Rossini’s sleeves, mandrels for flexography and gravure presses

New Indian plant inaugurated at Pune in September 2014

L – R: KV Hebbar of Scanvik Packaging; Paolo Mesturini, managing director, Rossini; and Ashvin Hebbar of Scanvik Packaging at the company stand. Photo PSA

Beverage can manufactureRexam to set up two plants in IndiaUK-based Rexam, one of the leading global beverage can manufacturers, has bought land in Sri City, Andhra Pradesh in southern India, as well as in Mahindra World City, Jaipur in northern India, to build two beverage can plants. The company has a plant in Mumbai.UK-based Rexam, one of the leading global beverage can manufacturers, is investing Rs 1,200 crore at its Sri City plant in Andhra PradeshEach plant represents an initial investment of close to 50 million pounds and will add a total production capacity of nearly 1.6 billion cans. The plant in Sri City is expected to be operational by the second half of 2016, and this will be followed by the plant in Jaipur. The Sri City plant will be located in the vicinity of PepsiCo’s largest beverage manufacturing plant in the country. The beverages and snacks maker is investing Rs 1,200 crore at its Sri City plant. The two plants will create around 150 new jobs in each of their local communities.

Rexam operates 55 plants in 20 countries – in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia, North America  and South America – providing employment to around 8,000 people. The company offers beverage cans packaging solutions comprising aluminium and steel cans for carbonated soft drinks, beer and energy drinks.

“These investments will support and enable us to take advantage of the continued exciting growth of the beverage can in India. Having plants in different locations across the country will ensure that we have a better footprint and position to meet the needs of our customers in the region over the long- term,” Craig Jones, sector director of Rexam’s Africa, Middle East and Asia (AMEA) region said.

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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