UN project aims to help Indian plastics firms

By Satnam Singh
Correspondent

Published: January 8, 2014 2:46 pm ET
Updated: January 8, 2014 2:55 pm ET

Related to this story

Topics Asia

MUMBAI, INDIA — The United Nations' Industrial Development Organization has started an International Center for Advancement of Manufacturing Technology in Bangalore to implement the "National Program for Developing Indian Plastic Industry".

The project is aimed at small and medium-sized companies who want to be technologically competitive and cost effective.

It helps these plastics firms address problems relating to low productivity, shortage of quality manpower, low adoption of advanced manufacturing technology, weak technology innovation, process capability, cost-efficiencies and a lack of specific knowledge of biodegradable plastics, through a wide array of interventions and initiatives, said Bhavna Mathur, senior project assistant for the center during an interview at Plastivision India 2013. Plastivision took place in Mumbai.

The project looks to hit those targets through a diagnostic study and gap assessment and action plan implementation at 100 plastics companies in India, spread across the five geographical clusters of Chennai, Bhubaneswar, Ahmedabad, Delhi and Mumbai.

The project began in 2010 would have been completed this year with 20 companies which were covered under the original project. But now with positive feedback from the plastics industry, it may be extended.

"The project would likely continue for many more years and would also add more plastic clusters coming up in other parts of India," Mathur said.

Besides improving on efficiency and productivity, UNIDO helps find the right consultant for small businesses participating in the program. Chennai-based twin extruder manufacturer FlyTech Engineering found a German consultant through UNIDO.

"ICAMT helps us in saving energy and improving productivity," said G. Sekar of FlyTech Engineering.

The program works on three parameters to improve efficiency levels.

One example is a quick die exchange technique such as a single minute exchange or improving energy usage.

Blow molder Mitsu Chem Pvt. Ltd. has drastically improved efficiency levels in tooling changes.

"We used to take four to five hours to change products on a machine but with ICAMT, the efficiency levels have improved as we change the dies in 70-80 minutes," said Executive Director Jagdish Dedhia.

The company said it has improved efficiency by 32 percent, without investing new funds.

About 15 small businesses were participating jointly under the UNIDO banner at Plastivision.

Atul Rmbhia of Krupa Industries said the program helped it find space for two additional presses within its plant while Lalit Jain, managing director of Ahmedabad-based Arihant Vacuum Forming Pvt. Ltd. said it is helping his company improve its costs, energy use and equipment efficiency.


Comments

UN project aims to help Indian plastics firms

By Satnam Singh
Correspondent

Published: January 8, 2014 2:46 pm ET
Updated: January 8, 2014 2:55 pm ET

Post Your Comments


Back to story


More stories

Image

Amcor buys Chinese flexible packaging plant

December 18, 2014 1:47 pm ET

Australian-based global packaging company Amcor Ltd. is buying a Chinese flexible packaging business for 211 million RMB (US$31.4 million).    More

Image

Indian auto parts maker set to buy assets in Germany, Mexico

December 18, 2014 10:35 am ET

Indian auto parts maker Samvardhana Motherson Gropup is buying the assets of insolvent German plastics car parts producer Scherer & Trier (S&T).    More

Image

Bayer launches PC sheet production in Guangzhou, China

December 17, 2014 6:00 am ET

Bayer MaterialScience (BMS) has started its new polycarbonate sheet production plant at its Guangzhou, China, site.    More

Image

Shipping slowdowns add to season's stress

December 16, 2014 4:02 pm ET

Toy companies know what they want for Christmas: an end to crippling shipping delays at West Coast ports.    More

Image

BASF breaks ground on R&D center in India

December 10, 2014 1:47 pm ET

In an effort to increase its footprint in the Asia Pacific region, German chemical company BASF SE broke ground on a new innovation campus in its Than...    More

Market Reports

Flexible Packaging Trends in North America

Our latest RESEARCH report examines trends in FLEXIBLE PACKAGING impacting the North American market including a review of economic conditions, key drivers of growth, materials pricing, M&A activity, sustainability challenges and the outlook for 2015.

Learn more

Plastics Recycling Trends in North America

This report is a review and analysis of the North American Plastics Recycling Industry, including key trends and statistics based on 2013 performance. We examine market environment factors, regulatory issues, industry challenges, key drivers and emerging trends in post-consumer and post-industrial recycling.

Learn more

Plastics in Mexico - State of the Industry Report

This report analyzes the $20 billion plastics industry in Mexico including sales of machinery & equipment, resins and finished products.

Our analysts provide insight on business trends, foreign investment, top end markets and plastics processing activity. The report also provides important data on exports, production, employment and value of plastics products manufactured.

Learn more

Upcoming Plastics News Events

January 14, 2015 - January 14, 2015Plastics in Automotive

February 4, 2015 - February 6, 2015Plastics News Executive Forum 2015

June 2, 2015 - June 3, 2015Plastics Financial Summit - Chicago 2015

September 16, 2015 - September 18, 2015Plastics Caps & Closures - September 2015

October 27, 2015 - October 29, 2015Plastics Financial Summit - New York - 2015

More Events