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Film Business Achieves Highest-ever Production for FY18-19 || CRISIL Assigns Credit Rating of ‘A’ to Long term Debt || Board Recommends Dividend of 20%

27 May 2019, Noida, U.P (India): Uflex Ltd, India’s largest multinational flexible packaging Company, today has announced its earnings for the Quarter ended March 31, 2019 and Financial Year 2018-19.

The consolidated net revenue for Q4FY18-19 rose to INR 2060.6cr as compared to INR 1818.8cr in the corresponding quarter last fiscal; while the company registered EBITDA growth of 13.4% at INR 260.1cr in Q4FY18-19.

For full year 2018-19, the consolidated net revenue grew 18.5% to INR 7974.8cr and EBITDA increased by 11.6% to INR 1007.5cr. The full year consolidated PAT was marginally up by 1.07% at INR 313.8cr.

In FY2018-19, the Films Business achieved highest ever production of 316923 MT. The improved financial performance has resulted in CRISIL assigning higher credit rating of ‘A’ to long-term debt of the company.

The board has recommended a dividend payout of 20%, subject to shareholders’ approval.

Commenting on the financial performance, Rajesh Bhatia, Group CFO at Uflex Limited said, “Our total production and sales volume for FY18-19 grew 6.1% and 6.7% to 397492 MT and 395634 MT respectively. BOPET market continues to be robust resulting in higher capacity utilisation across all plants. BOPP market has also shown substantial improvement in Q4 and we expect this trend to continue in FY19-20.”

Ashok Chaturvedi, Chairman & Managing Director, Uflex Limited said, “We worked diligently towards combating the headwinds that came along this fiscal and remained successful in leading the market with our innovations and product offerings. We have been highly focused on the challenge of Multi-layer plastic recyclability and have developed a technology that converts different layers of multi-layer packaging waste (printed, laminated and metallized) into granules. The latest technology enabled recycling machine was installed at our Noida plant, this quarter.”

He added, “The flexible packaging industry continues to evolve with changing consumer expectations and among the most prominent are sustainability and customization. With solutions for waste plastic being created, we are confident of the demand for flexible packaging growing further, in the coming years. ”

Some key product launches and developments in Q4 FY18-19 are listed below FYR:

1. Launched Metallic Dies for Hot Foil Stamping & Embossing on Printed Labels & Packs: Cylinder Business launched Metallic Dies manufactured at its latest CNC Die manufacturing lines, in the form of metallic plates and rollers with embossed 3D image engraved on it, commonly used in the label industry.

2. FlexFilms India had its Pockets Full of Numerous Ground-breaking Products: The Indian arm of film manufacturing business of Uflex launched a host of films with cutting edge technology and properties, embedded in each.

a. F-PRP,a 12 Micron BOPET film meets the critical needs of bulk packaging and is ideal to use for low density, high volume packaging like large bags of flour, sugar or rice packaging.

b. F-TFP, a thermofoming film with 15, 23 and 36 micron developed for semi-rigid packaging is suitable for ready-to-eat food packaging, take away food items like trays; so that the brand identity of the packaging is retained till the last piece of food item is consumed.

c. F-FTC, the Fast to Tear film applicable for sachets and one-time use food packaging like ketchup, confectionaries and snack, is easily tearable in both directions, enabling consumer ease of accessing the product.

d. Ultra-High Oxygen Barrier Metallized BOPP film B-TUO-M and Ultra High Barrier & High Seal Strength Metallized BOPP film B-TUH-M was developed with outstanding barriers with less than 10 oxygen transmitting rate (OTR) and 15 OTR respectively. B-TUO-M comes with excellent metal bond strength & metal cracking resistance; and B-TUH-M comes with excellent hermetic seal, better metal bond strength & nitrogen flushing capabilities.

e. Ultra-High Barrier with robust seal performance & high metal bond Metallized CPP film C-CLM addresses the challenge of sustainable extrusion bond, barrier & seal performance faced by the flexible packaging industry by replacing three layers with two, thereby enabling advantages of lesser carbon foot print.

f. PETG Resin, an amorphous polymer that does not crystallize, making it an excellent replacement for transparent polymer, was launched for the Indian markets. Echoing Make in India, Uflex is the first and only producer of PETG in India and has an opportunity to substitute PETG Resins that are currently imported into the country. PETG Resin offers high performance properties including transparency, clarity, gloss, glaze and printability in applications; and is used in applications like personal care, signage, sheet extrusion, LED profile, medical devises, home appliances, consumer goods and 3D print technology.

