SIG has announced the opening of a second production plant in Palghar, India. The plant will specialise in production of SIG’s bag-in-box and spouted pouch packaging, previously marketed under Scholle IPN and Bossar.
The new production plant, located 90km north of Mumbai and a short drive from SIG’s first plant in Palghar, houses production assets used to manufacture components and finished packaging, including blown film extruders, injection molding cells, bag-in-box manufacturing machines, and a mold-making facility for packaging fitments and closures for both bag-in-box and spouted pouches.
Samuel Sigrist, CEO of SIG, said: “The Indian market is a key growth market for SIG. Our expertise in aseptic packaging and our ability to provide sustainable solutions that benefit customers, consumers and the environment are making a difference and increasingly becoming the focus of food and beverage manufacturers in India.”
Ross Bushnell, president of SIG’s bag-in-box and spouted pouch business, said: “We’re making an important statement. 15,000m2 of vertically integrated production capacity puts us in a winning position for the Indian market in aseptic processed fruits, beverage concentrates, fruit puree, and aseptic dairy for foodservice channels. I am excited to see our India team embrace the challenge of growing rapidly in this very strategic market and I am confident that we have the tools in place to fully enable a locally produced solution for both our India customers and throughout the South Asia region.”
“The second production plant in Palghar is an important addition to our manufacturing footprint in India,” said Dhandutt Shah, managing director India for SIG’s bag-in-box and spouted pouch business. “Combined with our existing plants in Palghar, where packaging material for bag-in-box and spouted pouch are manufactured, and Pune, where Horizontal Form-Fill-Seal Machine (HFFS) equipment is built, we will offer ‘total packaging solutions’ ensuring SIG offers to the market a significant differentiator by offering finished packaging in-country. At-scale, we will have around 150 new production and engineering professionals working in the new plant, all dedicated to one thing: providing better packaging solutions for our customers.”
SIG’s new plant in Palghar will be fully commissioned by the end of April.