South India’s biggest Plastics exhibition to be held from August 3 for 4 Days at Hitex

Hyderabad, August 02, 2018. The use of Plastics is on the rise in spite of hue and cry made about it. Plastics is omnipresent and it continues to be so until an alternative material is invented said Mr. Anil Reddy Vennam, Chairman, Advisory Committee of IPLEX 2018 while addressing a press conference organised to brief about the forthcoming show, IPLEX 2018 here in the city today.

Plastics ban is not the solution. Explore the other possibilities.  Change littering habits of people, segregation, recycling has to be encouraged said Anil Reddy.

The  IPLEX is rotationally held once a year in major centers of South India-Hyderabad, Chennai, Bengaluru and Kochi. The event provides a common platform for participants in the plastic industry- manufactures, dealers, buyers and end-users. It helps visitors and industry stay updated with the latest technological trends, he added.

“IPLEX ‘18”, is the South India’s biggest expo on Plastics will be held at Hitex, Madhapur from August 3 to 6. It will be spread over 12000sq mts. 350 exhibitors expected to showcase their products, machinery, equipment.  About 50,000 business visitors are expected ruing the four days of the expo.  The four day show is expected to do US $ 100 million in business, added Mr. Venu Gopal Jasti, Convenor, IPLEX 2018 and President of TAAPMA.

Entry to the expo is by invitation or by flashing a business card.  Otherwise, the visitor has to buy an entry ticket at a cost of Rs 100/-. 

It is organised by TAAPMA—Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Plastics Manufacturers Association.  The 9th edition of  IPLEX'18, is supported by the industries across India & Globe. It has the patronage from the major polymer producers and Govt. of India along with local governments. Plast India Foundation; AIPMA, Indian Plastics Federation; Indian Plastics Institution; Gujarat State Plastics Manufacturers Association and others support the event.

Some of the exhibitors include: Gail India Ltd; ONGC Petro Additions Ltd; XL Plastics; Toshiba Machines; Sudhakar PVC Products Pvt Ltd; Kabra Extrusion Technik Ltd  etc and others.  Microplastics pollution is a great concern for all of us. We too discourage use of plastic bags. Mere banning without alternative solutions will be a futile effort.

The event is happening in the backdrop of serious discussions and concerns about future of Plastics as  some states banning some kinds of plastics.  There is an unscientific information peddled through social networking and messaging platforms. The value of plastics is only known and seen after understanding the importance of plastics in our lives, different types of plastics, their applications and methods of recycling. There are more myths in these than the facts. We would like to create awareness dispel myths about them

Plastic bags alone are not plastics.  Plastics have a greater role and nobody can deny this. That role cannot be reversed until and unless new innovation is unveiled, new material is discovered. Unil a new plastic future in which biodegradable polymers replace conventional plastics. Plastic is indispensable in our lives, and it could take many years in the near future to invent a new material that could be a viable alternative. Until then, it merits we live in harmony with it There are good and bad uses of plastics. The future of plastics depend on reusing the bad and encouraging the good, added Anil Reddy Vennam.

Use of waste plastic materials such as waste plastic bottles, bags, wrappers in road construction is taken up big elsewhere in the world and in India. 

Plastic roads are roads made either entirely of plastic or of composites of plastic with other materials

Though Government made it mandatory for all road developers in the country to use waste plastic, along with bituminous mixes, for road construction not much progress is made in this direction. This will help overcome the growing problem of plastic waste disposal in India.

Not much headway is made in Telugu States too.  Government must look at it very seriously.

The Union Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) in the year 2016 notified the new Solid Waste Management Rules (SWM). These rules are not implemented strictly.  As a Plastics Manufacturers Association we are committed to this informed Anil Reddy.

Incorporation of fibre-reinforced plastics in the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, for example, has resulted in fuel efficiencies that are similar to a family car. The carbon fibre, the aerospace fibre of choice, is produced from plastic.

Plastics got bad name, on two accounts: most are made from petroleum and they end up as litter in the environment. While the farmer is not so great concern, but latter is a great concern.  We can avoid these both things.  An increased focus on bio-derived and degradable composites as well as recycling could lessen pollution and, in fact, plastics could make a positive contribution to the environment. 

We must travel towards products and situation where they are 100% recyclable. So that they can be  used for as long as possible, and their waste is minimized.

The plastic used for making a carry bag is different from the plastic used to make water bottles, or, say, a shampoo container. Each plastic is represented by a number, from 1 to 7, encased inside a cyclical recycle triangle. Among different plastics, PET (polyethylene terephthalate) and HDPE (high-density polyethylene) are endorsed for their safety of not leaching chemicals and, therefore, are used as materials for food packaging.

The real problem lies in recycling.  Our system, machinery, our attitudes fail plastic and earned bad name for it.  India isn’t alone failing in dealing with plastic waste. 75 percent of plastic waste in the U.S. ends up in landfills, and less than 10% is successfully recycled.   The average Indian uses approximately 25 pounds of plastics each year, about a tenth of what an average American uses. The Indian government has set the goal of doubling the per capita plastics consumption by 2022.

Treating plastic waste as a resource rather than a problem is an important change that needs to happen over the coming decades

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