India’s largest multinational flexible packaging materials and solution company’s aseptic liquid packaging manufacturing plant, that will be commercially operational by April 2017, perfectly echoes the government of India’s Make In India ethos.
Aseptic packaging ensures that food remains free from bacteria and other harmful microorganisms for a period of at least 8 months under room temperature.
Aseptic packages are made by laminating poly-ethylene with paperboard and aluminium foil. This multi-layered construction enables the carton to protect the contents from various factors responsible for spoilage, thereby preserving the product freshness and value.
- The aluminum foil layer is a strong barrier for O2 and light;
- The innermost layer made of polyethylene makes it possible to seal- through the pack;
- The paper layer provides stiffness, making it possible for the cartons to assume a brick shape thereby enabling maximum utilization of the available storage and transportation space.
Printing, creasing and punching of paperboard is done on the printing machine. This is followed by the lamination of Paper board on the extrusion machine with Aluminium film and a different type of Polyethylene.
The rolls from the Lamination machine are converted to rolls of smaller width as per the required size of packages i.e. 200 ml, 100 ml, 1000 ml etc.
The finished rolls are sent to the customer where these rolls are run on the forming and filling line and the desired products (juices, milk, other dairy and distillery products) are filled and packed in the packages.
Good surface material coupled up with superior graphics enhances the brand equity on retail shelf.
The packaging increases shelf life of the product also saving from the dependency on cold chain besides enunciating ease of handling for the marketers and consumers alike.
Launching ASEPTO, Ashwani Sharma, president & chief executive, new business initiatives, Uflex, said: “Aseptic Packaging market in India is majorly classified into 3 segments i.e. Juices, Dairy Products and Liquor. Packaging of flavoured milk, other dairy items and liquor in Aseptic packaging material will play a key role in propelling the growth of aseptic packaging in the coming years both in India and overseas. Our total manufacturing capacity of 7 billion packs per annum will cater to 90% of the domestic market demand. In APAC, the market growth is around 7% and in India the growth has been in double digits for the last 3-4 years.
Presently the Indian Aseptic Liquid Packaging Market is growing at 17-18% per annum and the market is expected to double up in the next five years to approximately 20 billion packs per annum. Drawing parallels, China boasts of a tremendous growth story which has already reached approximately 80 billion packs. In India with similar population the growth potential is humungous. Aseptic Packaging Manufacturing is the big thing for taking Uflex to the next level of Business Excellence. We are all set to take off in the Indian market and position this business globally.”
The introduction of this brand adds liquid products to Uflex’s product bouquet which also spans its fully integrated, end-to-end flexible packaging solutions for solids, semi-solids, powders, granular material, pastes, gels and viscous fluids.
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