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TATA Strategic has classified the chemical industry in India into 4 key segments, based on a detailed analysis of the industry. India currently accounts for only 3.3 % of the total chemical market with a market size of ~$ 0.12 trillion in 2013. Indian chemical industry is also a much diversified industry with more than 70,000 commercial products. It accounted for ~13% of the gross value added by the industry segment. It accounted for ~13% of the total India's export.Indian chemical sector is very crucial for the economic development of country.
Over the last five years Indian chemical industry has started to evolve rapidly. With significant capacity additions coming into place,
the focus has also been towards investments in R&D. India's competence in this
knowledge intensive industry is increasing however still the tapped potential is very
limited. The current low per capita consumption (~7 kgs for polymers in India as
compared to world average of 25 kgs) suggests that the demand potential is also yet
to be realized. Moreover India has a very strong outlook for the key end user
industries (e.g. Packaging is expected to grow at ~17% p.a. over the next five years,
Electronic is expected to grow at ~15% p.a. over the next five years, Construction and
Automotive both sectors are expected to grow at ~14% p.a. over the next five years).
Hence, going ahead the demand of chemical products is expected to surge strongly at
10-11 % p.a. over the next five years.
To meet this increasing demand either the local production will have to ramp up or
the imports will have to go up. Indian Govt. has increased its focus towards domestic
manufacturing with the intent of increasing the share of manufacturing in GDP from
16% to 25% by 2022.