Uflex to exhibit its Holographic Prowess at Gulf Print & Pack Dubai 2017

Uflex to exhibit its Holographic Prowess at Gulf Print & Pack Dubai 2017 India’s largest multinational flexible packaging materials and solution company Uflex Limited is all set to display myriad anti-counterfeiting and brand protection solutions at Gulf Print & Pack to be held at World Trade Centre Dubai from 26 through 29 March 2017.

Gulf Print & Pack is the leading event for commercial and package printers in the Middle East and North Africa.
On exhibit at Uflex’s stand will be a big assortment of Holographic Wide Web Films including soft embossing; Fresnel Lens & Sterling lens embossed, hard embossing; UV embossing; High Refractive Index (HRI) and Window De-metallized films. High refractive index film also known as zinc metalized film available in transparent variant will also be on display. This film is especially used for overlay / lamination on printed substrates. After lamination, both printed matter and the holographic effect are distinctly visible. This film finds wide use in promotional packaging, offering high degree of brand protection.

A significant highlight of Uflex’s display at the exhibition would be registered Fresnel lens film on cartons for that unique, exclusive asthetics associated with high end premium products. The effect produced by (F1 & F2) Fresnel Lens is pegged as one of the most advanced security features for carrier films offering authentic and secured packaging solutions. Various industries viz. automobiles, food, FMCG, Pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, etc. are making the most of this feature for protecting their brand identity from the fake and the spurious. Uflex has robust capabilities of offering films embossed with various shapes and sizes of Fresnel lens. These films will be the cynosure of Uflex’s exhibit at Gulf Print & Pack 2017.

Holograms manufactured using various technologies like analog 2D/3D conventional; Dot matrix (up to 24,000 DPI); non-diffractive Litho (up to 1, 20,000 DPI) and E-Beam will also be seen at the stand. Holograms engineered using the expensive and highly sophisticated E-Beam technology are considered to be the most secured as per the international standards.

Visitors will also get to see increasingly popular products like Holographic Pouches, Holographic Strips, Holographic Scratch, Holographic Wads, Holographic Shrink Sleeves; Labeling solutions using foils, Fresnel lens and holographic effects {Printed Labels, Tamper Evident Security Labels, Anti-counterfeit Labels, Bar-Code Labels, Scratch Labels, Thermal Transfer Labels, Serial Number Labels, Holographic Labels}; Hot and Cold Stamping Foils at Uflex’s pavilion.

Catering to the varied needs of high-fashion garment houses, Uflex happens to be the only manufacturer in India offering OEKO-TEXT CERTIFIED Textile Value Addition Products {Sequins Film, Hot Melt Film, Holographic Glitter Films}. Sequin films are extensively used for computerized and hand embroidery processes. Besides catering to the Indian market, the company also exports large quantities of PVC free sequin film with more than 400 shades and design options. It is next to impossible to counterfeit the exclusive and innovative designs. Uflex is equipped with world class in-house manufacturing facilities to develop best-in-class quality sequin films. For computerised embroidery, sequin films in 90-150 micron range while for hand embroidery, films of 130-250 micron thickness shall be on display at the exhibition.

Pressure-sensitive labels by Uflex including High-Durability Prime Labels, Drum Labels, Performance Labels, Security/Tamper Evident Labels and Promotional Labels are likely to evoke a lot of interest among visitors from across industries at the event.

Holographic Thermal Lamination Films also called hot lamination or thermal films will also be a major attraction at Uflex pavilion. This film has extrusion coated surface with low temperature melting resin enabling the lamination of film to paper board by heat and pressure thereby eliminating the use of any adhesive. These films are available in PET and BOPP variants and tremendously boost the shelf appeal simultaneously combating counterfeiting.

Talking about company’s upcoming participation at Gulf Print and Pack, Mr. Pankaj Bhasin, Executive Vice President, Holography Business, Uflex Limited said, “Much like DRUPA 2016, we will lead the fight against counterfeiting and piracy during Gulf Print & Pack 2017 too. We have the most contemporary technology and skilled manpower by our side for offering anti-counterfeiting and brand protection solutions to a varied cross-section of industries globally. More importantly, all the wide ranging solutions are available in-house.”

