Packaging company Constantia Flexibles has opened a new production plant in western India to manufacture flexible packaging for customers worldwide.
According to the company, the 24,500 square metre facility marks the world’s first plant that has been designed to produce sustainable and recyclable packaging only.
The opening ceremony took place on 20 November in Ahmedabad, Gujarat in India, following a construction time of more than two years and test runs throughout September.
The new plant, named Constantia Ecoflex Ahmedabad, will produce the environmentally friendly packaging family EcoLam, which is part of the company’s product line Ecolutions.
The EcoLam range consists of a lightweight mono-PE laminate that is suitable for a variety of packaging applications and offers three different barrier grades.
Due to EcoLam’s mono-material structure, the packaging is fully recyclable and has a lower carbon footprint than that of comparable products, claims the Austrian firm.
Constantia Ecoflex Ahmedabad currently has 50 staff, but this number is expected to triple by the second quarter of 2020.
To advocate less waste, the Indian government adopted a ‘Plastic Waste Management Rules’ in 2016, which outlines the need to scrap single-use plastic and multi-layered plastic that is not recyclable.
Alexander Baumgartner, CEO of Constantia Flexibles, said: “We know about our responsibilities towards the industry, the end consumers and – first and foremost – towards the environment.
“Thus, we are not only focusing on developing more environmentally friendly packaging, we also designed the first plant in the world dedicated to produce sustainable packaging only. The plant named Constantia Ecoflex Ahmedabad is located in Gujarat in India, which is the perfect market to implement such a forward-looking project.”
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