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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 gives a Striking Functional Makeover to UK’s Veetee Rice Packaging

Veetee – one of the largest rice suppliers in the United Kingdom had been facing four obstacles that were stymying its overall brand value (a) Diminished shelf appeal of the big bags at the point of sale (POS) (b) Ergonomic discomfiture to consumers while carrying the bags (c) Restricted open abilty of the bags posing difficulty in accessing the product (d) Poor stack ability quotient with frequent slipping of bags.s Veetee Rice Packaging

Being India’s largest multinational flexible packaging materials and Solution Company, Uflex approached Veetee with a holistic solution to plug these gaps so that the true potential of the brand could be unleashed.

Uflex offered Veetee a stunning three dimensional pack with front openability through a Slide to Close (STC) zipper. The front, back and bottom panels of the pack are a 3 ply structure comprising Stackable Polyester/ Metallized Polyester/ Polyethylene (Sealant layer). The side panels/ gussets are made of Polyester/ Polyester/ Polyethylene that make it convenient to have a provision for transparent windows on either side so that the consumers could see through the rice packed inside and make an informed choice. The re-closable feature of the bag allows consumers to retrieve only the required amount of product at a time and using the rest later without hampering the quality or aroma. Thus the barrier properties of the bag remain intact through-out the prescribed shelf life of the product.

Mr. Anup Sachdeva, Joint President Packaging (Global Exports) at Uflex says, “One of the major pain points that Veetee had been facing was the stiff punch handle that their erstwhile European converter was offering. These punched handles used to almost slit the fingers of the consumers buying 10-15 kg bulk packs. In the bespoke packaging solution that we engineered for Veetee Rice, we have offered a handle that’s on the side gusset. It is baby soft and is made of a special proprietary polymeric composition. No other convertor across the world has been able to offer such a soft side handle. When consumers hold the rice pack through side handle the centre of gravity of the load shifts downwards.This reduces the potential energy of the pack concomitantly lessening the strain in the hands of the consumers. This is pure Physics!

It is for these soft handles that the filling productivity of the packers actually shoots up. Let’s understand this little better. Usually when the side handles are stiff they do not completely flatten in the side gusset as a result of which lesser number of preformed packs can be fed in the magazine of the filling & sealing machine. With hard and stiff side handles, the number of packs per magazine hover somewhere around 20-25, where as with our baby soft handle the number of packs per magazine goes up to as high as 125-150. Not only does this increase the filling efficiency/ productivity but also slashes down the labour cost of the packer.”

Mr. Sachdeva further adds, “Veetee wanted an augmented shelf appeal for the brand to stand out in an already inundated retail shelf. Trusting our capabilities, Veetee gave us a free hand to modify its artwork. Our pre-press department did an exceptionally good job with the graphics which the Management of Veetee quite liked and approved rather instantaneously. This was further topped up with high definition reversed rotogravure printing. The rotogravure cylinder for this job was manufactured at our fully automatic robotic laser engraving line which ensures unmatched consistency in printing besides offering High Definition image re-production capability of 6,400 DPI. We used the Extended Gamut Printing Process (EG-7) on the rotogravure press in this case to infuse standardization of printing. The Packaging was not printed as a combination of CMYK and spot inks. The press was standardized on CMYK + 3 extra/special inks (orange, green & blue). By adding extra colours to the traditional CMYK range, we were able to achieve more and better colour without any printing variations that cause visual aberrations. This actually worked wonders in getting that unmistakable and alluring shelf appeal that the client had been yearning for. The pack being Three Dimensional (3D) has 5 panels that are fully utilised for offering a 360 degree branding canvas emphatically engaging the consumers at the point of sale (POS).

