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Constantia Flexibles to invest $15m to expand production capacity in India

Constantia Flexibles is making $15.5m investment to expand the production capacity at its Indian subsidiary Parikh Packaging, in Ahmedabad, Gujarat.

In mid-2017, the company broke ground on a new site close to existing production at Parikh. 

Planned to be completed in 2019, the site will be designed to meet international environmental, hygiene and work safety standards.

The new facility will feature a polyethylene blown film extruder, high-definition Flexo printing press and laminators to produce fully recyclable high barrier laminates.

The expansion project would help the company meet the growing demand for flexible packaging in the food, and home and personal care (HPC) industries in India.

Constantia Flexibles Food division executive vice-president Stefan Grote said: “Our investment strengthens Parikh Packaging’s credentials as a leading provider of innovation and service to customers in the Indian subcontinent.

“Major FMCGs are demanding the highest level of sustainability for their packaging material and they will have to comply with upcoming Indian Plastic Waste Management (PWM) regulations that promote only fully recyclable flexible packaging.”

Parikh Packaging already has a production unit in Ahmedabad, including rotogravure printing machines, PE extruders, various lamination technologies and pouch making.

Constantia Flexibles made the investment announcement at the during the PLASTINDIA 2018 trade fair being held in Gandhinagar, from 7-12 February.

The Parikh Packaging’s Ahmedabad-based packaging plant was acquired by Constantia Flexibles in 2013 to support the group for further growth and expansion in Asia.

Constantia Parikh is focused on mainly producing snacks & chips packaging, stand up pouches, single-unit shampoo sachets and different rollstock laminate materials.

Employing about 7,400 people, Constantia Flexibles in engaged in manufacturing flexible packaging solutions to serve food and pharma industries.

Image: Constantia Flexibles made the investment announcement at the PLASTINDIA 2018 event. Photo: courtesy of Constantia 2018.