Plastics unplugged: India’s plastics industry copes with outages


The sheer numbers around the power outages that darkened India earlier this week—more than 600 million without electricity, grids collapsing in 14 states—placed the emerging country beneath a worldwide media spotlight.

But for the Indian plastics industry, including both domestic and foreign firms, spotty power is a largely accepted reality in a country whose energy demand has consistently outstripped its production since economic reforms starting in 1991 pushed it unto the global economic stage.

"Consistent availability of competitively priced power is crucial to the plastics industry," Jayesh Rambhia, president of the All India Plastic Manufacturers Association, told PlasticsToday, before stating plainly, "India has a deficit in power." ...
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