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Mr. Anantshree Chaturvedi speaks with Packaging News UK

By Tony Corbin | May 15, 2018 | Packaging News

Profile | Q&A with Anantshree Chaturvedi, Flex Films/Uflex
The vice chairman and chief executive of Flex Films, the global film manufacturing arm of Uflex, speaks to PN about the packaging industry, the company’s global focus and sustainability.

Anantshree Chaturvedi, vice chairman and chief executive of Flex Films the global film manufacturing arm of Uflex – India’s largest multinational flexible packaging materials and solution company.

Anantshree Chaturvedi, vice chairman and chief executive of Flex Films the global film manufacturing arm of Uflex – India’s largest multinational flexible packaging materials and solution company.

Constantia Flexibles Group became the third largest flexible packaging company in India after successfully completing its acquisition of Creative Polypack. Is this further indication of how vibrant the flexible packaging industry is in India?

‘Finally some good sense prevails for Flexible Packaging’ – Uflex CMD writes an Opinion Editorial for Business Today

April 25, 2018 | Business Today

On 22nd April, the World celebrated Earth Day and it could not have been any timelier for me to write this piece for the readers of Business Today!

Much has been said and written vilifying flexible packaging in India and overseas alike, particularly during the last decade and a half. It ends up in oceans and rivers; keeps piling on roadsides adding to nuisance; cannot be reprocessed; cannot be put to any alternate use; chokes drainage systems; kills cows and buffaloes who ingest packaging while grazing on garbage heaps etc. are just a few of the very many accusations hurled at this absolutely versatile form of packaging. Some states in India have also gone to the extent of imposing ban on plastic bags.

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Let me play a devil’s advocate for a moment and assume that all that I have mentioned hereinabove is true. Do these packets walk on two legs and get immersed in our water bodies? Do these packs yell and say ‘Hey, please dump me by the roadside so that I could mingle with my siblings coming from other outlets’? Do these packs gang up and find a cosy corner for themselves in our drain holes? The answer is a BIG FAT ‘NO’. It is the irresponsible behaviour on part of ‘We the People’ that leads to such menace and concomitant hazard. It is a known fact that diesel and petrol vehicles are a major source of pollution. Have the diesel and petrol pumps been shut? A knife that is used for chopping vegetables can also be used to slit a throat. Have vegetable cutting knifes been banned world over? To what use we put an available resource is completely our wisdom. It’s the choice we make! Nothing can be held responsible for the choices we make. The fault is not of the knife but that of the killer. How can banning of flexible packaging be justified in such a scenario? All that banning exemplifies is a knee-jerk reaction and an extremely myopic point of view.

BUREAUCRACY TODAY FEATURES UFLEX LIMITED’S AWARD WINNING ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY INTERVENTION IN ITS SEPTEMBER EDITION

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After Delhi, Uflex extends support to Stairs School Football League – Ahmedabad

India’s largest flexible packaging company Uflex has pledged support to the Ahmedabad Chapter of Stairs School Football League (SSFL) for the next five years. SSFL is the biggest school football league in the country.

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Earlier this August, SSFL Delhi that entered into the second year was formally inaugurated with Uflex as a firm ally. The forum in its second year has gotten bigger and grander with participation confirmation from 288 schools comprising 32 girls’ teams and 256 boys’ teams. SSFL Delhi has engaged over 4,000 budding footballers in the city and the event will have witnessed nearly 600 matches before 2015 draws to a close, making it the biggest as well as the longest ever football league being played at the school level.

As the Chairman and Managing Director of Uflex Limited, Mr. Ashok Chaturvedi always says ‘Work that is for the larger good of the society must go on unhindered’, the organization is committed to replicate the success of SSFL Delhi in Ahmedabad as well. Notably 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.

The fundamental objectives of SSFL include:

a) Transforming the sporting scenario at the grassroots,

b) Uprooting all obstacles confronting sporting talent at the hinterland and

c) Nurturing future champions and creating opportunities for them to excel

SSFL is a platform solely for the children under 14 and 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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SSFL has evolved to become one of the most significant ‘talent spotting’ platforms for clubs and bodies seeking to acquire talent right at early adolescence. 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.

Speaking at the Press Conference, Mr. R.K. Jain, Group President (Corp. F & A), Uflex Limited re-affirming CMD Mr. Ashok Chaturvedi’s commitment to build a cohesive nation through promotion of Sports at the grassroots level said:

“Today we are very happy to take our experience of SSFL Delhi to Ahmedabad which will only invigorate with time to bring out the best footballers in the country. The right to play has been enshrined as a Universal Right in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and we are glad Uflex is furthering the cause. Sports besides rendering a physically fit and mentally alert nation are imperative for national integration where children and youth come together and play it out on the field irrespective of their caste, creed, religion or socio-economic status. Such is the power of Sports and we must harness it to build Brand India.  

