ALL INDIA PLASTIC INDUSTRIES ASSOCIATION

25TH ANNIVERSARY ISSUE OF PLASTIC WORLD DIRECTORY
FOREWORD

We are pleased to place the 25th Anniversary issue of Plastic World Directory 2007 in your hands. It inter alia includes particulars of all new members registered with the Association up-to Mid January 2007. Details of members under the list of Life Members, list of members state-wise in alphabetical order and under classified headings according to trade have also been updated. Changes in addresses, names of representatives and telephone numbers etc. have also been incorporated of those members who have intimated the same to the Association or responded to our requests for the same. Every care has been taken to ensure correctness in bringing out the entries in the Directory. If, however, any error(s) have crept in, we are sorry for the inconvenience and the same should be brought to the notice of the Association’s office for future rectification.
Copies of the Directory are distributed free of charge to all our esteemed members and advertisers. Publication of this Directory has been made possible only because of contribution of advertisements in the Directory by our worthy members as well as by other well-wishers. The Association is extremely grateful to them because without their cooperation and patronage, it would not have been possible to bring out the Directory in its present form. We remain committed to upgrading the Directory to serve as a guide to our valued members, advertisers and users year after year.
Efforts of President, Office bearers, Executive Committee Members in general and the Association Staff in particular, who have worked untiringly to bring out the Directory in its present updated form, are laudable and highly appreciated. We extend our thanks to all of them.
PUBLISHERS
All India Plastic Industries Association
203 Hansa Tower, 25 Central Market, Ashok Vihar, Phase I, Delhi-110052.
Tel: 27242826, 27417104
Telefax: 27412595
Email : aipia1982@rediffmail.com
Website: www.aipia.org
ALL INDIA PLASTIC INDUSTRIES ASSOCIATION
A LEADING ASSOCIATION OF SSI AND MEDIUM SCALE PLASTIC
PROCESSING INDUSTRY AND RELATED INTERESTS 
ASSOCIATION COMPLETES 25 YEARS OF ITS ESTABLISHMENT IN 2007
During 2007 All India Plastic Industries Association will complete 25 years of its existence. This is a happy occasion and past and present members of the Association deserve to be congratulated as without their continuing cooperation the Association could not have achieved the heights that it enjoys today.
Incorporated in 1982, AIPIA is a leading Association of SSI and Medium Scale plastic processing units and related interests in the country. As of now Association has 525 Life Members with a total registration of 1566 spread all over the country. Right from its inception, AIPIA has been one of the more active Associations of plastic processing industry which has been alive to the various areas of problems/concerns of the industry with regard to government duties, policy of raw – materials suppliers, etc. it has been actively following up with various agencies to obtain satisfactory resolution of industries multifarious problems.
RECENT ACHIEVEMENTS OF AIPIA
On persistent representation and follow – ups with concerned authorities of Government of India, All India Plastic Industries Association has been able to achieve the following:
  • Requirement of authentication of invoices of importer/first stage dealers/second stage dealers by excise proper officer was discontinued from 2001 onwards.
  • A provision was made in the Union Budget 2003-2004 for Sales Tax exempted units necessarily obtaining ‘C’ Form from their buyers situated in other states.
  • Government of India removed special additional duty (SAD @ 4%) on all imports in its Mini Budget announced in January, 2004.
  • Customs duty on polymer imports was reduced from 15% to 10% and currently to 5% level by the Government of India.

– AIPIA gave specific suggestions to the empowered Committee of Ministers for keeping VAT rates low and imposing similar rate of taxation both on raw materials and finished products to eliminate scope of any evasion. The Govt. of NCT was also suggested to keep similar rates of VAT at 4% on plastic raw materials as well as finished products. Happily AIPIA’s suggestions have been accepted and most of the finished plastic items have been taxed at 4% under DVAT.