To address the slippage issues while stacking, we used Stackable Polyester as the top substrate/layer (in the laminate) which has high coefficient of friction preventing the bags from slipping thereby maintaining orderliness in the stack. Our Films Business has engineered this special stackable polyester film. Conventionally paper with high coefficient of friction has been used and placed under each layer of stack during the process of palletization. This paper itself used to be as expensive as one sterling pound per sheet. Added to that, the labour cost of manually applying these sheets during the process of stacking further made the entire proposition even more expensive. The pack that we have engineered for Veetee clearly obviates these costs. This again is a big merit.  In the nutshell we have been able to address all the 4 sore points that their brand was grappling with. With our innovation and end-to-end flexible packaging solution oriented approach we have been able to replace the European Convertor that Veetee had been working with for very many years.  The narrative does not end here. Owing to this complete metamorphosis in its packaging Veetee Rice packs have successfully made in roads in to the top notch retail chains across the UK and are doing phenomenally well.

A packaging that has been conceived and manufactured in India is going great guns in the United Kingdom. This is indeed a big win!!! We are getting a lot of enquiries from Europe and Middle East for similar packaging solution.”

Mr. Ashok Chaturvedi, Chairman & Managing Director, Uflex Limited expressing his joy over this rechristened packaging for Veetee Rice said, “The converting/ packaging experts at Uflex systematically looked into each of the four pain points of the brand and came up with appropriate solutions as antidote. Now this is what I call real value addition that is helping our client in the UK to unleash its brand potential to the fullest.”


PACKAGING EXCELLENCE AWARDS FOR UFLEXInnovation to create value added differentiation is the common thread running through all flexible packaging solutions that Uflex engineers for its global clientele spread across over 140 countries. It is this innovation by the flexible packaging bellwether that has won it several accolades over the years. Recently INDIASTAR Awards 2017 and SIES SOP STAR Awards 2017 were announced to recognize excellence in packaging innovation and development. The following packaging products manufactured by Uflex have made it to the Hall of Fame!


While INDIASTAR AWARDS are conferred by the famous Indian Institute of Packaging (IIP), SIES SCHOOL OF PACKAGING STAR AWARDS as the name suggests are presented by the renowned institution SIES that is credited for churning out some of the finest packaging professionals in the country.

Expressing delight over the latest award announcements, Mr. Ashok Chaturvedi, Chairman & Managing Director, Uflex Limited said, “These awards have a very special connotation associated with them. Declared by renowned institutionsthat are revered as the final authority on innovation, design and development of packaging in our country theseaward winning products have created an altogether different league forthemselves as a testament towards their aesthetical andfunctional excellence.Uflex is humbled at this occasion and is inspired to develop yet enhanced flexible packaging solutions in future.”

Chemicals Business of Uflex bags CII National Award for Excellence in Water Management 2017

qwqwResources are and shall always be finite. Businesses that can streamline their operations by managing resources in the most prudent and efficacious way will lead on the path of Sustainability.

Chemicals Business of India’s largest multinational flexible packaging materials and Solution Company Uflex has recently been conferred with the CII National Award for Excellence in Water Management 2017. The Jury comprising distinguished Bureaucrats, Environmentalists, Academicians, and Civil Society Activists particularly noted the exemplary work done by Uflex Chemicals in the areas of water conservation through reduced leakages, rigorous monitoring, on-site audits, recycle and reuse technology interventions that resulted in reduced water consumption & enhanced financial savings.

The selection process for this coveted title was immaculate and tedious comprising shortlisting based on a detailed questionnaire; filtering based on a 21 point checklist; full day site visit by CII experts followed by presentation and interjection in front of the jury.

Other Corporates that were honored alongside Uflex during the 3rd Water Innovation Summit 2017 are Grasim Industries, Mahindra and Mahindra, Renault (Nissan), Toyota Kirloskar, Tata Steel and Asian Paints among others.

Talking about this achievement, Mr. Rajesh Bhasin, Business Head, Uflex Chemicals said that, “Sustainable business practices are a way of life at Uflex and we continually evolve to make the maximum by using minimum natural resources. This award is a testimony for our unrelenting commitment towards sustainability.”

Expressing delight at this win, Mr. Ashok Chaturvedi, Chairman & Managing Director, Uflex Limited said, “Optimizing the use of energy and natural resources is an integral part of our business planning. My team is forever on the roll to walk that extra mile for upholding our promise towards environment and sustainability.I strongly believe that whatever we are able to conserve today shall reap its benefits for a better tomorrow.”