Sealed Air Inaugurates its Global R&D Centre in India

The company will make its global Center of Excellence for Fabric Care & Food Hygiene in India
Thursday, October 1, 2015

Mumbai, September 30, 2015Sealed 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 Center in Mumbai, India today. This marks the establishment of the company’s Global Fabric Care Center of Excellence and Global Center of Excellence for Food and Beverage (F&B) Hygiene Solutions as well an Indian Packaging solution center. 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 Center is responsible for leading Fabric Care innovations across the globe. Similarly, the Food Care Center 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 Pasteurizer 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 center 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 Center 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 center 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 centers 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.


Lynn Chan

Director, Communications Asia, Middle East, Africa & Turkey

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