Gaurav Talwar, manging director, Brilliant Polymers

Brilliant Polymers’ Ambernath unit is ISO 9001:2008 certified and comprising of ten reactors to produce large batch sizes of up to 20 tons at a time. The plant runs 24 hours a day under an automation system that ensures consistency in quality standards in every batch.

Mumbai-based Brilliant Polymers has become one of India’s leading suppliers of laminating adhesives for flexible packaging. With its state-of-the-art manufacturing facility at Ambernath, in the Mumbai metropolitan region, it produces over 10,000 tons of adhesives per annum. Going forward, the company plans to double its manufacturing capacity during the FY 2017-2018 with growing sales in India and exports.

Sharing the expansion plans of the company, Gaurav Talwar, managing director says, “We intend to increase our footprint of warehouses and supply points across the country, and in several regional markets, to continue to service customers with short delivery times. We work closely with our clients and provide customized solutions to suit their requirements. Our core team has decades of experience in the flexible packaging industry and being a young company; we have the latest manufacturing facilities and infrastructure in India. With the new range of products planned to launch in the mid of the year, we are confident of doubling our business over the next biennium.”

Brilliant Polymers’ Ambernath unit is ISO 9001:2008 certified and comprises of ten reactors to produce large batch sizes of up to 20 tons at a time. The plant runs 24 hours a day under an automation system that ensures consistency in quality standards in every batch. “Our production team consists of over 20 chemists and engineers who guarantee the quality. Our quality control team checks every incoming raw material and outgoing finished product throughout the working day. We have over a dozen of warehouses in India, which ensure delivery of the products to any corner of India within the same day or by next morning, and this is what we have consistently provided,” shares Talwar.

The key point that differentiates Brilliant Polymers from other suppliers is the Application Lab, where the actual product is filled in the laminate and evaluated under real use conditions.

New range

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Finished flexible packaging materials
produced using Brilliant’s adhesives

This year, Brilliant Polymers will launch a new range of products such as extrusion primers, cold seal adhesives and water-based adhesives. Cold seal adhesives are used for confectionary, ice cream, candy and chocolates. For extrusion lamination, we have developed extrusion primers to improve the bonding with film and foils. To meet the demands of smaller packaging companies who prefer ready-to-use solutions, we will launch a single component solvent-based adhesive, which does not require any mixing as there is no second element. According to Talwar, “Water-based adhesive is a stepping stone. It developed in the late 70s before solvent-free adhesives. In India, when the solvent-based adhesive was about to fade out, rising demand for solvent-free adhesives came out. Solvent-free adhesives have gained a very large part of the market in recent times, with most packaging companies opting for solvent-free adhesives for their flexible packaging lamination requirements. Until recently, packaging companies had to use various solvent-free products to meet the varying demands of metalized film lamination, and a different product to maintain neutral COF increase in PE jobs and yet another product for high-performance applications. Brilliant Polymers has cutting-edge new products where a single product can satisfy the following requirements in one solution:

  • ability to run at high speeds for metallized applications
  • maintain COF after, lamination even in thin films
  • and ability to do standard and high-performance laminations all with a single product.

However, there are still markets for water-based adhesives. The performance of these adhesives is very limited and used for film to board and film to paper in dry snack foods.”

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Brilliant Polymers’ plant at
Ambernath, Mumbai

The company’s products are designed to provide excellent levels of performance while offering value to the customer. Their product range includes solventbased and solvent-free adhesives, which are designed to provide unique properties including heat and chemical resistance with high initial tack and fast cure rates. End-use applications include food and non-food applications, from dry snack foods up to retort applications.

In adhesive, one must assimilate that the average curing time required for the laminates is around seven days for food products. However, Brilliant Polymers adhesives cure on an average between 3 and 5 days depending on the surrounding temperature, thus improving the cycle time for the product to reach the market. Brilliant Polymers also offers extremely high-performance adhesives, which require only 2-3 days of curing time.

R&D and food safety

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Brilliant’s comprehensive technical
services laboratory offers complete
applications testing capability

Striving continuously for developing unique solutions in packaging, a team of experts works on cutting-edge solutions and in-house designed polyester resins to control the specific properties of the final polyurethane (PU) adhesive solution regarding bond, heat and chemical resistance, optical properties and all the other needs of end customers. Food safety aspects are extremely critical in the food packaging industry, and Brilliant Polymers adheres to the highest global standards relating to food packaging, both regarding compositional compliance of its adhesive solutions, as well as migration conformity of the constituent components in the laminates produced.

A majority of the resins present in Brilliant Polymers are used for the food packaging industry and the rest to FMCG and pharma industries. Food safety aspects are of prime importance, and so the company follows FDA and European legislations. Thus, assuring every raw material used in the manufacturing of the product is compliant with global regulations. The company also offers comprehensive technical support through a dedicated team to assist customers right from product selection to trials, testing, and to the commercialization of new goods and applications. Often, the team conducts training at customer locations to share the latest innovations and technologies.

Talwar shares, “The minute a client places an order, it must reach them as soon as possible with a promise of technology, quality and service. That is our main success mantra.”

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