PRESIDENTS DESK

 

From the President’s Desk

 

Dear Members,

It was just this morning that the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India announced that the three Farm Laws introduced in 2020 will be repealed. This action on part of the Government will ensure that the deadlock of almost one year will be removed and the Agri-Economy will bounce back. This is bound to help the Industrial Production in different sectors and bouncing back of the Nation’s Economy. 

The decline in the number of Covid Cases, Record Vaccinations, Festive Season and V Shaped Recovery in the Industrial and Services Sectors have changed the Nation’s mood for the better.

OPPI Secretariat presented its comments on the latest draft regulations on EPR for Plastic Packaging during the Meeting chaired by Joint Secretary (Petrochemicals) on 18th November 2021.

In the oral and written submissions OPPI has requested the Government to consider the following:-

  • Micro and Small Producers/Brand Owners may be excluded from EPR Regulations. Thus Producers/ Brand Owners having investment in Plant and Machinery upto Rs. 10 crore and turnover less than Rs. 50 crore may be exempted from EPR Regulations. It has been suggested that in lieu of the exemption to the Micro and Small producers and Brand Owners, they may be charged 0.5% of the Turnover as fees by the Enforcement Authority.
     
  • We are already towards the end of the Financial Year 2021-22. The Final Notification from the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change is expected towards the end of Financial Year 2021-22.  As per the regulations the producers will have to implement 70% EPR Target. Therefore the EPR Target for 2022-23 needs to be revised.
     
  • EPR Framework as formulated earlier had Producer Responsibility Organizations (PROs) as key Coordinators between stakeholders (PIBOs, WMA, CPCB & MoEFCC etc). There is NO reference to such PROs in EPR Rules. In Europe PROs play a significant role in uniting the PIBOs towards long term EPR channels and towards achieving common standards. The same PROs are able to coordinate with Waste Management Agencies (WMAs both recyclers, end of life processors) for better collection and long-term infrastructure investment in recycling which is also the intention of the new EPR Rules.
     
  • Plastic Waste Management & EPR Rules should be applicable to companies like Cement, Courier, Electronic, Consumer Durables, Paint, Automotive and similar Companies where short life plastics are used towards packaging.  

 

OPPI and Shibaura Machine have jointly organized a Webinar on “Advanced Moulding  Technology   And Open Platform Communications United Architecture (OPC UA)  Interface” on Friday 10th December 2021.  During this Webinar Presentation on Advance Moulding Technology- Multi Parts & Flexible Moulding” will be made. It will cover the following topics:-

In addition to adding colors into the injection molded plastic product, integrating other functional aspects like sealing, gripping, light conducting, insulating…etc into the parts is order of the day. Tailor made injection unit arrangement and high speed rotary table with high positioning accuracy offers limitless opportunities to the product designer, mold maker, molder and thereby to the end user.

The Second Presentation will be on “OPCUA Interface – Move Towards Industry 4.0” 

  • Industry 4.0 requires networking of machines in industry for Production Monitoring, Quality Analysis, OEE, Predictive Maintenance, ERP/MES integration.
     
  • Challenge in integrating machines from different manufacturers/controllers.
     
  • Need for common platform to get required data from machines.

It is a good opportunity for all Plastic Molders to learn about advanced Moulding Technology- Multi Parts & Flexible Moulding and also Open Platform Communications United Architecture (OPC UA) Interface. I hope OPPI Members will participate in this Webinar.

With Best Wishes,
 

Mahendra Sanghvi
President