With a view to providing a long shelf life to packed food materials as well as to make the packaging attractive, Plex Machines, an Indian entity engaged in the manufacturing of extrusion coating and lamination lines, highlighted its ECL series machine at Hiplex 2023 in Hyderabad.
Balmukund Narendrakumar Bhatt, director of Plex Machines, discussed the role of plastics in human life and sustainable practices in the flexible packaging industry. “Sustainability comes with lot many challenges. We need to consider the challenges and then go forward with the plan.” He adds, “Plastics being a very integral part of our daily life, is difficult to take out from the equation. But we need to minimize the usage of plastics.”
Bhatt emphasized the importance of manufacturers taking a proactive role in educating customers about the environmental issues of plastic usage. “The responsibility doesn’t end with the manufacturing process. We need to make the customer aware of other less harmful alternatives that can replace the harmful plastics. By raising awareness about sustainable practices, we can play a small role in making this world a better place.”
While the government is implementing certain norms on the usage of plastic, the flexible packaging industry is moving towards alternatives that are less harmful. “Although plastic can’t be 100% recyclable, we as manufacturers need to shift to other alternatives that are not 100% eco-friendly but less harmful for human life,” said Bhatt. “Globally, everyone has to think on how to minimize the use of nonrecyclable plastic.”
Talking about the extrusion coating and lamination lines machine, he explained its clean and ergonomic design, high-quality components, industry 4.0 compliance, single screen control system with SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition), and its best cost-performance ratio.