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Uflex Announces New Aseptic Liquid Packaging

NOIDA, INDIA | Uflex announces ASEPTO aseptic liquid packaging. As shown in the accompanying image, aseptic packages are made by laminating polyethylene with paperboard and aluminium foil. This multilayered construction enables the carton to protect the contents from various factors responsible for spoilage, thereby preserving the product freshness and value. 

Company says the aluminum foil layer is a strong barrier for O2 and light; the innermost layer made of PE makes it possible to seal through the pack; and the paper layer provides stiffness, making it possible for the cartons to assume a brick shape, thereby enabling maximum utilization of the available storage and transportation space.

Printing, creasing, and punching of paperboard is done on the press, followed by the lamination of paperboard on the extrusion machine with aluminium film and a different type of PE. The rolls from the lamination machine are converted to rolls of smaller width as the size of packages requires. The finished rolls are sent to the customer where these rolls are run on the forming and filling line and the desired products (juices, milk, other dairy and distillery products) are filled and packed in the packages.

The packaging is said to increase shelf life of the product, also reducing the dependency on a cold chain and adding ease of handling for both marketers and consumers.

Ashwani Sharma, president & CEO, New Business Initiatives, Uflex Limited, says, “Aseptic Packaging market in India is generally classified into three segments Juices, Dairy Products, and Liquor. Packaging of flavored milk, other dairy items, and liquor in aseptic packaging material will play a key role in propelling the growth of aseptic packaging in the coming years both in India and overseas. Our total manufacturing capacity of 7 billion packs per annum will cater to 90 percent of the domestic market demand. In APAC, the market growth is around 7%, and in India the growth has been in double digits for the last three to four years.”

He adds, “Presently the Indian Aseptic Liquid Packaging Market is growing at 17 to 18% per annum, and the market is expected to double up in the next five years to approximately 20 billion packs per annum. Drawing parallels, China boasts of a tremendous growth story which has already reached approximately 80 billion packs. In India, with similar population, the growth potential is humungous. Aseptic Packaging Manufacturing is the ‘big thing’ for taking Uflex to the next level of business excellence. We are all set to take off in the Indian market and position this business globally.”

The company’s Aseptic Liquid Packaging manufacturing plant will be commercially operational by April 2017. R.K. Jain, Group President (Corp. F & A), Uflex Limited, says, “The aseptic packaging manufacturing plant is coming up on 21 acres of the 72 acre land parcel that Uflex has bought at Sanand, Gujarat. Remaining land may cater to any future expansion of Uflex’s existing business as well as for aseptic packaging manufacturing. Upholding our commitment toward environmental sustainability, the aseptic packaging manufacturing facility has been designed to be a zero discharge plant. Solar panels and passive architecture-envelop insulation have been used to preserve natural light besides conserving power energy.”

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