Speaking about the growing global demand for anti-counterfeiting and brand protection solutions, Mr. Ashok Chaturvedi, Chairman & Managing Director, Uflex Limited said, “If organizations like us have access to advanced technology, so do the nefarious elements operating from dingy basements across the globe have. There is a dark underbelly of counterfeiting that costs more than 2% of the global economic output i.e. around $1.8 trillion a year. Uflex remains steadfast and committed to come up with the most advanced and bespoke solutions to thwart any and every attempt of counterfeiting that looms over its clients globally. The time has come to hold up the mirror to counterfeiters and show them the real prowess of impregnable brand protection solutions.

I would particularly like to highlight that the kind of technology, machinery and expertise that Uflex has, poses an invincible barrier for the counterfeiters. I strongly believe that while dealing with a despicable lot like counterfeiters, one has to think faster than they can imagine and engineer and launch brand protection solutions much before the clients are harmed in anyway. Innovation to create value added differentiation at Uflex remains the guiding principle for coming up with top of the line anti-counterfeiting solutions while our global sales and marketing / distribution network ensures the much needed speed to market reach to outpace counterfeiters.”

Visit Uflex at Stand number L – 45, Gulf Print and Pack; World Trade Centre, Dubai from 26 to 29 March 2017

Uflex launches HP Indigo certified Digitally Printable Polyester Film, F-PDP

Uflex launches HP Indigo certified Digitally Printable Polyester Film

Noida, 14 March 2017: In contemporary times Digital Printing is the name of the game given its ability to offer ultimate solutions for flexible packaging, labels and decorative printing segments. The converting industry for long has been grappling with restricted availability of the right type of substrate supporting direct digital printing without prior priming /coating or surface treatment for that matter.

The main objective of any surface treatment method is to increase the energy of film’s surface for improving wet-out and adhesion of coatings, inks and adhesives used in converting process. Surface treatment of films/substrates may involve several techniques like corona discharge; flame treatment; priming and chemical etching. This could be an expensive proposition besides increasing the lead time.

To alleviate this problem, India’s largest multinational flexible packaging materials and Solution Company Uflex Limited has launched a special polyester film, F-PDP with modified surface on one side while the other side remaining untreated. This film is digitally printable without any need for priming/ coating.

This film can be directly printed without requiring printing plates/ cylinders as in the case of conventional printing process. Additionally the film demonstrates good transparency; optical clarity; excellent machinability and dimensional stability besides offering excellent flatness and agile handling properties.

The polyester (PET) film F-PDP has been certified by Rochester Institute of Technology for digital printing by HP Indigo commercial and sheet fed presses.

There are a multitude of benefits associated with digitally printable PET films:

  • Suitable for small run jobs particularly for new launch or re-launch of products;
  • Minimizes lead time at the converter’s end because no primer/ coating is required;
  • Gives excellent print results with high quality resolution for pictures and half-tone jobs using primary colors i.e. C,M,Y,K and White giving results at par with conventional printing even on transparent substrates;
  • Option of special colors like Gold, Silver etc. can further impart depth in printing;

 

Mr. J.K. Sharma, AGM, Technical Service and New Product Development (Films), Uflex Limited talking about the benefits of Digitally Printable Polyester Film said, “Coating / priming or surface treatment of a film for enhancing its ink adhesion properties is a time consuming process needless to mention the additional costs that are involved. Our special F-PDP film is a perfect delight for convertors at a time when the entire world is moving towards Just in Time (JIT) deliveries minimising inventories. Polyester film suitable for direct digital printing has been a need gap. Other inherent advantages of Polyester film like the ability to render excellent print results; being tear-proof and crack resistant make it a suitable and preferred media for digital printing. Additionally Polyester is able to withstand high temperatures and remains stable and inert to many chemicals further enhancing its suitability for convertors.”

