Clariant Plans New Packaging Manufacturing Facility in India
Clariant plans to invest CHF 10 million ($9.7 million) in a new healthcare packaging manufacturing plant in Cuddalore in Tamil Nadu State, located about 25 km from the city of Puducherry. The plant will manufacture Clariant’s moisture-control products to support the growing pharmaceutical packaging market in India.
Clariant Healthcare Packaging, a member of Business Unit Masterbatches, manufactures a full range of controlled atmosphere packaging solutions, including pharmaceutical desiccants, equilibrium sorbents, adsorbent polymers, oxygen scavengers, and pharmaceutical closures and containers. The new plant in Cuddalore will initially produce desiccant canisters and packets, which are inserted into pharmaceutical packaging to control moisture and protect the stability of the medicine during shelf life. The desiccant production area will be Clean Room Class 100,000 and certified ISO 8. It will be compliant with all relevant cGMP and US Food and Drug Administration standards.
The new plant will primarily serve globally active generic and branded pharmaceutical companies operating in India, as well as the domestic Indian pharmaceutical market. The new healthcare packaging plant in Cuddaloreâ€”together with its plant in Changshu, China and the recent acquisition of healthcare packaging specialist VitaPac, located in Dongguan, Chinaâ€”positions Clariant in the expanding healthcare sector across Asia.