New data on India's plastics industry is available from the Society of the Plastics Industry Inc. SPI's report provides an overview of the Indian market, as well as statistics on plastic resin consumption and capacity, machinery, molds, labor, industry segments and more. A delegation of SPI and Department of Commerce members collected the data during a visit to the country late last year.
Although plastics consumption in India, at roughly 3.7 pounds per person, is low compared to other countries, raw material demands exceed supplies, according to the report. Comparatively, SPI puts China's per-capita plastics consumption at about 15.4 pounds; world consumption figures stand at 35.2 pounds of plastic per person.
But, plastics growth in India is outpacing all other industries, the report said. In the processing sector, plastics consumption will grow 433 percent by 2010, from roughly 3.5 billion pounds to more than 18 billion pounds, to fill per-capita demand, SPI said.
The report also includes a roster of mission participants, U.S. government contacts in India and Indian plastics executives.
Free to SPI members, report BT-101 costs nonmembers $75, plus $8 postage and handling. For more information, contact SPI in Washington at (202) 371-5332; or, for credit card orders, call (800) 541-0736.
BPF overview shows global perspective
The latest ``Report on Plastics,'' from the British Plastics Federation, offers an overview of the global plastics industry.
The 76-page report contains statistics from 24 countries covering raw materials, processing and machinery segments. Together those countries produced more than 90 million tons of plastics in 1994, three-fourths of estimated world production, according to BPF. Using tables and graphs, the report outlines each country's plastics markets for 1993-94, including manufacture, consumption, imports, exports, and sales of materials, products and machinery.
``Report on Plastics'' includes major plastics producers, such as the United States, Japan, Germany, Italy, France and the United Kingdom; growing markets, such as Hungary, China and Chile; and an appendix on Southeast Asia.
For more information, contact BPF in London at +44 (0) 171 457 5000; fax +44 (0) 171 457 5045.
Three new videos from Polytek Development Corp. cover materials, methods and techniques (90 minutes); product demonstrations (105 minutes); and mold-making and casting projects (80 minutes). Filmed during a two-day Polytek seminar and workshop, the video package offers 41/2 hours of how-to instruction for $120. The Easton, Pa., firm makes liquid rubbers and resins. Tel. (610) 559-8620.
The Society of Automotive Engineers Inc. of Warrendale, Pa., has published its 1995/1996 Consultants Directory, listing more than 280 consultants in aerospace, automotive and ISO 9000 quality systems. Cost is $39. Tel. (412) 776-4970, or fax (412) 776-0790.
ISO 9000 Required: Your Worldwide Passport to Customer Confidence is available from Productivity Press of Portland, Ore., for $27. Tel. (800) 394-6868, or (503) 235-0600. ... Resource Recycling Inc. of Portland, Ore., has released its 1996 Directory of U.S. and Canadian Scrap Plastics Processors and Buyers. Cost is $40. Tel. (503) 227-1319.