Participation in Plastindia 2006 Exhibition: AIPIA again participated in Plastindia 2006 Exhibition – the themes of AIPIA stall were ‘Environment Friendly Nature of Plastics’ and ‘Say Yes to Plastic Bags’ which attracted large number of visitors and drew their appreciation.
Filing of complaint with DG I&R, MRTPC against restrictive marketing policies of GAIL India: As GAIL India did not respond to requests for making their marketing policies transparent, Association decided to file the complaint during 2006 which is receiving attention of the concerned authorities.
PAST RECORD
Over a period, AIPIA has taken significant actions and has many achievements to its credit, some of which are:

I. PROBLEMS RELATING TO RAW-MATERIAL SUPPLIES

Often sales and pricing policies of the major raw material suppliers like PIL (NOCIL), IPCL, RIL/GAIL/HPL, etc. were not always suiting to the needs of the tiny/SSI/medium scale units who have limited finances. AIPIA has been trying to exert its influence so that raw material suppliers frame such policies which do not go against the interests of the above industry.

– MRTPC CASE AGAINST PIL

As far back as 1986, a petition was filed with MRTP Commission by the Association complaining against discriminatory pricing policies of PIL (NOCIL) which favoured large-scale units.

As a result of the complaint, PIL withdrew its discount policies and offered raw materials at uniform prices both to large scale as well as medium and small scale units. This had been a significant achievement. It is a matter of legitimate consolation that PIL had been following uniform price policy.

  • COMPLAINT WITH DIRECTOR GENERAL, I & R, MRTPC, AGAINST RELIANCE INDUSTRIES LTD.

During August 1997, AIPIA requested Director General, I & R, MRTPC, to enquire into the discriminatory sales and pricing policies of RIL who had been then offering discounts to bulk buyers resulting in availability of raw materials to small scale units at much higher prices compared to many bulk buyers at a price differential which turned out to be even more than their processing cost. RIL had been also indulging in sharp fluctuation of prices over a short period which affected smooth working of SSI and medium scale units in as much as they found it difficult to plan their production and marketing activity smoothly.

Owing to the pressure brought about by the reference to MRTP, RIL entered into a dialogue with AIPIA and had assured framing of such policies which do not go against interests of SSI and medium scale units.

  • A complaint was also lodged against discriminatory MoU linked discount policies of IPCL
    during 1998. 

Thus AIPIA has had the distinction of influencing major raw material suppliers like RIL/IPCL who have become sensitive to the concerns of the down – stream processing industry.

  • Resultant to continuous dialogue, RIL has discontinued signing of MoU in respect of PE with effect from 2001 which gives flexibility to both sides.
  • II. FREQUENT CHANGES IN POLYMER PRICES CAUSED BY MAJOR POLYMER PRODUCERS.

This is an area of continuing concern. The Association has been suggesting to the major producers from time to time to keep stability in polymer prices at least for a period of 30 days so that SSI and medium – scale units can plan their business activity smoothly. It is unfortunate that despite repeated pleadings of the industry, the major producers have not always responded positively . If they continue with this practice of keeping the volatility of prices, Association would not fight shy by taking up the issue with the newly constituted Competition Commission being formed by the Government. Association is maintaining continuous dialogue with major raw material suppliers by inviting their senior officials to interact with the Executive Committee Members in their monthly meetings held on 10th of every month.

Since the major producers are not sensitive to the concern of the industry regarding stability in polymer prices, some of the industry Associations plan to join hands for resolving this matter satisfactorily by a joint reference to the major producers once again and by seeking intervention of the Government of India so that major producers keep prices stable at least for 30 days to ensure that the health of the down – stream plastic processing industry is not adversely affected.

III. ACHIEVEMENTS RELATING TO EXCISE MATTERS
  • AIPIA has been a Member of the Public Grievance Committee and Regional Advisory Committee of Central Excise for the past many years wherein issues of concern of members are raised for satisfactory redressal.
.REMOVAL OF EXCISE DUTY ON LAY FLAT TUBING

Due to the relentless effort of AIPIA (and others) excise duty imposed on lay Flat Tubing during 1982,1986, 1994 and 1997 was withdrawn by the Government of India after being convinced of the logic advanced by AIPIA

  • The requirement of authentication of invoices by excise proper officer relating to importers/consignee agents/first stage/second stage dealer was done away with during 2001 by the Government of India on AIPIA’s pursuance.

III. CUSTOMS

AIPIA has been consistently requesting Government of India to fix customs duty on polymers to a level equal to the customs duty imposed on inputs of major producers (crude/naptha) so that indigenous producers would be forced to keep stability in domestic prices and also keeping the price levels matching to international ones.

As a result of continuous follow up customs duty on polymer imports has been steadily reduced from earlier high level of 25% to current level of 5%. Association is persuading GOI to do away with this protection as the same is not required/deserved by the major producers operating world scale plants of latest technology.

