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UFlex wins 10 awards across categories at SIES SOP Star Awards 2023

Multinational flexible packaging and solutions company UFlex has won 10 awards at the prestigious SIES SOP Star Awards 2023. UFlex’s packaging films business and holography business secured three awards each, followed by the chemicals business with two awards. The flexible packaging business and printing cylinders business secured one award each.

The SIES SOP Star Awards recognize outstanding contributions by companies in the Indian packaging industry. The year 2023 witnessed a remarkable display of creativity and innovation from 36 companies and brand owners across India. UFlex secured the second-highest number of awards, further strengthening its position as a forerunner in sustainable, groundbreaking, and innovative solutions in the packaging industry. 

The 7th Edition of the SIES SOP Star Awards witnessed over 200 award entries, with 47% of the total applications stemming from the packaging material manufacturer and converter segments. Other companies that participated across categories and won include ITC Limited and HUL.

Anantshree Chaturvedi, vice-chairman and CEO, Flex Films International, said, “We are honored to be named a winner across 10 product categories. These awards are a testimony of our teams’ hard work and focus on customer delight, innovation, and research. This recognition reaffirms our leadership in innovative packaging solutions and underscores our commitment to delivering high-quality products. Our focus on research and development remains unwavering as we push the boundaries of what is possible in packaging technology”.

UFlex’s awards: 

Packaging materials and components

‘F-Pox’ Excellent Oxygen and Moisture Barrier Transparent BOPET film for frozen and dry food packaging applications

‘F-PSX’ High-Barrier AlOx Polyester film for dried meat snacks, confectionaries, and microwavable packaging applications

‘F-AFR-M’ Alu-Alu Replacement Metallized Polyester film for food packaging application

Epoxy Acrylate Oligomer (Flexcryl 4444) developed for UV & EB curable coatings and printing inks used in flexible packaging applications

Flex Beam Matt Opaque white for shrink sleeve application

Labeling and decoration

3D Flipogram label for the perfume industry

Registered holography pack for coffee packaging

Food

Fully recyclable spout pouch using BOPP/PE films for Kissan Chotu pack

Others

GRS-certified recycled sequins film for the textile industry

Carving effect on hard PVC through laser embossing

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