, rigid containers made of wood, glass, and steel, to a broad array of rigid, semi rigid and flexible packaging options increasingly made from specialized lightweight material.

While designing the packaging for a new product, the focus is on the creation of entire brand personality. In the redesign of existing packs, care is taken to upgrade the pack without losing any of the existing brand equity. The aim always should be to create effective and attractive packaging, which does justice to the product and invites involvement.

In the lighter vain I may tell you that women’s perfume is often packaged in a lovely curved bottles, but men’s cologne is usually stuck in plain square or rectangle containers. These two concepts take men’s fragrance to a whole new level packaging design.

Mr. Raju also said the Beverages from sodas to sports drinks to alcoholic beverages come in a wide variety of packages. But, often, when we go into stores not sure of what we want, a unique package can be the deciding factor for our purchase. The beverages packaged in these incredible bottles would be sure to catch any consumer’s eye.

Sometimes, the packaging is so beautiful that it may render almost painful to throw away the packaging. When you select a product based on how it is packaged and bring it into your home because you like the way it looks, tossing the package into the trash is a little heart burning. Normally, everyone loves tea or coffee, some of us enjoy both, but we will enjoy it even more when it comes from these tremendously entertaining and inventive packages.

Mr. Anil Arora explained the about the seminar and exhibition. He said that the first day of the seminar, focused on Package Converting, was attended by more than 50 delegates from the industry. Issues pertaining to key raw materials, major conversion processes relating to both flexible packaging & cartons, value added formats and sustainable packaging solutions were covered by renowned speakers from all over the world.

The focus of the second day of the Conference is on Pharmaceutical Packaging, which will cover issues related to pharmaceutical packaging systems & machines, securitization and end-of-line automation.

The PackAge Conference is an added value to the PackPlus South exhibition, which is running concurrently from 1-4 July at HITEX Exhibition Centre, Hyderabad.

Mr. U.K. Saroop, Reliance Industries; Mr. Debabrata Deb, Future Formats also spoke at the seminar.

Srinivas Ayyadevara elected as Vice President of FAPCCI

Sri Srinivas Ayyadevara, is a Chartered Accountant by profession and specialist in Taxation and Corporate Law, unanimously elected as Vice President of FAPCCI for 2011-2012 at its annual Managing Committee Meeting held on June 29, 2011.

Sri Srinivas Ayyadevara is also a Law graduate. He was earlier President for Hyderabad branch of ICAI (Indian Chartered Accountants of India) and President for Andhra Pradesh Tax Bar Association (APTBA). He was Secretary for SPEQL, (Environment Organization) and is a Managing Committee Member of Hyderabad Management Association (HMA).

He is Advisor to several Companies in matter of Taxation, and Appeals. He was Syllabus Revision Committee Member for Nizam College and Osmania University for B. Com and M.Com.

He has been associated with FAPCCI from more than a decade and became Member of the Managing Committee, and was Chairman of Tourism, Direct Taxations & International Trade Relations Committee of FAPCCI.

He is member of Rotary, FREEMASONS and Andhra Pradesh Bird Watchers Society etc.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

FAPCCI welcomes GHMC decision

Standing Committee of GHMC has taken a decision to ban Plastic Carry Bags effective July 1, 2011.

In this connection, FAPCCI jointly with AP Plastic Manufacturers Association brought to the notice of GHMC that the total ban of Plastic Carry Bags is not in the larger interest of the public, trade and industry, as the ban goes against the provisions of the Central Government Act.

Mr. Shekhar Agarwal, former President, FAPCCI and Mr. Anil Reddy, Chairman, AP Plastics Manufacturers Association and Chairman, Energy Committee of FAPCCI met the Mayor, Deputy Mayor, Commissioner and Principal Secretary of Industry, Principal Secretary MAUD and others to impress upon them, that such a ban would go against the Central Government Act and that ban is also not in the larger public interest. Further, they represented that several lakhs of employees engaged in the plastic industry would lose their employment.

FAPCCI would like to thank the Mayer and Commissioner of GHMC for a proactive step taken by GHMC in allowing the use of Plastic Carry Bags of thickness above 40 microns, and ban only carry bags of thickness below 40 microns. This modified ban is in line with Central Government Act.

MSMEs play a pivotal role in industrial economy - Mr. V.S. Raju

National Training program on “Mid Career Training Programme and Refresher Course on MSME Promotion for the Officials of DC (MSME)” is held at Ni-MSME Conference Hall, Yusufguda, Hyderabad. Mr. V.S. Raju, President, FAPCCI was the chief guest for the occasion.

Dr. Chukka Kondaiah, Director General, ni-msme, Dr. GUK Rao, Prof. NVNS Dev, Ms. Glory Swapna, Dr. N. Sri Lakshmi, were amongst the speakers.

Mr. V.S. Raju, President, FAPCCI said Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) have been accepted as the engine of economic growth and for promoting equitable development. MSMEs constitute over 90% of total enterprises in most of the economies and are credited with generating the highest rates of employment growth and account for a major share of industrial production and exports.

