Indian packaging printer invests in second Heidelberg
UFlex invests in second Heidelberg Intro printing line
India’s UFlex Limited has invested in a second printing line from the Heidelberg Web Carton Converting GmbH. This investment is part of its larger growth strategy in the liquid packaging space to expand its global footprint.
UFlex has announced to double its production capacity from 3.5 billion packs per annum to 7 billion packs per annum. Investing in the Heidelberg Intro Web printing technology is thus the first among many steps toward achieving its production capacity.
UFlex is India’s largest multinational flexible packaging and polymer science company and the first Indian manufacturer of aseptic liquid packaging. Establised in 1985 and after becoming successful in flexible packaging, UFlex wanted to diversify with offerings within the packaging business and Aseptic Liquid Packaging emerged for the scope of innovation in the segment. The Greenfield plant in Sanand with 85,000 sqm packaging area and a current printing capacity to produce 3.5 billion packs per annum was commissioned.
Now, the company aims to double the production capacity with the second printing line in the plant. The Intro web-flexo printing press prints 7 colours at a web-width of 1320 mm with a speed of 500 MPM for all packaging materials of Asepto products. The new custom-built Heidelberg Intro will be installed in 2021 and will double Asepto’s printing capacity.
“Asepto is on a significant growth path. Heidelberg’s Intro Web-Printing-Press machine is the perfect fit to meet all our, and our customer’s requirements. Not only are the expectations for the machine, but also the seamless after-sales service factors makes Heidelberg Intro an ideal system to give a push to our growth plans. The partnership shared by the two market leaders over the years has created a win-win situation for both of us. Once the commissioning of the project is complete, we will be looking at global expansion. Asepto Sanand will certainly act as a benchmark,” said Ashwani Kumar Sharma, President & CEO, Aseptic Liquid Packaging, UFlex Ltd.