Nahar Poly Films and Brückner start up BOPP line

A team effort in challenging times

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The new Brückner BOPP line just installed at Nahar Polyfilms in Mandideep in Madhya Pradesh, India Photo Brückner

The Nahar Group’s Nahar Poly Films is an experienced film supplier with expertise in the production of specialty BOPP films with it first Brückner line set up in Mandideep near Bhopal, in Madhya Pradesh in 2008. The company has recently increased its production capabilities with an 8.7 meter 5-layer BOPP line from Brückner Maschinenbau. This second Brückner line was recently commissioned successfully.

Sambhav Oswal, director, and Sanjay Madhukar Karandikar, head of Plant Operations at Nahar Poly Films stated, “We are very pleased that we were able to expand our plant with another Brückner line. The start-up of our new BOPP line went smoothly and we are now equipped to serve the needs of our customers even better.”

The team effort by Nahar and Brückner for installing a film line in difficult times Photo Brückner

Johann Kreilinger, head of Sales Subcontinent at Brückner Maschinenbau, says, “The highly motivated teams of Brückner in the Siegsdorf head office, our subsidiary in India and of course finally at site managed the challenges of this project, even during the difficult circumstances due to Corona. This is the result of a terrific team performance. A big thank you goes to our valuable customer Nahar Poly Films, who provided the best possible support at each individual stage of the project. Only together we all were able to successfully start Nahar’s BOPP expansion project nearly in time.”

High capacity building in Indian flexible packaging

In the past two years, Indian flexible packaging has shown resilient growth and strong long-term prospects with promoters placing more than a dozen orders for new extrusion and stretch film lines expected in the three or four years to 2024. Apart from these, about a dozen blown films lines are installed in the country each year.

The majority of the extrusion and stretch lines on order are from Brückner. These are being currently arriving and being installed at a fairly high rate. Apart from the Nahar Polyfilms BOPP 8.7 meter line installed at Mandideep, Vacmet’s 8.7 meter Brückner line is already commissioned and running and its 10.4 meter line is under installation. Several other polyester and BOPP lines are expected to be installed in the June – July time frame at Akash Polyfilms, SML, SRF, and Satyendra. The Bruckner 8.7 meter BOPP line for Surya Global a part of the Surya Food biscuit group has arrived in Greater Noida with the installation to begin near the end of March. Surya Global’s second Brückner line on order is to be installed after another 18 months toward the end of 2023.

The Covid-19 pandemic led to the country-wide lockdown on 25 March 2020. It will be two years tomorrow as I write this. What have we learned in this time? Maybe the meaning of resilience since small companies like us have had to rely on our resources and the forbearance of our employees as we have struggled to produce our trade platforms.

The print and packaging industries have been fortunate, although the commercial printing industry is still to recover. We have learned more about the digital transformation that affects commercial printing and packaging. Ultimately digital will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future.

Web analytics show that we now have readership in North America and Europe amongst the 90 countries where our five platforms reach. Our traffic which more than doubled in 2020, has at times gone up by another 50% in 2021. And advertising which had fallen to pieces in 2020 and 2021, has started its return since January 2022.

As the economy approaches real growth with unevenness and shortages a given, we are looking forward to the PrintPack India exhibition in Greater Noida. We are again appointed to produce the Show Daily on all five days of the show from 26 to 30 May 2022.

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Editor of Indian Printer and Publisher since 1979 and Packaging South Asia since 2007. Trained as an offset printer and IBM 360 computer programmer. Active in the movement to implement Indian scripts for computer-aided typesetting. Worked as a consultant and trainer to the Indian print and newspaper industry. Visiting faculty of IDC at IIT Powai in the 1990s. Also founder of IPP Services, Training and Research and has worked as its principal industry researcher since 1999. Author of book: Miracle of Indian Democracy.

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