UFlex Asepto orders 2nd Heidelberg Intro Web

Asepto in Anand to double capacity to 7 billion aseptic liquid packs

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Heidelberg Intro flexo press at UFlex Asepto
The first Heidelberg Intro web flexo press at Asepto´s plant in Sanand near Ahmedabad with a print throughput of 500 meters a minute

UFlex Limited, India’s largest multinational flexible packaging and polymer science company and the first Indian manufacturer of aseptic liquid packaging at its Asepto plant in Sanand, is doubling its annual production capacity from 3.5 billion packs to 7 billion. To make this happen, the company decided to invest in a second flexo printing line from the Heidelberg Web Carton Converting at its plant in Sanand near Ahmedabad. The investment is part of its larger growth strategy in liquid packaging on the back of its global ambitions. UFlex Asepto says investing in the Heidelberg Intro Web flexo press is the first among many steps toward doubling its production capacity.

Aspeto hologram effects
Asepto’s liquid pack have exceptional decoration which includes holographic and metallic effects

Established in 1985, UFlex is extremely successful in flexible packaging. It has built a comprehensive, flexible packaging ecosystem with the manufacture of films, gravure cylinders, holograms, chemicals, inks, coatings, and adhesives. The company also produces gravure and flexo presses, coextrusion laminators and filling and sealing equipment. 

Several years ago, it diversified to aseptic liquid packaging with the building and commissioning of a spectacular greenfield plant in Sanand in Gujarat with a printing capacity to produce 3.5 billion packs a year. Recently, the company announced its intention to double its production capacity with a second printing line in the plant. The Asepto plant, within a few years, has aroused considerable interest in the Indian subcontinent. UFlex says it is a necessary and definite requirement to increase the existing capacity.

Right from the start, infrastructure and equipment investment was only in the latest technology and state-of-the-art machinery. One of the key-suppliers, Heidelberg Web Carton Converting, delivered an Intro web-fed unit-to-unit flexo printing press. The highly specified machine prints 7-colors with a maximum web-width of 1320 mm at a rated speed of 500 meters per minute for all of Aspeto’s packaging materials. The quality and reliability of the machine combined with its performance are proven at Asepto in Anand. The Intro was the first choice for the second machine as well. The new custom-built Heidelberg Intro will be installed in 2021 and will double Asepto’s printing capacity.

Ashwini Kumar Sharma, Asepto
Ashwani Kumar Sharma, president and CEO, Aseptic Liquid Packaging, UFlex

Ashwani Kumar Sharma, president, and CEO, Aseptic Liquid Packaging of Uflex, explains, “Asepto is on a significant growth path. Heidelberg’s Intro Web-Printing-Press machine is the perfect fit to meet all our and our customer’s requirements. Not only the expectations for the press but also the seamless after-sales service factors make the Heidelberg Intro an ideal system to give a push to our growth plans. The partnership shared by the two market leaders over the years has created a win-win situation for both of us. Once the commissioning of the project is complete, we will be looking at global expansion. Asepto Sanand will certainly act as a benchmark.”

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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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