The company has opened a sales and service centre with Truking, its Chinese parent company, in Hyderabad, India, to cater for six Romaco brands; Noack and Siebler (Germany) supply blister, heat-sealing and rigid tube filling machines; Macofar (Italy) fillers for sterile and non-sterile powders and liquids; Promatic (Italy) cartoners, track & trace systems and case packers; Kilian (Germany) compression solutions for tableting; Innojet (Germany) granulation and coating.
Jörg Pieper, CEO, Romaco, said the company has been operating in India for many years and decided to open a subsidiary there to strengthen its presence in the region.
“Considerable demand exists for all for Romaco’s products. At the same time, manufacturers are open to innovation and their brand loyalty is high,” he said.
Romaco now has two sales and service centres in India; with offices in Mumbai and Hyderabad, known as the hub of the Indian pharmaceutical industry.
Amol Nikam, general manager, Romaco India, will have responsibility for customer service, for around 300 of its machines, which are already up and running in India.
“Amol Nikam has a well-developed customer service mentality. He’s an experienced specialist for both the pharmaceutical industry and the South-East Asian market,” added Pieper.
Packaging Industry Association of India
Packaging is the fifth largest sector in India’s economy and is one of the highest growth sectors in the country. According to the Packaging Industry Association of India (PIAI), the sector is growing at 22% to 25% per annum.
India has seen sustainable packaging growth due to the increase of packaged food consumption and awareness, and demand for quality products.
Consumer awareness surrounding packaged food, specifically packaged food deliveries, has heightened.
Earlier this year, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) announced new packaging regulations to replace the former 2011 provisions.
The regulations comprise of a migration limit of 60mg/kg or 10mg/dm2 and migration limits for specific contaminates in plastic packaging materials. Recycled plastics and newspaper used for food packaging have also been banned. New labelling regulations were also revised.
At the customer Meet & Greet in Hyderabad, Romaco demonstrated processing technologies from Romaco Innojet as well as the ‘Cool, Fast & Clean’ system concept for the tablet presses in Romaco Kilian’s KTP X series.
The Romaco Noack NBL 400 blister line, designed to meet the needs of the Asian pharmaceutical markets, and Romaco Macofar’s microdosing solutions for filling sterile powders.