Kuraray showcases EVAL films for packaging at Plastivision

Kuraray has the technical centers in Houston, Antwerp and Singapore

Fourth from left: Sachin Gangal, country head, Kuraray. Photo PSA

Kuraray, a world leader in the production and development of ethylene vinyl alcohol copolymer (under the brand name EVAL), showcased its films for packaging at the recently concluded Plastivision show in Mumbai. Speaking to us, Sachin Gangal, country head – EVAL Division, said, “EVAL provides the necessary gas and migration barrier function in food, medical, pharmaceutical and cosmetic packaging and as a gas and solvent barrier in industrial, construction and automotive fuel system applications. EVAL offers a safe, lightweight, transparent and unbreakable alternative to glass and metal. At the end of the
product’s life, EVAL can be recycled without toxic emission and used as an alternative to aluminium foil, with the addition of excellent transparency for stretch and shrink film applications.”

Addressing the need to avoid food waste post harvest, Gangal also discussed hermetic bags, which are basically special type of bags with tight seal and modified atmospheric gases. These bags contain EVAL layer, which acts as an oxygen barrier and helps reduce wastage due to insect infestation during storage of food grains and pulses. Kuraray is the first company in the world to produce and commercialize EVOH (ethylene vinyl alcohol) copolymer, a high functionality resin which later came to be called EVAL. Today, Kuraray has technical centers in Houston (USA), Antwerp (Belgium) and Singapore.

The impact, resilience, and growth of responsible packaging in a wide region are daily chronicled by Packaging South Asia.

A multi-channel B2B publication and digital platform such as Packaging South Asia is always aware of the prospect of new beginnings and renewal. Its 16-year-old print monthly, based in New Delhi, India has demonstrated its commitment to progress and growth. The Indian and Asian packaging industries have shown resilience in the face of ongoing challenges over the past three years.

As we present our publishing plan for 2023, India’s real GDP growth for the financial year ending 31 March 2023 will reach 6.3%. Packaging industry growth has exceeded GDP growth even when allowing for inflation in the past three years.

The capacity for flexible film manufacturing in India increased by 33% over the past three years. With orders in place, we expect another 33% capacity addition from 2023 to 2025. Capacities in monocartons, corrugation, aseptic liquid packaging, and labels have grown similarly. The numbers are positive for most of the economies in the region – our platform increasingly reaches and influences these.

Even given the disruptions of supply chains, raw material prices, and the challenge of responsible and sustainable packaging, packaging in all its creative forms and purposes has significant headroom to grow in India and Asia. Our context and coverage engulf the entire packaging supply chain – from concept to shelf and further – to waste collection and recycling. We target brand owners, product managers, raw material suppliers, packaging designers and converters, and recyclers.

In an admittedly fragmented and textured terrain, this is the right time to plan your participation and marketing support communication – in our impactful and highly targeted business platform. Tell us what you need. Speak and write to our editorial and advertising teams! For advertisement ads1@ippgroup.in , for editorial info@ippgroup.in and for subscriptions subscription@ippgroup.in

– Naresh Khanna

Subscribe Now