Switzerland-based specialty chemicals group Clariant along with its Healthcare Packaging unit is installing new offset tube printing machines at its production plant in Romorantin, France.

The new high-speed, six-colour printers are expected to increase the capacity of the plant by nearly 30%.

Clariant said that the already installed new machines would provide additional capacity by the end of this month.

"We continue to expand tube and stopper production and state-of-the-art printing capabilities in Romorantin."

Installation of the printers would be completed by early next year, with full production capacity scheduled to be achieved by the second quarter of the same year.

The new machines will complement the existing tube and stopper production capabilities of the Romorantin plant and will help the company meet increasing demand for printing capabilities mainly in pharmaceutical and nutraceutical sectors.

Clariant Healthcare Packaging sales head Philippe Depois said: "Our large range of tube and desiccant stopper offerings gives customers flexibility and choice in their package design.

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"And, we continue to expand tube and stopper production and state-of-the-art printing capabilities in Romorantin."

The company noted that the latest investment at the Romorantin plant would provide customers with new options to customise their package designs.

Clariant manufactures 40 different tube sizes and 50 different desiccant stoppers at its plants in France, the US and China.

In collaboration with Sicpa, the company has launched an anti-counterfeiting solution, Plastiward, for the pharmaceutical packaging sector.