India is Currently World’s Third Largest Consumer of Polymers, Finds GlobalData

02 Aug 2012 • by Natalie Aster

An insatiable manufacturing industry, a surging economy, and supportive government policies have already made India a polymers superpower, but the best is yet to come.

India is currently the world’s third largest consumer of polymers, behind China and the US, with a share of 5.7% of the 2011 global total – an increase from it’s 2000 portion size of 3.5%, according to the “Polymer Industry in India - Export Opportunities and Promising Growth in Domestic Packaging and Automotive Sectors to Drive the Demand” report by GlobalData.

Growth in the polymers industry really kicked off in India after the country’s economic liberalisation in 1991. The resulting deregulation and privatization sparked a boom in end-use sectors such as packaging, construction and automotive that has seen per capita consumption increase from 1kg in 1980 to 7.4kg in 2010. This level, however, is still much lower than the world average and with surging industrialization and an increasingly powerful economy, the subcontinent still has massive as-yet largely untapped potential.

Production levels are soaring in order to keep up with India’s ravenous demand. In 2011, the manufacture of polymer products was 7.377 Million Metric ton per annum (MMtpa), and this will surge at a CAGR of 9.4% to reach 11.575 MMtpa by just 2016.

Report Details:

Polymer Industry in India - Export Opportunities and Promising Growth in Domestic Packaging and Automotive Sectors to Drive the Demand
Published: July, 2012
Pages: 66
Price: US$ 3.995,00

India’s government has played a key role in boosting the significance of polymers, in terms of both consumer demand and in the production industry. The government has delineated Petroleum, Chemicals and Petrochemicals Investment Regions (PCPIRs) where production facilities can blossom. Four of these PCPIRs have been approved so far and two more are in the pipeline. The government also approved 100% Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) which allows foreign firms to have 100% ownership of food processing companies, which will in turn create a higher demand for plastic packaging materials.

More information can be found in the report “Polymer Industry in India - Export Opportunities and Promising Growth in Domestic Packaging and Automotive Sectors to Drive the Demand” by GlobalData.

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