Uflex has unveiled Asepto, an aseptic liquid packaging brand. The company announced its decision to set up a manufacturing plant in Sanand, Gujarat to be commercially operational by this April. Investment made for this manufacturing unit is about Rs 580 crore and the unit will employ approximately 250 people as soon as it becomes functional.
The aseptic packaging manufacturing unit is said to have built on an area of 21 acres. Uflex owns 72 acres of the land in Sanand and has used about 10% of it for the aseptic packaging unit. The remaining land will be used up by Uflex for expanding the current businesses in future which includes the aseptic packaging plant as well, if need be. Considering the commitment towards sustaining the environment, the manufacturing facility is structured as a ‘zero discharge plant’.
The aseptic manufacturing plant is built, keeping in mind the preservation of natural energy, especially light. Therefore, use of solar panels for electricity generation and passive architecture-envelop insulation has been used to conserve power.
Ashok Chaturvedi Uflex chairman and MD, said: “We will ensure to offer specialized machines to our clients for filling. Our engineering unit in Noida has come up with design and manufacturing of machines with filling speed of up to 7,500 packs in an hour. These packs will be of a typical capacity of 200ml each.”
The Uflex chairman explained, “We are ready with a broad customer base that is being provided with completely integrated machines for packaging solid, granular, semi-solid, paste, powder, viscous fluid, and gel based products. With our aseptic packaging manufacturing plant to be opened in Gujarat, getting orders from the clients already associated with Uflex will be an extension of the long standing business relationship that has existed for several decades.”
The current rate of Indian aseptic liquid packaging ratio is going up by 17-18 percent each year. The market is expected double its growth in the coming five years. This will make the market reach a packaging capacity of approximately 20 billion packs every year.
The aseptic packaging unit to be functional this April will be responsible for increasing the shelf life of food for 8 months of duration and keep it free from harmful microorganisms like bacteria even under room temperature.