3. IIOT Enabled Converting Machine Introduced: Delivering on its promise to pave the way to Industry 4.0, Engineering Business of Uflex launched several Industrial Internet of Things (llOT) enabled Converting Machines.

a. Extrusion Coating & Lamination Machine EX LAM 400, the modified machine with European design features made suitable to Indian conditions, is equipped with high line speed of 400 meters per minute (mpm) to handle thin and thick laminate. EX LAM 400 is spread over various variants i.e Mono and Co-extruder.

b. Uflex is the first ever Indian company to make gearless CI Flexo model Elisa designed with maximum operating speed of 400 mpm with high automation level, in the form of sleeves and anilox removal system. CI Flexo offers many value additions including efficient Ink Washing system that saves time as well as cost.

c. Solventless Laminator Machine Super-S-1300 offers microprocessor based thermo-regulation system and can run metalized structures upto a speed of 300mpm, while others can run upto a speed of 450mpm.

4. New Adhesive for High Speed Lamination Machines Launched: Solvent-free Adhesive 777 A/C offers excellent performance on various substrates including plastics and has an exceptional compatibility with NC-PU inks, when mixed in the ratio of 1:1. Aimed especially for high-speed lamination machines, it is indigenously created by Chemical Business R&D Team.

5. A New Substrate Holography PVC/ PVDC Coated Film for Pharma Industry: A new substrate Holography PVC/ PVDC coated film was commercially launched for pharmaceutical industry as an anti-counterfeiting solution and supplied to leading drug-makers Sanofi and Alkem.

For more details on the Results for Quarter ended 31 March 2019, click on: www.uflexltd.com/financials.php

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May 22, 2019, Noida (India): Uflex was declared winner for Excellence in Sustainable Packaging in the category of ‘Solid Dosage Forms’ for its pharma packaging innovation Alu-Au Laminates at the 4th Annual India Packaging Awards hosted by UBM India, held in Mumbai yesterday.

India Packaging Awards are the first and only platform to acknowledge the best in Pharmaceutical Packaging Industry for their efforts, contributions, and innovations. Launched in 2016, the awards have been extremely successful in recognizing & honoring the leaders and companies who drive the industry to incredible heights.

The award ceremony honoured the winners and their success journeys at an evening which was specifically dedicated to celebrate the glory of Indian pharmaceutical packaging industry. Excellence in Sustainable Packaging lauds initiatives that have led to development and manufacturing of eco-friendly and socially beneficial packaging.

Bolstered by the grant of US Patent and taking advantage of its presence across flexible packaging value chain including Packaging Business, Uflex had developed PET based Alu-Alu Laminate which is a sustainable primary packaging material unlike conventional primary packaging material used in pharmaceutical industry.

It replaces PVC and Nylon with Special PET film providing excellence in sustainability by making the laminate eco-friendly and recyclable, thereby reducing waste disposal and landfills. Elimination of PVC from laminate structure potentially stops the release of chlorine into atmosphere from Alu-Alu laminates and reduces the harm to ozone. Moreover, it also provides 5C advantages:

• Cost-Effectiveness: Provides cost optimization as its raw material is indigenous, unlike conventional Alu-Alu where there is requirement to import PVC and Nylon.
• Compliance: With Regulatory requirements and barrier properties
• Counterfeit Protection: Can be combined with various anti-counterfeiting technologies
• Convenience: Compatible on existing machines and change parts
• Communication: Provides excellent printing surface for better readability


The patent for the special PET Film used to make the Alu-Alu packaging is also filed in India and Europe granting Uflex the right to its sale in these two regions.

Thanking on receiving the award, Uflex CMD Ashok Chaturvedi said, “Eliminating BOPA and PVC films in the cold formed Alu-Alu laminate blister pack used in pharmaceuticals industry has for long remained a daunting task for packaging companies. PVC film leaves a high carbon footprint on the planet and the chemical compounds present in them are extremely dangerous for health. Uflex took on the challenge to address the shortcomings faced by convertors and our invention with value added differentiation has proved to be a game changer for the Indian Pharmaceutical and Packaging industry. The recognition by India Packaging Awards for our efforts towards sustainability will keep us going strong in our journey to be and make green.”

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