Supporting SSFL- Ahmedabad chapter is like a second homecoming. Uflex is already in the process of setting up at Sanand (Gujarat), first of its kind Aseptic Packaging plant for packing liquid products which is fully aligned with Government’s Make in India initiative. Supporting Sports endeavor in the State further doubles up our joy.”

 Interacting with the Media at the Press Conference held in the city, Mr. Siddhartha Upadhyay, Founder and Secretary General, STAIRS said “The Ahmedabad Chapter of Stairs School Football League, will provide an opportunity to over 5000 children in Gujarat to showcase their football talent. The inaugural year will be totally dedicated towards scouting talent considering World Cup under 17 that will be held in India in 2017.

I am thankful to Uflex for its continued support to the initiative that will empower the children and youth of the state much like it would bolster the sport itself. This will inspire the children to play the sport with truest sportsmanship and even opt it as a career.”

IMPROVISING FLEXIBLE PACKAGING—INNOVATIONS AND ADVANCEMENTS IN EXISTING PRODUCTS

Flexible packaging has made lives easier for on-the go consumers with its high standard of functionality and sustainability. This factor is what has helped stoke the flexible packaging industry all over the globe. Today, an abundance of pouches can be found in super marts, grocery stores, shopping aisles etc.

Innovative structural design has been the cause of this benefit. Pouch packaging gives the liberty to mould it into unique sizes and shapes, is functional and convenient. Considering the popularity, flexible packaging manufacturers are regularly brainstorming in order to find new applications and to cater to a growing customer base. Unlike other packaging formats that cater to a limited set of products or to a niche segment the usage of flexible packaging is vast and versatile. No wonder, that this form of packaging has been recognized as the most useful packaging format in today’s age.

With plastic packaging being accepted in nearly every product segment, its important that the flexible packaging manufacturers device innovative and improvised packages to attract the brand owners and consumers. Some of the recent innovations and advancements that the packaging industry has seen are:

  • Co extrusion– It allows the manufacturer to prepare a multi functional packaging material in one manufacturing process as compared to traditional method of lamination and coating. Co extrusion method helps the plastic manufacturer lower the production cost involved in traditional lamination.
  • In-mold labeling- Technologies like bioplastics and nanoparticle layered plastic packaging are also slowly gaining ground owing to the increased awareness on sustainability. The Indian packaging sector has witnessed a fast growing inclination towards flexible packaging over other traditional forms owing to the light weight and functionality of plastic.
  • Modified Atmosphere Packaging (MAP) – This technology helps the packaged food with increased shelf‐life of minimally‐processed foods. By modifying the internal environment of the package, the natural deterioration of the product is slowed down—preserving its fresh state for a longer period of time.
  • Another factor propelling the growth of the stand-up pouch as opposed to the metal can is the Aseptic packaging. This technology helps sterilize the package and the food product separately and then combine and seal it under a sterilize environment. This trend is fast picking up and is expected to lead in the coming year
  • Temperature variations in packed food can result in compromising its safety and quality. Driven by rapid advancements in time-temperature indicators (TTI), intelligent packaging is anticipated to witness a strong growth. This system could be able to detect food contamination and change of color incase the food is not fit for consumption by the consumer. Uflex Ltd is striving to provide smart, intelligent packaging solutions to the consumers with state of the art packaging and converting machines.
  • Rotogravure printing is the latest in printing technique. Manufacturers can get vibrant and clear logos and designs through this technique. Flexible packaging, being relatively new, combines very well with rotogravure printing.

Globally, the use of pouches for snacks grew by 7% in the year 2012-13. Pouches for sauces, juices registered a growth of 20% in the same duration. Other categories like baby food, side dishes grew by 102% and 58% respectively in the same period. Pouch packaging also saw a 32% growth in the pet food segment in the duration 2009-13.

The Indian flexible market which was worth Rs. 14,000 crores in 2011 is expected to reach Rs. 22,950 crores in 2015.  As the numbers indicate, flexible packaging is attracting companies and consumers alike. Factors like cost effectiveness, sustainability, convenience etc all add to its value proposition. For this reason, flexible packaging will continue its growth over other types of packaging.

Uflex Ltd., India’s largest flexible packaging company has contributed greatly in both domestic and international food packaging market with its innovative and world class flexible packaging solutions, a variety of value added flexible packaging material and sophisticated products. The company believes that the greatest improvement in the packaging industry is the flexible packaging and strives to provide smart, intelligent packaging solutions to the consumers with state of the art packaging and converting machines. In this regard Uflex Ltd., is privileged to contribute to society by producing a variety of value added flexible packaging material, sophisticated products including films like BOPET, BOPP and CPP; state-of-the-art packaging and converting machines and rotogravure cylinders, thereby providing world class flexible packaging solutions to its customers.