The packaging major has come a long way since it established its first factory in India in 1997 in Takwe near Pune. The latest Chakan factory is one of Tetra Pak’s most advanced operations globally. It boasts of end-to-end solutions to integrate processing, packaging, automation and technical services. The Chakan factory was recognised as ‘Factory of the Year’ for 2015 among 42 Tetra Pak factories worldwide.
At the helm of affairs is Dilip Bhave, the factory director at Tetra Pak South Asia Markets. He talks about lean production with World Class Manufacturing (WCM) principles based on TPM (Total Productive Maintenance) concepts.
It is interesting to note that all the machines at the Tetra Pak factory are run at maximum speeds. Bhave contends, “The amount of time you waste when the machine is idle or running at a lower speed translates to losses.”
The core values that drive Tetra Pak’s business has been based on customer focus and long term view, quality and innovation and responsibility. All this is reflected in the Pune factory.
All these trends plus Tetra Pak’s strategy has enabled the Swedish liquid foods processing and packaging company to grow manifold. In last few years the company has added the number of customers they cater to. In 2011, Tetra Pak had 60 customers and today, it has over 125. And according to Tetra Pak’s future strategy, it plans to add 100 more in the next few years.
The PrintWeek India team got to sample some of the indigenously developed products at Tetra Pak’s product development and innovation centre. Some were focussed on specific health needs, while some transported us back to New Delhi with their flavours. While we cannot share more details of the products for confidentiality reasons, one thing is for sure, these products when launched are sure to create ripples in the market.