INDIA – Indian laminating adhesives maker Brilliant Polymers has injected US$12.5M million to expand the manufacturing capacity of a new plant at its site in Ambernath, Maharashtra.

The new facility, which commenced operations on 2 July 2022, will help the company double the overall capacity at the Ambernath site to 45,600 metric tons.

Named Plant Two, the facility is controlled by an advanced distributed control system (DCS) with large batch sizes of up to 35t.

Brilliant Polymers managing director Gaurav Talwar said: “The capacity expansion comes at an opportune time as the flexible packaging industry continues to expand and the demand for our products remains high.

“With the completion of the second plant, Brilliant has further strengthened its position in the Indian and global markets. We are confident that our Promise of Technology, Quality and Service will continue to give us an edge.”

Brilliant Polymers started operations in 2013 and since then has grown to become the largest manufacturer of laminating adhesives for flexible packaging in India with a reputation for developing some of the industry’s most innovative and robust products.

With the new capacity, the company aims to strengthen its grip in global markets as well as in new technologies.

Talwar added: “This investment is backed by a strong conviction in India’s growth potential as well as a deep and nuanced understanding of the market dynamics of the flexible packaging industry.

“We currently supply between 2.5 to 2.7% of the world’s requirement of solvent-based and solvent-free laminating adhesives; with our new capacity we expect to increase our share in the global market to over 5%.”

In addition to the increased capacity, the new facility brings increased capabilities. The new plant will allow the firm to further its R&D initiatives by launching several new products in the solvent-based and solvent-free adhesive space planned in the coming months.

The high-performance solvent-based adhesives, including those for applications such as retort pouches and with high running solids of 50-50%, are also in the pipeline.

The company intends to launch new low monomer products made with pure MDI in the fast-growing solvent-free space.

These offer extremely fast chemical and physical cure rates with very rapid PAA decay – a must in today’s regulatory scenario.

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