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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.

The unique role of packaging/ Packaging industry’s double-role

Industries are meant for the creation of wealth and developing of an economy. However, there is one industry that has a unique role of wealth creation both through its manufacturing activities and also by way of preserving the wealth or value generated in many other industries, it is the packaging industry.
Packaging was once considered a part of the manufacturing process and not as a separate industry as it is today. Over a period of time packaging emerged as a crucial segment of any economy in proportion to the growth-both in terms of its business size and technical competence.

Today packaging, in particular the flexible packaging market is worldwide has gone up from $58.3 billion in 2011 and is expected to touch $ 71.3 billion by 2016.The yearly growth rate is also expected to be more than 4%.
According to a report, the flexible packaging market in Asia-Pacific region has grown in both volume and value in the year 2012-13 and is expected to be fastest growing region, rising at a CAGR of 4.4% from 2013 to 2019. This trend is expected to continue owing to the rapid economic development in the region which in turn has resulted in the growth of various industries such as food & beverages, personal care products and pharmaceuticals among others.
Technical advancements have also dramatically changed how flexible packaging is viewed. It has become the most favoured form of packaging replacing rigid packaging like glass, metals etc. It is estimated the global consumption of plastic packaging will grow at an annual rate of 3.5% over the next 5 years reaching $ 231 billion by 2018.
In the Indian context the flexible packaging industry has proven its mettle by growing at an exceptional pace. The industry has registered a growth of 20-25%.

Apart from providing employment opportunities, contributing to the economy through its services, packaging doubles up as a source of preservation to products like snack foods, candy and confectionery, sugar, rice & other cereals, beverages, tea & coffee, desert 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.

Flexible packaging has a catalytic role in the modern economy. This form of packaging offers a variety of exciting marketing opportunities to the producer without increasing the cost of production. The packaging can be tailored to suit the merchandising requirements. Flexible style of packaging can be customized into practically any shape or size. They can also incorporate a variety of colors and styles. Flexible packaging helps businesses and brands gain recognition.

The role of flexible packaging isn’t limited to just attract the consumer. It is also meant to protect the perishable items inside. Protection from contamination and deterioration throughout its shelf life is also an integral part of good flexible packaging. It must also be informative of the nutrients and ingredients and other details in compliance with the labeling and packaging regulations.

Owing to the growing competition in the flexible packaging sector the manufacturers worldwide are increasingly coming up with innovative and effective flexible packaging products and solutions. The greatest attribute of flexible packaging that has been the mainstay of this sector is how well it is in sync with a variety of customer trends. Good looks, sustainability, convenience are some of the factors that have matched customer’s expectations.
Keeping up with the times and the dynamics of the packaging industry Uflex has been a pioneer in setting benchmarks for delivering innovative packaging concepts and to ensure the safety and viability of the packaged food in its life cycle.