India is likely to set up its first packaging park, which will house a group of industries specialising in the production of a variety of packaging material for user units, in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh.
The Indian Institute of Packaging (IIP), an autonomous institute specialising in packaging technology, training, testing and research and development that comes under the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, has already submitted a report of its assessment to the central government.
IIP director NC Saha was quoted by The Hindu as saying that the packaging park project would require around 50 to 100 acres for a campus in the city to ensure quality checks and training.
Around 10,000 industries of various sizes currently deal with various products across the city, yet only 50 of them are engaged in the production of packaging material.
However, most of the industries in Jawaharlal Nehru Pharma City and Brandix India Apparel City source their packaging material from Mumbai, Kolkata or Hyderabad and at times from Japan and Sri Lanka.
Saha also said that Visakha Dairy, which produces milk and dairy products, has a requirement for packaging material worth around INR800m ($12.5m) to increase shelf life, some of which is sourced from Bhutan.