In India too, MSMEs play a pivotal role in the overall industrial economy of the country. MSMEs in India account for more than 80% of the total number of industrial enterprises and produce over 8000 value-added products. It is estimated that in terms of value, the sector accounts for 45% of the manufacturing output and 40% of the total export of the country and employs over 6 crore people. Further, in recent years the MSME sector has consistently registered higher growth rate compared to the overall industrial sector. The major advantage of the sector is its employment potential at low capital cost.

For development of entrepreneurship, the current educational institutions must embrace the culture of skills training, so that it benefits the wider sections of society and addresses the big issue of employability. Business Schools in India and both the government of India and the private sector are actively participating in increasing the number and quality of education of these management colleges. There is a need for accelerating access to technical training to address the key issue of skills development at the grass roots level while also leveraging e-learning as an effective means to provide low cost access to quality education. Towards this direction, FAPCCI has been given representations on the Institute Management Committees of Industrial Training institutes, Andhra Pradesh, with the objective of providing a platform for continuous quality improvement in training and is driven by the needs of Industries.

FAPCCI is also focusing its activities for MSMEs capacity building especially for SME growth companies in assessing their capacities in various sectors of industries and see if there are real and fundable growth opportunities and how we can help these MSMEs in strengthening their management to avail the emerging opportunities in the globalized village. It is our pleasure to promote MSMEs and take up the issues concerning the growth of MSMEs in the State. I request National Institute for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (NI-MSME) to associate with FAPCCI in realizing the great potential that exists for increasing trade, investments and strategic partnership by bonding strong linkages with industry and academic institutions for the benefit of both. This is one more step to take this process forward and we look forward to a deepening of this cooperation. Let us work together to promote the industry especially MSME in the globalized and competitive environment.

MSME officials from all over the country from different segments attended the meeting.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

"Out-of-box thinking for big bang business ideas”

Talk on "Out-of-box thinking for big bang business ideas” is held today (18th June 2011), at 6.15 pm at Surana Udyog Auditorium, Federation House, Red Hills.

Dr, Y.L.R. Moorthy, Profesor from Indian Inistitute of Management, Bangalore was the chief guest for the occasion. Mr. V.S. Raju, President, FAPCCI, Mr. Devendra Surana, Senior Vice President, FAPCCI, Mr. M.V. Rajeshwara Rao, Secretary General, Mr. Sreerama Moorthy, Chairman, Industrial Development Committee were amongst the speakers.

Dr, Y.L.R. Moorthy explained the value of branding, marketing strategy, brand marketing and innovative marketing themes to the audience.

Dr, Y.L.R. Moorthy said that the Innovative business ideas are like comets in the sky. Nobody really knows when they’ll hit you, and even if you have never seen one, you’ll know that it is one the moment you see it. It doesn’t take much talent or education to know if an idea is workable, all it takes is a little gusto, common sense and a bit of adventurism to try out things that have never been done.

Mr. V.S Raju said in his welcome address is that the beginners, financing a new business venture is challenging as well as troublesome. So it is advisable to begin your business operations with something that does not require heavy capital investment or major monetary risks. Browsing through the success stories of top-shots would reveal that they all made their debut with humble undertakings. On the flip side, it is also necessary to know that if the business is operated without proper strategies it might not be able to witness a bright future. Recently, FAPCCI has conducted a Workshop on ‘Business Planning for Start Up’s with a view to provide the valuable inputs, for starting a business enterprise. I would like to mention few business ideas for beginners which you can take note of and imply while starting a new business: Optimum utilization of resources, Get your business financed, Planning your capital expenditure, Identify your skills and the market, Identify the reach of your product, Promote business, Keep up with the market changes, Think about the future of your business.

We think all ideas have the potential of producing a Big Bang, generating a great business opportunity that can improve the lives of people and of the planet. I am sure, the presentation shall provide you the valuable inputs and greater ideas that would benefit your business the most and devise a strategy for you to use.

Mr. V.S. Raju takes over as President of FAPCCI

Mr. V.S. Raju takes over as President of FAPCCI

Mr. V.S. Raju, a leading Advocate in Corporate Law, is unanimously elected as President of FAPCCI for 2011-2012 at its 94th Annual General Meeting held on June 15, 2011.

Mr. V.S. Raju worked in various capacities in the Department of Company Affairs Govt. of India for more than two decades. He was the Registrar of Companies, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka, and the Under Secretary and Deputy Secretary to Govt. of India in the then Department of Company Affairs, New Delhi.

He took voluntary retirement from Govt. of India in August, 1988. Since then he has been practicing Law as an Advocate before the Hon’ble High Court of Andhra Pradesh, Hyderabad, mostly dealing with Companies Act, Foreign Exchange Management Regulation Act, Security Contracts Regulation Act, SEBI Act, Consumer Protection Act and other Corporate Laws and department of Company Affaires.

