Sunday, 26 March 2017
Flex packaging giant, Uflex is ready to capture another area of packaging specialization with ASEPTO, a dedicated brand introduced for sterile packing of liquid products. The aseptic package manufacturing unit is all set to start operating by April 2017. ASEPTO is built on 21 acres of land in Sanand, Gujarat out of the 72 acres owned by Uflex. The remaining land owned by the packaging giant is secured to be used for expanding existing business in the future, including ASEPTO. Around 250 employees are expected to join the liquid packaging unit once it becomes functional.
Uflex is in the business of flex packaging since 1985, and has evolved as a multinational firm over these years with global presence in about 140 countries. Over the years, the company has gained perfection in the area of manufacturing packages for beverages, snacks, and confectionary items. ASEPTO will be its first attempt at providing liquid packaging with the initial concentration on items like juices, dairy products, and other viscous products like sauce.
A total investment of more than Rs 1,500 crore has gone into the ASEPTO project. Out of the total investment, Rs 580 crore were used only in setting up ASEPTO, while the remaining amount will be used for further modernizing the manufacturing process and on research and development. Modernization will be done in terms of introducing the latest technology for flex packaging solutions.
A growing urban population and rising demand for convenience food and technology is responsible for the initiation and growth of aseptic flex packaging. The aseptic packaging technology ensures that food items are packed in sterilized packets and sealed in a sterilized atmosphere too.
The industry of aseptic packaging is forecasted to experience the greatest of demands from beverage manufacturers during 2020. Ashok Chaturvedi-led Uflex is already riding high on the packaging business for solid, viscous fluid, semi solid, powder, and granule material.
Wednesday, 15 March 2017
Uflex has unveiled Asepto, an aseptic liquid packaging brand. The company announced its decision to set up a manufacturing plant in Sanand, Gujarat to be commercially operational by this April. Investment made for this manufacturing unit is about Rs 580 crore and the unit will employ approximately 250 people as soon as it becomes functional.
The aseptic packaging manufacturing unit is said to have built on an area of 21 acres. Uflex owns 72 acres of the land in Sanand and has used about 10% of it for the aseptic packaging unit. The remaining land will be used up by Uflex for expanding the current businesses in future which includes the aseptic packaging plant as well, if need be. Considering the commitment towards sustaining the environment, the manufacturing facility is structured as a ‘zero discharge plant’.
The aseptic manufacturing plant is built, keeping in mind the preservation of natural energy, especially light. Therefore, use of solar panels for electricity generation and passive architecture-envelop insulation has been used to conserve power.
Ashok Chaturvedi Uflex chairman and MD, said: “We will ensure to offer specialized machines to our clients for filling. Our engineering unit in Noida has come up with design and manufacturing of machines with filling speed of up to 7,500 packs in an hour. These packs will be of a typical capacity of 200ml each.”
The Uflex chairman explained, “We are ready with a broad customer base that is being provided with completely integrated machines for packaging solid, granular, semi-solid, paste, powder, viscous fluid, and gel based products. With our aseptic packaging manufacturing plant to be opened in Gujarat, getting orders from the clients already associated with Uflex will be an extension of the long standing business relationship that has existed for several decades.”
The current rate of Indian aseptic liquid packaging ratio is going up by 17-18 percent each year. The market is expected double its growth in the coming five years. This will make the market reach a packaging capacity of approximately 20 billion packs every year.
The aseptic packaging unit to be functional this April will be responsible for increasing the shelf life of food for 8 months of duration and keep it free from harmful microorganisms like bacteria even under room temperature.