- Polymer Industry Twentieth century revolutionized almost every aspect of human life throughout the world. There were numerous inventions; we sent humans to the moon, invented computers and discovered nuclear power. The invention that made the most dramatic impact of all was “plastic”. Imagine a day without plastics: wooden toothbrushes with wooden bristles, solid metal laptops, glass screens and bottles, food packaged in cloth, it is inconceivable. Annually, more than 90 million tons of plastic are made worldwide. The plastics industry adds a lot of value to the society through employment and creating revenue and also replacement of scarce forest resources. It continues to play a crucial role in many innovations that lead to high standards of living, education and health care. Plastics have made spectacular changes in the manufacturing processes of automobile and aviation industries because of its light weight and ease in maintenance and natural sparkle. The space industry benefits as well. One of the most important fields that have benefited from plastics is biomedicine. Plastic plays a part in almost all materials we use in our daily lives and the future is bright with abundant possibilities with demand for better materials, greater functional use, more economical packaging and versatile and durable all-weather products. (Source: AIPMA, Diamond Jubilee edition)
- Packaging plays a very distinct role in today’s modern consumerist economy with the need for widespread adoption of branding and development of consumer preferences. Any manufactured item, to gain market share, requires packaging to ensure safety, convenience and attractiveness. Packaging is a key component for consumption and consumer Preferences in today’s economy. Packaging helps in preservation of quality and lengthening shelf life of products such as milk, biscuits, drugs, processed and semi-processed foods, fruits and vegetables, edible oils, etc. Packaging is also required for most other manufactured goods to preserve it from any damage during transit.