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Over 700 Delegates, 335 Companies & 15 Countries @ biggest PVC event of 2015.

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Mr. Kamal P. Nanavaty reviewed brands which have survived over 100 years and said that PVC also has survived 101 years inspite of many challenges and difficulties. Rashesh Shah discussed India’s Economic growth and outlook and observed the following : Indian rupee has remain stable although Russia and China suffered some setbacks. For next 3 years, infrastructure in India is going to grow by Rs. 80,000 crores being invested in railways, India GDP going to grow from $ 800 billion to $ 5 trillion by 2025. He further observed that only 3 countries namely USA, Japan & China have achieved this goal. India has the capacity to go upto $20 trillion within next 25 years. Mr. Vipul Shah observed that PVC has a bid potential for growth in India because of demands growing in infrastructure and agriculture by government policies. Mr. Avinash Joshi observed that India has large number of processors in small and medium sector keeping in mind the growth of PVC India will need trained work force. Government of India is creating plastic parks in 4 cities within this year and in 10 other cities in next 3 years. He stressed the need for more investments in R&D and recycling of post-consumer items.

Mr. Sanjay Sharma reviewed global PVC scenario and noted that India has very bright future. India should open markets, upgrade infrastructure and increase productivity. Between years 2015 & 2019 the demand for PVC will be more. He also commented on Olefin and Chlor alkali disconnect. He observed that shale gas will have effect on growth of PVC industry. Dr. Brigitte Dero reviewed PVC industry in Europe. She informed about re-cycling of PVC and future trends of innovative re-cycling. Mr. David Hanna reviewed the PVC industry of China and observed that acetylene based PVC route followed in China is linked with price of coal while ethylene based PVC industry is linked with pricing of crude. China is stuck up with calcium carbide route.

Panel discussion on PVC Indian Scenario and many aspects were addressed to. Demand for PVC is expected to be growing at 10%, big opportunities in PVC profiles and pipe industry. Challenges facing PVC industry were also looked into.

There were 2 Parallel sessions one on Additives and compounding and other was on Feedstocks to Polymers (chlor alkali, EDC, VCM & PVC Polymerization). In the 1st parallel session there were 4 speakers who reviewed the present scenario on Plasticizers, stabilizers, compounding technology and Tin stabilizers for CPVC & novel applications. The issues of phthalate & phthalate free plasticizers. Mr. Rainer Grasmueck of Baerlocher reviewed the present market scenario of different stabilizers and predicted a good market for future.

In the other session on feedstock to polymers Dr. SandroVidotto of Ineos Technologies reviewed the oxy catalyst technology discussing the progress and issues related to present practice. Chlor alkali industry in India was reviewed by Mr. Anil Kumar of DCM Shriram. Vinyl Chloride being corrosive, the issues related to corrosion control on the light ends column were addressed to, by Mr. Patrick Lucas from GE Water and process technologies. Dr. Ankush Mane from Ashland India gave an overview of Defoamer for PVC industry.

Business Session III on Recent advances in Processing & Post Processing Machinery was chaired by Mr. J M Totla of Supreme Industries. PVC Compounding involves many materials such as fillers, additives etc. The material handling aspects were looked into by Mr. Dhruv Shah, Director, Neoplast Engineering. Extrusion of PVC requires some special care and that was discussed very comprehensively by Mr. Rad Jakob of TheysohnExtrusiontechnik GmbH.

A small quiz of 20 questions with four options for each questions was conducted. Totally 222 persons participated. Dr. Diwan, Mrs. ArunaKumari and Prof. Kale examined the quiz papers.

In the next business session the product, extrusion of green wood PVC using RajooBausano Extrusion process was presented by Mr. Alessandro Robotti. Importance of automation and the benefits of the same was highlighted by Mr. Dhruv Shah of Prasad Group of Companies. Mr. Mike Puhulla, General Manager – Global Extrusion Business, Milacron Group reviewed recent developments in PVC extrusion process. He stressed the importance of appropriate machinery.

