Container Makers in Gujarat Facing Shortage of Tin Plate
Tin container manufacturers in Gujarat have come forward to express their distress on the non-availability of raw material to manufacture 15 litters tin
Tin container manufacturers in Gujarat have come forward to express their distress on the non-availability of raw material to manufacture 15 litters tin containers, which are being largely used in edible oil packaging and have raised a red flag on the untimely imposition of BIS standards to the import of raw material. India’s Metal Containers Manufacturers Association said “Now owing to non-availability of raw material the overall industry, including these SME players based in Gujarat would be badly hit and it would result in heavy job losses. These Tin container manufacturers who are currently the part of the high growth packaging industry may become a history and jobs of 1 lakh people are at stake. Also, the cases of Covid 19 have surged and possibilities of lockdown and short working hours due to curfew have pushed the industry further in the dark, adding to the already acute shortage of raw material.”
Metal Containers Manufacturers Association has forth a set of recommendations to the ministry over the concern of BIS certifications and hoping for a positive response from the policy makers, since the industry has immense growth potential. MCMA has urged the government to put on hold the implementation of Steel and steel products Quality Control Order dated 17th July, 2020. This order mandates BIS Certification on the major input required by the industry like tinplate and tin-free steel. It imposes restrictions on steel products like easy-open ends, peel off ends, which the industry imports from several foreign countries. The Association has requested the Ministry of Steel to postpone the implementation of the QCO till sufficient quantity of tinplate & tin free steel is produced locally to meet the industries demand of 700,000 tonnes per annum; as the industry is already under pressure due to the pandemic.
However so far there is no respite than just a 3 months extension. The Metal Container Manufacturers Association has received a three-month extension on 17th April from the government for the implementation of BIS notification.
The Association has also requested the ministry of steel to allow use of ISO certified materials, in addition to BIS certified material. MCMA requested the Ministry to allow the use of materials which are aligned to ISO. The same has been included in FSSAI order and also recommended by the Ministry of Micro Small & Medium Enterprises. The industry feels that it is difficult to force the international suppliers to go for BIS certification as the procedure of BIS registration is unmanageable during these times. So, these suppliers have already stopped shipping tin plates to India. There is a huge shortage of the products in the market. There is still a demand supply gap of 250,000 tonnes per annum