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Chemicals

National conference on potential of plastic industry in Northern India with a focus on ‘Plasticulture and Packaging’

The National conference on potential of plastic industry in Northern India with a focus on ‘Plasticulture and Packaging’ was organized by FICCI on 18th April, 2017. As a Knowledge and strategic partner for the event, TATA Strategic Management Group released a knowledge paper on this theme. The knowledge paper offers insights into the Indian plastic industry, its past growth, the challenges faced, emerging applications and its future growth prospects, with an emphasis on the application of plastics into agriculture (Plasticulture) and Packaging. It provides a comparison of plastics usage in India vis-à-vis the global usage in several applications, and details out the advantages of boosting usage of plastics in Indian agriculture. It also highlights the role of plastics in Indian Packaging industry and provides a future outlook based on the identified growth drivers. The knowledge paper also analyzes the current status of plastics industry in North India, and with the help of a case study, emphasizes how plasticulture could be a solution to the water management issues faced by North India. It also highlights the key end-user industries flourishing in North India which have the potential to boost demand for plastics in Packaging. The report sums up with the role North India is expected to play as the demand for plastics in India is set to double by 2020.

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Opportunity Areas in Chemicals for Make in India

Feedstock availability, difficult access to latest technology and unfavourable duty structures have led to muted investments resulting in a plethora of chemicals being imported in India across the value chain. The net imports have risen from USD 2.6 Bn in FY08 to USD 13.8 Bn in FY15. Imports of several chemicals and polymers today are equivalent to a global scale plant output. With chemical demand shifting towards Asia, and China reassessing its chemical industry play, it could offer opportunities for chemical companies to invest selectively in India. To top it, government’s enhanced focus on “Make in India” and several states making Chemicals as one of the preferred industries will facilitate realizing such opportunities. To make the most of the USD 12 Bn opportunity in petrochemical intermediates, we believe companies need to reassess their business model & manufacturing footprint; say Manish Panchal, Charu Kapoor and Nihaal Jelkie of Tata Strategic Management Group. (This article is published in Chemical News April 2017


3rd National conference on sustainable infrastructure with Plastics

The 3rd National conference on sustainable infrastructure with Plastics was organized by FICCI on 23rd February 2017. As a Knowledge and strategic partner for the event, TATA Strategic Management Group released a knowledge paper on this theme. The knowledge paper provides the reader with an overview of the Indian plastic processing industry and its growth prospects. It underlines the growth drivers for plastics in India, offers insights into the modern applications of plastics, and also highlights the key challenges faced by the plastics industry. The knowledge paper delves into several key opportunities for plastics and details out opportunities that exist in the infrastructure segment. It also goes on to explain the impact that various government initiatives like ‘Housing for all’, ‘Swaccha Bharat Mission’ and ‘AMRUT’ are expected to have on the demand for plastics in the infrastructure segment. The paper concludes by highlighting the role of both the government and the plastic processing industry in ensuring a sustainable future for plastics in the Indian infrastructure segment.

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7th Asia Pacific Congress on Catalysis

Catalysts have become indispensable in various processes in the chemical industry. Be it optimizing reactions or contributing to adherence to environmental norms, catalysts today play a pivotal role. While positive outlook for growth of the conventional catalysts exists both globally and in APAC, newer research avenues namely nanotechnology and bio-catalysis will further aid to its growth in future. The chemical industry, through adequate usage of catalysts and concerted industry academia partnerships, could achieve desired sustainable goals.

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Chemical Logistics in India - Challenges and Opportunities

“Chemical Logistics in India - Challenges and Opportunities”, a knowledge report on the logistics and supply chain depiction in the chemical industry was released by TATA Strategic Management Group (TSMG) on January 29, 2016 during the 1st conference by Chemlog India at New Delhi.

The Indian chemical industry is overall the 3rd largest in Asia after China and Japan in terms of volume contribution to the global market. The industry is tremendously diverse, with a remarkable array of close to 1 lakh commercial products with myriad applications across a wide range of categories. With products existing in solid, liquid or gaseous forms and some being inflammable and hazardous, each product has a separate and specific handling, storage and transportation requirements. The complexity of the chemical industry makes chemical logistics and supply chain very challenging.

This report gives an overview of the logistics segment of Indian Chemical Industry. It analyses the current modes used viz. air, water, road, etc., discusses the challenges faced, prevalent regulations and the eminent opportunities moving forward.

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Indiachem 2016 - Handbook on Indian Chemical Industry

The mega event IndiaChem, jointly organized by Department of Chemicals and Petrochemicals, Ministry of Chemicals and fertilizers, Govt. of India, Government of India and Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) was held from September 1st – 3rd, 2016 at Bombay Exhibition center, Mumbai, India. TATA Strategic Management Group was the knowledge and strategy partner for the event and released a report titled “INDIACHEM 2016- HANDBOOK ON INDIAN CHEMICAL INDUSTRY”. The report highlights importance of chemical in everyday life and gives a detailed understanding of current market size, future trends, specific challenges and opportunities for the key sub segments of the industry.

