Uflex Ltd., India’s largest flexible packaging manufacturer has commissioned an AL-OX coater for Packaging films at its Egypt plant in 6th of October City, near Cairo. With this, UFLEX joins the list of handful manufacturers, capable of producing ALOX-coated films. As part of the expansion plans in Egypt, Uflex Ltd. is ramping up production capacities for BOPP films (Bi-axially Oriented Poly Propylene film) to 35,000 tpa; 30000 tpa of PET (Polyester) and 12000 tpa of CPP films aggregating to total capacity of 77,000 tpa. The company’s planned investments in Egypt are pegged at US$135 mln. The first line of this expansion involved adding capacities in BOPP films. The second line of setting up facilities for CPP films, work at the new 12,000 tpa facility, state-of-the-art Cast Polypropylene (CPP) film line has been commissioned and has become operational, whereas the third line to produce 30000 tpa of PET film will be operational by Dec 2011-Jan 2012.
According to Ashok Chaturvedi, Chairman and M.D. of UFLEX Ltd, “Setting up of the AL-OX coater for Packaging films at the Egypt plant is in sync with our plans to add manufacturing lines for new product categories at the existing facilities. By adding new facilities at our plants we aim to strengthen our foothold in the flexible packaging market globally and further growing our revenues & profits and enhancing values in every respect.”
The site of the plant already houses an 8.7 meter wide, 500 mpm, state-of-the art Biaxially Oriented Polypropylene (BOPP) Film plant, which is one of the world’s largest packaging film lines, capable of turning out 35,000 tpa, and a plasma enhanced high-barrier metallizer that were commissioned in 2010. The operation has recently been certified as conforming to ISO 9001:2008 standards. Under installation at this location are also an 8.7 meter wide, 500 mpm Biaxially Oriented Polyester (BOPET) film line and another plasma enhanced metallizer that will be fully operational within 2011. The ALOX coater is the Group’s first such installation and will further consolidate UFLEX’s position in the global flexible packaging industry. The ALOX coater applies a thin and highly transparent coating of aluminium oxide on packaging films that gives the materials extremely high moisture and gas barrier properties that rival those of aluminum foils and metallized films. It is the only truly high-barrier flexible packaging material available that is transparent and allows the packaged product to be clearly visible. This not only provides a big marketing plus but also facilitates operations like optical scanning/inspection and metal detection during and after the packaging process.