Thailand-based packaging company NR Instant Produce PCL has installed four V-Shapes ALPHA packaging lines to manufacture non-food products for domestic and international distribution and to differentiate itself in the global marketplace.
V-Shapes is a supplier of vertically integrated products and services for convenient, hygienic and sustainable single-dose packaging while NR Instant Produce PCL is a global manufacturer of sustainability produced ethnic, plant-based and functional foods.
According to V-Shapes, the installation will support manufacture of NR Instant Produce PCL’s non-food consumer products for domestic and international distribution, including its Sustainable Development Brand (SDB) clean shots hand sanitiser and co-packing of third-party products.
NR Instant Produce PCL, which was founded in 1991 and had an annual sales of approximately €31 million in 2019, was recently listed on the Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET) with the distinction of being the first purpose-led listed Thai company in the field of plant-based food, its primary business.
The company also has manufacturing facilities in Nakhon Pathom and Ratchaburi provinces in Thailand and plans to invest in plant-based manufacturing plants in the UK and US.
The company said that the IPO will also provide funding to reach a total of five V-Shapes manufacturing lines for the production of sanitisation products for sale in Canada, the US, and the Middle East.
NR Instant Produce PCL CEO Dan Pathomvanich said the company is building a global platform focused on producing the future of food, building state-of-the-art facilities in key geographies around the world to enable the production of food that will support a world of 10 billion people by 2050.
“We decided to partner with V-Shapes in December 2019. We saw it as a super-cool solution that has provided us with a packaging solution that is very different and unique from what everyone else is offering,” he said.
NR Instant Produce PCL is another example of V-Shapes’ ability to adapt to pandemic conditions by providing virtual installation support using smart glasses.
Pathomvanich added, “The experience of virtual/online commissioning is perfect to help a company and not commit any error during the installation while keeping everyone safe.”
In addition, with V-Shapes lines in place, NR Instant Produce PCL was able to assist with pandemic mitigation by providing 10 million of its SDB clean shot hand sanitiser sachets, produced with V-Shapes technology, for use in the Southeast Asian region.
“Prior to implementing V-Shapes, we would have been unable to provide this critical service,” Pathomvanich said.
Pathomvanich noted that existing customers are excited to implement V-Shapes technology in the Southeast Asian region, and the availability of this unique packaging approach is also generating new business for the company.
“We are very happy with the configurations we have in place today, but we are also looking forward to continued innovation from V-Shapes, including in-line printing, that will make us more productive and enable us to provide faster cycle times and more variations in the products we provide to our customers,” he said.
“Another reason we chose V-Shapes is their consistent work towards a circular economy and the continuous development of sustainable materials with a 360-degree approach to using compostable, biodegradable, and/or recyclable materials, laminates and substrates.”