Small Serves Big For the Indian Packaging Industry

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Uflex develops Robust Seal Performance CPP Film addressing diversified packaging needs

Innovation to create value added differentiation is the prime-mover of India’s largest global flexible packaging solution company, Uflex.

The company has recently developed Cast Polypropylene (CPP) Film with Robust Seal Performance. This film finds widespread use in addressing different types of packaging needs and exhibiting superior sealing functionalities.

The Need Gap

It is often said that necessity is the mother of invention. The problem of poor run-ability of laminate on new generation state-of-the-art high speed Form-Fill-Seal (FFS) machines and persistent problems like seal opening at high speed; poor seal through contamination and poor hermetic seals led the engineers at Uflex develop the Robust Seal Performance CPP Film. Apart from these factors the variable weather conditions often have an adverse effect on laminate performance, which the Robust Seal Performance CPP Film greatly addresses. This film owing to its good sealing properties increases the shelf life of the packed products from six months to about one year.

Uflex launched the product in February 2016 after an extensive R&D of about one and half years.

Performance Catalyst

The following 4 traits make this film stand out from other variants of CPP and Polyethylene (PE) Films:

  • Low SIT (Seal Initiation Temperature):  For the Robust Seal Performance CPP Film, the SIT is 95 degrees centigrade which allows using a high speed FFS machine with excellent seal performance.
  • High and Broad Hot Tack Strength: Hot Tack Strength for the new film is extremely high (>500 gm/25 mm) over a broad temperature range (100 -145 degrees centigrade). This makes it possible to run the laminate on all kinds and generations of FFS machines.
  • Good Hermeticity: The film demonstrates good seal through contamination paving way for fool-proof hermetic seal. This further ensures absence of any leakage – a fact that is easily established by bubble test of the laminate of which this film is a part.
  • Good Optics: Optical properties of the laminate (like haze & gloss) remain competent irrespective of the engineering that goes into manufacturing the Robust Seal Performance CPP Film. In fact they are better than the standard CPP and PE Films.

The Use

These features have made this film’s application quite universal in nature. The film is available in various variants such as plain, metallized and as white CPP.  Its applications include snacks packaging, condiment packaging, and Over the Mountain (OTM) as the film offers good performance even at low atmospheric pressure. A two layer laminate of this film can replace three layered traditional laminates to withstand nitrogen flushing. This again is an added advantage.img

To sum up, the Robust Seal Performance CPP Film offers cost effective improvements in packaging speed, consistent performance on packaging equipment, durable package integrity and aesthetics. The film is carefully engineered to address diversified and challenging sealing needs of flexible packaging.

 

Small Packages delivering Big Value

The modern consumers lead a hectic, fast paced and busy life. For them grabbing anything from the market shelves should spell convenience, simultaneously being healthy and creatively functional. Then comes the big question of Value for Money. Consumers today do not really mind spending more, provided the value proposition is compelling enough. Today, brands are leaving no stone unturned to woo their customers.   Single-serve / stick packs that are convenient, hassle-free, portable and high on functionality have become a major hit. According to market experts, approximately 70 per cent of the products are sold in small pouches in the country.  From food to medicines, cosmetics to beverages, unit packs or sachets have changed the rule of the game. The incredible growth of FMCG sector in India rides on the back of these unit packs/ sachets that have created ripples in the rural market.

Small-Packages-delivering-Big-ValueA single serve package is high on convenience since it can be easily carried anywhere and is easy to consume without much of a fuss. Single serve packages are usually designed small to fit into a pocket or a small bag or purse yet being tough enough to withstand the rigors of its surroundings.

While the time spent on cooking has been shrinking, number of health conscious customers has actually multiplied. Healthy snacks/food served in single-serve packaging coupled up with convenience and portion controls are increasingly being viewed as an ideal solution.

Beverage Industry has also increasingly benefitted from the unit pack trend. Smaller single-serve sizes are attractive options to the value conscious consumer. They offer tremendous convenience, both at home and on-the-go since they are convenient, efficient and spill-proof. A Unit pack offers enhanced hygiene and less wastage, which again scores points in its favour. The pack contains just about the critical mass/ volume required for a single use.

Sachets of tea, coffee and snack foods have become an integral part of the modern consumer’s lifestyle. Single serve sachets have also set a metamorphosis in the pharma industry with manufacturers opting for portable, small sized relief medication for common ailments. The pack ensures that the consumer receives the exact recommended and safe dosage at a time without any room for error. Improved barrier properties also ensure that the medicines are kept protected from external exposure. The single serve packaging has opened up new avenues for designing, structural and functionality aspects of flexible packaging. No other form of packaging offers as much scope and convenience as this one.

