Interview – Nilesh Vedak managing director Syntegon India

Sustainability, automation, hygiene, speed & flexibility

Nilesh Vedak managing director of Syntegon India
Nilesh Vedak managing director of Syntegon India

In light of Bosch divesting its packaging business globally several years ago, and the business now branded as Syntegon, Packaging South Asia editor Naresh Khanna tried to understand if and what changes may have come to the company’s substantial Indian operations which include manufacturing in a purpose built modern factory in Verna in Goa. Syntegon India’s managing director Nilesh Vedak gives us some straight answers.

Packaging South Asia – What if any are the major changes in Syntegon in India in light of the company being divested by Bosch?

Nilesh Vedak – There have been no major changes. Verna continues to be an important Syntegon site, and the company keeps investing in its facilities to meet the increasing demand of domestic and international markets. With 150 well-qualified and experienced employees and an installed base of over 3,000 machines in India and overseas, Syntegon is one of the top players among the packaging machinery manufacturers.

PSA – What are the machines being manufactured in India at the Goa plant?

Nilesh Vedak – Syntegon’s facilities in India are certified according to the ISO 9001: 2015 norm and manufacture primary and secondary packaging machines for the food and non-food industry, including vertical baggers, horizontal wrappers, and various feeding solutions as well as a range of cartoners for automated packaging processes and process technology for confectionery products.

PSA – What are the major or minor or interesting sales that are taking place in the Indian and nearby markets for the Syntegon Indian team?

Nilesh Vedak – We do not disclose our current sales projects to ensure the privacy of our customers. However, Syntegon is involved in numerous customer projects in India, which we will reveal as soon as they are market ready.

PSA – We may be wrong but we sense or see a change in alignment of Syntegon in Europe
with pharma packaging machines, is that also reflected in India or are you still selling and
supporting pharma packaging machines in India?

Nilesh Vedak – Syntegon is still manufacturing and selling packaging equipment in India. As far as pharma machines are concerned, the focus is on the entire production and primary packaging process for liquid and solid pharmaceuticals, as well as on services along the entire machinery lifecycle. The food portfolio focuses on vertical baggers, horizontal wrappers, and various feeding solutions as well as a range of cartoners for automated packaging processes and process technology for confectionery products.

PSA – What if any role has Syntegon played in the Covid-19 vaccine delivery program in India and for exports?

Nilesh Vedak – Syntegon offers complete line solutions and is an important partner of pharmaceutical manufacturers worldwide. Our customers rely on our packaging, processing, filling, and inspection technology to produce safe vaccines. We support them with fast-track line configuration and a comprehensive service portfolio to retrofit or modernize their existing machines. Qualification and documentation further support pharmaceutical manufacturers in delivering safe vaccines.

PSA – Any new Indian-made machines for food and beverages?

Nilesh Vedak – Among other solutions, we recently showcased three new machines at Syntegon’s in- house customer show in India. These are –

– A high-speed vertical bagger specifically designed for the snacks market which is highly cost- sensitive and fragmented (Terra 25 HS). The bagger delivers optimal efficiency and supports manufacturers in remaining competitive. The compact, versatile and operator-friendly machine is equipped with belt draw-off technology with a servo cross sealing system to ensure accurate single and chain bags with quality seals for a robust design.

Sigpack TTM has a quick vertical restart and optimal flexibility

– A vertical bagger (SVZ 1803) designed for packaging abrasive and corrosive products such as salt. Corrosive substances need to be handled very carefully during processing and packaging. Salt particles, for example, tend to stick to the forming tube and the packaging material causing slippage of film in belt-driven machines. That is why the machine is equipped with jaw draw-off technology with servo cross sealing system to ensure accurate bags with quality seals for a robust design.

– A cartoner designed for 24/7 production and optimal OEE (Sigpack TTME). Thanks to its
patented tool-less changeover concept, the machine has a quick vertical restart. The cartoner also offers optimal flexibility as it is designed to handle diverse packaging styles and formats and materials and can be scaled up to 30 cartons or 800 products per minute to fit manufacturers specific production capacities

PSA – What are the packaging filling and sealing trends in India, particularly for food,
confectionary, baking, beverages, and for pharma?

Nilesh Vedak – Sustainability continues to be a major trend in the food industry worldwide, as a growing number of consumers demand eco-friendly alternatives to their everyday products. It is, therefore, becoming increasingly important for food manufacturers to be able to process conventional as well as alternative packaging materials such as paper or fully recyclable mono-materials. In addition, the pandemic has fueled the trend towards automation, especially when secondary packaging is concerned.

PrintPack Show Daily

By increasing the level of automation in their packaging lines, food manufacturers are able to achieve more flexibility and efficiency as well as meet highest hygiene standards. In India specifically we see a rise in demand for sophisticated bag styles such as the doy style
or full corner seal styles. In pharma applications, the focus is on speed and flexibility in the choice of pack styles and fast product changeovers. Fast time-to-market is especially important for new drug developments. Syntegon offers equipment and services for all these needs.

The Covid-19 pandemic led to the country-wide lockdown on 25 March 2020. It will be two years tomorrow as I write this. What have we learned in this time? Maybe the meaning of resilience since small companies like us have had to rely on our resources and the forbearance of our employees as we have struggled to produce our trade platforms.

The print and packaging industries have been fortunate, although the commercial printing industry is still to recover. We have learned more about the digital transformation that affects commercial printing and packaging. Ultimately digital will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future.

Web analytics show that we now have readership in North America and Europe amongst the 90 countries where our five platforms reach. Our traffic which more than doubled in 2020, has at times gone up by another 50% in 2021. And advertising which had fallen to pieces in 2020 and 2021, has started its return since January 2022.

As the economy approaches real growth with unevenness and shortages a given, we are looking forward to the PrintPack India exhibition in Greater Noida. We are again appointed to produce the Show Daily on all five days of the show from 26 to 30 May 2022.

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– Naresh Khanna

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Editor of Indian Printer and Publisher since 1979 and Packaging South Asia since 2007. Trained as an offset printer and IBM 360 computer programmer. Active in the movement to implement Indian scripts for computer-aided typesetting. Worked as a consultant and trainer to the Indian print and newspaper industry. Visiting faculty of IDC at IIT Powai in the 1990s. Also founder of IPP Services, Training and Research and has worked as its principal industry researcher since 1999. Author of book: Miracle of Indian Democracy.


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