7 Decades Journey Of AIPMA

As one of the oldest and the largest apex body in the Indian plastics industry, AIPMA has played a crucial role in the development of the industry. Below is a decade-wise snapshot of our achievements:

Decade 7

  • AIPMA played a major role in fighting the government of Maharashtra against the ban on all types of plastics. This resulted in a much-relaxed notification that limited the use of carry bags less than 8x12 inches in size and 50 microns in thickness.
  • AIPMA president was invited to be a part of ministry delegation to Luxembourg.
  • One of our development council members will chalk out the guidelines for the development of the plastic industry.
  • AIPMA’s 1st delegation to KOPLAS in Korea.
  • AIPMA held 29 path-breaking seminars across India.
  • AIPMA became the first and only plastic association in India to become a UFI member.
  • UNIDO Programme, which had support from Ministry of DCPC, was initiated for improving production.

Decade 6

  • AIPMA and TNPMA organized ‘Plastics Racing Into the Future’, a national conference in Chennai, which was attended by 250 delegates.
  • AIPMA was accredited ISO: 9002 for the first time.
  • Our first international conference was held at the World Trade Centre, Dubai.
  • AIPMA was elected ‘National Council Member’ of the Confederation of Indian Industry.
  • AIPMA played a crucial role in organizing a visit for 143 plastic industry delegates to CHINAPLAS 2001 at Guangzhou. This led to a significant enhancement of business relations with China.
  • AIPMA worked to get the central excise duty on plastics from 24% to 16% adv.
  • We were appointed as the nodal agent for Plast Pack Africa, (KICC) Nairobi/Kenya to focus on the African market.

Decade 5

  • Delegates from AIPMA visited K’89, the international plastics trade fair in Dusseldorf.
  • We reached the 2000-member mark.
  • AIPMA started its first national exhibition - Plastivision India ‘92 at Nehru Centre, Mumbai.
  • AIPMA goes overseas; participates in ArabPlast’92 at Dubai.
  • AIPMA gets full support from Plastindia Foundation for Plastivision National Fair.

Decade 4

  • 43 members from AIPMA visited Interplass ‘77, Birmingham, UK.
  • AIPMA took on a leadership role to bring the plastic industry together by the formation of PlastIndia Foundation.
  • AIPMA representatives were given the responsibility of sorting out any distribution, pricing, and other issues by the means of periodic meetings with IPCL plants.
  • AIPMA was nominated on CIPET Governing Council.
  • The proposition of a duty-free import license was materialized.
  • AIPMA had the sales tax on plastic footwear removed.
  • AIPMA pursued the government to allow the growth of the thermoware industry by deferring the inclusion in excisable goods by representation.

Decade 3

  • The plastic industry was given a priority status.
  • Use of nylon and other plastic materials as substitutes for non-ferrous metals in the manufacture of railway fittings.
  • AIPMA raised objections to the Advisory Council on Trade regarding restrictions on certain engineering plastics.
  • Thanks to our efforts, the import duty on plastic products was lowered from 208% to 145%.
  • The plastic industry was given the status of a continuous processing industry.

Decade 2

  • The validity period for the license for plastic raw materials was increased from 6 to 12 months.
  • AIPMA held a discussion with the Asst. Director of Industries regarding training-cum-production center for plastics.
  • AIPMA met with US Trade Commission regarding a collaboration.
  • At the request of Japan Society of Plastic Technology, AIPMA scheduled a delegation to Japanplas in 1966.

Decade 1

  • AIPMA held its first conference in New Delhi.
  • An exhibition of plastic products was conducted in which 18 companies took part.
  • After the Indian and US governments signed an agreement for technical knowledge and skill, AIPMA was asked to train technical personnel abroad.
  • AIPMA and Chambers of Commerce decided to establish a Plastic Export Promotion Council, the chief controller of imports and exports.
  • The model standing orders on manual labor in plastic factories were prepared by the Bombay branch of AIPMA and finalized by the Commissioner of Labor, Bombay State.


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