Government grants six month extension for BIS quality implementation in engineering plastics and raw materials
As a great relief to the plastics industry in India, the government has extended the BIS (Bureau of India Standard) quality implementation of engineering plastics and raw materials by six months.
In a September 13 notice issued September 30, the Chemicals and Petrochemicals Division of the Department of Chemicals and Fertilizers identified six products for which the extension was granted. These include: acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS), ethylene dichloride (EDC), p-xylene, polycarbonate, polyurethanes and vinyl chloride monomer (VCM).
|Indian standard title||Type||Extension period (days)|
|Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS)||Plastic – Acrylonitrile – Butadiene-Styrene (ABS), molding and extrusion materials Part 1 Designated system and basis for the specification||Engineering plastics||180|
|Polycarbonate||Polycarbonate molding and extrusion materials specification||Engineering plastics||180|
|Polyurethanes||Plastics – Thermoplastic Polyurethanes for Molding and Extrusion Materials Part 1 Designated system and basis for the specification||Engineering plastics||180|
|Ethylene dichloride (EDC)||Ethylene dichloride specification||Source material||180|
|Vinyl chloride monomer (VCM)||Vinyl Chloride Monomer IS 17442: 2020 Vinyl Chloride Monomer – Specification||Source material||180|
|Sources: Institute for Chemistry and Petrochemistry and Polymer Update|
In separate orders issued for each chemical and pushed together to give a joint notification, the Department of Chemicals and Petrochemicals deemed the extension necessary in the broader public interest.
“The central government, after hearing the Bureau of Indian Standard, believes that this is necessary or expedient in the public interest. Therefore, these quality control orders issued by the BIS individually for each product come into force after one hundred and eighty days from the date of their publication in the Official Journal, ”the communication said.
It is worth mentioning here that the entire plastics value chain has come together and unanimously called on the government to extend the mandatory implementation of the BIS quality standards by at least one year.
“Enlargement is a good step. This will certainly relieve the entire plastics value chain. We hope to see a similar expansion in other plastics raw materials, including polyvinyl chloride (PVC), ”Deepak Ballani, general director of All India Plastics Manufacturers Association (AIPMA) told Polymerupdate.
On March 30, 2021, the Department of Chemicals and Petrochemicals issued a notice that advises the entire plastics value chain of compliance with the BIS quality specifications for raw materials. The ministry had given industry players a six-month period to modernize their equipment and machinery and adopt the quality specification standards from October 1, 2021.
However, companies along the entire plastics value chain had argued that the entire industry had suffered a major setback since the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic outbreak in February 2020. Due to the pandemic, the government had ordered periodic closures and thus the entire production cycle was interrupted. An expansion was therefore necessary in order to comply with the BIS quality specifications.
Deepak Lawale, General Secretary of the Organization of Plastics Processors of India (OPPI) told Polymerupdate: “We had requested a 12 month postponement of this BIS quality standard order. Instead of a 12-month extension at a time, the government gave us six months. At the end of the current six months, we will write to the department again to request a further six-month extension. But the current extension is certainly a relief. “
Regarding an expansion for polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP), Lawale said: “We expect a similar expansion for PP and PE. But we still have time because the current binding implementation of the BIS standards for these products expires on October 15th. “
Meanwhile, manufacturers of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) pipes and fittings have also urged the government to expand BIS quality standards. In fact, they had challenged the Department of Chemicals and Petrochemicals decision in the high courts of their jurisdiction. While PVC pipe manufacturers in Kerala have petitioned the Kerala and Karnataka High Court, Punjab PVC pipe manufacturers have challenged the ministry’s order at their respective high courts. Final court rulings from these courts are still pending.
DILIP KUMAR JHA