With a per capita consumption that is a mere 5 kg per annum as against 12 kg and growing at 15% nationally every year, the plastic industry in West Bengal is putting up rapid growth to catch up with the national average. The plastic industry is adapting to latest
technologies in manufacturing. This is evident from a large contingent of West Bengal based businesses participating in PLASTINDIA 2018, the 10th edition of international plastics exhibition, conference and convention to be held at Gandhinagar, Gujarat in February 2018.
Speaking to many industrialists from West Bengal, it is evident that the Plastics industry is looking at PLASTINDIA 2018 with a focus on adopting modern project machines, ancillary equipment and raw materials. The enthusiasm also comes from the fact that West Bengal state government initiating a slew of infrastructural reforms and on an overdrive to attract
investments into the state.
K K Seksaria, President, Plastindia Foundation mentions “West Bengal is among the fastest growing states in plastics consumption currently. Apart from smoother supply of raw material by Haldia Petrochemicals, new petrochemical plant of Brahmaputra Crackers & Polymers Ltd (BCPL) in Assam and upcoming Polypropylene plant of Indian Oil at Paradip, Orissa will increase raw material supply substantially in eastern India and encourage
growth of plastics industries in West Bengal and eastern India. Plastindia Foundation is making all attempts to further quicken the pace of growth by offering platforms like PLASTINDIA 2018, with five industry focused pavilions on Composite Material, Automotives, Medical and Health Care, Sports and 3D Printing and Prototyping. The industry in West Bengal will be brought in speed with the world’s best”.
Briefing the media about Plastindia 2018, Rajeev Chitalia, Chairman, National Executive Committee, says, “This will be the biggest ever Plastics trade fair in India. With over 200,000 industry visitors, 2000 exhibitors including global leaders like Exxon Mobil, Dow Chemicals, Reifenhauser GMBH etc from across 40 countries, this will be an opportunity no industry participant can afford to miss. We will share knowledge through various
conferences and conventions, create interacting platforms like Reverse Buyer-Seller Meets, arrange pre-approved loans from HDFC bank, etc., this event is all about empowering global growth for India’s plastics industry.” Continuing, Chitalia affirms, “by 2020, India will be the third largest consumer of plastics with over 2 million tonnes of annual consumption in agriculture itself. In the next five years, India’s packaging industry will double plastic consumption and the per capita consumption is likely to treble in a decade. In our industry, we are no longer asking what is next, but stating that next is here.”