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Uflex focusing on Resource Optimized Packaging for Essential IndianStaples

Uflex focusing on Resource Optimized Packaging for Essential Indian StaplesIndia’s largest multinational flexible packaging materials and Solution Company Uflex in an endeavour to extend the very use of flexible packaging is particularly paying a lot of emphasis on developing resource optimized packaging for essential staples like Pulses, Wheat Flour, Sugar, Salt and Oil.

Talking more about this initiative, Mr. Jeevaraj Pillai, Joint President, Packaging and New Product Development, Uflex Limited pointed out, “Flexible Packaging sector in India will get the real boost when high volume (bulk) commodity food items like Pulses, Wheat-Flour, Sugar, Salt and Oil are marketed in packaged form. In India almost 80-85% of unbranded food products are still sold loose without pre-designated packaging. With steadily increasing demand from urban consumers for branded high volume commodity food items, we are now getting a lot of enquiries from popular food brands for developing cost effective packaging particularly for the essential staples category. We have recently developed a 2 ply laminated packaging for wheat flour comprising a specialised Polyester (PET) / specialised Polyethylene (PE) structure.

Two rather dichotomous situations had to be addressed in manufacturing this packaging solution for Wheat-Flour (in the 5 Kg Segment). In order to restrict the pricing within 2.5-3% of the total MRP of the 5 Kg Wheat Flour Pack we had to optimally down gauge the packaging. Down gauging cannot come at the cost of functionalities and strength of the pack. Therefore to ensure that the wheat-flour packaging is sturdy enough with good mechanical properties to withstand the weight of the product being packed as well as to sustain the rough supply chain conditions,we adopted a three pronged approach. We modified both the Polyester Film and the Sealant PE Layer to optimize the overall characteristics of the packaging. Both the layers were rendered special high dart impact resistant to pass 5 drops from 1.2 m height as per the ASTM standards. We were able to reduce the thickness of the PE by almost 38% which substantively down gauged the overall packaging. This reduction makes the packaging light-weight/resource optimized and far more sustainable than its erstwhile version.

The third and the most important modification has been registered nano-perforation on the laminate for which we installed a new machine with the most contemporary software. No other flexible packaging company in India has this capability.

The nano-perforation helps dispelling the air while filling the flour inside the pack and also ensures that no infestation by mites and other micro-organisms takes place resulting in spoilage of the wheat-flour packed inside. In fact the perforations are designed just enough for removing the air and restricting the passage of mites. Further the nano-perforation on the pack also imparts anti-skid properties to the bag paving way for easy stacking all through the supply chain.”

Expressing delight over the new development, Mr. Ashok Chaturvedi, Chairman & Managing Director, Uflex Limited said, “Resource optimized packaging for bulk commodities, particularly high consumption commodity food items as the name suggests, entails significant reduction at source. Since the target market consumption of this product category in a country like India isfairly large, resource optimized packaging for this segment beholds tremendous potential in overallreduction of polymer consumption. I am glad that my packaging engineers have been able to develop this packaging solution which is light-weight, sustainable and significantly contributes towards extending the use of flexible packaging for this volume driven food category. Considering that the per-capita packaging consumption in India is just about 4.5 kg currently, whereas that for countries like Taiwan, Germany and US is around 19, 50 and 71 kg respectively, resource optimized packaging for essential Indian staples is a tangible and definitive step in making flexible packaging a more popular option in India.”

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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.”