3D Neopac bolsters plastic tube manufacturing capacity

After Switzerland-based Hoffmann Neopac acquired a majority stake in Mumbai-based 3D Technopack late last year, the company has announced capacity addition to cater to the growing demand of high-decoration tubes in the Indian market.

24 Feb 2018 | By Rushikesh Aravkar

Speaking to WhatPackaging?, Kumar Ashar, managing director, 3D Technopack, said, “We are in the process of installing our second flexo printing machine from Germany-based Isimat. With this machine, we will focus on hybrid printing – a combination of screen and flexo for tube decoration.”

With this installation, the company aims to convert tubes with labels to surface printed tubes. As a result, the customers will benefit from 360-degree print coverage and additional options to enhance the shelf appeal of the tube.

“When I joined this company in 2004, we used to produce six-lakh tubes per month. Today, we produce 10-million tubes a month. And in the next three months, we will clock 12-million tubes a month,” added Ashar.

According to Ashar, the company has also invested in a new technology to produce speciality tubes, which it will announce soon.

“The market for seamless tube has picked up in the last couple of months. Customers are asking for high-decorated tubes and currently there’s tube decoration constraint in the market. Our new machine will enable us to tap this demand,” said Ashar.

The company also manufactures tube caps. It has 50 moulds in house and 12 injection moulding machines.