The plastics industry receives a six-month extension for the implementation of the BIS quality standards for raw materials

As a great relief for the plastics industry in India, the government has extended the mandatory implementation of the BIS quality standards (Bureau of Indian Standards) for raw materials by six months. However, the industry had requested an extension of one year.

In separate notices issued late Friday for each product, the Chemicals and Petrochemicals Division of the Department of Chemicals and Fertilizers said, “After consulting with the Bureau of Indian Standards, we believe this is necessary (Quality Manufacture Standard applies after 180 days). “

The extension was granted for 100 percent polyester gray and white yarn (PSY), polyethylene material for extrusion mold, ethylene-vinyl acetate copolymers, linear alkylbenzene, fully drawn polyester continuous filament yarn, polyester industrial yarn, synthetic microfiber for use in cement-based matrix , partially oriented polyester yarn and polyester staple fiber.

In April of this year, the Department of Chemicals and Petrochemicals issued a notice giving the industry six months to comply with BIS quality standards. However, this schedule was not sufficient for the national and international value chain of plastic raw materials to receive a BIS registration and to comply with the quality guidelines.

“This is a huge relief for the plastics industry. This is the beginning of the end of the corona pandemic (Covid). The extension will therefore give the raw material producers some time. We had made the department and BIS aware of the possible effects of the BIS quality standards on raw materials. We export raw materials and import finished products. As a result, value is added in other countries and, ultimately, employment is generated in the value-adding country. Therefore, the quality standards are needed for finished products and not for raw materials. There are hardly 14-15 raw material producers in India, but the number of plastics processors in India is over 40,000. Therefore, implementing BIS quality in end products would protect the interests of over 40,000 plastics processing companies and create local jobs, as was the philosophy of the Chinese government, ”said Deepak Lawale, Secretary General of the Organization of Plastics Processors of India (OPPI.). ), the leading association of the industry, to Polymer Update.

By Friday evening, the entire plastics value chain was concerned about delays in decision-making in the chemistry and petrochemicals department. Since the binding date for the introduction of quality for plastic raw materials was already set on October 15, 2021, in a few days certain polymers were traded on the physical market at very high premiums, while the Department of Chemicals expects no action to be taken and petrochemicals .

“We will write to the government again that the BIS quality standards for raw materials are not needed. Instead of raw materials, the government should impose BIS quality standards on finished products, ”Lawale said.

Deepak Ballani, Executive Director of the All India Plastics Manufacturees Association (AIPMA) said: “This order will avert a major raw material crisis in the Indian market and save thousands of MSMEs (micro, small and medium-sized enterprises) from further economic difficulties.” . We would continue to talk to the government about the need to abolish mandatory BIS standards for raw materials. “

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