Metal Container Manufacturers Seek Easier Imports of Tin Plate
India’s Metal Container Manufacturers’ Association envisages a key role for metal packaging using prime & non prime tin plate & Tin Free Steel in future
India’s Metal Container Manufacturers’ Association envisages a key role for metal packaging using prime & non prime tin plate & Tin Free Steel in future given the global focus on sustainable principles of reduce-reuse-recycle. Tin containers & cans are 100% recyclable and can form an important part of global strategy to ensure sustainability of the environment. But the INR 10,000 crore metal packaging industry in India has been under continued distress. MCMA said “While recently Metal Container Manufacturers’ Association, had received a three-month extension from Ministry of Steel for the implementation of BIS notification, but it is not sufficient. Neglecting the fact that metal packaging industry and its recycling in India is a sustainable and environmentally friendly packaging option, the government is restricting the manufacturing of such products by imposing BIS. Above and beyond in the current times Covid-19 is further creating more opportunities for packaging of food products for longer shelf life, as per retail association reports. The policy makers need to urgently look into this matter as sustainable packaging is the need of the hour and something that the industry can take advantage of the current demand and take leading position.”
MCMA has urged the government to put on hold the implementation of Steel and steel products Quality Control Order dated 17th July, 2020 Norms. 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 in variety of sizes.
The association has also requested the ministry of steel to allow use of ISO certification materials in addition to BIS certified material. MCMA 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.
India’s tinplate demand is expected to grow at 4-6% and reach around 770-800 KT by 2024. Demand growth to be supported by robust growth in the processed food, dairy products, beverage, paints and aerosol segments.