India’s thriving development in various sectors has given a kick-start to the Polymer Industry. It has also laid down a constructive path for the polymer growth story in the country.
The consumption of polymer is expected to grow to 10 Sm Mt by 2020. The next biggest contributor is the Indian Agriculture Industry. Plastics has been widely used in agriculture for many years.
The use of plastics ensures food protection and also an efficient water conversion. Below is a list of plastic products used by the agriculture industry. This is not a complete list by any means, but it provides an overview of the diversity of polymer applications.
Trays and Plant Pots – Trays and pots are used for the growth and propagation of small plants and seeds. And it is easier to transport plants in pots and trays. They are made using polystyrene and polyolefins due to their relative cheapness.
Plastic Water Tank – Plastic tanks are used to store many types of liquids but predominantly water. PVC and Polyolefins are used in manufacturing plastic tanks as they need to be tougher, long-lasting, and corrosion resistant. They are rotary moulded or manufactured using a wrapping procedure of plastic extrusion.
Crates and Boxes – Crates and boxed are required in order to transport crops. Generally, HDPE (High-Density Polyethylene) is used in the manufacturing of these items as its cheap, durable, and strong. HDPE is good as these items experience some abuse and need to be used a lot.
Plastic Drainage Pipe – The pipes that are used for irrigation and drainage are made using PVC and Polyolefins due to their exceptional resistance to chemicals, durability, wearability, and resistance to corrosion. Pipes are always extruded and the fittings are injection moulded.
Containers – For chemicals, fertilisers, herbicides, and insecticides. Polyolefins are used for their good chemical resistance, durability and, once again, relative cheapness. These are generally blow moulded.