Vacmet India increases BOPP films capacity to 120,000 MTA

Combined BOPET and BOPP capacity takes Vacment to 250,000 MTA

Bruckner 10.4 BOPP Vacmet
The newly installed Bruckner 10.4 meter wide BOPP line at Vacmet's plant in Dhar near Indore Photo Vacmet

New Delhi, 11 July 2022, Vacmet India recently commissioned a third BOPP film line at the company’s existing plant in Dhar, near Indore. The new Bruckner 10.4 metre-wide line with an annual capacity of 55,000 metric tons takes the company’s annual BOPP film capacity to 1,20,000 metric tons. With this enhanced capacity the group intends to enlarge its product portfolio and offer faster deliveries.

The new three-layer state of the art fully automated 10.4 metres line from Bruckner can produce films from 12 to 60 microns. The high-speed line with automated changeovers and automatic consumption of waste shall will help the company in improving its overall efficiencies when running various product mixes and considerably reduce waste.

President of operations at Vacmet India SC Kapoor, said, This capacity expansion is expected to benefit the industry in terms of meeting the enhanced demand for BOPP films in general. It is going further boost the confidence of brand owners trying to shift to BOPP, owing to its ease of recyclability with the same family structures. The film line also supports thicker films in terms of microns which is in line with the government’s waste management regulations – recommending the industry to use films which are thicker than 50 microns.

In addition to the newest BOPP line, Vacmet India also commissioned its fourth polyester film line recently. The new line also installed in the same plant in Dhar is 8.7 meters wide with a production capacity of 36,000 metric tons per annum. With these additions, the company’s total installed capacity for both BOPP and BOPET put together now stands at 2,50,000 MTA.

About Vacmet India

Vacmet India Dhar
A view of Vacmet India’s film manufacturing plant in Dhar near Indore
Photo Vacmet

Vacmet India is one of the world’s leading producers of flexible packaging films and metalized paper and board, headquartered in India. It has five manufacturing sites in India, and two wholly owned subsidiaries in the UK and the Netherlands with a third subsidiary to be soon operational. Vacmet is a trusted brand for quality and environmental consciousness supplyig to customers in more than 70 countries. Founded by the late Dinesh Chand Agarwal, as a speciality coating and metalizing company in 1993, it has expanded to packaging, labelling, lamination, brand security and decoration. Its customers in various industries range from food and beverages to textiles and healthcare.

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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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