Dear Members & Industry colleagues,

Greetings from Gujarat State Plastics Manufacturers’ Association (GSPMA).

I feel proud to be shouldering my new assignment as the President of GSPMA for the year 2014-15. I consider myself lucky to be associated with GSPMA as its head & received an opportunity to serve the industry as a whole. As you all aware, GSPMA is one of the leading associations in the country, representing & working for the cause of Plastic Industry since last more than four decades. 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.

Indian Plastics Processing sector is involved in producing variety of products for catering the needs of various sector of economy. Plastic being used in each and every segment, from womb to tomb. We cannot imagine the world without PLASTICS. The current industry size stands at USD 18.9 million (1.7% of GDP). Presently, there are about 30,000 plastic processing industry in the country., of which 75% are MSMEs, contributing more than 50% turnover of the industry. It provides employment to 4 million people directly & indirectly. India’s per capita consumption of plastics around 9 kg. is far below from US (109 kg), China (45 kg) and Brazil (32 kg). However, low per capita consumption indicates massive growth potential in plastic industry. Apart from increasing demand, strong economic indicators such as rising purchasing power, growing middle class & upward mobility of income group, retail evolution , rising consumerism & modernization would lead plastic consumption o reach 20 kg by 2020.

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 threaten 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. To start with, GSPMA would be organizing few programmes in schools, colleges, residential societies, etc. for awareness. GSPMA is also in its way forward for establishing its dream project of Polymers Excellence Centre in Gujarat for the benefit of plastic community. Apart from that GSPMA is also organizing international plastics exhibition, namely, PLEXPO at the interval of every three years. Large no.of exhibitors participates in this event and it is being visited by plastics entrepreneurs and public at large both from the country and across the globe. PLEXPO considered to be amongst reputed events of plastic industry in the country like PLASTINDIA, PLASTIVISION, etc. The 7th edition of PLEXPO will be held in January, 2016 at Gandhinagar (Gujarat), a land of opportunities & innovative entrepreneurship.

Let us joins hands together for progress and be committed to convert challenges into opportunities.

Wishing you all the best,

                                                                                                            TUSHAR PARIKH

                                                                                                            (President-GSPMA)