Remembering Atit Bhatia

I’m afraid to be the bearer of more bad news, but it’s with great sadness that we have learnt of the passing of Hindustan Tin Works’ Atit Bhatia. He sadly passed away yesterday at the age of 35.

Atit was an active member of CanTech’s editorial advisory board, writing regular articles for us about trends in Asia, and specifically India. Many of you will remember Atit from presenting at a number of Asia CanTech trade events and his impressive performance as one of our panellists at our Candid Forum event at Euro CanTech in 2016. He will be sadly missed and on behalf of all of the team at Bell Publishing, we would like to pass on our condolences to the Bhatia family and all at Hindustan.

I’m sure we will look to mark Atit’s passing within the magazine, but if you have any ideas please do inform us. Here is a link to the Indian Times’ tribute list.

On a brighter note, our bumper 100 page April issue, which sees an eight page Metpack preview of new product innovations, was sent to press yesterday. We have had contributions from over 40 companies, so it really should be your first port of call when picking up your show reading material.

It’s a historic day here in the UK, as the prime minister Theresa May formally signs Article 50 to start the process of the UK leaving the European Union. What this means for metal packaging in Europe I’m not so sure, but next week I’ll try to make sense of it all.

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