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Plastic sector to form body to boost sales

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EXPECTING a boom in the usage of PE 100 pipes in the coming years, the plastic industry is mulling to form an association on the lines of PE 100 Plus in Europe to benefit from the "third generation material".

The neutral body would comprise raw material suppliers, converters, contractors, nodal agencies and end users. "The association shall ensure quality and reliability, ensuring over-all growth for the PE industry," Mr A.R. Parasuraman, Managing Director of Marigold International, said, exhorting the sunrise industry to form an association for the purpose.

The PE 100+ association in Europe works to "guarantee consistent quality at the highest-level in both the production and usage of PE 100 pipe material. Besides, it aims at creating a marketing platform to promote the use of polyethylene piping in general."

"Market expansion will take place in a big way for PE 100 pipes in the coming years particularly from substitutions of traditional pipes like pre-stressed concrete, cast iron and ductile iron pipes," he said in his presentation at a recent national seminar on "Plastics-emerging trends"

"Besides, drinking water supply systems, gas distribution and infrastructure segments offer great opportunities for the PE 100 suppliers," he added.

At present, the Indian PE (polyethylene) industry mostly uses PE 80. "Usage of PE 63 is almost extinct."

"In order to tap full benefits of PE pipes as a techno-commercial substitute for conventional pipes one has to go for PE 100 resin, the third generation material," he said.

"The polymer structure ensures higher molecular weight with excellent combination of superior processability. Pipes made of this material can withstand 25 per cent higher operating pressures than PE 80 pipes," he said.

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