India’s Metal Packaging Industry Seeks Review of Tin Plate QCO
The 10,000 Crore Metal Packaging Industry of India which has already been in a tight spot as they have hardly any option left to secure raw material as most of the global players and suppliers of Tinplate& Tin free steel have preferred to keep out India from supplying raw material in the wake of imposition of BIS standards which will be effective from 17th April 2021. India’s Metal Container Manufacturers’ Association has urged the government to put on hold the implementation of Steel and steel products Quality Control Order dated 17th July, 2020. 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 700000 tonnes per annum as the industry is already under the pressure due to the second wave of the pandemic with lockdown being implemented in few states will only worsen the situation.
The Association has also requested the ministry of steel to allow use of equivalent ISO certified materials in addition to BIS certified material. Metal Container Manufacturers’ Association has requested from 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.
Following representations by the Metal Container Manufacturers’ Association, the government had postponed it till 17 April 2021 but the industry has sought time till March 2022 so that issues affecting survival of metal packaging industry can be discussed again with the Government in order to resolve this issue.
Metal Container Manufacturers’ Association represents the interests of companies involved in the production of metal containers, packaging and allied components