A new group representing the PVC pipe sector was launched during the Vinyl India conference in Mumbai.
The Indian Plastics Pipes Academy is a nonprofit organization that will work to improve the image of the industry.
“The IPPA will strive for increasing the positive image and acceptance of plastic piping systems by promoting the high quality and sustainability levels of these products,” said Rishav Aggarwal, one of five ad-hoc members, in an interview during Vinyl India, held April 12-13 in Mumbai.
“Plastic has been stigmatized in the Indian society by various interest groups and in the past few years plastic is overtly propagated as bad for environment,” he said.
“Double-wall corrugated or structured-wall pipes are still not widely accepted in India. Government as well major private projects still prefer steel and concrete pipes,” he said.
India's total annual pipe market is estimated to be around $5.1 billion, with plastic accounting for about $2.27 billion. PVC pipe is estimated at $1.86 billion, polyethylene at $395 million, and polypropylene at $20 million.
IPPA will work to disseminate information to end users regarding the technical and commercial benefits of plastic pipe, proper application and installation procedures and environmental benefits. The group also will develop training programs for plastic pipe producers, installers and end-users.
The academy will formalize its structure before its next meeting, in mid-June.