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Chemicals Business of Uflex becomes India’s first NABL accredited entity in the field of combined manufacturing of Packaging Inks and Lamination Adhesives

NABL Accreditation for Chemicals Business of Uflex LimitedIn a big development,Chemicals Business of Uflex Limited has become India’s First NABL accredited entity in the field of combined manufacturing of Packaging Inks and Lamination Adhesives.National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL) is a Constituent Board of Quality Council of India. NABL has been established with the objective of providing Government, Industry Associations and Industry in general with a scheme of Conformity Assessment Body’s accreditation which involves third-party assessment of the technical competence of testing including medical and calibration laboratories, proficiency testing providers and reference material producers.

Chemicals Business of Uflex that recently made to the TOP 25 Club of International Companies on the basis of global ink sales (ref. Ink World; August 2017) enjoys an irreproachable reputation as a manufacturer of world class quality inks, adhesives, speciality coatings and polyols that are required in the converting process for packaging.

Some of the highly acclaimed and much in demand products by Uflex Chemicals are Laminating Solvent based Adhesives, Solvent less Adhesives, Water based Adhesives, PU Adhesives, Ink Binders, Flexo, Gravure Primers, Top Coats, Inks, Heat Seal Coatings, Energy Curable Coatings, UV Coatings, Solvent Borne Coatings, UV LED Coatings, etc.

Expressing delight over this development, Mr. Rajesh Bhasin, Business Head, Chemicals at Uflex Limited said, “With this, the Laboratory of Chemicals Business has been formally recognized by an Accreditation Body in line with the internationally laid down principles and is now authorized to issue results (within defined scope) for customers as a third party for outside samples in accordance with ISO/IEC17025:2005. Reports issued by an NABL accredited laboratory are internationally accepted owing to its tie up with International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) and Asia Pacific Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (APLAC).”

ISO/IEC 17025:2005 specifies the general requirements for the competence to carry out tests and/or calibrations, including sampling. It covers testing and calibration performed using standard methods, non-standard methods, and laboratory-developed methods.

Congratulating Team Chemicals at this remarkable feat, Mr. Ashok Chaturvedi, Chairman & Managing Director, Uflex Limited said, “This accreditation by NABL further testifies the quality conscious approach governing the manufacturing processes at Uflex Chemicals. Upholding our overarching Brand Promise across our business portfolio, we remain committed to offering value-added best-in-class flexible packaging solutions for our esteemed clients across the globe.”

Uflex presents the game changer in pharma packaging

Uflex presents the game changer in pharma packagingConventionally Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) and Bi-axially Oriented Polyamide, BOPA (commonly known as BON) films have been extensively used in cold formed pharma packaging industry. A typical Alu – Alu blister laminate comprises three layers i.e. 25 micron BOPA/ 60 micron soft aluminium foil / 60 micron PVC.

Eliminating BOPAand PVC films in the cold formed Alu- Alu laminate blister pack for pharmaceuticals has for long remained a dauntingtask for packaging experts.

A conventional cold formed pharmaceutical blister back when dumped in the land fill gives away chlorine upon coming in contact with sunlight.This is extremely harmful for the environment. PVC also contains plasticizers with phthalates linked to a host of health disorders that can damage the liver, kidneys, lungs and reproductive system.PVC film leaves high carbon footprint making it further undesirable from the environmental perspective besidesexhibiting very low temperature resistance which is yet another shortcoming.

BOPA (BON) on the other hand is also fraught with challenges like high moisture absorption to the tune of 8-10% making its processing difficult; leading to de-lamination and impairing the ability of the film to be chemically primed.

Keeping these challenges of BOPA and PVC substrates in mind, the team at Films Business of Uflex undertook extensive R&D activitiesfor almost two years to come up with a special polyester film that obviates the problems posed by BON and PVC. The special polyester film is all set to replace the top and bottom substrates of the conventional cold formed Alu – Alu laminate to a whole new structure comprising36 micron special polyester/ 50 micron soft aluminium foil/ 36 micron special polyester.

Polyester is a para-crystalline material which possesses excellent barrier, clarity, printability, and hardness properties. Film forming and orientation of polyester augurs well for the creation of thin profile webs with excellent properties for use in flexible packaging.

This speciality film that has been developedby Uflex can be laminated on both sides of the aluminium foil without any problem quite like the laminate comprising BOPA, Aluminium Foil and PVC films. The engineers at Films Business of Uflex have been successfully able to bring metaphase morphology which has made it possible to form the film in Z direction which happens to be a pre-requisitefor blister packaging.

