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India’s glass industry

2013-06-21 | Country outlook

The two major segments of the glass industry in India are flat glass and container glass. Both these segments are witnessing steady growth on the backdrop of increased consumption from various sectors.

Container glass is witnessing a surge in demand from the food and beverage sector
Container glass
Container glass is witnessing a surge in demand from the food and beverage sector, especially from the alcohol/beer industry. Higher disposable income coupled with urban lifestyle is driving this demand and, as a result, the per capita consumption of container glass is going up. This is, however, still way less than the global average. South and West India are responsible for the increased demand for container glass in India.
Although glass is the most eco friendly packaging material, it has been replaced by plastic in some non-critical areas. This is even more applicable in India where the regulations about packaging are not so very stringent. These days even certain syrups are packed in plastic bottles, which should not happen ideally. The unorganized sector also provides stiff competition to the organized sector. Their customers, mostly beverage companies, are indifferent to quality or manufacturing process. As a result, the onus of educating them is on the organized container glass manufacturers. Another advantage of glass is that since glass is chemically inert it does not alter the taste of the food or beverage in it – hence it does not create any health issue. With regards to manufacturing, glass requires significantly less energy to produce than plastic and can also be recycled, thus bringing down the cost of purchase.

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