Actega sets up new coatings division in Pune

Actega established its new Wessco UV coatings production facility to advance localised, customer-centric, Make in India approach for its business line flexible packaging.

12 Mar 2024 | By Abhay Avadhani

Actega’s new Pimpri factory in association with Elantas Beck India

Actega, manufacturer of specialty coatings, inks, adhesives, sealants and compounds for the print and packaging industry has announced a contract manufacturing arrangement with Elantas Beck India (EBIL). Actega is producing its Wessco UV-curing coatings at this local site, further strengthening its capabilities to meet the needs of the Indian flexible packaging market.

The local production, sales and technical service bring Actega closer to its customers and also shorten their delivery times.

Thomas Sawitowski, senior vice-president flexible packaging, Actega said “In 2020, Actega acquired the Swiss-based company Schmid Rhyner (now Actega Schmid Rhyner), which expanded our range of UV coating products. From discussions with our customers, we understand that there is a strong demand for this range of coatings to be produced locally in India. With this facility, we have acted on this valuable market feedback and made a significant step towards being able to offer “Make in India” UV coatings.”

Actega has been active in the Indian market for many years with its three business lines of flexible packaging, paper and board and metal packaging solutions. The contract manufacturing arrangement between Actega and EBIL, a sister company of Actega within the Altana Group, enables Actega to leverage EBIL’s existing infrastructure.

Srikumar Ramakrishnan, managing director of Elantas Beck India said, “We’re delighted to work as a contract manufacturer for Actega to ensure that its global requirements are met in every aspect of the production process. As an integral part of technology transfer, we have a local production facility, including a quality control laboratory. This allows us to ensure consistent quality, whether the product is manufactured in Switzerland, as it was before, or in India now. Furthermore, the recent audit carried out by a prominent global packaging manufacturer, headquartered in India, has affirmed our adherence to the most stringent standards.”

Peter Zwankhuizen, senior vice-president and head of Asia at Actega, concluded, “At Actega, we’re committed to providing customers with the highest quality products and services, and the local production facility in India through EBIL is a testament to that commitment. With this move of contract manufacturing arrangement with EBIL, we are confident that Actega is well-positioned to continue to deliver solutions and exceed the expectations of our customers in India and beyond.”

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