Commenting about this major breakthrough in the field of pharmaceutical packaging, Dr. SudhirNaik, Senior General Manager, Corporate Technical Services at Films Business of Uflex said,“Getting better functionalities as compared to theAlu – Alulaminate structure comprising BOPA-Aluminium Foil- PVC, Uflex has come up with a special polyester film that will have significant and substantial benefits for the converters catering to pharmaceutical brands. If we talk about India, BOPA (BON) is imported from countries like China, Korea and Taiwan. More over the convertors are left with no option other thanmanagingvaried inventories of BONand PVC films separately. With the introduction of our specialised Polyester film that will now be laminated on both the sides of Aluminium foil, the logistical hassles for convertors will surely go down. The dependency on import of BOPA will also go down as the converting industry gradually switches over to our new specialised polyester film for cold forming the blister packs. This film therefore makes a strong case for import substitution in India.

Talking further about the new polyester film Mr. Pramod Sirsamkar, President – Technical & New Product Development (Films), Uflex Limitedsaid, “The moisture absorption of this specialised polyester film is as low as 0.8% working out to almost 92% less than that of Nylon which is a big advantage. Aluminium foil as you know offers negligibly low oxygen and water vapour transmission rates. Such high barrier may not really be required by the drug packed inside. We are therefore also working towards offering high barrier (yet thinner) speciality polyester films as an alternative to aluminium foil that may further lead to the reduction in overall weight of the ensuing laminate. The introduction of specialised polyester film in Alu – Alu blister packaging as a replacement for BON and PVC films has also opened up avenues for us to come up with biodegradable and oxo-degradable variants further minimising the carbon foot prints. We are also working on developing such speciality filmsusing recycled polyester and Green PET that will bolster our commitment towards the environment.”, added Mr. Sirsamkar.

Complementing the comments from Films Business, Mr. Amitava Ray, Executive Director and Head of Packaging/Converting Business at Uflex said,“It is incredible that we have been able to replace the existing 25 micron BOPA/ 60 micron soft aluminium foil / 60 micron PVC structure with the new laminate comprising 36 micron special polyester/ 50 microns soft aluminium foil/ 36 micron special polyester films. There is also a yield benefit in the case of the new laminate structurebut with no compromiseon functionalities whatsoever.This light-weighting of the laminate equates to lesser energy consumption at all the three critical stages of flexible packaging life cycle i.e. manufacturing; transportation and disposal.

The reverse printingon the special substrate has further opened up the avenue for enhanced brand visibility and last mile communication possibilities through the body of the pack. Being fully integrated flexible packaging solutions company we also stand in a good stead to offer specialized and technologically advanced anti-counterfeiting features for the new Al- Alu laminate keeping the fake and spurious products at bay. This is all the more important for pharmaceutical products.

There is a substantial and growing demand for Alu-Alu blister packaging in India as well as across the globe. With the new Alu- Alu blister laminate structure in place, we at Uflex have been able to engineer a product in India that has way to go in several continents! This also upholds our commitment towards our Government’sflagship scheme, Make In India.

We are ready with the product and are working with leading pharmaceutical companies for the commercial rollout.

We will be exhibiting this packaging solution along with several value added packaging products for the pharmaceutical industry at ASIA PHARMA EXPO 2017 to be held at Bashundhara Convention City in Dhaka, Bangladesh from 23 to 25 February 2017. We will be in Hall 4-A; Booth no: 4001”,concluded Mr. Ray.

Expressing delight on the specialized polyester film that has been engineered by his team, Mr. Ashok Chaturvedi, Chairman and Managing Director, Uflex Limited said,“This is innovation with value added differentiation at its purest that fairly and squarely addresses the shortcomings of both BONand PVC films faced by convertors catering to the pharmaceutical companies. This film is a great product for the pharmaceutical packaging industry that will raise the bar for competition both in India and overseas thereby being a game changer. When the bar for competition is raised flexible packaging industry as a whole stands to benefit both in terms of quality as well as technology.”

Uflex will be present at Booth 4001 in Hall 4-Aat ASIA PHARMA EXPO 2017 to be held at Bashundhara Convention City in Dhaka, Bangladesh from 23 to 25 February 2017

Flexible Packaging Trends to watch out for in 2017

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Another year goes down the aisles of history but leaving the packaging space richer in terms of innovation; value for money and overall sustainability. Packaging is an evergreen industry. As long as products sell, packaging will continue to drape them. There can be ups and downs of different intensities on the basis of macro and micro-economic factors in different parts of the world, but the fact of the matter remains that packaging will always be in demand.

Some top research agencies from across the globe have charted out trends that will set the tone for the flexible packaging industry. Additionally, being India’s largest multinational flexible packaging materials and Solution Company and hailing from our own experience of selling products in over 140 countries across the globe, we now present a narrative on the trends to watch out for in the New Year.

