Clariant’s Healthcare Packaging Plant, Cuddalore, Tamil Nadu, India

Groundbreaking ceremony

Clariant, a leading speciality chemical company, broke ground for building its new manufacturing and healthcare packaging plant in Tamil Nadu, India, on 20 January 2016. The facility is being built in Kudikadu region of the SPICOT industrial complex in the Cuddalore district.

The groundbreaking ceremony was attended by Deepak Parikh, Clariant's regional president, India, Christian Kohlpaintner, member of Clariant's Executive Committee, Marco Cenisio, Masterbatches business unit head, and Ketan Premani, Head Clariant Health Packaging sales, India.

"The company is investing approximately Sfr10m ($9.85m) through its wholly owned Indian subsidiary for the construction of the new packaging plant."

The company is investing approximately Sfr10m ($9.85m) through its wholly owned Indian subsidiary for the construction of the new packaging plant. Completion and inauguration of the plant is expected in 2017.

Details of Clariant's new healthcare packaging plant

The new plant will be built with state-of-the-art global healthcare manufacturing infrastructure that will be compliant with all cGMP and US FDA standards. It will support the production of Clariant's market-leading moisture control products and high-quality desiccants, by expanding the current capacities and providing ready access to the customers in the pharmaceutical packaging segment in India.

It will initially manufacture desiccant canisters and packets, which will be inserted into pharmaceutical packaging to control moisture levels and maintain the stability of the medicine during its shelf period. The production area will be compliant with Clean Room Class 100,000 and certified ISO 8.

Clariant's new healthcare packaging plants portfolio

The new manufacturing and packaging plant will serve globally active, generic and branded pharmaceutical companies, as well as the Indian domestic pharmaceutical market. Once operational, it will procure Clariant's global-standard products directly produced in India for the customers.

The facility will enhance Clariant's medical speciality business and provide end-to-end solutions to the customers.

Clariant's new greenfield plant in Cuddalore along with its ten production sites in Gujarat, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Tamil Nadu, as well as its regional innovation centre in Mumbai are part of its growth strategy in India.

Marketing commentary on Clariant and its healthcare packaging unit

Clariant is a speciality chemicals manufacturing company based in Switzerland. It is the biggest producer of pigments, and textile and leather chemicals in India.

Clariant Healthcare Packaging is a member of Clariant's Masterbatches business unit, which manufactures controlled atmosphere packaging solutions such as pharmaceutical desiccants, equilibrium sorbents, adsorbent polymers, oxygen scavengers and pharmaceutical closures and containers.

It employs both active and passive packaging technologies, and offers an array of standard components and complete systems. It manufactures and markets textiles, leather, paints, plastic, printing inks and agrochemical products.