SML Films, founded by Pragnesh Jariwala, is a leading Indian Biaxially Oriented Polyester (BOPET) film producer located in Surat, Gujarat. The company produces over 72,000 MT of film per year in the thickness range of 6.5 to 155 microns on two 8.7 meter wide Bruckner lines. These film lines are supplemented by 6 vacuum metallizers that can turn out 36,000 MT of metallized films per year and 10 coating machines. SML’s films conform to international specifications laid down by ISO, USFDA, REACH and SGS. They are used for packaging applications and a large part of their metallized film output is used as metallic yarn on fabrics. Its products are also exported to over 20 countries in Europe.
In line with its corporate policy to deliver the highest levels of quality, service and innovation, SML Films has decided to set up a new greenfield BOPET Film plant in Europe. The plant will house a state-of-the-art 8.7 meter wide BOPET line running at 500 meters per minute and turning out 36,000 MT of films per year. This line will be supplemented by high-barrier metallizers and an AlOx coating facility to deliver high-quality and high-barrier films in the 6.5 to 155 micron thickness range. The new plant is targeted at meeting the on-call requirements of European markets by having production facilities and technical services located ‘next door’ to them.
Several potential sites are being looked at in Europe and the plant is expected to be commissioned by mid-2019. The project is being overseen by SML’s strategic advisor Pradeep Tyle, who has pioneered several oriented film plants in India and overseas in his 34-year stint for UFLEX.