Largest Sustainable Packaging platform in India and South Asia

by Team Conscious Carma

Constantia Flexibles and SB Packagings kick off joint venture

Constantia Flexibles, Premji Invest and SB Packagings, have finalized the joint venture to create one of the largest sustainable packaging platforms in India and South Asia, following the regulatory approval from Competition Commission of India. The joint venture (SB-Constantia Flexibles), between two flexible packaging industry leaders and Premji Invest as shareholders, will leverage each company’s unique strengths and resources to achieve greater success in the Indian market.

 “I have full confidence in the partnership’s ability to be an effective solution provider to its customers in India through innovation and excellence. We will drive growth and profitability for all stakeholders,” said Pim Vervaat, Global CEO, Constantia Flexibles.

“The joint venture positions us as a clear leader to drive the sustainable packaging agenda in India and beyond with a unique product offering,” noted Amit Banga, Managing Director, SB Packagings.

Strong synergy potential with a focus on sustainability

SB-Constantia Flexibles will operate in the food and hygiene markets, offering medium to high-barrier packaging solutions. It will have close to 2,700 employees across nine plants spread across the country.

The JV will pursue organic and inorganic growth opportunities in higher value-added market segments, continuing its strong growth trajectory in the hygiene, food and HPC segment even as it further develops the sustainable mono-material EcoLam product range. It will bring together the mono-material capabilities of both Constantia Flexibles India and SB Packagings and offer medium to high-barrier packaging solutions to food and hygiene markets.

About the joint venture partners:

Constantia Flexibles is the world’s third largest producer of flexible packaging. Based on the guiding principle of ‘People, Passion, Packaging’, 8,700 employees manufacture tailor-made packaging solutions at 37 sites in 17 countries. Many international companies and local market leaders from the consumer and pharma industries choose Constantia Flexibles’ more sustainable and innovative products. Sustainability is a top priority at Constantia Flexibles: the company was rated Level A by Climate Change Leadership (CDP) in 2021 and Gold by EcoVadis in 2022.

SB Packagings, founded in 1989 by Mr. O.P Banga & Mr. Amit Banga, is one of the leading flexible packaging companies based out of India. SBP group over the past 4 decades, has been at the forefront of manufacturing mono-polymer sustainable packaging much ahead of its peers. It has won various awards and global accolades for its innovation & printing excellence. In 2022, it was chosen as the ‘Packaging Company of the Year’ by PrintWeek and won the “WorldStar” award in Milan for sustainable packaging and also the ‘Gold’ at the Asian Packaging Excellence Awards. SBP with over 50% market share, is by far the largest company manufacturing hygiene packaging for leading global and Indian brands. SBP also has a strong footprint in the Food and Beverages space.

Premji Invest’s (PI) investments primarily support the philanthropic initiatives of the Azim Premji Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation that seeks to help improve the lives of the underserved and underprivileged in society. PI invests in India and overseas with the objective of building long-term sustainable capital to fund philanthropic initiatives and nurture the spirit of entrepreneurship in the country.  PI invests in sectors including healthcare, technology and financial services, with the overwhelming aim to make sure that global companies with scale are created using the access and capital that PI is able to provide.

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