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Uflex launches Super Barrier Polyester Film

Uflex Launches Super Barrier Film, FLEXPET-FPGB

India’s largest multinational flexible packaging materials and solution company Uflex has launchedSuper Barrier Polyester Film, FLEXPETTM F-PGB-12.

This 12 micron Bi-axially Oriented Polyethylene Terephthalate (BOPET) film owing toa speciallymodified surface treatment (on one side)offers very high barrier to oxygen. The other side of the film can be corona treated or left untreated as per the requirements of the convertor.The Oxygen Transmission Rate (O.T.R) of this film is < 6 cm3/m2/day at 23 degrees Celsius & 0% RH. A big advantage with this film is the fact that it does not require any coating or co-extrusion of Polyvinylidene Chloride (PVDC) or Ethylene Vinyl alcohol (EVOH) for enhancing barrier properties.

An untreated BOPET normal film of 12 micron has O.T.R. as high as 135 cm3/m2/day; thereby offering much weaker barrier to O2. A normal film quite essentially requires inline or offline PVDC/EVOH coating for enhancing the barrier properties.

The benefits of FLEXPETTMF-PGB-12 filmare multifarious:

  • It offers good flexibility;
  • Exhibits very good optical properties/ transparency;
  • Offers good machinability and handling properties owing to high Tensile Strength at Break (TSB);
  • Poses excellent barrier to gas as compared to normal BOPET film;
  • Offers cost benefits w.r.t. PVDC/EVOH coated/co-extruded substrates.

Mr. J.K. Sharma, AGM, Technical Service and New Product Development (Films) talking about the USPs of FLEXPETTMF-PGB-12 said, “This film offers a clear cost advantage to the convertors over other PVDC/EVOH coated/ co-extruded filmsand is widely used in the packaging for pet foods; roasted coffee and other oxygen & barrier sensitive food products. There is a huge demand for this cost effective speciality BOPET film and we are getting good number of business enquiries.”

Giving more details about the new speciality film, Mr. Pramod Sirsamkar, President   Technical & New Product Development (Films), Uflex Limited said, “In a typical two ply laminate our latest film can serve as a superior oxygen barrier while the sealant layer can act as a great barrier to moisture. This is the simplest cross section that one can think of keeping the converting costs to a bare minimum without compromising upon the performance of the laminate. The F-PGB film complies with EU regulation and US FDA for food contact application.”

Commenting about FLEXPETTMF-PGB-12 film, Mr. Ashok Chaturvedi, Chairman and Managing Director, Uflex Limited said, “We are producing this film at all our manufacturing facilities i.e. in India, UAE, Poland, Egypt, Mexico and USA. This speciality substrate is yet another example of innovation to create value added differentiation for our clients globally. Considering its superior barrier to oxygen, the film can be laminated with a sealant polymeric substrate to render a superior two layer laminate which is thin and lightleaving much lesser carbon footprint at all the three stages of the product lifecycle i.e. manufacturing; transportation and disposal.”

Flexible Packaging Major Uflex shines at AIMCAL Annual Technology Competition

Innovation to create value added differentiation is at the core of the business strategy of India’s largest flexible packaging solution company Uflex Limited.

The Association of International Metallizers, Coaters and Laminators (AIMCAL) honored Uflex for two startlingly innovative products.

  • VIMAL pouch laminate with registered hologram commemorating 25 years of the product and providing an authentication / anti-counterfeiting device under the Non-Food Technical Category;
  • Kohinoor Anti-Slip Bag (for premium rice packaging) under the Technical Excellence Category.

These awards were conferred during AIMCAL’s Management Meeting held in South Carolina on Sunday, 20 March.

VIMAL pouch laminate is a multi-ply structure of reverse printed BOPET Film/Paper/Heat-seal coating used for packaging a saffron-blended mouth-freshener. The special feature of this laminate is the incorporation of a commemorative hologram in perfect register with the print  design  that  celebrates  25  years  of  the  product  and  additionally provides  an  overt  authentication  and  anti-counterfeiting  device  in  a business where duplication and counterfeiting are rampant. The hologram is created separately and transferred to the surface of the printed laminate in register with the print design using a special proprietary process. This incorporation process of the hologram into the printed laminate perfect register is first of its kind in the Global Packaging Industry.

