In a meeting with Senior officials of the Ministry of steel, Metal Container Manufacturers Association raised issues which are seriously impacting the existence of Metal/ Tin packaging due to steel and steel products Quality control order 2020 effective from 17th April 2021. MCMA has recommended to the Ministry to withdraw QCO, alternatively to extend till March 2022, allow equivalent ISO approved material, remove steel products from the scope and ensure supply of tinplate& tin free steel ,essential inputs to can making industry so that industry can survive and continues to service the nation.
MCMA President Mr Sanjay Bhatia brought to the notice of senior officials about exorbitant increase in Tinplate prices to the extent of 20% by local producers, apprehension of further increase, non supply of material, blocking of imports thru non-tariff barriers like QCO etc. Local producers Tin Plate company Tata and JSW are virtually rationing supplies to industry along with exorbitant increase in price is crippling the existence of tin can manufacturing industry. Keeping in mind implementation of QCO wef 17th April and lead time required to produce and supply to India, foreign mills are not accepting orders to supply material to Indian can makers. As a result, Indian can makers are suffering due to non-availability of material.