L to R: Luca Castellani and Sanjay Kadam at PlastIndia 2023

Italy’s Macchi, a manufacturer of blown film extrusion lines since 1961, is seriously looking to expand its presence in the Indian market, company officials told Packaging South Asia during the PlastIndia 2023 expo held in Delhi from 1 to 5 February.

Till recently, we were not very active in the market. If you look at other European blown film extrusion line manufacturers, they have been in India for more than two decades. We have been in the country for only seven or eight years. Now we are investing here as it is a very fast-growing market,” says Sanjay Kadam, area sales manager of Macchi based in Mumbai.

According to Luca Castellani, another area sales manager at Macchi, till about a few years ago, the company’s focus was mainly the developed markets such as the European Union and North America.

If you look at our installations, they are mostly in the markets close to Italy. We do not have any significant presence in the Asian market. We are now trying to change that and focusing on markets such as India. We are enhancing our technical support team here as well. Having a strong support team close to the customers is important as it is essential that we fix machine issues as quickly as possible. If we are not prompt in addressing our customers’ pain points, we will not succeed,” Castellani says.

At present, Macchi has 10 blown film lines running in India, and an engineer based in Ahmedabad.

The flexible packaging industry in India is growing at an impressive pace. We see a lot of smaller companies getting bigger over time. They would then want to have globally renowned brands that offer precision and speed. We expect Macchi to capitalize on this growth potential,” Castellani concludes.

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Shardul Sharma
Correspondent-MumbaiShardul has been working and editorially contributing to both Indian Printer and Publisher and Packaging South Asia since 2011, covering the western regions of India. He has extensively covered variety of verticals in both printing and packaging industries. On personal front, he has keen interest in sports and music.


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