Flexible packaging engineers have been carrying out research in terms of new materials and coatings onto the substrates and laminates yielding optimum barrier properties and longer shelf life.

It was in the year 1985, when the founder of India’s largest global flexible packaging company Uflex Ltd. Mr. Ashok Chaturvedi, who is revered as the Father of the Indian Flexible Packaging Industry introduced the flexible packaging sachets/unit packs in the market that ushered the FMCG sector into a whole new era of possibilities and popularity.  This was nothing short of a revolution.

With innovation to create value added differentiation for customers and high speed to market being the guiding principles, Uflex has built an irreproachable reputation over the last three decades.

Absolutely incredible is the fact how experts at Uflex have been able to render all features like unmatched aesthetics; optimum barrier properties; superior functionality; foolproof anti-counterfeiting capabilities and eco-friendliness to the unit packs. These developments have undeniably given a shot in the arm to the FMCG sector making the small, more effective to deliver a big value.

Great show of technological strength at P4 Expo India by Indian Flexible Packaging Major Uflex

India’s largest global flexible packaging solution company Uflex Limited has been incessantly contributing to enhance the ‘Brand India’ image since its inception back in the eighties. With its state-of the-art manufacturing facilities for packaging films and packaging productsin Noida, Jammu and Malanpur in India and globally acclaimed packaging film manufacturing plants in UAE, Poland, Egypt, Mexico and USA, Uflex has earned an irreproachable reputation as a preferred supplier of innovative, productive, cost-effective, optimized and ecofriendly flexible packaging solutions.

Uflex is participating in P4 Expo India, which is one of best platformsfor truly global companies to showcase their expertise, products, technology and innovations. P4 Expo will bring together the entire value chain of Petrochemical, Plastics, Packaging and Printing industries under one roof.The exhibition will run from 05 to 08 April 2016 at India Expo Mart, Greater Noida, Delhi NCR, India.

One of the noteworthy exhibits at Uflex Pavilion will be its Solvent-Less Lamination Machine. The CE certified SOLVENTLESS STANDARD-S machine from Uflex works on an environment friendly technique with negligible solvent retention thereby alleviating odour from the laminate. This technology is widely used for meeting the requirements of food and medicine industry.

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The machine has been carefully engineered to ensure minimum rejection and a good film alignment.

No drying hood is required in this machine, making it quite low on power consumption and space requirement. This gives a clear cost advantage to converters in comparison to solvent-based lamination machines.

Exhibition dates: 05 to 08 April 2016

Venue: India Expo Mart, Greater Noida, Delhi NCR, India.

Uflex will be in Hall No. 1, Stall Number 1B.

Much More Than Just A Responsibility

Energy is infectious, and I love to be surrounded by energetic people all the time. This keeps me active and agile. When I am not thinking about flexible packaging and the plausible ways to enhance the shelf life of products or calibrating barrier properties for that matter, I am for sure thinking about Sports. I have always believed that Sports is by far the most effective instrument fostering national integration. Nothing bonds people better than Sports is what I have grown up believing. When Virat Kohli smashes a century, entire country feels the adrenaline rush. It is difficult to differentiate the exhilaration of one Indian from that of the other when M S Dhoni finishes the game in style. Every goal that Lionel Messi scores over the rival team leaves his fans and countrymen on a high. It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to credit Sports as a reservoir of immense energy that can charge and steer anybody to new heights of positivity and productivity.

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I have a strong sense of belonging for Sports. Earlier in 2010-11 when my team at Uflex was deliberating upon ways for bringing about a meaningful difference to the communities and society at large, we unanimously decided to promote “Sports for Growth”. We partnered with a non-profit organization Society for Transformation, Inclusion and Recognition through Sports (STAIRS). We have been supporting STAIRS in creating multiple platforms for the not so privileged children across India to play with the best possible equipment with the best possible infrastructure, without having to pay for any of those. Our interventions are seamlessly integrated with proper mentoring, coaching and training so that children can be honed and groomed to showcase their talent not only in India but globally, so much so that they could even consider choosing sports as a ‘Lucrative Career Opportunity’. In doing this we place special emphasis on inclusion and participation of girls to quell gender disparity.

