18 feb 2015  Mumbai / India

Transforming Flexible Packaging Professionals in India, Middle East & Africa

Henkel Launches Flexible Packaging Academy for Industry Professionals

Henkel Adhesive Technologies, a leading solution provider for adhesives, sealants and functional coatings, today inaugurated the Henkel Flexible Packaging Academy in Mumbai, India. It is Henkel´s third academy globally and will be the first of its kind in India, Middle East and Africa (IMEA) region offering certified training program for the Flexible Packaging Industry professionals in association with Indian Institute of Packaging (IIP).

This state of the art academy in India will provide formal training on lamination technology to entrepreneurs, production managers, supervisors, operators, quality control professionals of the flexible packaging industry. The training, which is based on the principle of ‘Learning by Doing’; combines essential theoretical knowledge and hands-on practical training. The modules are designed to cover all aspects of flexible packaging lamination techniques through practical experience on commercial scale Nexus Dual lamination machine. Methods of producing food-safe laminates and troubleshooting will be the key highlights of the training.

The training sessions include topics on printing, lamination, finished product testing, different substrates, their properties and material handling to avoid curling, tunneling and wrinkling. With proven success models in Europe and China, Henkel Adhesive Technologies has earned industry-wide reputation for taking the lead in changing the dynamics of the industry with emphasis on quality control, wastage control and skills up gradation. The Academy will be steered by a team of experts sourced from across the world including in-house technical team of Henkel each of whom have more than twenty years of experience in the industry. As knowledge partners, IIP will also be involved in imparting the training.

Commenting on the initiative, Ralf Grauel, Global Head, Flexible Packaging Adhesives, Henkel said, “With the dynamic packaging trends in different segments (like FMCG, F&B, Pharma, etc.), there is a growing demand of advanced packaging solutions. The conventional materials have been replaced with flexible packaging materials. Addressing these demands, we have introduced Henkel Flexible Packaging Academy to train manufacturers to fulfill the demands of the growing industry.”

The Certification process will be in two stages: Participation Certificate will be awarded after completion of 5 day training program and Completion Certificate will be awarded after three months of reviewing the participant’s performance on shop floor post training. The certificates will be jointly issued by Henkel and Indian Institute of Packaging (IIP).

The dynamic Indian flexible packaging industry is pegged at reaching USD 3.8 billion according to the latest Assocham Report. With ever-changing consumer preferences, organized retail chain formats and the evolving dynamics of the population, the demand will see further increase in the coming years. Henkel Flexible Packaging Academy will prove to be a significant foundation propelling the industry towards development, sustainability and innovation. The standardized learning processes and modules will form a benchmark for customers in the region.