Talking further about this specialised polyester film, Mr. Pramod Sirsamkar, President – Technical & New Product Development (Films), Uflex Limited said, “Depending upon the requirements of the ensuing converting process, we can offer F-PDP film in various thicknesses ranging from 10-50 microns. The demand for this substrate is quite encouraging both in India as well as overseas as a result of which we are manufacturing it at all our plants i.e. India, UAE, Poland, Egypt, Mexico and USA.”

Mr. Ashok Chaturvedi, Chairman and Managing Director, Uflex Limited hailing the recent innovation said, “Digital Printing spells out immense convenience for convertors in terms of economized costs; suitability for shorter print runs; less set up time compared to offset printing and unmatched print consistency among others. I am happy that Uflex has engineered a special polyester substrate that is perfectly receptive for digital printing without requiring any priming/ coating or special treatment.”

Landslide Victory for Uflex’s Waterless Internet Flower Packaging at 61st Flexible Packaging Achievement Awards

Team Uflex receiving honors for Waterless Internet Flower Packaging at 61st Flexible Packaging Achievement Awards at Florida USA

Boca Raton, Florida (USA), 01 March 2017: In a MASSIVE WIN, Waterless Internet Flower Packaging by India’s largest multinational flexible packaging materials and solution company Uflex Limited has been conferred with a series of Top Honors at the 61st Flexible Packaging Achievement Awards ceremony held in Boca Raton, Florida this evening.

Annual Flexible Packaging Achievement Awards organized by Flexible Packaging Association (a prominent U.S. association of the manufacturers of flexible packaging; and, material or equipment suppliers to the industry) are considered as the be all and end all in flexible packaging.

Various categories in which Uflex’s Waterless Internet Flower Packaging was awarded are:

  • Gold in Extending the Use of Flexible Packaging
  • Gold in Technical Innovation
  • Silver in Sustainability
  • Silver in Packaging Excellence

This year 75 distinct packaging entries were in the fray, with a total of 152 entries cumulatively (some packages were entered into multiple categories). 19 packages were honored with 29 Achievement Awards.

Waterless Internet Flower Packaging works on the principle of Active Modified Atmospheric Packaging (AMAP) through FlexfreshTM - a special patented polymeric film offering shelf-life extension solution for fresh fruits, vegetables and flowers. Uflex introduced this specialised packaging solution in India and Overseas earlier last year which has been getting good response from the market.

With the top accreditations coming in from none other than The Flexible Packaging Association itself, this biodegradable packaging solution is bound to get yet wider acceptance in the fresh-produce packaging industry.

Expressing delight at this whopping feat, Mr. Ashok Chaturvedi, Chairman and Managing Director, Uflex Limited said, “FlexfreshTM impeccably upholds the ethos of Flexible Packaging through myriad sustainable advantages that it offers towards shelf life extension for Fresh Produce from a few days to several weeks. We have already tried and tested the efficacy of this packaging solution for fresh produce ranging from Iceberg Lettuce to Broccoli to Bell Peppers, Rambutan, Mangos to Blueberries and now to Flowers. Trials for several other categories are underway.

 

We are living in a world where almost one-third of the food (approximately 1.3 Billion tonnes) produced for human consumption is wasted every year and millions of poor go hungry every day. A major portion of this wastage occurs due to flawed packaging. I am glad that the engineers at Uflex were able to perceive this need- gap and plugged it by developing FlexfreshTM. I would like to thank the Esteemed Jury of Flexible Packaging Achievement Awards 2017 for assessing the true potential of FlexfreshTM and the mettle it beholds to bend the arc of the history to the best advantage of the poor.”

PACKAGING EFFECTIVELY COMBATS FOOD WASTAGE

5 time saving blog (1)We are living in a less than perfect world. A world where almost one-third of the food (approximately 1.3 billion tonnes) produced for human consumption is wasted. Ironically as it may sound, consumers in rich countries waste almost as much food (222 million tonnes) as the entire net food production of Sub-Saharan Africa (230 million tonnes).Given that 6 out of every 10 people will live in an urban area by the year 2030 the situation may becomemuch worse than what it is today.

