NIGERIA – UFlex Limited, a multinational provider of comprehensive solutions in flexible packaging and global leader in polymer sciences, has commissioned a new facility in Nigeria.
The new BOPET film manufacturing plant in the Ogun State, with a production capacity of 45,000 TPA is aimed to enable the India headquartered company to get closer to its customers.
Spread over 37 acres, the plant houses first-of-its-kind 10.6-meter wide BOPET film line in Africa and also has two Metallizers with a total production of 15000 TPA.
The plant is set to cater to the packaging film demand coming from the fast-growing economy of Nigeria, the larger Western Africa region and USA. It has created over 200 direct jobs.
Since its inception in 1985, UFlex has grown from strength to strength to establish presence across the world through a cluster of manufacturing units.
The company has state-of-the-art packaging facilities at multiple locations in India with installed capacity of around 1,35,000 TPA and has packaging film manufacturing facilities in India, UAE, Mexico, Egypt, Poland, Russia, Hungary, USA & Nigeria with a cumulative capacity of 5,10,000 TPA.
Its core business is manufacturer of flexible packaging and packaging films, for a wide variety of products such as snack foods, confectionery, sugar, rice, cereals, beverages, tea & coffee, dessert mixes, noodles, wheat flour, vegetable oil, spices, marinades & pastes, dairy products, frozen food, poultry, pet food, among others.
UFlex unveils a wide range of new packaging solutions
In the quarter July-August-September 2021, UFlex added a fleet of new value-added products & solutions products to its portfolio, to enable brands stand out on the retail shelves, extend an overall elevated packaging and consumption experience.
Under its flexible packaging business, the company introduced high barrier mono-material recyclable bag for snack packaging for Danish brand KIMS, for its snacks line in the European market, to pack food products such as chips, wafers etc.
In addition, the company has developed a new MOPE based mono-polymer recyclable bag for large quantity rice packaging for EBRO rice brand Peacock.
The newly developed structure for rice packaging possesses similar mechanical and other properties allowing easy recyclability of PE in conventional extruder and can be easily run-on existing packaging line with minor adjustments.
With the frozen food segment experiencing a steady growth since the pandemic, UFlex has developed a three-side sealed pouch packaging structure for Asal’s Coin Parota brand, through use of a special high barrier PET film that increases the barrier properties by 50% under ambient conditions and allows the parota to stay fresh for a longer duration.
Developing more value-added packaging, UFlex has created two packaging sizes of 3kg and 12kg to pack pet food for the brand Fidele.
Its packaging structure comprises of specialized Matt finished PET polyester and its pocket slider allows reclose-ability thereby adding to consumer’s convenience.
Namaste India Foods is also one of the recent beneficiaries of UFlex technology, as the packaging guru has developed for its brand a transparent high-barrier laminate sachet to pack dairy whitener.
The packaging structure allows the brand owner to showcase the product through a see-through window and at the same time provide the barrier required for packaged dairy whitener.
Meanwhile, to arrest the challenges of counterfeiting amongst brands in various sectors, UFlex unveiled a new series of pouch making machines that integrates holographic strip within the pre-printed film with 100% ‘i mark to i mark’ registration accuracy.
Besides addressing the challenge of counterfeiting via i-mark registration, the machine’s D-motion sealing technology provides enhanced dwell time for sealing thus improving aesthetics and seal integrity allowing repeat use.
Replacing aluminium foil in flexible packaging applications, UFlex launched its patented BOPET high barrier film F-UHB-M.
With its new specially formulated BOPET structure, F-UHB-M comes with superior gas and water barrier while achieving one of the lowest oxygen and moisture barrier values and industry-leading metal adhesion that aids improvement and extension of product shelf-life.