PRESIDENTS DESK

 

From the President’s Desk

 

Dear Members,

Greetings from Organization of Plastics Processors of India!


I am happy to inform you that Department of Chemicals & Petrochemicals has set-up a dedicated Industrial Facilitation Cell.


The terms of reference of the Industry Facilitation Cell are:-


i. To address the issues/concerns of the chemical and petrochemical industry and taking up the matter with concerned authorities.


ii. To provide a platform to the Industry to facilitate the development and investment in sector.


iii. To follow up with relevant divisions of DCPC on the issues raised.


iv. To assist the industry in research and development in the sector through various schemes/technology development board, etc.


The Industry Facilitation Cell will initially set apart a time from 4.00 pm to 6.00 pm every Thursday where the Industry Members can come and articulate their issues.


Proper records will be maintained by the Industry Facilitation Cell to ensure institutional memory and follow-up with concerned authorities.


In 2014 Organization of Plastics Processors of India (OPPI) conceived to hold educative seminars to benefit the Indian Plastics Industry on - “How to increase the plant productivity, and, cost efficiency through sound upkeep of plant equipment and machinery”. The subjects to be covered for such seminar got weaved under the theme “Crucial Role of Maintenance in Plastics Processing Industry”.


The seminars under this theme were held in Mumbai (Oct 2014) Daman (April 2015) Chennai (Feb 2016), Hyderabad (Feb 2017), Ahmedabad (June 2017), Delhi (March 2018), Bengaluru (October 2018) and Kolkata (September 2019).


The 9th edition of the Seminar on –“Crucial Role of Maintenance in Plastic Processing Industry” is proposed to be held in June 2022.

I appeal to all OPPI Members to nominate their Managers and Engineers to participate in this seminar being held after an interval of two years owing to pandemic.


UK has introduced The Plastic Packaging Tax on plastic packaging that has been manufactured or imported into the UK and does not contain at least 30% recycled plastic. It is a step forward in the battle for sustainable packaging and manufacturing, as research shows that plastic packaging currently accounts for almost 70% of plastic waste.


The tax at present is applied at £200 per tonne on plastics containing less than 30% recycled content. There are no revisions to change this in the near future. However this is likely to be reviewed annually to see how businesses are complying and how successful the tax is performing in its pursuit to promote the recycling of plastic.

 

With Best Wishes,
 

Mahendra Sanghvi
President