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KIG Kraft: Kraft Paper to Gain Momentum amid Plastic Ban

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Mr. Hemant Saraogi, Director, KIG Kraft Tech Containers Pvt. Ltd.

KIG is planning to set up an automatic corrugation plant in the coming years which would increase the production level by four times.

KIG Kraft Tech Containers Pvt. Ltd. is one of the fastest-growing corrugated box manufacturers. The company has been in the corrugated box industry for 40 years providing efficient services to a variety of industries. With the ideal combination of machines and a well-equipped lab, it claims to have a state-of-the-art unit providing successful services to its customers. In an interaction with Paper Mart, Mr. Hemant Saraogi, Director, KIG Kraft Tech Containers Pvt. Ltd. talks about the company’s manufacturing capabilities, future plans, and market trends.

Paper Mart: Tell us about your company and manufacturing capabilities — monthly paper converting capacity and the key technologies you have in-house.

Hemant Saraogi: KIG Kraft Tech Containers Pvt. Ltd. is one of the fastest-growing names in the Kolkata corrugated box manufacturing industry. With over 35 years of experience in the industry, KIG has catered to a vast range of industries including paint and chemicals manufacturers, FMCG, tea exporters, solar panel manufacturers, metallurgy, safety equipment manufacturers, dry flower exporters, etc. Currently, the company is converting 200 tonnes of kraft paper every month on average.

KIG specialises in manufacturing all kinds of corrugated paperboard and products including regular slotted cartons, half slotted containers, full overlap slotted containers, lock bottom boxes, etc. With our experience, we not only make boxes of desired specifications but also do value engineering to optimise the cost of the package considering the product, transportation, and effective storage.

PM: What challenges do you face with regard to the quality of paper & paperboard? Please share some of your key expectations from the paper mills?

HS: There is a lack of consistency in the quality of the kraft paper either in terms of BF or RCT; there’s always a deviation from the expected quality. Also, the lead time of the materials has been very erratic lately. A basic consistency is expected from the paper mills in terms of quality as well as supply of the kraft paper.

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PM: With the ‘New Normal’ imposed due to the pandemic, what is the current market situation and what are your projections for the future?

HS: Due to the pandemic, the supply of kraft paper was majorly affected as the availability of waste paper was an issue that also led to an exponential rise in the prices of the same. In the ‘New Normal’, a uniformity/reduction in the price of kraft paper is expected and supply should also improve.

A basic consistency is expected from the paper mills in terms of quality as well as supply of the kraft paper.

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PM: Please share your views on the market trends and the demand drivers. Any new development or expansion plans you would like to share about KIG Kraft?

HS: With the issue of climate change in motion and the awareness of the plastic ban being imposed in many parts of the world, the kraft paper market is expected to boom.

Currently, KIG has a semi-automatic setup and is planning to set up an automatic corrugation plant in the coming years. Thereby, we are planning to increase the production level by four times from the current level.

Due to the pandemic, the supply of kraft paper was majorly affected as the availability of waste paper was an issue that also led to an exponential rise in the prices of the same.

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