“This will be Valco Melton’s first manufacturing unit outside of USA and Europe”

Valco Melton India’s new manufacturing plant in Bengaluru

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Valco Melton India team at the new plant

The last six years have seen a stellar period for Valco Melton India, a subsidiary of US-based Valco Cincinnati. During the short span of starting its establishment in 2010 till now, Valco Melton India has built a significant customer base in both hot melt and cold glue application systems in India and the surrounding markets. More than 500 adhesive application systems are now running in these markets in such diverse applications as packaging, hot melt coating, non-woven, wood working, automotive, newspaper, corrugated, folding carton, print finish and many more. Some prominent customers that Valco Melton caters to include Kimberly Clark, Bobst, The Times of India, MDH, Hilda Automation, Coca-Cola, Unilever and Dabur, to name a few.

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Valco Melton’s demo centre at the
new Bengaluru plant

In a move that is of significance and reflects the optimism and promise that the company sees in the region, Valco Melton India on 5 January 2017 inaugurated a new manufacturing facility in Bengaluru, which is the company’s first such operation outside of USA and Europe. The company has relocated to the new premises with an area of around 15,500 sq. ft., which will contain the new manufacturing unit, the registered office, increased inventory and an enlarged test and demonstration centre. Valco Melton India would be the first company to manufacture hot melt systems in India.

According to Ravi Kiran, director, Valco Melton India, the new plant will be fully operational by March 2017 and will cater to India, Middle East and the South East Asian markets. “We hold an optimistic view about the demand in this region and that is the reason why we have made such a significant investment. In the long term, we hope to export to markets such as USA and Europe as well.”

Initially, the D series of hot melt tanks and heated hoses will be the first products to be manufactured in the new plant as they represent a major demand in the Indian market. A total of 200 systems are expected to be produced every year. Around 150 systems are likely to be supplied to the Indian market while 50 systems are expected to be exported to markets like the Middle East and South East Asia. The Valco Melton India team of engineers have been extensively trained at the USA corporate facility in the production of hot melt systems.

Dubai and Singapore offices

Although India is a major focus area for Valco Melton India, the regions of Middle East and South-East Asia also hold tremendous promise. The company has made more than 100 installations in the Middle East and over 50 installations in South-East Asia. Last year, Velco Melton India established a fully owned subsidiary in Dubai to service the Gulf countries. Recently, they established an office in Singapore that will service the South-East Asian market. The Singapore office is a subsidiary of Valco Cincinnati but will be managed by Valco Melton India. In both locations, the company has appointed experienced sales and service team leaders to support local customers.

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Correspondent-Mumbai Shardul has been working and editorially contributing to both Indian Printer and Publisher and Packaging South Asia since 2011, covering the western regions of India. He has extensively covered variety of verticals in both printing and packaging industries. On personal front, he has keen interest in sports and music.