“With Constantia Ecoflex Ahmedabad, we are making a big step towards more sustainable packaging. This is not only a great progress in terms of sustainability for Constantia Flexibles but also the entire packaging industry. Together we can go into a greener future," said Alexander Baumgartner, CEO of Constantia Flexibles.
Following the official part of the opening, including speeches and the ribbon-cutting, guests and media representatives attended a guided tour through the new plant. They looked at the state-of-the art technology that produces the packaging solution EcoLam by Constantia Flexibles. Ecolam is high barrier flexible packaging that combines the resource-efficiency of plastic with recyclability back into new packaging films, said Achim Grefenstein, SVP Group R&D, who drew the development of the EcoLam development in close collaboration with the Indian team.
EcoLam is a lightweight Mono-PE laminate suitable for a great variety of packaging applications and is part of Constantia Flexibles’ product line Ecolutions. Due to its mono-material structure, EcoLam is fully recyclable, and its carbon footprint is approximately 32% lower than that of comparable products. It comes in different barrier grades to deliver the needs for a wide range of products.
After the tour, Pavan Parikh, managing director and VP of Constantia Ecoflex Ahmedabad, part of Constantia Flexibles, pointed out, “Innovation is not a dispensable luxury but simply a necessity.”
The Ecoflex plant opened after more than two years of intensive preparations. Test runs started in September 2019. It has an area of 24,500 square meters and currently employs 50 people. The number is expected to triple by the second quarter of 2020.