The anti-counterfeiting feature can be recognized by even an untrained consumer at the point of purchase without the use of any specialized equipment, scanning devices or having to communicate with the product manufacturer or distributor. The hologram automatically reinforces the image of the brand or manufacturer and can use proprietary graphics like designs, logos or messages. It can also be used to authenticate promotional packages that distinguish them from regular or standard packages simultaneously delivering a unique form of differentiation and shelf-impact.

The innovation quotient of the product is quite high with the overt commemorative hologram being a part of the print design itself. Not only does this impart differentiation to the product but also greatly enhances its visual appeal and shelf impact simultaneously offering unmatched brand security from counterfeited products and look-alikes.

Kohinoor Anti-Slip Bag is used for bulk retail packaging of premium rice (5 kilogram and more). The special feature of this bag is an anti-slip device that prevents the bags from slipping over each other and off the stack when piled one over  the  other  for  unitizing  (stacking, palletizing, stretch/shrink wrapping and secondary packaging), during transportation and during display on the shelf. The anti-slip property is achieved by using a special micro-embossing process on the finished laminate prior to bag-making. The micro embossing is registered so as to appear only on the central portion of the bag and is not visible when viewed normally. Therefore, it does not affect the graphics or aesthetics in any way. It is so designed that it does not physically puncture the film surface so that barrier properties remain unaffected and there is no development of micro-pores that allow mites or micro-organisms to enter the package. The micro-embossing delivers the anti-slip property by imparting to the surface a very high coefficient of friction against another embossed film surface. This prevents slippage of bags when stacked even several feet high. This system works much better than using anti-slip additives, coatings or treatment on the film that forms the outer surface of the bag.

In an official statement, Mr. Ashok Chaturvedi, Chairman & Managing Director, Uflex Limited said, “In today’s competitive slugfest, only those who can deliver innovation at every stroke will be able to survive. Not only is it imperative to innovate but also to create progressively incremental, tangible and quantifiable value to the business of clients is what takes a brand to the next level. With the best in class technology at our disposal and some of the sharpest brains that understand packaging inside-out Uflex will continue to delight its clientele globally. The AIMCAL awards further inspire us to render flexible packaging solutions that are even better than before.”

And the Power Brand Rising Star Award 2016 goes to ‘Flexible Packaging Major Uflex’

At a time when flexible packaging is immaculately shaping the contours of the FMCG industry world over,bringing much ease, benefits and convenience to the end users, Uflex has been honored with the Power Brand Rising Star Award 2016. Notably, Uflex is India’s largest global flexible packaging solution company enjoying a formidable market presence in over 140 countries.


The Indian flexible packaging industry has been growing at 15-17 % annually over the past five years or so. Globally the industry is growing at 4.5-5% annually. Consumer Goods industry is the biggest user of flexible packaging but still remains quite under penetrated in India when compared globally. Estimated20-25% consumer goods are sold in packaged form. With the improving economic environment and demand from consumer goods industry, the domestic packaging industry has a potential to grow at more than 20 % annually here onwards. Flexible packaging is thus among the most promising and fastest growing sectors in India.

Planman Media – a name synonymous to fearless, analytical, sharp and insightful journalism,through its ‘Power Brand Rising Stars’platform recognizes promising brands that have shown sustained growth over the past and have been able to create a huge impact etching a strong impression to ‘elevate’ and capture the imagination of a resurgent India.

Given the unmatched capabilities and competitiveness of Uflex amidst flexible packaging industry, the organization was selectedforthe Power Brand Rising Star Award 2016on account of its superior Brand Equityassessed through research on Brand Image & Perception, Brand Performance, Brand Loyalty, Brand Awareness and Brand Association. The award was conferred at a scintillating ceremony held in the Capital presided over by Dr. Najma A. HeptullaHon’bleUnion Minister of Minority Affairswith the bigwigs of India Inc. in attendance.

