Parakh Agro Industries’ Plastics and Flexible Packaging Division just outside Pune is gearing up for a huge expansion in its flexible packaging capacity with the installation of a new F&K 10-color CI flexo press and additional ancillary and converting equipment. Parakh’s Plastics and Flexible Packaging Division in Pune sits next to one of the company’s several food processing and sorting plants located in Western and Northern India
Parakh which already operates a Varex blown film line and two W&H CI flexo presses in addition to slitting rewinding and lamination equipment, is one of the leading flexible packaging players with significant scale in the highly fragmented industry. Its design and prepress and overall technological competence makes it one of only two wide CI flexo printers to also operate its own digital flexo imaging equipment in-house for its customers in the food, beverage, home and personal care segments.
Parakh has recently modernized and expanded its packaging printing plant to absorb its third CI flexo press, a highly configured Bobst F&K 10-color with several automation features. The current plant expansion to be in place by March 2016, enables the company to rapidly ramp up further to a capacity of 24,000 tonnes per annum of flexible packaging as needed.
Apart from the 10-color Bobst F&K CI flexo press with a rated speed of 500 metres a minute and a Nordmeccanica Super combi laminator with a speed of 400 metres a minute, Parakh is adding an SP Ultraflex auto-turret slitting and rewinding machine with a speed of 650 metres a minute. The company is currently implementing a fully integrated ink and flexo plate management system as well.
Parakh is targeting food, beverage, snack, confectionery, personal care and UHT milk segments where it is already a supplier to both domestic and global brand owners
The hands-on management of Parakh’s packaging division is led by company directors Harshal Parakh and Vinay Nalawade who exercise day-to-day independent operation of the division and have extensive technical and customer-centric packaging business experience. With the doubling of its flexible packaging capacity of high shelf-life barrier films, the challenge for the management team is to also double its professional sales, logistics and servicing capacity. The company is targeting the food, beverage, snack, confectionery, personal care and UHT milk segments where it is already a supplier to both domestic and global brand owners.
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