Globally, chemical industry was valued at $ 4.3 Tn in 2015 and is expected to grow at 5.5% per annum till 2020 driven by demand from end use industries. Indian chemical industry is estimated to be valued at $147 Bn in 2015 and contributes 3% to the global chemical industry. It ranks 14th in exports and 8th in imports of chemicals (excluding pharmaceutical products) globally.

Strong end use industries growth driven primarily by consumption is expected to fuel demand of the chemical products and thereby offers an opportunity for both MNCs and domestic chemical companies to grow.

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Next Generation Indian Agriculture - Role of Crop Protection Solutions

The 6th National Conference on Agrochemicals was jointly organized by FICCI in association with the Department of Agriculture Cooperation & Farmers Welfare and the Department of Chemicals and Petrochemicals (C&PC), Govt. of India on 19th July, 2016 at Federation House, New Delhi. As a Knowledge and strategic partner for the event, TATA Strategic Management Group released a knowledge paper titled ‘Next Generation Indian Agriculture: Role of Crop Protection solutions’. The report highlights various challenges faced by Indian Agriculture & crop-protection industry and lays an emphasis on adoption of next generation crop protection solutions.

The report details out various solutions that could help Indian agriculture increase productivity, highlights government initiatives towards development of agriculture, and touches upon digitization as a means to modernize agriculture. It also features an interesting case study on how, an enterprise is helping shape up farmers’ lives through the use of M-Commerce.

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Sustainable Chemistry:India’s Future Growth Story

This report on “Sustainable Chemistry: India’s Future Growth Story” is a part of the Indian Chamber of Commerce’s and TATA Strategic Management Group (TSMG) Chemical Practice’s endeavor to highlight the utility of Green Chemistry in promoting sustainable growth in the chemical industry. This report was released on June 24, 2016 during the Cheminar Event in New Delhi.

The chemical industry is making living in the 21st century more enriching by contributing towards building energy-efficient homes, more comfortable bedding, longer-lasting paints and affordable clothing. From increased agricultural productivity and better cure for human diseases to smoother skin creams and sparkling toothpastes, chemicals play a vital role in everyday life. Along with economic growth, sustainable development is also critical towards growth of the Indian chemical industry. The government of India has emphasized to all industries to focus on developing products that has Zero Defect and Zero Effects (ZED). There has been a thrust in this development through adoption of green methods such as use of ozone towards water treatment and zero liquid discharge techniques.

This report gives an overview of key sub-segments of chemical industry - viz. Basic Organic and Inorganic, Petrochemicals, Agrochemicals, Fertilizers and Specialty Chemicals. It analyses the impact that each of these sub segments have in terms of the critical challenges they address that contributes towards economic, social or industrial activity and impact on other sectors within the chemical industry.

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Role of Plasticulture in Next Generation Agriculture

The report on “Role of Plasticulture in next generation Agriculture” is part of Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) and TATA Strategic Management Group (TSMG) Chemical Practice's endeavor to assess the industry and end-consumer towards adoption of plastics in the agricultural practices to improve yield and productivity. This report was released by Mr. Hukmadev Narayan Yadav, Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Agriculture at the FICCI Event in New Delhi on May 13, 2016.

Right usage of water is becoming increasingly important given the fact that India currently supports nearly 17.84% of the world population, with 2.4% land and 4 % of water resources. At the same time, monsoons are also becoming erratic. The resultant is an alarming fall in ground water levels. Plasticulture (viz: the use of plastics in agriculture, horticulture, water-management, food grains storage and related areas) is a good answer to this challenge. It can play an important role in facilitating judicious usage of water. This report showcases the various Plasticulture methods available for adoption and highlights the benefits of Plasticulture in farming methods and post harvesting techniques.

The report is a result of FICCI's objective to highlight the potential of plastics in agriculture and business opportunities present in the sector.

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Enhancing Competitiveness of Indian PVC & Caustic Soda Industries

The whitepaper on “Enhancing Competitiveness of Indian PVC & Caustic Soda Industries” is a part of joint attempt between Chemicals and Energy Practice of Tata Strategic Management Group (TSMG) and Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) to highlight the need for strengthening the domestic polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and caustic soda production in the wake of growing demand and increasing dependency on imports. This report was released by the Minister of State of Chemicals & Fertilizers Shri Hansraj Gangaram Ahir at the FICCI event held in federation house , Delhi on the 18th of December 2015.

