Welbound India entered the end-of-the-line packaging segment about three years ago. After establishing Impel Services Pvt. Ltd., the packaging segment initiator of Welbound group, the company launched a separate brand name, Stelda. Welbound recently participated in interpack 2017, where it promoted the Stelda brand through its range of case packing machines.
The company had the AR500 – all random case sealing machine that employs multiple sealing technologies. Welbound demonstrated different sized boxes entering the machine, getting measured, and the machine settings changing on the fly—including the appropriate sealing method being picked.
Also demonstrated for the first time was the patented technique of CG sealing, which is probably the best in class method for offering tamper evidence and better protection in transit, said P Sajith, director and chief executive officer, Impel Services. “As you know, the common media used for case sealing are tapes, hot glue or water activated tapes (WAT). BOPP tapes are simple to use but can come off easily and do not provide any protection for consignments. WAT provides tamper evidence, but is more expensive than BOPP tapes. Hot melts provide tamper evidence and also lead to corrugate optimization: and hence the best choice so far. CG sealing offers the combined benefits of all these technologies and is still cheaper than both WAT and hot melts. So, we demonstrated our technology development capability, in addition to showing our strengths in manufacturing global standard products,” said Sajith.
In terms of visitor profile, the Stelda stand at interpack received end users as well as representatives of manufacturers from Europe, Middle East and South Asia.
“We could see that the developing markets looked at case packaging automation, while there was an overall emphasis in reduction of in-transit damages. We also had some of our peers from Europe appreciating our machine building capability. There was good discussion on the global trends in case packaging and exchange notes with respect to the current state in India,” added Sajith.
Sajith shared that he used interpack as a platform to forge partnerships in the packaging space, mainly for more evolved case packaging solutions like wrap around sealers. Sajith expects demand for such solutions to increase in India in coming years.
“We realize that the work done by us in the last three years has given us a huge
experience and know-how of the market, which could be better served with partnerships. While we continue to develop path-breaking technologies in case sealing for
the global market, we will pursue the multitude of opportunities in end-of-the-line
packaging, with the support of partners,” he said.