31 January 2012 04:04 [Source: ICIS news]
By Malini Hariharan and Ong Sheau Ling
Polymer demand growth was affected by a weakness in the key industrial sectors, such as automobile, and tight credit policies introduced by the Indian government to curb inflation.
“Polyethylene (PE) demand is likely to expand by only 3-4% in 2011-2012 as the offtake by the film and pipe segments has been hit,” a source from GAIL (
“High-density PE (HDPE) demand has been affected by restrictions the on the use of plastic carry bags across various states in the country,” the source added.
He was speaking ahead of
PlastIndia is held on 1-6 February in
The situation in the country’s polypropylene (PP) market was no better with some players expecting demand to shrink by 1-2% in 2011-2012.
“Demand from every major end-user segment of PP has been affected,” a local industry player said.
For instance, raffia, the largest end-user segment, was hit by a drop in cement production as a result of a slowdown in the construction industry.
In addition, the weak automotive industry affected PP copolymer sales in the country.
PP copolymer grade product is a raw material used in the manufacture of automobiles.
The poor performance in 2011-2012 comes after a robust 2010-2011, when PE demand grew by 12-13% to 2.5m tonnes and PP demand rose by 19% to 2.6m tonnes.
However, market players said they remain confident about the long-term prospects of the Indian market.
The low per capita plastics consumption in
In the long term, growth is expected to be driven by increasing plastics consumption in several sectors, including packaging, infrastructure, agriculture, automotives, healthcare and fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG), the players added.
Many players are optimistic that 2012 will be a better year for the industry.
“Automotive sales for December and January show significant improvement compared with previous months,” a converter based in
Buying sentiment is likely to improve as prices have started to rebound since early January because of the recent power outage at Al-Jubail industrial park in
Some Indian converters have started to stock up on their inventories and ramp up their converting units in expectations of the improving downstream finished goods sectors.
In addition, the market players said there are high expectations that
Interest rates were raised 13 times since March 2010. According to the Reserve Bank of
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