UFlex commissions BOPET plant in Nigeria; offers new products for packaging

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UFlex Limited has commissioned its BOPET film manufacturing plant in the Ogun State of Nigeria with a production capacity of 45,000 TPA. Spread over 37 acres, the plant houses first-of-its-kind 10.6 meter wide BOPET film line in Africa and also has two Metallizers with a total production of 15000 TPA. The plant that created over 200 direct jobs, is set to cater to the packaging film demand coming from the fast growing economy of Nigeria, ECOWAS (Western Africa) and USA.

In the quarter July-August-September 2021, UFlex also added a fleet of new value-added products & solutions products to its portfolio that not just help its customers’ products stand out on the retail shelves but also helps brands extend an overall elevated packaging and consumption experience. These include:

  • High barrier mono-material recyclable bag for snack packaging for KIMS–The high-barrier packaging is made of mono-material under polypropylene extreme and bears recyclable ‘logo 5’ mark enabling easy recycling in the existing polypropylene recycling streams while ensuring that the snack packed remains fresh as ever. These snack packs are being used by KIMS to pack food products such as chips, wafers etc.
  • MOPE based mono-polymer recyclable bag for large quantity rice packaging for EBRO – UFlex has developed a new MOPE/PE recyclable structure with registered matt coating and special PE mono-Polymer based laminate film for EBRO rice brand Peacock. This development has cleared all tests related to handling, post filling of the pack content, and has successfully fulfilled required barrier properties throughout the defined shelf life of the packed rice thus positioning itself as a suitable packaging application for large quantities.
  • 50% higher barrier PET film structure for Asal Coin Parota– Customising the requirement for the brand Milky Mist,UFlex has developed a three-side sealed pouch packaging structure to pack Asal Coin Parota through use of a special high barrier PET film that increases the barrier properties by 50% under ambient conditions and allows the parota to stay fresh for a longer duration.
  • Value added packaging in two sizes for Fidele pet food – Its packaging structure comprises of specialized Matt finished PET polyester and its pocket slider allows reclose-ability thereby adding to consumer’s convenience. The side gusset handle in the 3kg variant helps easy carrying and pouring whereas the 12kg variant comes with bottom pinch pasting allowing multi-dimensional display thus helping the brand to leverage as much branding opportunity as it can and make it stand out on the retail shelves.
  • Transparent high-barrier laminate sachet to pack dairy whitener for Namaste India Foods – The packaging structure allows the brand owner to showcase the product through a see-through window and at the same time provide the barrier required for packaged dairy whitener.

Besides, their Cylinders business has started in-house manufacturing of Flexo Kodak NX printing plates that are popular worldwide owing to their excellent print quality. Flexo Kodak NX printing plates are the preferred choice for flexo printing jobs due to laser square spot exposure technology. It’s perfect flat top dots with no oxidation of polymer helps printers achieve higher consistency for printing applications. These plates complement with a variety of inks including water-based inks and solvent-free inks; and allows easy printing on all types of substrates. It is due to its print efficiency and compatibility with sustainable inks that the converters, printers and brand owners are able to enjoy supreme quality print impression while simultaneously stepping closer to their sustainability goals.

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