Govt. of India has signed many FTAs with neighbouring countries. The Association has suggested that in the forthcoming Union Budget 2007-08 levy of Custom duty should be fixed matching to the levels obtaining in signatory countries so that the indigenous processing industry is not put to disadvantage.

IV. DE-RESERVATION OF ITEMS RESERVED FOR SSI SECTOR

  • As a part ofr globalisation over a period, number of items earlier reserved for SSI sector have been dereserved. AIPIA has strongly taken up the matter with DCSSI for de-reserving the items if only, it is a ‘Must’. It has been further suggested that wherever there is adequate capacity available with the country in the SSI sector, such items may not be de-reserved. Also that de-reservation could be done only for export production.
VI. OTHERS
    1. As a result of AIPIA’s follow-up during the years 2002, Commissioner MCD has passed fresh orders by which both manufacturing and storage licences will be issued together, thus obviating earlier confusion.
    2. Representative of AIPIA was included in the high level committee constituted by Government of NCT during 2001 for examining pollution potential of processing of plastic products.
  1. CURRENT ISSUES OF CONCERN BEING PURSUED FOR SATISFACTORY RESOLUTION.
  • Master Plan of Delhi 2021

AIPIA has offered concrete suggestions in this regard. It has been particularly suggested that processing of plastic products which does not cause any type of pollution should be kept under Green category/permissible list. Happily in the new draft Master plan a list of negative industries is stipulated which will be helpful.

  • Abolition of CST – Introduction of VAT

AIPIA has suggested to GOI for immediately doing away with CST which puts unnecessary burden on the economy and particularly SSI sector . Large units are able to avoid CST by opening branches/appointing consignee agents where they stock transfer material. Since SSI / medium scale units cannot afford to do so, entire burden of CST falls on them. In partial response to AIPIA’s representations, Government of India has agreed to phase out CST over a period.

  • Request to Government of NCT to permit manufacture and sale of non-degradable and
    degradable plastic bags concurrently.

In a recent Enactment, Government of NCT has made manufacture of degradable plastic bags mandatory. Since sources of raw materials fit for manufacture of degradable plastic bags are yet to fully develop and quality parameters yet to be standardized by BIS, AIPIA has suggested to Government of NCT for permitting both types of plastic bags to be manufactured and sold at least for a period of 2/3 years within which the raw material sources can fully develop and quality parameters laid.

  • Creating awareness about environmental friendly nature of plastic bags etc and educating
    general public etc.
AIPIA has been taking steps to create awareness about the environment friendly nature of plastic bags which are economical, reusable, all weather proof besides being recyclable. They help in preservation of trees which are beneficial to the environment as against the substitute like papers bags for production of which trees are to be cut which harms the environment. Association has also taken steps to educate general public for not throwing used plastic bags casually and to deposit the same in the nearest bins. Within the limited means of the Association a series of advertisements were published having slogans like.” Plastics bags are environment friendly and recyclable as per IS : 14534, 1998″, “Save Trees, use plastics – the choice is yours”. “Do not litter”.

The association has also been taking up the subject relating to additional restrictions/ban on plastic bags with various State Governments like Govt. of Maharashtra, UT of Chandigarh, Govt. of Punjab etc. who have proposed additional restrictions/ban on plastic bags. It has urged the State Governments to follow Central Guidelines which only put partial restrictions (stipulating that the bags shall not be less than 20 microns thickness and shall not be below 8″ x 12″ size ) and that the coloured/recycled bags shall not be used for packing/serving food stuffs etc.

VII. PLASTICS CHINTAK FORMED: Association has jointly promoted this specialized body named Plastics Chintak in association with sister industries associations with active support of raw material manufacturers and users. This body would be continuously interacting with various authorities in the matters of concerns relating to plastics and plastic bags. It would also undertake required awareness campaign through print and visual media besides holding seminars etc.

5 OFFICE OF THE ASSOCIATION

Association has its own premises in the Central Market, Ashok Vihar, Phase 1. Delhi, where its office is located which has all modern facilities like computer, fax ,etc. Association’s monthly meetings are held on 10th of every month at 3 P.M ( 11th , if 10th happens to be a holiday/Sunday).

The Association now has its own website viz : www.aipia.org