Mr. Ashok Chaturvedi, Chairman and Managing Director, Uflex Limited in an official statement said “Flexible packaging has ushered FMCG brands within the reach of the common thereby justifying the adjective ‘flexible’ in its truest sense. Besides addressing affordability, flexible packaging has immense potential to offer enhanced aesthetics, optimum barrier properties for prolonged shelf life, improvised pack functionalities, environment friendly alternatives w.r.t rigid packaging and unparalleled brand protection in terms of anti-counterfeitingfeatures that keep look-alikes at bay. I am glad that Uflex has been ‘The Pioneer’in bringing the Flexible Packaging experience in India. Our capability to provide end-to-end flexible packaging solutions globally blended with a strong conviction to consistently innovate and create value added differentiation for our clients has been driving us and shall continue to drive us in setting new benchmarks.Flexible packaging industry is indeed a Rising Star that offers sky full of great possibilities, and Uflex is truly humbled and inspired for being honored as the Power Brand in this category.”

Flexible Packaging Trends in 2016


Five reasons why Flexible Packaging has left the modern consumers ‘BESOTTED’


Flexible packaging continues its stellar growth in the industry and topping the popularity charts amongst the manufacturers and consumers alike.

There are several important factors that have contributed to the ever rising popularity of flexible packaging since it first hit the market.

1) Source reduction

Flexible packaging production requires less materials and less energy than other types of packaging. Being light in weight it adds less weight to the packaged product and has a high product to package ratio. At the time of transportation, the light weight aspect plays a major role in cutting costs and reduction of carbon footprint, thereby being a comparatively sustainable option when compared to rigid packaging.  Flexible packaging provides significant reduction in costs; raw materials used and transport costs besides offering several performance advantages over rigid packaging. Use of flexible packaging can significantly minimize package transport costs between the converter, packer/filler, retailer and end user. Not only do flexible packs take up less space when empty as compared to rigid containers, but can also be formed on the spot from roll materials at the filling location, thereby economizing transportation of ready-formed empty packaging.  Post consumer waste can be re-processed further contributing to the circular economy.

2) Longer shelf life      

Materials like BOPET, BOPP, EVOH and PA have been demonstrating high growth owing to their barrier properties. Almost all brands demand packaging that ensures longer shelf life and greater protection for their produce.Protection from contamination and deterioration throughout its shelf life is also an integral part of flexible packaging.Intelligent packaging is designed to be able to detect food contamination and change of color incase the food is not fit for consumption by the consumer. Scientifically, barrier properties play a pivotal role in determining the effectiveness of any pack.

3) Ease in molding and designing

This form of packaging provides the liberty to mould it into unique sizes and shapes. The usage of flexible packaging is vast and versatile, unlike other packaging formats that cater to a limited set of products or a niche segment. This form of packaging also enables a printable surface so that brands are able to determine how much of the product to showcase, while maintaining brand impact.

4) Convenient for consumers

Flexible packaging happens to be the only source that has a high standard of functionality and sustainability making it perfect for the on-the-go consumers. Flexible packaging today offers a variety of packaging options that has shrink sleeves, re-sealable/ re-closable option,  zip pouches, stand up pouches etc which are highly functional and convenient for today’s consumers.

5) Sustainability

Sustainable ideas and environment friendly packaging occupy a mammoth concern for the flexible packaging companies across the world. Much of flexible packaging’s sustainability comes from the fact that it has reduced materials usage and lighter weight. There is less wastage and less use of energy and water at the manufacturing level.

India’s largest flexible packaging company Uflex Ltd. has been a pioneer in setting benchmarks for delivering innovative packaging concepts that ensure safety and viability of the packaged product through its life cycle.

Uflex offers technologically superior packaging solutions for a wide variety of products such as snack foods, candy and confectionery, sugar, rice & other cereals, beverages, tea & coffee, dessert mixes, noodles, wheat flour, soaps and detergents, shampoos & conditioners, vegetable oil, spices, marinates & pastes, cheese & dairy products, frozen food, sea food, meat, anti-fog, pet food, pharmaceuticals, contraceptives, garden fertilizers and plant nutrients, motor oil and lubricants, automotive and engineering components etc.Some of Uflex’s clients on the global turf include P&G, PepsiCo; Tata Global; Mondelez, L’ Oreal, Britannia, Haldiram’s, Amul, Kimberly Clark, Ferro Rocher, Perfetti, GSK, Nestle, Agrotech Foods, Coca Cola, Wrigley, Johnson & Johnson among others.