Swiss packaging group invests in India's third ranked tube extruder

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3D Neopac operation in Mumbai, India

Fresh European investment has helped India’s third ranked plastic tube extruder to revolutionise manufacture of highly decorated packaging tube products for the Indian market.

Mumbai-based 3D Technopack Pvt. Ltd. was recently able to install its second flexo printing machine, delivered by the German supplier Isimat, after Swiss packaging group Hoffmann Neopac bought a majority 67% stake in the company.

The print installation has allowed the renamed 3D Neopac to convert formerly label decorated tube containers to an all-round surface print finish. This extra capacity means the Indian firm can now address the growing demand for highly decorated tubes in India, it said.

“With this machine, we will focus on hybrid printing – a combination of screen and flexo for tube decoration,” explained 3D Neopac’s managing director Kumar Ashar.

His company, which has three plants and employs 220, is raising its tube production capacity since the Swiss group acquired control last year.  Its output of around 10m per month was set to increase to 12m per month or 144m per year by this month (May).

Also, the company revealed it is investing in new technology to manufacture speciality tubes, details of which were due to be announced shortly.

3D Neopac has a dozen injection moulding machines and moulds a range of plastics tube closures.

Hoffmann Neopac, headquartered in Thun, Switzerland, which specialises in plastic and metal packaging, has two European sites making polyethylene and co extruded plastic tubes in Debrecen, Hungary and in Switzerland. It makes 950m tubes annually and serves the pharmaceuticals, cosmetics and household products markets.

The group’s latest India expansion was designed to strengthen its international footprint and broaden its tube packaging expertise.

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