Oil Packaging: A Fast-Flowing, Hi-Potential Industry Indian edible oil producers are increasingly shifting their focus towards the packaged segment that has witnessed rising adoption by customers. Packaged oil also yields high margins for oil manufacturers. As against 2-3% of margins on bulk oils, the packaged oils offer 5-10% of margins, making it highly attractive for the oil producers. While the packaged oil segment currently accounts for nearly half of India's 18 million tonne market, urban consumers are skewed more towards packaged oils owing to various factors, including convenience and nutrient value-additions. As people are becoming more health conscious, there is a growing trend towards well-packed, branded products rather than the loose and unpackaged formats. Today even a common man is conscious about the food intake he consumes in day-to-day life. Rural markets too have begun to see increased shift towards packaged oils. Other key determinants of demand for plastic/laminates packaging are light weight, flexibility, varied package sizes, barrier properties, shelf life of the packaged product, ease of recycling and transport costs. Analysts expect the packaged oil segment to reach 70% of the market over the next 2-3 years from as low as 25% some five years back. While 20-25 big players such as Marico, Agro Tech Foods, Ruchi Soya, Adani Wilmar, Mother Dairy and Cargill India control over 60% of the edible oil market, there are about 200 small and medium regional players accounting for the balance in the sector. Partnering with the Edible Oil industry is Nichrome, a specialist in Edible oil pouch packaging machines. Nichrome has engineered innovativepackaging for oil and viscous including ghee packaging machines and mayonnaise packaging machines. Nichrome’s FILPACK SERVO SMD is a high speed, accurate and hygienic oil packaging machine designed to deliver an impressive 100 packs/min. in 50 ml to 100 ml pouch formats. Pouch counting & automatic weight checking system is also available. The VFFS edible oil filling machine is built with an enclosed SS cabinet construction. UV sterilization of the packaging film is inbuilt. The automatic filling machine delivers the capability of packing two different products and quantities at the same time. Space requirements are lessened as the oil filling machine does not have any side opening. The controller is operator friendly and the machine is totally mechanical with no need for compressed air. For oil producers who want to make the most of the vast potential of the packaged oil industry, the super-fast FILPACK SERVO SMD from Nichrome, the leading Oil Packaging machines supplier in India, is the answer. Itpromises to protect the purity of the product, improve time-to-market, and enhance the retail value of the brand.