He is Adviser to several Companies especially in the matter of Company Law, and advises various corporate bodies on matters relating to public issues, SEBI Guidelines and other Corporate Laws.

He is Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee of JOCIL Ltd, Director in Andhra Sugars Ltd, Gangavaram Port Ltd etc. He has been associated with FAPCCI since 1977 when he was the Registrar of Companies, AP, Hyderabad and became Member of the Managing Committee, and Chairman of Company Law & Capital Market Committee of FAPCCI since 1991. He was nominated by SEBI as Public Representative to the Governing Board of Directors of Hyderabad Stock Exchange for a period1997-2000. He was Vice-President of FAPCCI for the year 2009-2010 and Sr. Vice President for the year 2010-2011.

Mr. Devendra Surana is Senior Vice President

Sri Devendra Surana, a renowned Industrialist, Managing Director, Bhagyanagar India Limited and Director – Surana Ventures Limited is unanimously elected as Senior Vice President of FAPCCI for 2011-2012 at its 94th Annual General Meeting held on June 15, 2011. Surana Group of Companies, having a 350 Crore Turnover, manufactures Solar Photovoltaic Panels, Auto Electricals, Wind Power and Copper Products.

Sri Devendra Surana is completed B.E. (Mechanical) from Osmania University (EMCET Entrance Rank – 28) and MBA (PGDM) from Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (Chosen as the Brain of the Batch). He has presented papers and lectures at various colleges and institutes of repute like Institute of Public Enterprise, Osmania University, FAPCCI etc.

Sri Devendra Surana travelled extensively all over the world including US, Canada, Europe both east and west, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, entire South East Asia, China and Japan to participate several international fairs & attended Hanover Fair and Wire and also participated in Europa Telecom Exhibition, Budapest, Hungary; Telecom Asia-9; Asian Copper Forum at Singapore; Wire Singapore; World Trade Fair at Singapore, Intersolar Munich 2009.

Sri Devendra Surana adopted Bolarum town for community activity - started a library, Community Hall, Charitable Clinic in Bolarum and constructed and donated Surana Auditorium to Federation of Andhra Pradesh Chambers of Commerce & Industry. Sri Devendra Surana also donated a Guest House with 12 rooms in Rajasthan. Gulab Chand Rotary Hall being donated by the Surana Group.

He is a Founder President for Young Entrepreneurs Organization (YEO) and Past President for Rotary Club of Moulali/Rotary Club of Hyderabad Deccan.

He is also an a sports person and he served as a Captain for Management Games, Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, Captain for Chess Team, Mechanical Engineering, Osmania University,Hyderabad and Captain for Chess Team at School.

He was Vice-President of FAPCCI for the year 2010-2011.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Certificate Course in “Basics of Marketing Management”-

The Federation of Andhra Pradesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FAPCCI) conducting a certificate course in Basics of Marketing Management from 20th June to 23rd June 2011, from 4 pm to 6 pm, at JS Krishna Murthy Hall, Federation House, FAPCCI, Red Hills, Lakdi-Ka-Pul, Hyderabad.

The course will cover Introduction to Marketing, How marketing is different from selling, Different Markets, Marketing Concepts, Know your Market/Customer, Marketing Functions like order procurement to Customer Relation Management(CRM), Market Planning, Market Segmentation, Demand Forecasting, Dealing with competition, Brand Development, Marketing Strategies, Market Research, and Marketing of Services. This course will also cover basics of Rural Marketing, Retail Marketing, Export marketing, Industrial Marketing, E-marketing, Dynamics of Marketing and MIS Reports.

This course will be useful to Students pursuing Management/Professional studies and Executives involved in Purchase, Distribution and Marketing functions and Chief Executives, General Managers, Managing Directors and full time Directors of Micro, Small and Medium Companies.

Candidate desirous of joining the course may contact Mr. JR Kumar, Faculty Director on 9885921599 for registration or E-mail:

Monday, June 6, 2011

Entrepreneur Workshop on 'Business Planning for Start Ups'

The Federation of Andhra Pradesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FAPCCI) conducting one day Entrepreneur Workshop on 'Business Planning for Start Ups' on 10th June, 2011 at 9.30 a.m. at Federation House, Hyderabad.

The aim of this workshop is to give insights into entrepreneurship, what is the mindset and skillset of an entrepreneur and what are the ways and means of starting the journey as an entrepreneur.

This workshop is first in the series of knowledge sharing sessions, exclusively designed for the entrepreneurs to get introduced to the fundamentals of entrepreneurship. With greater insights in entrepreneurship, these workshops are expected to put on a pedestal for future success.

The program includes the session on Business Planning & Incorporation, Market, Product & Services Analysis, Marketing and Sales Strategies, Operations and Management and Financial Plan.

For participation and other details contact Mr. L. Girijapati, Assistant Secretary on 99598 22264 for registration.