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Shyam Chirkoot, managing director of Clomark, affirms
that the management team’s sound and in-depth
technical knowledge base of packaging development
and manufacturing is driven by an extreme sense of urgency.
It also thrives on sophisticated and specialised work with more
“Being highly motivated and supported by an in-house
laboratory as well as plastic forming technology make the
product development process much easier,” Chirkoot states.
“Additionally, we can offer brand owners design and DTP
services, as well as approvals for their entire packaging range
(cartons, labels and shrink sleeves) in one sitting. Having to deal
with one converter only enables customers to save on costs
and improves accountability. This particularly facilitates the
maintenance of quality and colour consistency across a new
range of products.
Actively making a change
Clomark believes that radical packaging design change is
needed and, as a member of Packaging SA, is contributing to
driving this change in the packaging industry.
The industry is under growing pressure to redesign
packaging so as to reduce, reuse or recycle material content
(the 3 Rs), and rightfully so. In a world in which plastic is now
deemed fiendish, the important role of this substrate in the
current packaging mix should not be overlooked.
Whilst everyone is under pressure to make products
more recyclable, reusable or compostable, the lack of
suitable economical green alternatives locally make plastic
a necessary evil, at least for the foreseeable future. Plastic
packaging preserves and protects its contents and provides
tamper evidence, all of which are crucial to consumers. It
is much more economical than other packaging options,
has high recycling rates in South Africa, and is a source of
recoverable fuel and energy.
As far as possible, Clomark works directly with customers’
designers, raw materials manufacturers and brand owners
to create product designs that are not only innovative but
also kind to the environment. “We work with customers to
understand their specific intent and design their packaging
to achieve the desired result,” Chirkoot explains.
Key factors are often a reduction in packaging
volume, cost benefit and the use of recyclable materials.
Reusability and local recyclability must be considered
The challenge is compounded by the proliferation of
laminates combining normally recyclable plastic types with
other plastics and metallised layers that are not recyclable.
“We have produced a two-layer laminate that has
replaced more complex, unrecyclable and non-compostable
laminates and has been used to manufacture sachets
destined for European markets,” he says, adding that
The EF-Active range of hand and surface sanitisers was brought to market speedily at the
onset of the pandemic, thanks to Clomark’s quick turnaround time
Clomark produces the beautiful multicoloured and gold labels for the exciting range of
“We work with customers to
understand their specific intent and
design their packaging to achieve
the desired result”
Clomark encourages customers to re-examine their product
formulations for complex packaging as modifying active
ingredients may make a profound difference. For example,
body scrub plastic microbeads – a growing contaminant of
water – have been replaced by many customers with organic
alternatives such as cellulose, salt and wheat.
Many countries have adopted a circular economy
model, which mimics the biorhythms of nature. Waste is
seen as having value and as a resource for a secondary
process. While true economic circularity may resolve
the problem and create other opportunities, it requires
ownership from all players.
The government recently adapted its National
Waste Management Strategy by making the circular
economy central to waste management and
introducing the requirement for industry-managed
waste plans. Clomark subscribes wholeheartedly to
Clomark recognised the need for responsible environmental
practices and a change of manufacturing processes to support
environmental sustainability two decades ago when it earned
its ISO:14001 certification, becoming a frontrunner in adapting
to the circular economy.
Every environmental aspect and the related impact is
carefully considered, quantified and supported by action plans
to continually reduce the company’s environmental footprint.
“Our latest investment in solar energy, which powers a
substantial amount of the operations, has demonstrated a
significant reduction in greenhouse gases. We also have a ‘zero
waste’ policy and have introduced Bokashi composting bins in
the workplace and in our homes,” says Chirkoot.
In a changing market, Clomark prides itself on providing
high-quality products and service to its customers. This
has been the company’s recipe for success with Clomark
celebrating 50 years in business this year, while looking forward
to another 50 years! •
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