Scholle IPN is opening a new manufacturing site in India that will make both bags and fitments to help satisfy growing packaging demand in that market.
The new location in Palghar includes 25 automatic bag making and injection moulding machines to manufacture aseptic bag-in-box packaging.
The site builds upon the former DD Polyplast injection moulding business that was acquired by the company around the time that Scholle Corp and Innovative Packaging Network merged about three years ago.
Scholle IPN has been importing bags for sale in the market, but decided about 18 months ago to make the investment to combine the injection moulding business with bag making operations in that country.
“When you are making packaging, there’s a lot of capital there. Machines aren’t cheap. You have to have a pretty large facility. You have to have an advanced workforce. At what point do you pull the lever to say this makes sense to just go in and create value for the market? For us, that was pretty recent,” said Ryan Balock, director of global marketing communications.
“It was a pretty fast build for us. We knew what we were going to do for that market. We had some machines that were in other parts of the world that we were able to repurpose for the Indian market. We sped up by relocating some assets we already had, which really helps out,” he said.
Aside from relocation of equipment from other parts of the world, Scholle IPN also moved former DD Polyplast injection moulding machinery to the new location from its former nearby site.
The company estimates it has 25 machines in the new 64,600-square-foot facility, including both bag-making and injection moulding equipment.
A couple of key markets for the company are tropical juices and fruits that are packaged in 220-litre drum bags as well as 2.5- to 5-gallon bags for soft drink syrups, Balock said.
Scholle IPN Injection moulded parts include connectors, caps and dispensing units.
The operation will make fitments for not only those bags but also third-party customers. Injection moulded parts include connectors, caps and dispensing units.
Scholle IPN posted on its website a question-and-answer interview with its managing director in charge of the new location.
“By building this facility in India, we’re basically cutting out an import middleman. We are able to produce bag-in-box packaging with a variety of film structure properties,” said Dhandutt Shah, managing director of Scholle IPN India Packaging, said in the exchange.
“Until the new Palghar facility opened, bag-in-box packaging for aseptically processed fruits and vegetables, and post-mix syrup for soft drinks, were being imported from other regions. Now this requirement will be fulfilled locally. Our location will help to build the industry within this area and those surrounding. ... On top of creating bags, our new facility also plans to encourage and explore new flexible packaging applications and uses,” Shah said in the Q&A.
Film structures used by the company can include aluminium foil, metalized polyester and coextruded nylon, the firm said.