Sustainability will be the key: There is an ever increasing clamor for down gauged packaging. Light weighting and reduction at source will be an important governing point for packaging companies through the New Year and beyond. Moreover, the pull now coming straight from the end users assuming greater responsiveness towards the environment, packaging will irrevocably echo the sentiments. Yet more emphasis will be paid by the buyers towards recycling and reprocessing of post-consumer waste by the suppliers contributing to the circular economy;

Value added brand protection features: With counterfeiting plaguing the brands and eroding their hard earned equity, there will be an invigorated attempt in 2017 to take this menace head-on. Looking at the long term positive effect that anti-counterfeiting measures have on brand image, more and more brands will chose for impregnable brand protection solutions;

Packaging shapes and structures congruent to brand image: Brands are well personified assets and enjoy an image that the marketers are very conscious about. It is hoped that several consumer packaged goods companies world over will opt to give their packaging designs a fresher look in line with the attributes that their brand stands tall for. One must not forget that ‘Good packaging protects your product. Great packaging protects your brand’.

Coming to terms with online shopping: 2017 will be a year of limitless opportunities for E-commerce and online shopping even for the FMCG. Custodians are likely to leave no stone unturned for making their brands look as appealing and striking on click and mortar as they do in the case of a brick and mortar experience. Packaging will be revved up for rendering an unmatched online experience on e-tailing front. There will be more personalization and simplification of messages for the end users. E-commerce being a growing market, there will be a rise in protective packaging as e-commerce has made inroads to the smallest of towns apart from hitting the metros in the country.

Functionality zoom: In 2017 brands will pro-actively work with their packaging suppliers to increase functionality of the packs that are seen as a clear extension to the overall product experience offered to the consumers. More emphasis will be laid than ever on re-sealability; re-closability; ease of opening; ease of carrying and disposing.

Pushing up the product to package ratio: Efforts will be on to ensure that more product is packed inside the pre-defined enclosure. The size and shape of packaging will be continually pruned and optimized for making economic sense out of the expensive retail shelves across the globe. Thus boosting the numerator and pushing down the denominator will be the earnest attempt by the brands and packaging suppliers.

Furthermore grey matter for packaging: In an ever evolving landscape, packaging intelligence is likely to get more astute, active and smart in the New Year. With IoT (Internet of things) already ruling the roost, packaging as an enabler will be far more intuitive and help providing instantaneous information to the consumers about the packed products. Be it the ingredients; physical location of goods in transit; conditions in which the product was produced and packed or the real time condition assessment of the product inside the packet. Packaging will pave way for accessing all pertinent information through the hand held devices used by consumers and other actors in the value chain. Packaging will be rendered more engaging for the GEN-Y in 2017 and the years that follow.

With the most contemporary technology and some of the best brains by its side, India’s largest multinational flexible packaging materials and Solution Company Uflex is all geared to welcome 2017 and delightfully surprise its clients with its innovation galore.

Uflex continually raising the bar of competition in the globalflexible packagingindustry

We are living in an age where competition is the order of the day and the Darwinian theory of ‘Survival of the fittest’ the guiding axiom. Gone are the days when packaging was restricted to merely wrapping and containing the product till it reached the end user. Today packaging has evolved much as an art as the science it already is. A lot thus rides on the shoulder of packaging.slider-product-banner

India’s largest multinational flexible packaging materials and Solution Company is credited for revolutionizing the Indian market with unit packs / sachets back in the eighties. The Founder and CMD, Mr. Ashok Chaturvedi at that time had walked the road untraveled andwent about completely changing the landscape for Indian FMCG companies in 1985. That was indeed the turning point.

Making stead-fast progress thereafter with ravishing aesthetics, enhanced functionality; superior barrier properties; foolproof anti-counterfeiting/ brand protection features and upholding the socio-environmental sustainability promise, Uflex crossed several milestones in the flexible packaging industry surging much ahead of the peers.

The company has come a long way ever since, infusing path breaking innovation in all facets of flexible packaging be it packaging films; packaging products like pre-formed pouches, laminate rolls, tubes, big bags; packaging &converting machines; inks, adhesives and polyols; rotogravure cylinders & flexographic sleeves / plates orunmatched anti-counterfeiting & brand protection solutions.

Today the consumers are more informed than ever, thanks to the advent of the internet. Not only do they know about brands, but also are fairly aware ofother names in the same space. They are raring to take chances in experimenting newer products. They don’t mind purchasing expensive product as long as it offers complete value for money. Likewise the brands are leaving no stone unturned for wooing customers in an attempt to grab a sizeable pie of the market.

Here comes the ‘All pervasive’ role of packaging that helps shaping the first and often the last impression on the retail shelf. Since the turn of the century, brands across the world have been increasingly coordinating with the marketing and R&D teams of Uflex to get packaging solutions that are ‘BESPOKE’ in the truest sense.

