Trade Analytics

Indian plastics industry

Last Updated: August, 2015


The Indian plastics industry made a promising beginning in 1957 with the production of polystyrene. Thereafter, significant progress has been made, and the industry has grown and diversified rapidly. The industry spans the country and hosts more than 2,000 exporters. It employs about 4 million people and comprises more than 30,000 processing units, 85-90 per cent of which are small and medium-sized enterprises.


India is one of the most promising exporters of plastics among developing countries. The plastics industry produces and exports a wide range of raw materials, plastic-moulded extruded goods, polyester films, laminates, moulded/soft luggage items, writing instruments, plastic woven sacks and bags, polyvinyl chloride (PVC), leather cloth and sheeting, packaging, consumer goods, sanitary fittings, electrical accessories, laboratory/medical surgical ware, tarpaulins, laminates, fishnets, travel ware, and others.

Demand from original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) has led to producers focusing more on delivering products customised in line with end-user needs. Moreover, the Indian plastics industry has started manufacturing specific items to meet customer requirements. Design, style, and pattern are set based on the requirements of customers in export markets.

The Indian plastics industry offers excellent potential in terms of capacity, infrastructure and cheap labour availability. It is supported by a large number of polymer producers, and plastic process machinery and mould manufacturers in the country.

Among the industry’s major strengths is the availability of raw materials in the country. Thus, plastic processors do not have to depend on imports. These raw materials, including polypropylene, high-density polyethylene, low-density polyethylene and PVC, are manufactured domestically.


The Plastics Export Promotion Council (PLEXCONCIL) is the apex government body responsible for the promotion of plastic exports. PLEXCONCIL members comprise large-/medium-/small-scale manufacturers and exporters. The council supports exporters by participating in international trade fairs, exploring new markets, organising buyer- seller meets both in India and overseas, and engaging in through various other promotion and need- based activities. The council acts as an interface between the exporting community and the Government of India; sponsors delegations to target markets; and invites business delegations from overseas to India. It actively organises events such as exhibitions, fairs and conferences/workshops to promote the Indian plastics industry at national and international levels.

Total export of plastic and plastic products stood at US$ 449.72 million in May 2015

Ministry of Commerce


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Total export of plastic and plastic products stood at US$ 449.72 million in May 2015

Ministry of Commerce


Indian plastics industry

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