Sealed Air Inaugurates its Global R&D Centre in India
Mumbai, 30 September, 2015: Sealed Air Corporation – a Fortune 500 company (NYSE: SEE) engaged in the business of food packaging and food safety, cleaning and hygiene solution inaugurated its expanded facilities for Research & Development Centre in Mumbai, India today. This marks the establishment of the company’s Global Fabric Care Centre of Excellence and Global Centre of Excellence for Food and Beverage (F&B) Hygiene Solutions as well an Indian Packaging solution centre. Present at the inauguration ceremony were senior delegates from Sealed Air, namely Suzanne Thompson-Global VP R&D Diversey Care, Ram Ramesh-Global VP R&D Food Care, Himanshu Jain, MD/VP Sealed Air Indian-subcontinent and South East Asia, Bala Thottikamath-VP Diversey Care, APAC and Hemant Godbole-Director- R&D, Food Care Solutions, APAC & MEA.
Dedicated to transforming the On-Premise Laundry (OPL), On-Premise Professional Laundry (OPPL) and commercial laundry industries, the Fabric Care Centre is responsible for leading Fabric Care innovations across the globe. Similarly, the Food Care Centre is dedicated to developing innovative solutions to address the critical hygiene requirements of Food, Beverage and Pharmaceutical industries, such as CIP (Cleaning-in-Place), Bottle Washing, Track Treatment, and Pasteuriser Treatment. The Food Care facility also includes a state-of-the-art unit with capabilities to evaluate Packaging solutions for the Indian market.
Enhancing our R&D centre and resources is a part of our evolution of becoming a knowledge-based company across the globe. It is a milestone in our journey to constantly innovate new solutions and in the process, contribute to the transformation of India. We will continue to invest in developing the capabilities of our young and talented workforce in India,” said Himanshu Jain, Sealed Air Vice President, Indian-subcontinent and South East Asia.
The company is increasing its Research & Development (R&D) workforce in India, to put into action its goals and objectives for both Indian as well as global markets. India is one of the world’s fastest growing economies and a key hub for worldwide food production. Sealed Air sees vast potential in India to help its industries meet the accelerating demand driven by a growing middle class and a huge population of skilled workers. R&D experts at the Fabric Care and Food Care Centres will focus on new technologies and innovations for customers to address this demand while meeting their sustainability and operational goals.” he further added.
“The facility will place great emphasis on the company’s SmartLife™ initiative, taking a holistic approach to sustainability, productivity enhancement and profitability. This customer-centric blueprint would be an essential ingredient in our R&D Strategy, on how we help our customers win, with our solutions,” said Hemant Godbole, Director- R&D, Food Care Solutions, APAC & MEA.
“We have filed 5 patents in less than a year. These patents are for innovations in the area of Kitchen Cleaning and Fabric Wash,” said Anant Parte- Director- R&D, Diversey Care Solutions, APAC & MEA. “These patents go beyond academic interest and are fully usable commercially. For example, our laundry technology—Clax® Advanced, has helped one of our hotel customers reduce water usage by 42 percent, effluents by 42 percent, energy consumption by 26 percent, and yet extended linen life by 30 percent.”
In January 2015, Jerome Peribere, Sealed Air CEO, announced the R&D facility expansion and work force planning during his India visit. Peribere stated that Sealed Air will increase its R&D manpower by 50 percent and will make its global Centre of Excellence for Fabric Care and Food Hygiene in India, due to extraordinary demand and growing business in the country.
The R&D Facility in India has come a long way since 2004, when the technical centre was established in Mumbai with the objective of supporting the Indian operations of its global F&B and hospitality customers. With a small team of five scientists, the team proved the expertise India had to offer leading to the company’s decision to establish its global centres of excellence in Mumbai. Sealed Air’s ongoing research focuses on areas such as reduction in water and energy usage in OPPL, commercial laundry and housekeeping operations through low temperature washing and drying, linen life extension, productivity enhancement, cleaning chemicals compatible to all water chemistries, extremely difficult soil removal, thus increasing resource efficiency.
About Sealed Air- Sealed Air Corporation creates a world that feels, tastes and works better. In 2014, the Company generated revenue of approximately $7.8 billion by helping our customers achieve their sustainability goals in the face of today’s biggest social and environmental challenges. Our portfolio of widely recognised brands, including Cryovac® brand food packaging solutions, Bubble Wrap® brand cushioning and Diversey® cleaning and hygiene solutions, enables a safer and less wasteful food supply chain, protects valuable goods shipped around the world, and improves health through clean environments. Sealed Air has approximately 24,000 employees who serve customers in 175 countries.
About ‘Purposeful Innovation’- The Company creates solutions that delight its customers, making them win with great operational results. It means being calculated and resolute in combining the knowledge, science, and technologies to create solutions addressing many of its customers’, and the world’s biggest challenges. List of Innovative solutions that have been extensively used in India:
- Dry Lubrication for PET lines: Since 2006, the company could eliminate the usage of water for track treatment application at our customer’s beverage plants. For a typical 600 bottles per minute (BPM) PET line, we delivered water savings: Since the launch of our Dry Tech 4 (dry lubricant for PET lines) in of approx. 3500 KL per year. In terms of total cost of operations, we were able to offer nearly 12 percent savings to our Beverage customers.
- Cold CIP for CSD (spell out in full what CSD is) lines: It has been implemented at all key CSD lines of Coca Cola in India. With this innovation, Sealed Air revolutionised the industry by changing the CIP protocol from 5 step Hot to 3 step Cold. It is estimated that for each CSD line, Sealed Air was able to generate the following benefits—Time savings- 429 hours per year, Steam- 293 tonnes per year, Water & effluents- 1342 KL per year, Electricity- 4389 units per yea
- Diversey Care’s Clax® Advanced (High Efficiency Laundry Program) offers excellent low temperature washing results at reduced operational costs. Clax® Advanced saves up to 15 percent on energy and extends linen life by up to 30 percent due to lower temperature washing; cuts water consumption by up to 35 percent and reduces effluent by as much as 35 percent by demanding fewer rinse cycles, It also reduces CO² emissions by up to 100 metric tons and improves worker productivity through reducing wash time by up to 16 percent or 150 man-days. .
- Waterless Urinal Program-Diversey Care’s Flush-Me- Not Waterless Urinal Program is a completely new system that provides effective odour and stain control and water savings in washrooms. It is capable of saving water by up to 60 percent
- TASKI® swingo® XP-R - launched in May 2015, it is a new member to the TASKI® family. This latest generation of stand-on scrubber drier enhances productivity by up to 30%, with its incredible cleaning and drying results, a complete 360¡ visions, better working autonomy and outstanding manoeuverability.
Director, Communications Asia, Middle East, Africa & Turkey
(+65) 6643 5467