Manufacturing moisture-control products for the pharma industry

Clariant opens new healthcare packaging plant in Cuddalore

L-R: Deepak Parikh, region president India; Christian Kohlpaintner, member of Clariant’s Executive Committee along with Marco Cenisio, business unit head Masterbatches; and Ketan Premani, head of Clariant Healthcare Packaging Sales, India, performed the groundbreaking ceremony at Cuddalore in Tamil Nadu

On 20 January, Clariant, one of the global leaders in specialty chemicals,performed the groundbreaking ceremony of a new manufacturing plant in Cuddalore, for moisture-control products, intended for the pharma industry.In December 2015, Clariant had announced plans to invest CHF 10 million in this healthcare packaging plant,which will support the growing generic pharmaceutical industry in India. The investment will be implemented through its wholly-owned subsidiary in India.

“The new healthcare packaging manufacturing plant here in Cuddalore is another important step within our strategy to intensify growth and increase our market share in the emerging India region by rapidly addressing customer needs,” said Christian Kohlpaintner, member of the Clariant Executive Committee. The new plant will initially produce desiccant canisters and packets, which are inserted into pharmaceutical packaging to control moisture and protect the stability of the medicine during shelf- life. The desiccant production area will be Clean Room Class 100,000 and certified ISO 8. It will be compliant with all relevant cGMP and US FDA standards.

“With this new plant, we are responding to our customers’ growing demand for high-quality desiccants. This facility will enable us to expand current capacities and provide easy access to potential as well as existing customers in the pharma packaging segment in the India region,” said Deepak Parikh, Clariant region president in India. “This new facility will be integrated into our global healthcare packaging manufacturing infrastructure, allowing us to support strong regional demand, and at the same time strengthening our position as one of the global leaders in this segment,” added Ketan Premani, Head of Clariant Healthcare Packaging Sales.

With ten production sites in India (in Gujarat, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Tamil Nadu) and a state-of-the-art Regional Innovation Center in Mumbai, Clariant’s new greenfield plant in Cuddalore will further reinforce its commitment to ‘Make in India’ and ‘Sell in India.’ The plant is slated for inauguration in 2017.

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