Team Sohan Dye-Chem at Asia Coat + Ink Show 2019.

Mumbai-based Sohan Dye-Chem, manufacturer of pigment power and paste, will be working on increasing its footprint in the packaging segment, Vivek Balsaraf, company’s business development manager said during the recently concluded Asia Coat + India 2019 show, which was held in Mumbai.

“Until now we were making pigments which were being used for making inks for application in the textile industry. However, now we will start making pigments for packaging inks as well. Our new plant in Kurkumbh near Pune will be utilized for this,” Balsaraf said.

In February, Sohan Dye-Chem commissioned its second plant in Kurkumbh which will have a capacity to produce 250 metric tons of pigment powder every month. The plant will also manufacture yellow, orange and red pigment powder. The company already has a plant in Dombivali near Mumbai, which was manufacturing 80 metric tons of pigment powder every month. Apart from manufacturing of pigment paste using the powder in-house, Sohan Dye-Chem also supplies the pigment powder to companies manufacturing masterbatches and inks.

According to Balsaraf, Sohan Dye-Chem has decided to focus on the packaging industry because it is witnessing robust growth and major packaging ink manufacturers are expanding capacity.

“The Indian packaging industry is growing at a very healthy rate and therefore demand for packaging inks is also healthy. We believe this trend will continue and demand for packaging inks will see consistent growth. That is why we wanted to increase our focus on the packaging industry applications. The Kurkumb plant will supply pigments for solvent-based inks, offset inks and water-based inks,” he said.

The Kurkumbh plant will manufacture only high-performance pigments that are used in niche applications and not run-of-the-mill products which offer low margins, Balsaraf added.

Sohan Dye-Chem was founded in early 90s by Bharat Tawde and is now actively managed by his two sons, Sohan Tawde and Rohan Tawde.

Packaging South Asia — resilient, growing and impactful — daily, monthly — always responsive

The multi-channel B2B in print and digital 17-year-old platform matches the industry’s growth trajectory. The Indian, South Asian, Southeast Asian, and Middle East packaging industries are looking beyond the resilience of the past three years. They are resuming capacity expansion and diversification, with high technology and automation in new plants and projects.

As we present our 2024 publishing plan, India’s real GDP growth for the financial year ending 31 March 2024 will exceed 6%. The packaging industry growth will match the GDP growth in volume terms and surpass it by at least 3% in terms of nominal growth allowing for price inflation in energy, raw materials, consumables, and capital equipment.

The capacity for flexible film manufacturing in India increased by 45% over the past four years. With orders in place, we expect another 20% capacity addition in 2024 and 2025. Capacities in monocartons, corrugation, aseptic liquid packaging, and labels are growing similarly. As the consumption story returns over the next six months, we expect demand to return and exceed the growth trajectory of previous years. The numbers are positive for most of the economies in the region – and as shown by our analytics, our platform increasingly reaches and influences these.

For responsible and sustainable packaging, with its attendant regulations and compliances, there is significant headroom to grow in India and the region. Our coverage includes the entire packaging supply chain – from concept to shelf and to waste collection, sorting, and recycling.

We target brand owners, product managers, raw material suppliers, packaging designers and converters, and recyclers. This is a large and complex canvas – the only thing that can work is your agile thinking and innovation together with our continuous learning and persistence.

The coming year looks to be an up year in this region, and this is the right time to plan your participation and marketing communication – in our rich and highly targeted business platform with human resources on the ground. Share your thoughts and plans to inspire and mobilize our editorial and advertising teams!

For editorial — for advertisement and for subscriptions

– Naresh Khanna (25 October 2023)

Subscribe Now
unnamed 1


Subscribe to our Newsletter


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here