Huhtamaki-PPL inaugurates new 9-color gravure printing press at Rudrapur facility

Adds to a stellar line of presses

Team HPPL at the Rudrapur plant during the inauguration ceremony
Team HPPL at the Rudrapur plant during the inauguration ceremony

Flexible packaging major Huhtamaki-PPL Ltd (HPPL) has added a new 9-color gravure press to its line of high-performance presses at its Rudrapur facility in Uttarakhand.

The inauguration on 8 May 2019 was attended by Charles Héaulmé, president and chief executive officer of Huhtamaki Oyj, Olli Koponen, executive vice president, Flexible Packaging Huhtamaki Oyj, Arup Basu, managing director, Huhtamaki-PPL, India senior leadership team and the employees of its Rudrapur plant.

Huhtamaki-PPL’s Rudrapur plant is one of its 17 plants which are located across the country. It is equipped with state-of-the-art tools and machinery from design to printing to laminating and slitting, including a cylinder engraving facility.

There are more than 400 employees currently working in the facility and the plant has achieved 1138 accident-free days, showcasing that employee safety is the utmost priority for the company.

Spread over an area of 38,268 square meters, the plant serves high-value flexible packaging needs such as cold seal laminates, soap wrappers, shrink sleeves, and battery labels applications of some of the biggest brands in the food and FMCG industry. It is one of the largest multi-product packaging locations within Uttarakhand and the nearest such plant to NCR.

Other initiatives

HPPL, Rudrapur plant runs strong programs to encourage cleaner, efficient and environment-friendly transportation systems. HPPL Rudrapur has collaborated with its partners and other social organizations to keep afforestation as one of its key drives since its inception by planting 45 trees (average) per year. For the year 2018, the company added 71 saplings.

HPPL Rudrapur employs a majority of its manpower from the surrounding areas with a special focus on giving employment to women. The gender diversity ratio in HPPL Rudrapur stands at 6.65%. HPPL Rudrapur runs strong programs around apprenticeship and training to build the capabilities of students in the nearby ITI and other technical colleges.

The plant generates minimal waste per kg material produced across the packaging domain. Rainwater harvesting and plantation initiatives in the factory premises have ensured that the HPPL Rudrapur facility has close to 450 trees inside the plant area.

HPPL is also working on upgrading the knowledge base, skill sets and enhancing the competencies of its people. The company is also contributing significantly towards improving the conditions in specific communities both through direct engagement or in cooperation with governmental and NGO entities.

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