JK Paper showcased products made from packaging board at the recent PackPlus exhibition in New Delhi’s Pragati Maidan. The company has installed a new packaging board machine at its CPM plant with a capacity of around 500 tons per day, Akhilesh Sharma, manager sales – Packaging Board, told Packaging South Asia. “This machine was installed just two years ago and it is a new thing for us. We are showcasing new products at PackPlus.”
The packaging industry is highly volatile and customers are coming up with newer requirements, he said, adding JK Paper is aligning itself to the new order. “We recently created aqueous-based poly-coated cup stocks, bio pvs cup stocks, various grades of food and monocarton packaging.”
Packaging board requirement is growing at 13-14 % annually. The current installed capacity in India enables the sector to meet 100% of demand, he said. “In the future, with the growing demand, additional capacity will be required. Major players are coming into the packaging trade, which is needed for the industry and for the converters to sustain,” he added.
Customers are looking for alternatives to plastic, Sharma said. JK Paper is also working on plastic-free packaging material such as aqueous-based poly coated cup stocks and bio pvs cup stocks. Multi-layer packaging boards are reusable, recyclable and sustainable products, he said.