The Next is Here as PlastIndia Exhibition Kicks off in Some Hours

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PlastIndia 2018 is the 10th edition of a wonderful journey and represents the very best of the empowerment of man’s very growth through the unceasing efforts of the Plastics community. It would be the third largest in the world and largest in south-east Asia and the event is supported by Government of India, Government of Gujarat and indexb.

PlastIndia 2018 will showcase two distinct and critical facets – The future of the Plastics Industry and the future of humankind itself. Growth segments like Automobiles, Healthcare, Packaging, Infrastructure, Agriculture, Telecom, New & Renewable Energy and the emerging segments like Plastic Composites, Sports, 3-D Printing–that shall drive in creating better equipped human beings, whether physically or in terms of ability, to navigate hostile terrain, to nurture and support nature or to create magic by translating thought into product on a daily basis–will all be there at PLASTINDIA 2018.

The miniature version (30 ft x 24 ft) of the world’s largest T-shirt made out of 100% recycled plastics will be displayed at the exhibition grounds during PlastIndia 2018 as a major photo-op and public display along with an LED screen that will showcase the benefits of recycling and the making of the T-shirt.

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It will also showcase Another unique feature of this exhibition is the ‘Online Visitor Registration’ and ‘Mobile App’. Apart from making the registration and entry smooth, it will provide the entire exhibition information on your mobile phone and will save time of the exhibitors and visitors to identify and meet with their desired suppliers and customers, and utilise their time productively at the exposition. With a target of over 2,00,000 visitors. Concurrent events such as Proplast exhibition of finished plastics products, Plasticon Awards and International Conference will present latest innovations, innovators and futuristic ideas in the field of plastics to all the participants, visitors and delegates. The preview of PlastIndia 2018 took place on the 6th of January at the Sahara star hotel in Mumbai. The grand event comprised of the top personalities in the plastic industry such as Mr. Rajeev Chitalia (Chairman NEC for PlastIndia 2018), Mr. K.K. Seksaria (President PlastIndia foundation), Mr. Ramesh Chauhan (Chairman and Managing Director of Bisleri International Pvt. Ltd.), Mr. Arvind Mehta (Past President and Chairman of PlastIndia International University), Mr. Rajiv Raval (Vice President PlastIndia Foundation), Mr. Rakesh Tainwala  (Managing Director of Tainwala Chemicals and Plastics (India) Limited), Mr. Raju Desai (Honorary Treasurer PlastIndia Foundation), Dr. S. K. Nayak (Director General CIPET), Mr. Ajay Desai (NEC Co-Chairman) and Mr. Chandrakant Turakia (Chairman Visitor Promotions Maharashtra and Goa).

The chief guest of the day was the current minister of commerce and industry of India Mr. Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu. The event grandly started with the lighting of the lamp through the hands of Mr. Ramesh Chauhan to brighten up the evening and also start the much awaited journey towards PlastIndia 2018.

 

Mr. K.K Seksaria initiated the purpose of the gathering by addressing his gratitude to Mr. Chauhan, Mr. Tainwala and Dr. Nayak for their significant contribution towards the Indian plastic industry. He further informed about the growth of the plastic industry and the importance of sustaining plastics as it is used in almost every sector be it automation, health care, infrastructure, packaging, 3-d printing and so on. He also shred light on the recent achievement of the manufacturing of the world’s largest t-shirt by 100% recycled plastics and the opening of the plastics international university under the guidance of Mr. Arvind mehta to empower growth and enhance the potential to excel in the industry.

The next voice which was in focus was of Mr. Ramesh Chauhan.“The real issue pertaining to plastics is the prevention from throwing or littering, if we can find a way to collect the scrap properly and deliver to the ever-present recyclers the it can create wonders, there was a time when we used to import pet scrap for recycling but the scenario is much different these days. There are bacteria’s which eat up oil and is used in cleaning sea water, similar to that there is a worm which can eat up plastic and with growth in technology even that problem will be eventually solved as the issue is not only collection but the disposal as well and these issues need to be addressed, rather than discussions about banning it”. Said Mr. Chauhan.

Mr. Rajeev Chitalia shredded light upon the entire exhibition, its core features such as the mobile app and also the significance of the exhibition as it provides a huge platform for all the manufacturers and developers in a global scale. He also thanked the NEC council and PlastIndia foundation especially Mr. Ajay Desai for their constant support.  The lime light of the event was Mr. Suresh Prabhu who sparked the vision to develop India as a nation, especially by increasing the global trade and exports.

A very developed and well established PlastIndia Foundation deserves my congratulations for their valuable contribution and outstanding achievements. The modern world has created some complex challenges, In India with a total of around 7.3 billion people which estimated to grow to a figure 10 billion people, meeting the demands is a huge priority. The larger the number of people the larger is the demand and larger is the consumption of resources and utility of amenities and gadgets.

Traditionally, people were using materials available and created by nature and it was possible to survive in what was available back then but gradually, people understood that natural resources are not enough to meet the growing requirements and hence, New technologies took birth. Previously a Chair made out without any other material then wood was a very hard thing to believe but due to the growth of various technologies natural resources are being preserved and substituted by other resources to meet the growing demands. The first foreign policy was made out during the British rule which was to cut out the forest for using the land for cash crops such as coffee, tea etc and use the wood for our needs but such practices cannot be implemented in a large scale in today’s time. Natural products are created by it and are absorbed in nature itself but a man-made substance such as plastic which was created to preserve the natural resources are not entirely degradable and this has been raised as a problem. So now, Plastic is a necessity and a problem as well.

We can say ‘no’ to plastics as voiced by the people but what will be its appropriate substitute as plastic itself was a substitute to save natural resources. Plastics are posing a great challenge for policy makers in the world. We had started a plan for recycling plastics in 1998 when I belonged to a different ministry. But it isn’t a concept restricted to regulation. A new wave came across recently to ban plastic bags which made us realize regulation is one thing and education is the second. The birth of plastic itself is a challenge, but as technology created plastic and it can deal it as well by using innovative ideas and proper planning.

So, when we say ‘recycle and reuse’ it is a great opportunity to all and its Collection, segregation and processing requires a proper action plan. Now the Challenge is how to deal with the necessity known as plastic and how to get rid of the bad part of it by efficient and suitable disposal. Developing biodegradable plastic should be a priority while thinking of future and the Research and Development departments of the plastic industries should emphasize on its growth and mind you, This is not India’s problem alone but it is concern for all the countries. Organisations such as PlastIndia while Working on Research and Development should also go beyond regulations and should develop stringent standards.

As other were speaking about Duty drawback and cash incentives, we should do our duty first and then think about the drawbacks and I can see the plastic industry to be a good export oriented business if all the points are followed and a proper action plan is developed. I was recently telling somebody that India’s power shortage will go and India will become a power supply in the coming years. These are the vision which can push the country forward. China is prosperous in a global scale and global trade has been a huge helping hand in that so a vision that 40% of GDP should come from global trade in India shouldn’t be a distant goal if industries, government and people comply together”.

Mr. Tainwala was introduced by the vice-president of PlastIndia Foundation Mr. Rajiv Raval gave his best wishes for the success of the event. Mr. Chandrakant Turakia concluded the event with a vote of thanks.