“We are looking beyond Bangladesh”

Dhaka’s Pran Group at Pack Expo International

L–R: Md. Muniruzzaman, COO of Packmat (right) with Sayed Hossain Chowdhury, COO, Allplast at the Pack Expo booth

South Asia was overwhelmingly represented by India at Pack Expo International, which was held in Chicago recently. Pakistan had a couple of companies exhibiting while Bangladesh had a sole representative at the event. Dhaka-based Pran Group had two of its group companies—Allplast Bangladesh and Packmat Industries—promoting their products at the expo.

Logo 2Allplast manufactures a variety of bags such as inline ziplock bags, wave top bags and die-cut bags as well as stretch films. It has 60 extrusion machines and 45 bag making machines. Packmat, on the other hand, makes flexible packaging solutions such as 2-, 3- and 4-layer films for snacks, candy, noodles, etc. It also makes alu-foil packaging, co-extruded films, OPP/PVC labels, heat transfer foils, etc. It makes plastic solutions such as bottles, jar preform, jar caps, HDPE bottles, as well. Packmat also has a corrugated and carton division.

Pran Group’s packaging operations are undertaken from six plants across Bangladesh. According to Md. Muniruzzaman, COO of Packmat, the preform manufacturing capacity is about 3,500 tons per month while laminated film manufacturing capacity is about 600 tons per month. Coca-Cola and Pepsi are some of the big customers they cater to.

This was Pran Group’s second participation at Pack Expo. At the moment, Pran Group’s packaging division generates almost all its business from the domestic market but the company wants to change that. “We have been focusing extensively on expanding into the global market. Being at Pack Expo gives us an opportunity to meet potential customers from North America, which is a huge market for packaging solutions,” says Muniruzzaman.

He informed that for the US market they are looking to appoint distributors and are talking directly to end users as well. “We got some good inquiries during the four days,” he adds.

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