Packman manufactures 1 lakh corrugated boxes everyday in addition to other packaging products… In terms of technology, our focus is on incorporating smart packaging in the paper-based packaging range.
Started in 2002, Packman Packaging manufactures a range of eco-friendly paper-based corrugated boxes. The Indian packaging company supplies to leading multinational companies of the likes of Amazon India, Flipkart, Samsung, Bosch, and others with their sustainable packaging products. In its factory in Greater Noida, Packman Packaging manufactures paper-based corrugated boxes in various shapes and sizes.
In an exclusive interview with Paper Mart, Mr. Gaurav Jalan, Founder and Director, Packman Packaging Pvt. Ltd., speaks about the innovative capabilities and disruptive technologies being used at the company, the key expectations from the Indian paper mills and the demand drivers of the packaging industry.
Paper Mart: Tell us about your company and manufacturing capabilities — monthly paper converting capacity and the key in-house technologies of Packman Packaging.
Gaurav Jalan: Packman Packaging is one of India’s top manufacturers of corrugated boxes, corrugated rolls, bubble rolls, bubble pouches, courier bags, POD jackets, duct tapes, e-commerce shipping bags and many more.
Spread over thousands of square meters of area, Packman’s state-of-the-art manufacturing unit which is based in the Delhi-NCR region, has some of the world’s finest packaging material manufacturing machinery. With the world’s best printing technology, it is well ensured that our customers and clients get fast and efficient delivery and high-quality brand representation through the product packaging. Furthermore, most essentially, the companies face the least or zero goods damage while transporting and storing the products.
Packman manufactures 1 lakh corrugated boxes everyday in addition to other packaging products. As a matter of fact, the corrugated boxes are Packman’s best and one of the most saleable products. In terms of technology, our focus is on incorporating smart packaging in the paper-based packaging range. Paper-based packaging is extensively worked upon as they could be recycled and reprocessed in the future.
PM: What challenges do you face with regard to the quality of paper and paperboards? Please share some of your key expectations from the paper mills.
GJ: The challenges with regard to the quality of paper and paperboards have increased manifold owing to the fact that since last year onwards, there has been a significant shortage of raw materials along with the sharp increase in prices. It has majorly affected the packaging industry and the production of both paper and paperboards which are the prerequisites for packaging manufacturers.
Some of the major problems confronting India’s pulp and paper industry are high cost of production caused by insufficient availability and high cost of raw materials, power expense, and concentration of mills in one specific area, in addition to the non-availability of good-quality fiber, uneconomical plant size, and outdated technologies.
The packaging manufacturers expect the paper prices to reduce since it severely affects manufacturing and increased costs also mean lesser sales in certain segments of the industry. Consequently, the paper manufacturers should consider these factors for the long-term prospects.
The challenges with regard to the quality of paper and paperboards have increased manifold owing to the fact… there has been a significant shortage of raw materials along with the sharp increase in prices. It has majorly affected the packaging industry.
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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?
GJ: Certainly, every industry has been hit due to the pandemic. And packaging is no different either. Though one good thing which happened during last year’s first wave of the pandemic is that several people preferred to buy products online instead of conventional shopping. The surge in e-commerce sales also helped in boosting the growth of the packaging industry to a great extent because of the ensuing higher demand for packaging boxes and other materials. However, this is just one aspect.
The rise in the cost of raw materials impacted production as well. Lesser manpower also meant lesser production numbers and subsequently, it was reflected in the declining sales with steep prices. These changes have now been gradually accepted. Though the markets are slowly opening, it is going to take a lot of time to fully recover. We hope to see the revival in the coming times as the future trend is going to be such that people will continue to prefer buying products online. This could be a favourable opportunity for the packaging industry to work upon further. Also, while the food industry currently holds the largest share in using packaging products, the higher demand of the packaged food products certainly augurs well for the overall packaging industry.
PM: Please share your views on the market trends and the demand drivers.
GJ: As stated above, the demand for paper-based packaging will continue to grow as the trends indicate a new buying pattern among the masses and businesses as well. With the growth in the FMCG and the pharmaceutical industry, the packaging manufacturers will be subsequently benefited. Thus, with time, the market situation is projected to witness an upward curve. In addition, the demand for eco-friendly packaging products is increasing as a result of which the packaging industry has already started focusing on these aspects. Biodegradable bags and spill-proof packages will be in trend in the coming years.
The surge in the e-commerce sales also helped in boosting the growth of the packaging industry to a great extent because of the ensuing higher demand for packaging boxes.