Saturday, April 21, 2012: 12:55:10 PM

Vinyl India 2012 Brings Value Addition to the Downstream Processing Sector

Vinyl India – 2012 was held at Hotel Grand Hyatt, Mumbai between 12th and 13th April, 2012. This was the 2nd International Vinyl conference organised by Chemicals and Petrochemicals Manufacturers’ Association (CPMA) and Elite Plus Business Services Pvt. Ltd. The conference was attended by over 500 delegates from over 250 companies and 20 countries.

Vinyl Industry in India is valued at over Rs.20,000 crore with five major producers and over 600 processor making consumer  and Industrial products. PVC has the largest application in pipes for irrigation, sewerage and building & construction. Other applications include window profiles, floorings as well as wire and cables.

The conference provides a unique platform to Indian producers and processors to interact with the Indian as well as overseas counter parts. Such events also expose the Indian Industry to the emerging  global trends in applications and processing and help to upgrade the Indian industry to come up to International standards.

The conference witnessed over 30 eminent speakers from India and overseas. The key attraction of the two day event was the panel discussion on the Indian PVC Industry, ‘Road Ahead’. The organisers also presented ‘Life Time Achievement Awards’ to three veteran of the PVC Industry, Mr. M. P. Taparia of Supreme Industries, Mr. Bhavarlal Jain of Jain Irrigation and Mr. N. Sankar of Chemplast Sanmar group.

The two day action packed events included discussions on Indian and global PVC Industry, feedstock to polymers, machinery, compounding and processing, health safety & environment, PVC profiles and O PVC i.e. oriented PVC, which is an emerging technology for high quality pipes.

PVC producers and processors equally shared the concern for need for high quality standards in India which often takes a back seat and low cost becomes priority.

c-PVC i.e. chlorinated PVC is an emerging application for India for hot and cold water in plumbing and industrial applications. India already has sizeable share of global CPVC and is another game changing application. This application grew by 45% last year.

The conference brought out very clearly that  the pipe sector will undergo structural changes in the next three to four years with preference for quality pipes over low cost. O-PVC, a new concept in manufacturing of pipe, provides end products that are much superior in performance. This technology is coming to India for the first time.

On this occasion, the Indian Plastic Pipe Academy was also launched. IPPA will be a nodal agency which will guide the user segment for the use of optimum quality of product and will go a long way in the growth of the Industry.

PVC consumption in India has grown over 10% per annum in the past and future projections are also for double digit growth. Present PVC consumption in India is 2 million MT per year. Infrastructure and housing sector are key drives for growth. Government of India 12th Plan projection for increasing manufacturing  share in GDP from 18% to 25 % is an indication for the growth potential for PVC Industry.

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