Reifenhauser (India) Marketing Ltd. represents some of the world’s leading brands in plastics extrusion, flexible packaging, converting, injection molding and labels solutions headed by Manish Mehta. Despite disruptions in the economy in the form of demonetization and GST tax regime, the company grew and supplied some very interesting and innovative solutions to some of India’s leading converters last year.
“We being in the capital goods business were not severely impacted by demonetization. However, after GST came into force, there were disruptions, but things had settled down by early-December. So, we really did not face any such problems. In fact, were have grown by over 15% last year,” says Manish Mehta, managing director, Reifenhauser (India) Marketing Ltd.
Last year, the company supplied some innovative solutions to leading names in the flexible packaging and label converting space. There were many highlights like Reifenhauser India supplying an inline flexo press from Bobst Firenze to Gurugram-based Kapcones. They also supplied 7-layer blown film line from Reifenhauser Group to Gujarat-based IDMC (earlier IDMC already had a 3 layer BFL) and Hyderabad-based Shrinath Rotopack. Some other highlights of last year were installation of Alox metallizer from Buhler at Jindal, laser perforation solutions at IDMC and Uflex, shaped pouch and retort pouch making solutions at HPPL and Uflex from Totani and injection molding machine from Nissei at Varroc & Rinder.
Talking about some of the trends in the flexible packaging and label industry, Mehta says that factors such as advent of new technology and innovation by the industry players are leading to higher productivity.
“People are able to get more out of the resins. For example, if earlier they were able to get 80 meters, now they are able to get 88 meters,” Mehta says.
Growing awareness about environmental issues is greatly influencing the packaging industry. “Not only is the final packaging being impacted but a lot of technology and solutions are being developed to make the manufacturing process of packaging material more environment friendly,” Mehta argues.
Mehta also spoke about some of the emerging trends that are expected to gain traction in the coming years. According to him, aseptic packaging will gain much popularity in the coming years along with retort pouches. Digital printing will gradually become more prominent in the packaging and label industry. Flexo technology will continue to enjoy prominence in India, he says. “Investment in flexo has been very encouraging in the last two years and this trend is likely to continue in the next 3-5 years as well, as the base is still low.” According to Mehta there are about 60 wide-web flexo presses in India varying from 1 meter to 1.4 meter width. In labels, anti-counterfeiting and security solutions will continue to gain popularity.
2018: A year of consolidation for Reifenhauser India
Last year was a good year for the company as it brought in a lot of new and innovative technologies to India. “We are not planning to be very aggressive this year and will look to capitalize on our successes of last year. We will also focus on improving the company’s productivity and upgrading skills of our workforce,” he says. In terms of solutions, the company will focus on digital printing and anticounterfeiting solutions.
A strong presence of Reifenhauser India and its partners at Plastindia 2018
At the upcoming Plastindia, Reifenhauser India will have a strong presence with around 10 stands and many of its partners in attendance, such as Asano Lab, AVT, Buhler, Comexi, Kroenert, NGR, Nissei, Pelican and Schwing.
Live demonstration will be taking place at AVT, NGR, Pelican and Nissei.
“We will be sending our biggest ever delegation to Plastindia this time. It is a great place to show the best of technology under one roof. We are looking forward for this mega event,” says Manish Mehta, managing director, Reifenhauser India.
AVT will demonstrate its Apollo Turbo 100% defect detection and quality assurance system during the show. Apollo Turbo cuts print wastage, improves productivity and makes the roll cleaning process efficient and fast. AVT will be in Hall 8, Stand B43.
NGR will be demonstrating its next generation of plastic recycling solution and will be in Hall 8, Stand B31. They will showcase live their S Gran 65-70 V HD.
Nissei, a specialist in injection molding, will be introducing its NSX series-22o T machine at the expo. The machine is especially designed for the Indian market. Nissei will be present in Hall 8, Stand C53.
Pelican will introduce and demonstrate its Rotogravure printing press for the flexible packaging industry with a speed of 450 MPM ELS at Hall 05, Stand A10.