A one-stop solution for pharma and food processing and packaging, Parle Global Technologies celebrated its 45th anniversary at CPhI and P-Mec 2019 at Greater Noida. The company displayed its processing and packaging line for pharma applications at the exhibition. Apart from the pharma industry, Parle has expanded its business to include the food industry by working with an Italian company, Raytec, for food inspection, processing and packaging. “We started our business in pharma in 1974 with tooling for tableting machines. Slowly we ventured into machine manufacturing, and today we have a complete range of machines from processing to packaging for pharma. Whether it is tablets, capsules, soft gelatin, or a thermal patches or trans thermal patches, we have solutions for all types of pharma applications,” said Mahendra Mehta, managing director, Parle Global Technologies.
Parle Global’s product portfolio includes granulation solutions, tablet compression, tooling (punching and dies), tool care, press spare parts, press rebuilds, blister change parts, capsule filling and check weigher and printing solutions for tablets and capsules. It also provides inspection systems, counting and filling for bulk packaging, capping, tube filling and sealing, food and beverage processing, and packaging and cartoning solutions.
Market leader in pharma
Headquartered in Mumbai, the company has two manufacturing units in Vasai and three in Sanand near Ahmedabad. The company supplies its solutions to 70 countries. “You will find at least one Parle machine in major all of the major pharma companies in India,” Mehta added. The company has joint ventures with Freund Machinery (Japan), Elizabeth Tools (America), Pacifab Technologies (India), Kovai Machinery (India), and Leepack Machinery (Korea) to distribute its products. “We also receive advance design support from countries like Japan, Korea, and the US. We have a tool room facility with more than 100 CNC machines for manufacturing precision parts,” Mehta said.
In-house trained engineers and agents
For a complete solution provider, it is essential to ensure that every link in the chain functions well. Parle has branch offices in Ahmedabad, Goa, Chandigarh, Delhi, Sikkim, Chennai, Hyderabad and Bengaluru to take care of after-sales services. “All of our distributors in India and overseas are our agents, and we train them on our equipment in India. We are also in the import business. We ensure that our engineers can install and maintain the machines that we import to India through our joint ventures,” Mehta said. Speaking about Parle’s participation at CPhI and P-Mec, Mehta said, “We have been participating at the show since its inception, and each of these events has been fruitful for us. The footfall at our stand was remarkable. However, the pharma industry is stabilizing now after the GST and other changes in the country’s economy. It is still one of the fastest-growing industries in India, and we still see an opportunity in the industry.” Comparing the Indian pharma market with the international market, Mehta said, “Each market has its peculiarities. In developed nations, the labor cost is high, which is why they need automated fool-proof machines. Whereas in developing countries, manufacturers might not want to invest too much in automated solutions. But India is developing rapidly, and we are observing a demand for automated machines. Also, India has the largest number of FDA (US Food and Drug Administration) approved plants that are constantly under audit. In these circumstances, the requirement of high-quality machines is high.”