India-based specialty packaging company Essel Propack has opened a new plant in Cali, Colombia, to manufacture laminated tubes for the cosmetics, pharmaceutical and food sectors.

Equipped with a pharma clean room, the new facility will allow the company to meet growing demand in the South American market with enhanced capabilities.

The plant has the capacity to manufacture 180 million tubes per year, and provides an opportunity to export laminated tubes in the nearby Andean markets of Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Venezuela and Chile.

"This facility is built with an infrastructure that will support the future capacity expansions and growth."

Essel Propack regional vice-president Ted Sojourner said: “Today is an important milestone in Essel’s Journey of Success. Our new plant investment known as Essel Colombia SAS is a significant strategic event for our continued long term growth and development here in Colombia, and throughout the South America continent.

“This facility is built with an infrastructure that will support the future capacity expansions and growth. We have now established our Gateway to South America.”

The new facility is an expression of Essel's confidence in the growth potential of the markets it has been serving for more than 15 years.

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The company currently has 21 facilities in the US, Mexico, Colombia, Poland, Germany, Egypt, Russia, China, Philippines and India.

Essel sells more than six billion tubes per year and also provides customised solutions for various materials, technology and processes.