Bag-in-box specialist Scholle IPN launches manufacturing plant in Palghar

The USA-based Scholle IPN, which specialises in bag-in-box and spouted pouch packaging, has set up a new facility in Palghar, near Mumbai, in order to tap the growing packaging market in the country.

11 Apr 2017 | By Rushikesh Aravkar

The 6,000 sq/m plant, which began operations on 14 December 2016, is equipped with 25 injection molding machines and automatic bag-making machines for manufacturing aseptic bag-in-box packaging.

Dhandutt Shah, managing director of Scholle IPN India Packaging, said, “From the product side, India is a very large producer of mangoes and other tropical fruits which require aseptic packaging to effectively and economically distribute them throughout the supply chain. Currently, all aseptic drum bags are imported. So, to resolve this difficult supply chain issue, we chose to install production capabilities in the country. We already have facilities in other parts of Asia, and with the sizable market requirements and growing industry, India really seemed like the next, best place to build infrastructure.”

The Palghar plant will focus on manufacturing aseptic drum bags for the tropical fruit juice industry. This bag-in-box machine are capable of manufacturing bags ranging from 3-litres to 220-liters, with a variety of barrier layers including: aluminum foil, metallised polyester, and co-extruded nylon. “Additionally, the bag-in-box manufacturing machine will be equipped with special neck band and delta seal features required in this market. While we’ll primarily focus on aseptic drum bags, this facility is unique in that we will also manufacture spouts and even build our own product molds for flexible packaging components like connectors, caps, and dispensing fitments,” said Shah.

Scholle IPN president and CEO, Eli Carmeli, said, "By producing innovative fitments and bag-in-box packaging in regions where our customers are growing, we support our overall strategy of providing safe, natural, economic, and sustainable flexible packaging solutions with a focus on total performance."

"By building a facility in India, we're basically cutting out an 'import middleman.' Now our customers can receive high-quality flexible packaging with the shortest supply lead times, fastest responses, and ultimately begin to build confidence in local support," concluded Shah.

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