Being a fully integrated end to end flexible packaging materials and solution company, Uflex has been enhancing its technological prowess through new and innovative product development and substantive process improvements. The sheer strength of the company lies in its proximity with global customers and the ability to ensureany quantum of Just-In-Time deliveries across the world. The speed to market reach further is enviable to reap the first mover advantage. Since no two packaging solution made by the company are the same, Uflex always strives that the packaging solution that it comes up withTODAY is several notches above both in quality and performancethan what it came up with YESTERDAY.

This progressively incremental and steadfast progress by Uflex has significantly raised the bar for competition in the flexible packaging industry not only in India, but also overseas. This has resulted in a shakeout in the market that has successfully filtered out several players in the un-organized sector who could not match the pace and scale of organizations like Uflex.

Over the years Uflex has become the face of the flexible packaging industry in the country and is a driving agent for innovation to create value-added differentiation for its customers across the globe.

Uflex launches ESL Aseptic Flexi-Pouch Machinefor packaging milk

Demonstrating itsproactive engineering approach, India’s largest multinational flexible packaging materials and Solution Company, Uflex Limited has launched ESL Aseptic Flexi-Pouch Machine for packaging milkthat can extend the shelf life of the product upto 90 days. Uflex is the only company in India to manufacture thiskind of sophisticated machines.ESL Aseptic Flexi Pouch Machine

Milk is aperishable product and extremely susceptible to infestation by bacteria and other micro-organisms. Milk brands sold in pouches across India have for long been fretting about the restricted shelf life; time elapsed during the supply& distribution; optimum pasteurization; necessity of cold chain to be integrated within the overall supply chain and so on so forth. To alleviate all these problems in one go, Uflex has manufactured and launched ESL Aseptic Flexi-Pouch Machine for packaging milk.Milk sterilised and packed in this machine can be kept in normal ambient conditions at the point of sale for as long as 90 days.

This machine packs milk in a pouch that is formed of afive to seven layer extruded/blownpolyethylene film with strong barrier properties including a black layer for U.V. protection. As a fully integrated packaging solution provider, Uflex offers the especiallyextruded/blown film too.

The machine has an inbuilt automatic CIP and SIP system and can pack milk in SKUs ranging from 70ml to 1500ml volumetrically. The filling speed for these variants ranges between 5000 to 2500 packsper head per hour. On aspeciallyprogrammedB&R and Siemens PLC fitted to this machine, altering the desired volumes to be filled can be actuated at the press of a button spelling utmost convenience for the milk companies.

The machine has been manufactured with a special Isolation Valve (Sterile Interlock) that does not allow the milk to flow from the UHT to the filling machine in case sterilisation of milkin UHT is incomplete or does not conform to the set specifications. This spares unnecessary invocation of intermediate CIP and SIP of the filling machineavoiding wastage of time. Gravity Filling System with Precise Tank Level Regulation has beenprovided in this machine.ESL Flexi-Pouch Machine can be customised with Single, Two or Three Headfilling arrangement as per the requirement of the client. This versatile machine is also capable of simultaneously packaging differential volumes on various heads. The ESL Aseptic Flexi-Pouch Machine is fitted with Impulse Sealing system especially imported from USA that ensures a perfect leak proof seal.

A typical Two Head ESL Aseptic Flexi-Pouch Machine requires 415 V AC, three phase, 50Hz supply.The power consumption at peak load is 20KVA. This machine requires steam at a pressure of 4 Bar with 0.5 kg/hr consumption during production and 70 kg/hr during sterilisation.

Launching the machine Mr. Ajay Tandon, President & CEO, Engineering Business, Uflex Limited said, “It wasa challenge to design and manufacture a machine for extendingshelf life of a product as perishable as milk. After meticulous R&D of about18 months, the Engineering Businessat Uflex hasdesigned and brought out this machine which has been put under commercial run and validation at one of the largest milk packers in India.We are the only company in Indiato manufacturethis machinewhich easily competes in quality with any European machine of this kind.The end-to-end system comprising extruded/blownmulti-layered specialty film and the ESL Aseptic Flexi-Pouch Machine offers an optimised packaging solution for milkin flexible pouches. This machine can also be customised for packaging other beverages too.”

Expressing delight at the launch of the newmachine, Mr. Ashok Chaturvedi, Chairman & Managing Director, Uflex Limited said, “I am glad to present ESL Aseptic Flexi-Pouch Machine to the Indian Milk Industry. Roughly 145-150 million tons of milk is produced by India every year, out of which several million tons get spoiled owing to inefficient packaging. In such a scenario, an overall system to extend the shelf life of milk without disturbing the retail coordinates and further to be able to ensure availability even in the remotest of the areas without having to spend towards cold chain is a real shot in the arm for milk brands and retailers.This will go a long way in reducing spoilage and wastage of milk.Uflex’sESL Aseptic Flexi-Pouch Machine is a promising product manufactured in our great country and I dedicate it to Government’s flagship scheme of ‘Make in India’ that my organisation supports and contributes to wholeheartedly.”