SMI installs Matho waste management for labelstock production

Indian labelstock producer maintains edge in technology and best practices

SMI directors Ajay Mehta and Rohit Mehta
SMI managing director Ajay Mehta with director Rohit Mehta Photo PSA

SMI Coated Products, the leading labelstock manufacturer, has just installed three Matho waste management systems at its impressive and modern Ambernath plant near Mumbai. The plant, which is 50 kilometers east of the city, occupies 25,000 square meters with a built-up operational area of 13,000 square meters. SMI produces 100 million square meters of pressure-sensitive lablestock annually – using the highest quality liners and face stocks and adhesives specially developed for a wide variety of applications, including cold chain logistics. Exporting to 22 countries, SMI has a slitting cum distribution operation in the Jebelali zone in Dubai.

Increasingly, labelstocks are a part of the hygienic and even aseptic supply chain and equally require both end use collection, sorting, recycling, and disposal of both the used labels and the matrices containing silicone coating in recycling. Therefore, sustainability is uppermost on the label industry’s agenda. The leading manufacturers such as SMI are keen to demonstrate the path by their supply of appropriate materials and best practices. Rohit Mehta, SMI’s young director, says, “We continuously strive to invest in sustainable, cleanroom manufacturing and environmentally conscious practices. The installation of the Matho waste management systems is a step in that direction.”

Matho SMI waste
Matho waste system collection bins Photo Matho

Converting 1,350 tons of paper and other materials monthly on seven coaters generates voluminous waste consisting of slitting trims and matrix waste with adhesives that attract dust and bacteria. The Matho systems extract the trim and matrix materials from the slitting and die-cutting areas with a vacuum for shredding and compacting disposal containers. The system is devised so that waste does not stick on the sides of the evacuation pipes or anywhere else on its path to the collection, shredding, compaction, and disposal station. 

SMI as a responsible labelstock manufacturer is constantly investing in best practices to produce sustainable labelstock while following the most sustainable and best practices in its processes. Thus, for example, one remembers at the beginning of the Covid-19 epidemic, the company’s managing director Ajay Mehta relating to us that he had installed an automated UV sanitization system at the plant’s entrance to maintain the health and hygiene of employees. 

In hindsight, we recognize the idea of cleanroom principles and commend SMI’s vision. In addition, waste management systems are coming to a variety of printing and converting plants in India that recognize their responsibility for the health of their workers and their role in reducing and monitoring the carbon footprint of their processes. The company takes its corporate social responsibility to heart as one can see on its website. This is not a template or cut and paste policy but an actionable instance of a humble and smart company.

Matho is a German manufacturer of granulators and waste extraction systems for the packaging, converting, and labels industry. It provides project planning, manufacturing, installation, and commissioning of waste extraction systems and is sold in India by Weldon Celloplast.

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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Editor of Indian Printer and Publisher since 1979 and Packaging South Asia since 2007. Trained as an offset printer and IBM 360 computer programmer. Active in the movement to implement Indian scripts for computer-aided typesetting. Worked as a consultant and trainer to the Indian print and newspaper industry. Visiting faculty of IDC at IIT Powai in the 1990s. Also founder of IPP Services, Training and Research and has worked as its principal industry researcher since 1999. Author of book: Miracle of Indian Democracy.


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