Dear Fellow Members & Industry colleagues,
Greetings from Gujarat State Plastics Manufacturers’ Association (GSPMA).
It’s a matter of great pleasure & privilege for me to be elected (uncontested) as the President of GSPMA for the current year, which has a glorious history of more than four decades. As you all aware, GSPMA is one of the leading associations in the country, representing & working for the cause of Plastic Industry. Also one of the founder members of PLASTINDIA FOUNDATION, an apex body of leading associations/institutions connected with Plastic Industry for the common objective of growth & development of Plastic Industry.
World Plastics Consumption has reached 300 MMT. India has attained a modest figure of about 15 MMT in 2016–17 corresponding to about 14 KG per capita consumption compared to about 35 kg world average per capita consumption today. Consumption of plastics has increased manifolds over the past about 60 years due to all round superior properties of plastics over the alternate materials. Availability of plastics at a cheaper cost in most of the application sectors is considered an added benefit to the consumers. Polymer manufacturers as well as the downstream processing machinery manufacturers are continuously developing new technologies for offering the better-quality products at lower cost. Taking advantage of the fact that plastics are 100% recyclable / recoverable, more emphasis is being given to recycling / recovering of the plastics waste. Indian plastics industry has been using recycled plastics in a large way for various nonfood contact applications since the mid-sixties. This has resulted in achieving a figure of about 5.5 MMT of recycled / recovered plastics waste for useful applications while its virgin plastics consumption was about 15 MMT. It is estimated that in 2020, Indian consumption of virgin plastics would reach a figure of about 20.0 MMT while recycled / recovered plastics would be about 7.0 MMT.
We, at GSPMA over and above carrying regular activities, conducting various programmes, conferences, workshops for the promotion of Plastic Industry in the country. The biggest challenge before Industry is misconception prevailing in the society about its uses. It is the need of the hour to do something concrete to remove this concept and make aware all concerned. So our priority amongst others would be on image building of Plastic Industry in the present context. GSPMA has also constituted Expert Team to prepare & represent the environment issue before the competent authorities more effectively in the times of come. GSPMA is also in its way forward for establishing its dream project of Polymers Excellence Centre in Gujarat for the benefit of plastic community.
GST - India’s biggest tax reforms ever since independence – is now a reality. Dubbed as “Good & Simple Tax” by our Hon’ble Prime Minister, this “One Tax, One Nation, One Market” regime, despite some transitional hiccups, has been off to a satisfactory since its launch from July’17. The teething problems, particularly technical issues with regard to tax payment and return filing are being resolved by the GST Network in the wake of government closely monitoring the situation and providing clarifications and disseminating information at a faster pace. GST council recently declared further relief in some of the products, towards ease of doing business.
The Central & State Governments are proactive & with the help of the concerned authorities, we will surely achieve targeted goals. Team work leads to much better success.
Let us joins hands together for progress and be committed to convert challenges into opportunities.
I wish all the best to members & plastic community at large for success in their business activities, and thereby contributing best in building the nation.-VRAJESH PARIKH