The capacity expansion at the Sanand, Gujurat facility, will be completed within the next 10 months.
The expansion is in response to the new contracts and increasing demand for the company's aseptic packaging laminates. Driven by a strong and healthy order book and consistent market growth, the company said the initiative doubles the production capacity and will mean more jobs and a strengthening of the company’s expansion plan.
Ashwani Kumar Sharma, president & CEO, aseptic liquid packaging business, UFlex Ltd., said, "Asepto expansion is part of the growing need for aseptic packaging and I am excited that our team and state-of-the-art facilities we have are well-positioned to respond to the increasing demand for our services and innovative technology in aseptic packaging. Despite the pandemic, we have continued to deliver services without a pause and carried on with innovative thoughts to deliver expected results from our customers.
"We have been working on taking Asepto globally, and our expansion takes a leap to enlarge the brand's horizons to different continents. We remain the most innovative packaging company when it comes to aesthetic rejuvenation in aseptic packaging space. The expansion steps in our operations reflect Asepto's strong position in the marketplace and positive outlook for the future.”
Asepto is UFlex’s liquid packaging brand, designed for products including milk, dairy products, juice, and other products.
Once the commissioning of the project is complete, the company will look to expand globally.
Ashok Chaturvedi, chairman and managing director of UFlex Ltd., said, "Asepto has now grown and entering into its next phase of life cycle with the first expansion plan announcement. This expansion of production capacities is our natural progression, addressing our rapid growth in the aseptic liquid packaging space, and stepping strong footsteps into the global arena. Asepto is taking one step at a time, and that's the best way I foresee to imbibe growth approach in the given global economic scenario."
The first phase of expansion will focus on adding new machines to the existing line i.e., the new generation Gallus printing line (M/S Heidelberg Web Carton GmbH) from Germany. The machine prints at a speed of 500 meters per minute.