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Plastic Industry

Plastic Industry In India

The Indian plastics industry made a promising beginning in 1957 with the production of polystyrene. Thereafter, significant progress has been made, and the industry has grown and diversified rapidly. The industry spans the country and hosts more than 2,000 exporters. It employs about 4 million people and comprises more than 30,000 processing units, 85-90 percent of which are small and medium-sized enterprises.

Export Highlights

  • In 2018-19, plastics export from India stood at US$ 10.98 billion out of which exports of raw plastic material stood at US$ 4.53 billion.
  • In 2018-19, top five importers of Indian plastic products were US (US$ 1,314.03 million), China (US$ 1,281.65 million), UAE (US$ 579.51 million), Italy (US$ 451.41 million) and Germany (US$ 407.14 million).
  • During April-October 2019, plastic export stood at US$ 5.01 billion with highest contribution from plastic raw material at US$ 2.08 billion, plastic sheets, film, plates at US$ 879.44 million and packaging material at US$ 504.88 million.
  • The Indian plastics industry produces and exports a wide range of raw materials, plastic-moulded extruded goods, polyester films, moulded / soft luggage items, writing instruments, plastic woven sacks and bags, polyvinyl chloride (PVC), leather cloth and sheeting, packaging, consumer goods, sanitary fittings, electrical accessories, laboratory / medical surgical ware, tarpaulins, laminates, fishnets, travel ware, and others.

Plastics Export Promotion Council

The Plastics Export Promotion Council (PLEXCONCIL) is the apex government body responsible for the promotion of plastic exports. PLEXCONCIL members comprise large-/medium-/small-scale manufacturers and exporters. The council supports exporters by participating in international trade fairs, exploring new markets, organising buyer- seller meets both in India and overseas, and engaging in various other promotion and need- based activities.


Source: India Brand Equity Foundation

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