The apex body of the plastic industry in the state, the Tamil Nadu Plastic Manufacturers' Association (TAPMA) has been engaged in a relentless joust to help the industry grow for the last three decades. Affiliated to all major state and national industry associations, TAPMA has over 1200 direct and 3500 indirect members.
Although a majority of units are located in the capital city (nearly 60 per cent), the industry is spread across the state mainly in Madurai and Coimbatore, Sivakasi, Tirupur and Virudhunagar. TAPMA is well connected with the district associations. “According to our estimates, there are about 12000 units engaged in plastic manufacturing in Tamil Nadu, of which the association is able to cover only 4500 units,” S. Ganesh, President, TAPMA said.
The plastic manufacturing industry in Tamil Nadu process over 40,000 tons of material annually and it should be noted that the capital investment in this plastic industry is way ahead of the general industry. 15 per cent of its overall revenue is generated from exports.
Since the industry does not require technically qualified people, plastic manufacturing is clearly a viable industry for Indian villages. The association estimates that there are about 30,000 people employed in this sector of which 80-85 per cent are unskilled laborers. The industry also boasts about a good number of woman employment.
The excise duty is 12 percent and VAT is around 5.5 percent which alone would bring an annual revenue of Rs 120 crores to the government.
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