We also had a very thought provoking, inspirational and lively Dinner Speech on Work life happiness in today’s business world by Mr. Rahul Kapoor who is an accomplished. He emphasized on stress relaxation.

Mr. Kamal P. Nanavaty welcomed all and reviewed the PVC industry in India today. He predicts that PVC industry in India is expected to grow at 4 to 5 % CAGR. He also observed that India’s consumption of PVC is 7% of global consumption.

Mr. Wadhwa, keynote speaker talked about Merges and Acquisitions takeover regime. According to him, present government’s vision is of 3 strategies: 1. Make in India. 2. Business in India 3. Smart cities. The smart cities will give boost for infrastructure. The industrial environment in India is more transparent and ethical. He said that Indian manufacturers failed because debt based policies. He hopes that introduction of bankruptcy law will be very useful. Investors now identify good and clean industry. He reviewed the growth part through merges and acquisitions.

Mr. Jain of Jain Irrigation talked about success story of merges and acquisitions. He said that out of 14 merges and acquisitions activities of Jain Irrigation 12 succeeded and 2 failed. The failure was due to wrong partnership and wrong timings. He further added that synergy should not be a part of strategy. One should look at financial and legal aspects for any merges and acquisitions very carefully.

Padma Vibhushan Prof. Man Mohan Sharma was felicitated as a special guest. In his response he observed that carbide process followed in China is not eco- friendly as the catalyst is mercury based. Ethylene based PVC process is more economical. He also observed that PVC is a good product for Indian conditions.

The PVC in infrastructure was discussed in this session. ZoranDavidovski of Pipelife Group emphasized the importance of large size PVC pipes in infrastructure. He sees more potential for these particularly in cities. The role of innovative PVC membranes in waterproofing application was discussed by MrMangeshDhamale of Renolit India. These types of membranes are long lasting and easy to install. Farid Khan of Profine India Wndow Technology presented overview of Indian infrastructure and the major role PVC will play due to its unique properties.

Business Session V focused on Sustainability. MrsSophiMacMillan Chair, Asia Pacific, Vinyl Network discussed the issues and new technologies for PVC recycling. She identified collection, sorting and reprocessing as three major steps. She also talked about recovery and suggested that for different end products all the links of supply chain should be looked into. MrsNasrinKashef of NSF stressed the importance of standards for pipe sector. The piping for different sectors such as drinking water, gas transport or drainage requires different standards. The standardization brings in consistency and hence profitability enhances. The consistency is the key to success.

Session on end use sector was chaired by MrBalgi who told the audience how PVC processing is tricky and important. Mr Maarten Hamberg discussed the oriented pipes (O – PVC pipes). He explained what O – PVC pipes are and their importance. He also predicts great future for this in India. Dr. Frohlich reviewed the trends in stabilization for window profiles. He discussed the new design, high filler loading and co extrusion aspects of window profile. MrStefenEingartner of RESYSTA described the advantages of ‘wood’ made from modified rice husk, additives and extrusion technology necessary for the manufacture of the product. He outlined the different application areas.

Mr. Pratik Shah explained the tax structure in India and suggested that GST will be useful for foreign investments.

Session VIII discussed the most important product CPVC. Mr. Mathew Simmons of Lubrizol told how Chlorinated PVC (CPVC) from Lubrizol has come to India after a few decades of its introduction. Mr. Engineer of Astra Poly Technik explained the importance of good quality fire sprinklers in India and how absence of various Standards and testing procedures delayed the introduction of this product. He sees a biggest growth rate for this product. Mr. Toshiya Yasunagaof Sekisui Specialty Chemicals (Thailand) explained the significance of appropriate additives based on Ca and Zinc for CPVC. Mr. Shinji Mochizuki of Kaneka India discussed the role and need for continued efforts for the success of CPVC in India.



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