Constantia Flexibles’ Indian subsidiary Constantia Parikh is building a new packaging plant in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India.

The plant was officially announced during the PLASTINDIA trade fair held in India in February 2018.

Constantia Parikh is investing Rs1bn ($15.5m approximately) in the flexible packaging plant, which is scheduled to commence operations in 2019.

The plant will be the company’s second in India. The first was acquired in 2013 from Parikh Packaging, a flagship company of the Parikh Group. Also based in Ahmedabad, the plant is an ISO-certified production unit employing more than 500 people.

The new plant will expand the production capacity of the Indian subsidiary and meet growing demands for packaging in the food, home and personal care markets.

Details of Constantia Parikh’s new flexible packaging plant

The new facility is being constructed on a greenfield site, which lies in close proximity to the existing production plant at Ahmedabad. Construction of the facility will be undertaken to comply with all the work safety requirements including environmental and hygiene standards.

“The company’s packaging solutions for the food sector include high-barrier laminates or lids and multi-layered substrates of film and foil.”

The plant will be equipped with a state-of-the-art Flexo printing press and laminators that can produce recyclable high-barrier laminates.

Constantia Flexibles will equip the facility with similar state-of-the-art technologies and equipment such as an aluminium rolling mill, high-end extrusion machinery and laser perforators that are currently being using at its existing facilities for producing packaging and labels.

Constantia Parikh’s flexible packaging products

Constantia Flexibles’ new facility will offer sustainable and innovative flexible packaging products primarily for the food, home and personal care industries. Packaging materials offered by the company are 60% aluminium-based and 40% film-based.

The company’s packaging solutions for the food sector include high-barrier laminates or lids and multi-layered substrates of film and foil. Solutions for sauces and dressings include single-serve packs or re-sealable closures.

The company offers alufoil containers and wet food pouches for ready meals and desserts.

Constantia also offers a range of solutions for bath additives, fragrances, oral care products, shaving products and feminine hygiene products in the home and personal care market.

Packaging products offered include lidding foil for plastic containers, cans and cups, foil for sachets, overwraps and stick packs, and lidding foil for blister packaging.

Flexible packaging market in India

India’s flexible packaging market is anticipated to witness growth in 2018 due to urban development and expansion of the retail sector.

In addition, demand for sustainable packaging material is expected to rise as fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) companies seek to comply with forthcoming regulations being imposed by the Indian Plastic Waste Management (PWM).

These factors are expected to increase the demand for recyclable flexible packaging, which Constantia Flexibles aims to fulfil.

Marketing commentary on Constantia Flexibles

Constantia Flexibles is the fourth largest manufacturer of flexible packaging products globally. Headquartered in Austria, the company has 32 production sites in 18 countries and employs 7,400 employees worldwide.

Packaging products manufactured by Constantia Flexibles are supplied to multi-national companies and to local markets specialising in the food, pharmaceutical and beverage industries. The company’s sales revenue was more than €2bn ($2.2bn) in 2016.