There are so many sports that often go unsung. Our model of “Sports for Growth” gives impetus to most of such sports. Our interventions Uflex Khelo Dilli, Khelo Himachal, Khelo Haryana and Khelo Uttar Pradesh provide an accessible platform for the underprivileged children and youth to exhibit their talent and sportsmanship. Tens of thousands of children play several sports like volleyball, sepak takraw, cricket, kabaddi, athletics, kho-kho, wrestling, football and many more every day at various STAIRS centres supported by Uflex. On several occasions these children have risen above all odds winning accolades and doing their states and country proud. In Uttar Pradesh, Uflex also supports STAIRS for ABILITY program that reaches out to the specially-abled youth. The overarching objective of this intervention is to assist and empower people with disabilities and their families to acquire new skills and knowledge to become fully participating members of the society and gain equal access to inclusive education, employment, recreation and sports.

It was absolutely heartening to hear our Hon’ble Prime Minister, Shri. Narendra Modi calling upon the countrymen particularly our youth to turn focus on football. One of the most important pillars of our ‘Sports for Growth’ intervention is ‘STAIRS SCHOOL FOOTBALL LEAGUE (SSFL)’ which is the newest and by far largest initiative by STAIRS that started earlier in 2014. SSFL is solely meant for the children under 14 years and under 17 years of age and exactly follows the FIFA World Cup format. It begins with league matches while the semi-final and final games are played at a central venue. All school teams intending to participate mandatorily have to go through the qualifier rounds.

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Uflex has been supporting SSFL since its inception. The league in a short span of two years has emerged as the biggest talent spotting platform in the country all geared to churn out quality Indian footballers year after year. SSFL has been conceptualized to identify football talent at early adolescence so that India could get some of the best players to take the country and the sport to the next level.

SSFL has been especially conceptualized for:

  • Transforming the sporting scenario at the grassroots;
  • Uprooting all obstacles confronting sporting talent at the hinterland;
  • Nurturing future champions and creating opportunities for them to excel

Several national and international clubs and associations keep a close watch on SSFL matches to identify the budding football champions. From my experience with SSFL I can tell you that while many officials and individuals from professional bodies keep their eyes on the budding players during the matches, selectors from international foreign clubs watch ‘live streaming’ of important matches and even call for recorded videos to assess the performance of promising players.

After its whopping success in the first season, the Delhi Chapter of SSFL witnessed active participation from over 6,000 children across 288 schools in the National Capital Region in its second season. 592 matches were played in a span of 100 days engaging 288 teams. In a first, 32 girls’ teams also participated in SSFL Delhi Season 2 squaring up the gender diversity. In this process STAIRS shortlisted over 350 promising footballers for professional training. Over 150 underprivileged children including 52 girls were spotted and trained by STAIRS through the widely spread grassroots camps across Delhi.

Following the stupendous success of the Delhi Chapter of SSFL in the second consecutive year, Uflex has additionally pledged support to the Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar Chapters of SSFL till 2020 and the going has been great.

Today, I am glad to say that STAIRS SCHOOL FOOTBALL LEAGUE is looked up to as the tournament for spotting talent for Under-17 FIFA World Cup that will be hosted by India in 2017. Football as a sport beholds tremendous potential and infinite possibilities. With none other than Hon’ble Prime Minister of India making a strong pitch for the game, it will surely gain the momentum that it truly deserves.

My adulation for sports receiving corporate patronage dates back to quite before The Companies Act coming into force on 01st April 2014. Through our “Sports for Growth” intervention, Uflex along with STAIRS is looking at the larger picture of realizing the Universal Right of every child in India to play freely irrespective of caste, creed, gender, religion or socio-economic status. This right is invariably conferred upon each child and is enshrined in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Today it is more important than ever to work towards institutionalization of sports and giving it impetus right at the hinterland where some of the best sportspersons originate from. In doing this Corporate can play a pivotal role by seeking support from Constitutional Bodies like Village Panchayat and other Government Agencies both at the Central, State and Regional Levels. One of the most important points that I always advocate for is the inclusion of girl child in Sports. In fact it is the cornerstone of an egalitarian, inclusive and a strong society.

In the larger interest of the communities and the society as a whole it is important to efficaciously channelize the energies of our children and youth through Sports. These children when honed, trained and mentored properly can win laurels not only on our soil but on the global turf as well. Sports can impart a whole new dimension to the personalities of these enthusiasts and accentuate the image of Brand India. Sport therefore is the perfect concoction for a physically fit and mentally alert India.

I stand committed to Sports for the Growth of my great motherland because for me it is much more than just a responsibility. It’s a calling from my deep within that intensifies with each passing day.

 -Ashok Chaturvedi, CMD, Uflex Ltd.

This article was originally published in csrlive.in