Amcor’s efficient new factory in Bharuch, Gujarat, in the Western region of India, started operations this week after an official ceremonial event in October with executives from both companies. As part of a seven-year agreement with Unilever signed in 2017, Amcor made a substantial investment to build and equip the state-of-the-art Bharuch plant.
“Across all home-care categories, consumers in India are choosing products with packaging that provide them with the most convenience,” said Michael Zacka, president of Amcor Flexibles Asia Pacific, who attended the ceremony. Zacka said the site brings new-technology flexographic printing to the India market and will be “a center of excellence for product development and sustainable packaging solutions.”
The 8,000-square-meter plant has three lines that will run 24 hours a day, producing flexible packaging using advanced flexographic technology. From initial employment of 50 people, Amcor anticipates the team in Bharuch to grow to 180 by December 2019.
Zacka said customers, suppliers and Amcor people should see the investment as evidence of his company’s “strong belief in India’s tremendous present and future, and the huge opportunity for Amcor and all our stakeholders.”
After cutting a ceremonial ribbon, Henk Sijbring, VP, packaging procurement, Unilever, described the site opening as a major milestone in the global partnership between Unilever and Amcor.
“This is the culmination of several years of strong collaboration and business growth between Unilever and Amcor,” said Sjibring. “The hub model and the innovative ways of working it enables is the first of its kind in packaging for Unilever and represents another significant commitment in this long-term partnership.”
Amcor employs more than 1,100 people across seven sites in India, who produce high-quality packaging for global, regional and national food and beverages, home and personal care, medical and pharmaceutical businesses across the region. Amcor has 38 sites across eight countries in the Asia Pacific region.