To put things in perspective, let’s clearly understand that when food is wasted we just don’t throw away the product. What we also throw away alongside is the work and energy that has gone into producing that food —- the effect that the food production has had on the environment.A straight line carbon foot print analysis done by DOW Packaging establishes that if an 8-ounce steak goes to waste, so does the 6.5 pounds of wheat and 1,200 gallons of water it took to produce that half-pound portion alone. The food that could solve worldwide hunger, the money that could aid the poverty-stricken, the water, land, and livestock that it took to produce the food, and the fuel it took for the transportation of all parts of the process are all wasted when food is lost.

Substantial research has gone to prove beyond reasonable doubt that we produce enough food today. It is the wastage of food that ultimately leaves almost 1 in every 7 people unfed and starving. It is only natural to worry about guaranteeing food security when the global population surpasses 9 billion by the year 2050.

The answer lies in effective and optimized packaging!

The raison d’êtreof packaging is to protect and promote the food product; provide information on product usage, health and safety, disposal etc.; make way for convenient transportation and usage of the food product; allow utilization of the food product through the supply chain; and support efficient handling of the food product throughout the supply chain.

In doing this packaging makes a very strong case for cutting down the overall food wastage.

Packaging in general and active packaging in particular reduce total waste by extending the shelf-life of food products, thereby extending their usability. While extending shelf-life, packaging ensures that the food product remains safe for consumption for a prolonged time. Packaging now comes in re-closable formats that offer immense ease to end-users to close the pack and keep the product safe throughout the prescribed shelf life.

The footprint caused by packaging is more than counterbalanced by reducing the food wastage that would have otherwise occurred in deprivation of adequate packaging. A cucumber wrapped in a skin snug PE film can actually result in increasing its life from anywhere between three to fourteen days. Packaged cheese is far more resource efficient than unpacked cheese owing to longer shelf life. Empirical studies have revealed that a definitive portion of packaged cheese decreases the CO2 footprint by 40% compared to same portion of unpacked cheese, even if there is an incremental cost of packaging involved in the first case.Even though packaging is being used, less food is being wasted, leading to a net-net lower overall carbon footprint.

Multi-layered barrier packaging keeps moisture and oxygen away, appropriately delaying product degradation. Modified Atmospheric Packaging (MAP) reduces the respiration rates in the food product thereby impeding the growth of microorganisms. Contemporary techniques like ethylene scavengers procrastinate ripening of fresh produce thereby extending its shelf life. Likewise oxygen scavengers retard the degradation of food in terms of off-flavour; colour change; nutrient loss and microbial attack thereby extending the shelf life of food and reducing the probability of early spoilage. Desiccants are also introduced in packaging to keep moisture at bay thereby foiling the growth of micro-organisms. Aseptic packaging enables a sterile environment for both the pack and the product thereby immensely increasing the shelf life of perishables like milk and other dairy products.

The whole concept of potion dispensation owes its existence to unit/ sachet packaging. Medicines, infant formulae, dairy whiteners etc. are now coming in pre-measured and optimized packaging that ensure that only theright quantity is administered. This in turn controls food wastage to a great extent.

According to INCPEN ten times more resources—materials, energy, water—are used to make and distribute food than are used to make the packaging to protect it. So when we waste food, we may be wasting 10 times more resources than those used to make the packaging that protects it. That hits the environment hard.

Optimized Packaging is the most befitting answer to the burgeoning problem of food waste in the day and age we live. To summarize, packaging prevents food spoilage; ensures food quality and safety across the supply chain; increases shelf-life and provides portion sizes addressing the very many needs of ever-changing consumer lifestyles throughout demographic spectrum.

UFLEX LIMITED PRESENTS THE GAME CHANGER IN PHARMA PACKAGING​

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