Scan Holdings successfully completed the entire legal process of acquiring approximately 44 acres (178,000 square metres) of prime industrial land in the state of Gujarat, India. Gujarat is the fastest growing industrial state in India. Its investor and industry friendly policies, world class infrastructure and dynamic leadership have made it a favoured destination in Asia Pacific region. It boasts of several sea-ports on its 1600 km coast line that facilitate import and export of raw materials and finished goods. Scan Holdings plans to build several packaging factories on this land over next few years. These factories are aimed at providing world class packaging to the food, beverage and other industries in the region. It will further encourage large multinationals to invest into India, who have been hesitating so far due to lack of availability of right packaging for their products. Surely, a forward looking step which will not just help Scan Holdings, but revolutionise the whole industry in coming years.
SC bans sale of gutkha in plastic pouches from March 2011
NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court today ordered a ban on the sale of tobacco products like gutkha and pan masala in plastic pouches from March 2011, while asking the government to conduct a survey on the ill effects of these products within eight weeks.
A bench of justices G S Singhvi and A K Ganguly also asked the manufacturers to explore and decide by March next year on the alternative material for packaging them.
The bench issued the directions while brushing aside the pleas of some of the gutkha manufacturers who feared that such a direction could lead to closure of thousands of gutkha and pan masala manufacturing units.
“Let it come,” the bench quipped when counsel for one of the manufacturers claimed that the whole industry would come to a standstill.
Cigarettes, which are generally sold in paper packs, are out of the ambit of this ban. While asking the government to conduct a survey on the ill effects of these tobacco products, the bench also asked it to examine the effects of packaging these products in plastics pouches over human health.
The bench recorded an undertaking from Solicitor General Gopal Subramanium that the government would get the required survey done by the National Institute of Public Health on the harmful effects of gutkha, pan masala and other tobacco products and also the adverse effects, if any, of the plastic pouches used for packaging the material.
The bench also directed the Centre to finalise and enforce within eight weeks the Plastic Management and Disposal Rules 2009.
It ruled that despite the rules having been framed in 2009, the authorities are yet to enforce them.
The bench passed the direction while adjudicating a petition by a civil society, which has approached the apex court challenging the alleged unbridled sale of gutkha and pan masala material in the country, seriously impinging upon public health.
Scan Holdings’ management had the honour of hearing the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Gujarat, Mr. Narendra Modi’s views on packaging industry in one of our meetings with him. Mr. Modi who is hailed by the entire industry for making Gujarat the most investor friendly state in India was vocal about his concern for the environment. He appreciated the plans of Scan Holdings to start factories that produce environment friendly products. With his dynamic vision, he shared many ideas like using the 1600 km long coast line of Gujarat for boosting fisheries in the region, which would in turn give further push to the packaging industry.
Scan Holdings participated in the largest Metal Packaging Exhibition held at Essen, Germany during April 2008. Scan Holdings was one of the two participants from India representing the metal packaging converters/sellers. It was a useful participation where we could meet our clients from different parts of the World.
Ball Packaging Europe (BPE) conducted the Ground Breaking Ceremony atthe location where it is building the first two piece beverage Canplant in India. The plant which is being built with an investment ofalmost Euro 100 million would not only be the first plant in India toproduce 2 piece beverage Cans, but it will also be the first to do so insteel. Speaking on this occassion, Frank Weekers, Chief FinancialOfficer of BPE praised Scan Holdings for its support in this venture andannounced to the press that Scan Holdings was its only partner in thisventure. All major customers, suppliers and business associates gracedthis event at plant location.
Scan Holdings shifted its corporate office to its new and biggeroffice in prime location of Meera Bagh, West Delhi. Keeping in thefuture expansion in mind, Scan acquired close to 4000 square feet ofspace which can accommodate almost 75 staff members comfortably. Theoffice is equipped with all modern communication and infrastructure forservicing our clients faster & better with greater comfort andefficiency for all employees.
Trying to expand its horizons, Scan Holdings participated for the first time in the largest packaging exhibition held at Las Vegas, USA held during October 2007. Though our participation faced some difficulties due to some last minute changes in delegates to the exhibition, lost luggage on arrival in USA and so on; but our all ladies team put up a brave front and still made the event successful. We hope that very soon, Indian Companies in packaging would be on the World map giving our consumers a taste of the best.