Plastics News correspondent Satnam Singh reported the following news items from Vinyl India, held April 12-13 in Mumbai, India.
Turkey's Aksoy mulls production in India
Three-decade-old Aksoy Plastik AS is preparing to take a plunge into India, to take advantage of the growing PVC market there.
“We may set up a production facility in the next two years,” said Selcuk Aksoy, president and managing director of the Istanbul-based supplier of color and specialty masterbatches.
The company's distribution network is spread across Eastern Europe and the Middle East.
The firm also participated in the recent Plastindia trade show.
“We have seen Indian companies show keen interest in cooperating with us,” Aksoy said. “Initially, we are looking for the right partner to set up a distribution channel in India, followed by setting up a base.”
The company makes about 17.6 million pounds of color and additives annually, and about 40 percent is exported.
“We would only manufacture additives in India. We would not manufacture coloring solutions, as they are highly specialized and we don't think we could do that in India,” he said.
Wavin sees potential for growth in India
Wavin Overseas BV is looking at the Indian plastic pipe market with lot of interest.
The firm has been licensing its technology to Indian partners for 20 years and it has a distribution pact with Astral Group.
“We are now focusing on bringing products from our international range to the India market,” said Andre Nuland, Wavin's area manager of technology licensing. “This market has huge potential in areas of plastic pipes and fitting systems, gas supply and water management.”
Products it is bringing to India include fittings designed to reduce noise in high-rise buildings.
The Dedemsvaart, Netherlands-based firm has 43 plants in Europe, and has been helping its partners expand abroad.
“We are setting up four plants for our partners — two in Asia and two in Africa,” Andre said.
Formosa relocating some work to China
Taipei, Taiwan-based Formosa Plastics Corp. is shifting production from a paste PVC plant from Mailiao, Taiwan, to eastern China in the next couple of years.
Paste, or dispersion, PVC has applications in medical gloves, imitation leather, wallpaper, floor coverings and toys.
“The paste PVC production is going to be shifted to Formosa Plastic's eastern China plant in Ningbo,” said Xavier Chu, Formosa Plastics advanced administrator. “The China plant would commence paste PVC production by 2014.”
Annual paste PVC capacity will start at 220.5 million pounds. Currently, the Ningbo plant makes only suspension PVC.
Kisan Moulding Ltd. launches pipe plant
Kisan Moulding Ltd. recently opened its ninth plant, in Tumkur, India, near Bangalore.
The company, with annual sales of about $100 million, said the plant has the capacity to make 4,630 tons of chlorinated PVC pipe annually.
Director Rishav Aggarwal said the firm sees potential for CPVC in large housing complexes that are “coming up all over India.”
Another area of promise is in micro-irrigation systems, Aggarwal said. In the ongoing decade, the challenge will be to extend drinking water and irrigation lines to India's rural areas.
In addition to pipe and fittings, Kisan makes molded products and furniture.