New Flex Middle East Plant Formally Inaugurated


the Dubai-based 100 per cent subsidiary of the Uflex Group
Flex Middle East FZE, the Dubai-based 100 per cent subsidiary of the Uflex Group, who are India’s largest flexible packaging group, formally celebrated the commissioning of their second BOPET line with a gala dinner at theHotel Burj Al Arab in Dubai on the 23rd of October 2007. The guest of honour was HH Sheikh Nahayan bin Mubarak al Nahayan, the Honourable Minister for Higher Education, UAE.
Flex Middle East’s first 7.2 meter BOPET line with a nameplate capacityof 20,000 MT per annum was set up at the Jebel Ali Free Zone in UAE and commissioned in March 2005. It was a resounding success, achieving over100 per cent capacity utilisation within 2 years. Their second BOPET line is an 8.7 meter wide plant. It is the world’s largest line of itskind. This plant was commissioned during September 2007.With this, the total BOPET capacity at this location has now gone up to 54,000 MT peryear. According to Uflex, more expansion plans at Dubai are on the anvil. Uflex’s second overseas venture in Mexico is also progressing well.

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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