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Consumption of plastic in India 1990-2018

In 2018, the total consumption volume of plastic in India was approximately 18 thousand kilotons per annum. The consumption volume multiplied 20 times over during the observed time frame. However, the per capita consumption of plastic in the country was less than half of the global average.

Leading companies

With the presence of large industrial groups that manufactured various polymers to over thousands of distributors, plastic processors, and end-users, India had a strong presence along the entire supply chain. There were around eight large scale producers of polyolefins in the nation, with Reliance Industries Limited leading this sector. It was also the leading company by capacity to produce polyvinyl chloride and polyethylene terephthalate. At the end-user industry level, there were a host of industries that specialized in their domain. For example, Astral Poly Technik was a leading company that manufactured and traded plastic pipes and fittings. Supreme Industries and Nilkamal specialized in the molded furniture business. Nilkamal has over a thousand distributors and dealers across the nation.

International Trade

India exported a considerable volume of plastic of significant value. Asia accounted for the highest share of Indian plastic exports. Lately, the plastic exports from the nation were affected due to the United States revoking export benefits provided to Indian goods, as well as increasing global awareness on the environmental impact of plastics. Plastic producers in the country urged the government to increase customs duties and levy anti-dumping measures to curb the supply of imported plastic in the country, the volume of which was rising.

Plastic consumption in India from 1990 to 2018

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Release date

March 2020



Survey time period

1990 to 2018

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