Importance of PVC in the Indian Petrochemical Industry

Assembling of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) in India began a long time back with the country’s most memorable PVC plant set up in Mumbai in 1951. The plant worked by Calico had a limit of 6000 mt/year. As of now, the Indian PVC industry gloats of a creation limit of 1.3 million mt/year.

In India, Chemplast Sanmar, DCM Shriram United, DCW, Finolex and Dependence Ventures have been delivering PVC. The most recent participant into the Indian PVC market is the Vivanta bunch, whose 240,000 mt/year PVC plant began tasks in 2013.

PVC, one of the most seasoned types of ware polymers, is today viewed as a framework plastic and tracks down different PET Sheet applications, like in pipes, channels, wires, links, floor materials, windows and material. Moreover, the utilization of PVC in different areas, for example, autos, clinical and medical services, bundling and sports and relaxation is likewise expanding.

PVC is a thermoplastic made out of 57% chlorine and 43% carbon. It is less reliant than different polymers on unrefined petroleum or flammable gas, which are non-inexhaustible, and subsequently PVC can be viewed as a characteristic asset saving plastic. In spite of the fact that PVC can be created from different hydrocarbons including coal, the greater part of the world’s PVC is at present made utilizing ethylene, which is joined with chlorine to deliver ethylene dichloride (EDC), the unrefined substance for the production of vinyl chloride monomer (VCM). VCM is additionally polymerized to deliver PVC. PVC is likewise created utilizing calcium carbide, which is generally pervasive in China.

As indicated by Substance Promoting Partners Inc. (CMAI), the worldwide utilization of PVC in 2010 was 34.8 million mt from a general limit of 46 million mt, and represented 18% of the all out utilization of polymers. The worldwide interest for PVC is assessed to ascend to 44 million mt and the worldwide PVC limit is supposed to ascend to 55 million mt by 2015.

As per industry sources in India, the country’s PVC request is as of now fixed at 2.08 million mt/year and the limit is fixed at 1.33 million mt/year. The utilization of PVC in India is supposed to increment to 3.1 million mt/year by 2016-17 and the country’s PVC limit is supposed to ascend to 1.63 million mt/year. As is apparent from the previously mentioned request and supply numbers, PVC request is supposed to surpass supply.


Pipes have been the greatest end-use area for PVC with a portion of roughly 70%. The utilization of PVC in pipes brings about energy saving at all phases of the existence pattern of a line, specifically, extraction of unrefined components, creation, transportation, use and reusing. Other than saving energy, PVC pipes likewise assist with safeguarding climate by decreasing CO2 outflows. With a speculation of Rs. 20 lakh crore towards foundation improvement in India in 2011-12 and an extended venture of Rs. 40 lakh crore till 2016-17, the utilization of PVC in pipes is supposed to dynamically increment and arrive at 10 million mt by 2017 from an ongoing assessed utilization of 6 million mt. Besides, energy reserve funds from involving PVC in lines would add up to 51.6 million MWh by 2016-17 from an expected 31.4 million MWh investment funds at present and 16 million MWh investment funds in the period 2002 to 2007. In like manner, decrease in CO2 discharges would add up to 182 million mt by 2016-17 from 57.7 million mt in 2006-07 and an expected 110.6 million mt presently.

PVC pipes enjoy the accompanying upper hands over pliable iron (DI) and stirred iron (GI) pipes:

• Light in weight and simple to introduce.

• Non-destructive.

• Display a low coefficient of grating.

• More impervious to scraped area than DI or GI pipes.

• Show a low warm conductivity.

• Show adaptability and natural obstruction.

• Non-harmful and support free.

• Incredible jointing strategies.

It is assessed that in India, PVC utilization in lines will arrive at 9,790 kt by 2017 from an expected current utilization of 6,000 kt.


PVC has turned into a well known material for window and door jambs and PVC windows are being liked over the customary aluminum windows inferable from the accompanying benefits of PVC over aluminum and wooden windows:

• PVC windows give magnificent warm protection as PVC is an unfortunate guide of intensity.

• PVC windows are resistant to clamor, dust-evidence and rainstorm resistant.

• Energy reserve funds can be acknowledged during every one of the phases of the existence pattern of PVC windows.

• PVC windows show toughness and long life. According to English Plastics League, the future of a PVC window is north of 40 years.

• PVC windows display plan adaptability and flexibility and are not difficult to create and introduce.

• Windows made of PVC are jazzy, exquisite and stylishly satisfying.

• PVC can be reused moderately clearly.

• PVC windows can set aside to 30% of power costs.

The notoriety of PVC windows is expanding in India, especially in significant metro urban areas. From under 1.5 kt in 2002-03, the utilization of PVC in windows expanded multiple times to 4.6 kt in 2006-07. During the ongoing financial year, the utilization is assessed to arrive at 26 kt. Besides, the way that the advancement center has now moved to Asia has driven widely acclaimed window makers to set up their manufacture units in India and by 2016-17, the utilization of PVC in window profiles is assessed to arrive at 205 kt.

PVC situation in India

PVC limit development in India in the past has been essentially lingering behind request development. PVC interest in the nation is expanding at around 10%, which is beyond two times contrasted with the world normal of 4%. Be that as it may, for the utilization of 1.9 million mt/year, just about 600 kt/year is being imported from various regions of the planet. In spite of the significant PVC limit expansion by Chemplast Sanmar, from 30 kt to 250 kt, the hole among request and supply of PVC in the nation is supposed to augment during 2012-2017. Weighty ventures by the public authority in foundation undertakings and spotlight on expansion in irrigational land are the fundamental drivers for the expanded utilization of PVC. Also, the presentation of the eco-point framework for lodging and financing by different Global Organizations, for example, World Bank and Asian Advancement Bank for water the executives projects in the nation will give significant lift to the PVC interest.

Subsequently, one might say that a huge scope PVC plant in India is a promising endeavor furnished that it is outfitted with seriously evaluated energy and satisfactory stockpile of chlorine and ethylene.


mt: metric ton (1000 kg)

kt: kilo ton (1000 mt)

MWh: super watts hour

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