Nichrome’s integrated packaging solutions

One-stop solution for all types of products

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Nichrome India is a global leader offering integrated packaging solutions for liquid, viscous and solid products. The company developed India’s first flexible packaging machine in 1976 for milk, contributing to the dynamic change in the country’s dairy sector. Moreover, the company offers packaging solutions to pharmaceutical companies for capsules, tablets, ampules, syringes, tablet tooling and pumps.

 

Mrunal Joshi, vice-chairperson and chief executive officer of Nichrome, says, “Innovation is in our DNA, and we believe in contributing and partnering with customers in every step of their product life cycle. Today we offer India’s fastest packaging solutions for milk, oil and powders along with secondary and tertiary end-to-end packaging solutions.”

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Mrunal Joshi, vice-chairperson and chief executive officer of Nichrome

Diversified product portfolio

Starting off as a flexible packaging machine manufacturer for food and dairy products, Nichrome has recently diversified into offering packaging systems, filling systems and solutions for the pharma industry as well. Speaking about its growing product portfolio, Joshi says, “We excel in developing solutions for the toughest products like resins, varnish, vegetable seeds and margarine. Today we offer packaging machines for solids, liquid and viscous products with speeds up to 400 pouches per minute, which is an industry benchmark. We also offer tin, bottle and jar packaging solutions to pack products like protein powders, tea and whole spices.”

 

Sharing details about the company’s packaging solutions, Joshi says, “We offer high-speed packaging solutions for food and beverage products in flexible as well as rigid packaging – for products like powdered spices, dairy whitener, atta, milk, buttermilk, curd, ghee, oil and juices. Nichrome’s portfolio also includes secondary and tertiary packaging solutions for all the above applications, along with integrated packaging systems.”

 

Innovation is in our DNA

The company’s Government of India recognized R&D facility in Pune helps it deliver innovative solutions. Joshi explains, “Examples include our development of various systems like our patented Repeat Length Optimization (RLO) system and advanced sealing systems for liquids with higher output speeds at lower input costs. And, NDOIT is our own developed Nichrome Data Over Internet application to access machine data in real-time from any corner of the world.”

 

The RLO systems help customers reduce their pouch sizes for the same quantity of products, contributing to a reduction in plastic use and waste, which both benefit the environment and reduce costs. Advanced sealing systems are a plug-and-play modification for milk packaging machines, which reduce consumables for the customer and increase profits.

 

Offering solutions

Nichrome offers solutions to its customers’ requirements and not just the packaging machines. Joshi reveals, “A leading dairy in Maharashtra wanted to increase the number of pouches in a crate, so we redesigned the pouch format, which helped them reduce 30% of the logistics cost. We have also developed angular pouches for cake-creams, which can be cut and directly used to decorate cakes in the bakery, eliminating the use of additional equipment or containers for the icing. In addition, we have developed a packaging machine for Fevicol (adhesives), varnish, idli batter, smetana, and kefir with accuracy at high speed and a repeat performance guarantee.”

 

Nichrome contributes to the journey of many startup companies as well as established and well-recognized consumer product brands such as Mars, Amway, Pillsbury, Tata, Walmart, Reliance, Dmart, Patanjali, ITC, Sakthi, AAchi, Lal Qilla and Dabur.

 

Joshi asserts that her company is a one-stop solution for all the packaging needs of the industry, be it food, pharma, or other sectors like agrochemicals, cement and resins. “Nichrome started as a catalyst in the retail revolution. Going ahead, we see ourselves as being part of the entire packaging supply chain by offering primary (retail) as well as secondary packaging solutions. This vision of Nichrome is not limited to India; we also wish to expand our wings and enter the Africa, South-East Asia, SAARC and Russia markets with integrated packaging system solutions.”

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Technical Editor - Mandeep Kaur is working with IPP Group and holding editorial responsibilities for the IndiFoodBev and PSA Healthcare platforms. Earlier she handled editorial responsibilities of food, beverage, and agriculture publications at another publisher. A gold-medalist in M Tech (Food Technology), she has hands-on experience in operating different types of instruments related to physico-chemical testing of grains and flour. She has worked at Evalueserve in the Intellectual Property (IP) division for more than three years handling projects in the life sciences domain.

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