Greiner Packaging sets up jv with Indian firm


One of Europe’s leading plastic packaging manufacturers in the food and non-food sectors, Greiner Packaging is continuing to broaden its international market position by expanding in India, in a joint venture with New Delhi-based diary packaging provider Century Ultrapack. The new venture is doing business under the name Greiner Packaging India Pvt. Ltd.

On the heels of its expansion in Turkey last year, Greiner says it is thus taking another step toward the growing Asian markets. “We see a very high development and growth potential in India, where food packaging is concerned. It is important for us to take a leading role early on in the region. This expansion allows us to systematically pursue our globalisation strategy and gives us even more opportunities to respond to the wishes of customers from abroad," says Axel Kühner, Chairman of Greiner Group. The acquisition reflects the company’s medium-term strategy to grow beyond the borders of Europe in the future.

The goal of the joint venture is to be able to offer Greiner’s high standards in India as well. This will make it possible to supply large multinational customers in the country for the first time, greatly improving product quality and safety, and focusing on hygiene and production by modernising the available infrastructure. In the first year alone, investments will also be made in a significant expansion of production capacities using Western technology.

Century Ultrapack was established in 1980 and is owned by the Bajaj family. Altogether, a total of 135 employees, 62 of them temporary workers, are working for the company, which is among the leading suppliers of plastic packaging in the Indian dairy industry. To date, it has most notably been supplying customers such as Mother Dairy, Amul and Pepsico in the northern part of the country. Its portfolio includes over 250 different packaging products, mainly for milk products and ice cream.


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