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Getting ready to pack, ready to eatNichrome’s new PFS8 finds first customersAfter successfully commissioning its PFS8 machine at The Punjab State Cooperative Supply and Marketing Federation (Markfed) for packing RTE products such as palak paneer, paneer masala and dal makhani, it has received additional orders for the machine from ITC and Gits. While the PFS machine to be delivered shortly to ITC will be used for packaging ghee, the machine supplied to Gits will be used to pack RTE foods.
The Nichrome PFS8 pick, fill and seal machineConvenience packing
Hemant Ogale, managing director of
Nichrome, says, “The growing retail market, the busy lifestyle of
consumers and comparatively cheaper prices have helped RTE products to
emerge as an easy substitute for conventional cooking. The growth rate
and revenue are expected to be high over the next five years. We at
Nichrome are confident that our new offering will play a major part in
packaging with great convenience without compromising productivity and
quality. The PFS unit will help the industry to pack various solids,
grains, dry fruit and liquid products in pre-formed flexible pouches.”

The
PFS8 enables several different fillers to dispense multiple types of
ingredients in the same pouch. Pouch loading through a horizontal
conveyor allows more pouch storage at a time. It is a cost-effective
solution with multiple filler options like the visco filler,
servo-driven auger filler, the volumetric cup filler, indexing type
bucket conveyors and multi-head weighers. The innovative machines
conveniently pack a variety of RTE foods in eye-catching innovative
shapes while maintaining their freshness. Using preformed bags or
pouches since it has no bag forming operation, the machine picks the
readymade pouches that are stacked and then opens, fills and seals them.
It can put spouts, straws or zippers on the pouch and can also handle
pre-zipped bags.

The specially designed RTE filler can dose
heterogeneous Indian curry-based products gently without damaging the
cooked food ingredients. RTE food pouches packed on the Nichrome PFS can
be later subjected to retort processing for long shelf-life. With its
compact and small machine footprint, Nichrome intends to tap the growing
RTE food market currently dominated by multinational manufacturers and
estimated at `1,500 crore. This is expected to almost double to `2,900
crore at the end of the current financial year.

Save food through packaging
Going
beyond process control, a Nichrome machine ensures that quality
standards are scrupulously adhered to while filling food in pouches. It
also focuses on the pouch being micro leak proof, helping to retain the
natural aroma of the food along with adding to its  shelf-life.
Nichrome’s packaging machines meet stringent global hygiene requirements
and benchmarked packaging practices. The use of contemporary technology
aimed at the latest packaging processes produce distinctly superior
products which rank high on quality and can be exported globally.

Nichrome
executive director, Mrunal Joshi, says, “According to reports the
Indian packaging industry is growing at more than 11% annually and is
expected to cross a turnover of US$ 21.59 billion by 2015. Packaging is
an essential medium for preserving food quality, minimizing food wastage
and reducing preservatives used in food. Packaging serves the important
function of preserving food, protecting against chemical and physical
damage while providing information which is essential to consumers and
marketers.”

Duty incentives
Joshi confirms that the
food processing and packaging industry has been given high priority in
the current budget. “The Government has announced that for funding, the
food processing industry would be considered as a priority sector, and
the cost of the funds would be at a reduced rate. However, no
announcement has been made on the amount of reduction and the effective
date from which it will be applicable.”

The existing excise duty
on packaging machinery and components is 12.5% whereas the import duty
is 27%. “The Government announced excise duty at a reduced rate of 6%
vide notification 12/2014, under rule 8422/4000 for machines and
components used for packaging or manufacturing activities for
agriculture and dairy purpose. However, the notification does not
specify what activities are covered under agriculture and dairy and
infact we have sent a representation and also written a note to the
chief commissioner, asking for clarification. The reply is awaited,”
says Joshi.