Paper food containers from Damati Plastics

eCommerce and exports drive demand for paper containers

571
Damati
Varun Parwani, partner, Damati Plastics & Paperkraft Ltd

Damati Plastics and Paperkraft Limited, manufacturers of disposable plastic and paper products for the food service industry, is planning to manufacture paper shopping bags. With its three manufacturing units located at Daman, Silvasa and Bhiwandi, the company is growing at a rate of 20% per year.

Thin rectangular containers

Partner Varun Parwani says, “We started with manufacturing rectangular containers for take-away menus at Daman, which is our oldest manufacturing center. This was the company’s first product, which back then was rather unique in the Indian market. We were introduced to this product from one of our US-based clients in a meeting. We accepted their offer and came up with the containers which were quite well known in the Australian market.”

Damati conducted several trials to achieve perfection in manufacturing the containers. After trying out several permutations and combinations, the company’s R&D team made a breakthrough. After achieving success in the domestic market, Damati looked at exports.

Three years later, the company managed to tap the market in the US, which offers great potential for take-away packages and paper containers. Damati started by adding a 4-color Chinese flexo printing machine to its manufacturing unit in Bhiwandi for paper containers. Paper cups, noodle cups and paper cup lids are some of the company’s offerings from the paper division.

eCommerce driving market growth

Speaking on the eCommerce growth, Parwani observes, “The growing eCommerce industry and the ever-growing orders for online food is giving entities like us a big market. Paper cup lids, which ensure food safety till it reaches the destination, have seen a great demand. The industry has evolved quickly from simple lid designs to complex and appealing lids, leaving much scope for innovation.”

Manufacturing capacity

Companys products USEDCapacity-wise, the company converts around 150 tons of paper and 400 tons of plastic to manufacture products in its state-of-the-art facilities spread across 75,000 square feet. At its Bhiwandi plant, the company has two flexo printing machines, one automated and one manual, a die-cutting machine, a lid framing machine, and four cup forming machines.

 

Damati manufactures rectangular containers from 500 ml to 1500 ml, and round containers from 2 to 50 ounces. Recently, the company has developed disposable golden plates and provides regular black disposable plates and other cutlery products under tableware products. In the paper cups segment, Damati provides single wall, double wall and ripple cups, and noodle cups between 16 and 32 ounces. In the lid category, the company has lids in 8, 12 and 16 ounces

Exports

Noodle cup moulding machine used
Noodle cup molding machine

Around 50% of the company’s production is exported, with the US and Europe being the major markets. All exported products from the company are printed with food-safe inks from Siegwerk. Every year, the company has its plants audited and inspected to renew its certifications from Siegwerk. An ISO 22000 company with SGS certification, Damati uses imported paper from Italy and France. To ensure all the raw material procured is of the best quality, Parwani has made it mandatory for suppliers to provide food-grade certification.

With exports comes greater responsibility to uphold the image of brand India in the foreign markets. Thus, the company has also installed track-and-trace systems for better traceability.

Future

Expansion has been on Parwani’s mind ever since the company’s inception. From manufacturing plastic containers to paper containers, he is now looking forward to entering the market of paper shopping bags. Sharing his thoughts on this, Parwani says, “We have pitched our existing clientele for paper shopping bags and the response has been phenomenal so far. We have also managed to receive trial orders. Currently, we are conducting research over this segment, so that the viability and continuous support is ensured once we start.” The company is also looking at exports to the Gulf and African regions.

The impact, resilience, and growth of responsible packaging in a wide region are daily chronicled by Packaging South Asia.

A multi-channel B2B publication and digital platform such as Packaging South Asia is always aware of the prospect of new beginnings and renewal. Its 16-year-old print monthly, based in New Delhi, India has demonstrated its commitment to progress and growth. The Indian and Asian packaging industries have shown resilience in the face of ongoing challenges over the past three years.

As we present our publishing plan for 2023, India’s real GDP growth for the financial year ending 31 March 2023 will reach 6.3%. Packaging industry growth has exceeded GDP growth even when allowing for inflation in the past three years.

The capacity for flexible film manufacturing in India increased by 33% over the past three years. With orders in place, we expect another 33% capacity addition from 2023 to 2025. Capacities in monocartons, corrugation, aseptic liquid packaging, and labels have grown similarly. The numbers are positive for most of the economies in the region – our platform increasingly reaches and influences these.

Even given the disruptions of supply chains, raw material prices, and the challenge of responsible and sustainable packaging, packaging in all its creative forms and purposes has significant headroom to grow in India and Asia. Our context and coverage engulf the entire packaging supply chain – from concept to shelf and further – to waste collection and recycling. We target brand owners, product managers, raw material suppliers, packaging designers and converters, and recyclers.

In an admittedly fragmented and textured terrain, this is the right time to plan your participation and marketing support communication – in our impactful and highly targeted business platform. Tell us what you need. Speak and write to our editorial and advertising teams! For advertisement ads1@ippgroup.in , for editorial info@ippgroup.in and for subscriptions subscription@ippgroup.in

– Naresh Khanna

Subscribe Now

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here