Suresh Kalra: At Huber, we emphasise on sustainability

Hubergroup won two awards at the IFCA Awards organised by the Indian Flexible Packaging and Folding Carton Manufacturers Association. The awards were for Innovation R&D and creativity.

21 Sep 2022 | By Abhay Avadhani

Suresh Kalra of Hubergroup receives two IFCA awards

The Hubergroup Print Solutions bagged two awards for two products. The products were: Hydro-Lac GA Oxygen Barrier Coating and the offset ink MGA Contact.

An independent jury of experts on behalf of Indian Flexible Packaging and Folding Carton Manufacturers Association jury members evaluated the innovative and creative character of the Hubergroup products.

As per the Hubergroup spokesperson, "The reason the product won the award was due to the oxygen barrier coating that stands out due to its sustainability efforts. It protects packaged food from oxygen and, thus, enables mono-material packaging for oxygen-sensitive foods such as nuts. Consequently, the packaging is easier to recycle and can be returned to the material cycle."

In the case of the sheetfed offset ink MGA Contact the reason was its creativity. The Hubergroup press note said, "Thanks to carefully selected raw materials, the ink series is suitable for safe printing on the inside of paper and cardboard food packaging. Thus, brand owners and packaging designers receive twice as much space for information and creativity."

Suresh Kalra, the managing director India and president Asia at Hubergroup who attended the event along with his colleagues in Mumbai was "very pleased about this recognition".

He said, "At Hubergroup, we place great emphasis on driving the advancement of sustainable, safe packaging. We, therefore, put a lot of energy into the research and development of innovative as well as creative products such as our Hydro -LAC GA oxygen barrier coating or MGA Contact."

Today flexible packaging is on the rise in a wide variety of forms, with a wide variety of demands. Hubergroup offers a broad portfolio of environmentally friendly liquid inks and varnishes. In 2021, the global ink major generated an annual turnover of about USD697 million and employs approximately 3,500 employees worldwide in nearly 30 countries.