Both the PVC and the caustic soda industries are essential to the growth of the Indian economy with both products finding applications in a variety of sectors as well as being a source of employment. Today, close to 50% of the demand for PVC in the country is met by imports which was less than 5% of the country's demand ten years ago. This level of imports will be highly unsustainable and to meet the demand in India in the future, capacity addition in the domestic industry an absolute must. Increase in PVC production capacity will also facilitate increase in chlorine utilization leading to better ECU economics and enhancement in caustic soda capacity. Caustic soda production capacity enhancement is also reducing due to the influx of cheaper imports from the Middle East, where power costs are lower. When the country’s goal today is to ‘Make in India’, increased imports and lower manufacturing levels contribute to loss of potential employment and widening the current account deficit.

The whitepaper highlights the need to increase import duty of PVC and Caustic soda, reduce tariff on intermediates, give thrust to the PCPIR policy and revisit the tariff concessions extended to countries with which India has signed trade agreements.

This whitepaper will be useful for industry players as it highlights key imperatives and action areas for industry players, government and regulatory bodies and other associated partners to help achieve its full potential.

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5th National Conference on Agrochemicals-2015

The 5th National Conference on Agrochemicals was jointly organized by FICCI, Department of Chemicals & Petrochemicals, Department of Agriculture and Cooperation, Govt. of India on 18th November, 2015 at Federation House New Delhi. TATA Strategic Management Group was the knowledge and strategy partner for the event and released a knowledge paper titled ‘Ushering in 2nd Green Revolution-Role of Agrochemicals’. The report highlights various challenges faced by Indian Agriculture and Agrochemical sector and emphasises on adoption of Second Green Revolution with focus on role that Agrochemicals can play in Second Green Revolution. The report also details out the Indian Agrochemical market and indicates the way forward for increasing the penetration of agrochemicals thereby endeavouring to achieve the objective of food and nutrition security for the country. It also carries a special feature on industry leaders views and outlook about the agrochemical sector, associated challenges & opportunities and integration of agrochemicals in second green revolution.

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India Chem Gujarat 2015

The 4th edition of mega event India Chem Gujarat, jointly organized by Department of Chemicals and Petrochemicals, Govt. of India, along with Government of Gujarat, iNDEXTb and Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) was held from October 28 - 30, 2015 at Mahatma Mandir, Gandhinagar, Gujarat. TATA Strategic Management Group was the knowledge and strategy partner for the event and released a report titled “Chemicals- A Way of Life” The report highlights the importance of chemicals in everyday life. It gives a detailed analysis of the current market size, key future trends, challenges and underlying opportunities and future forecast for each key sub-segments- viz. Petrochemicals, Agrochemicals, Fertilizers and Specialty Chemicals. It also highlights how Gujarat became the petro capital of India and brings out how the policy, infrastructure and overall framework of the state have benefited the chemical industry. The report also carries a special feature on reverse SEZ and explains the actions undertaken for the same to help the industry to prosper further.

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Potential for Plastic Industry in North India- 2015

A conference on “Potential for Plastic Industry in North India” was jointly organized by FICCI and Department of Chemicals & Petrochemicals, Govt. of India on 26th June, 2015 at Chandigarh. TATA Strategic Management Group was the knowledge and strategy partner for the event and released a report titled “Potential of Plastics Industry in Northern India with special focus on plasticulture (Micro Irrigation & Post-Harvest Management)” The report highlights the current market scenario regarding plastics consumption and supply patterns, challenges for plastic industry in North India and illustrates the industry’s future growth potential in India. It also emphasizes on the opportunities and benefits arising out of plasticulture, effectiveness of plastic in post-harvest management. It depicts how plastic based solutions could be utilized for better water management and micro irrigation practises. The report also carries a special feature on plastic recycling and explains the actions undertaken for the same to increase the magnitude of plastic waste management.

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Standard Spurious / Counterfeit Pesticides in India

The report on “Study on Sub-Standard Spurious / Counterfeit Pesticides in India 2015- Report” is a prepared by Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) in association with Tata Strategic Management Group (TSMG) Chemical Energy and Logistics Practice to highlight the adverse impact of spurious/ counterfeit pesticides on the national economy. This report was released by Dr. J.S.Sandhu, Agriculture Commissioner to the Govt. of India at the conference held in Federation House, New Delhi on the 23rd of September 2015.

With nearly a 1.2 billion population, India requires a robust, modernized agriculture sector to ensure the food security for its population. In order to meet the food grain requirement of the nation, the agricultural productivity and its growth needs to be sustained and further improved. Judicious usage of pesticides / agro-chemicals is very important for the sustained growth of Indian agriculture and economy. There is a significant share of non-genuine pesticides in the Indian market, which can be counterfeit, spurious, adulterated or sub-standard. These products are inferior formulations which are unable to kill the pests or kill them efficiently. Some of these products leave by-products which may significantly harm the soil and environment. Apart from crop loss and damage to soil fertility, use of non –genuine products leads to loss of revenue to farmers, agrochemical companies and government.

The report findings will highlight the proliferation of non-genuine / illegal pesticides in Indian agriculture including unregistered and counterfeit pesticides and provide recommendations to stakeholders to curb the same.

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Liquid Bulk Handling and Storage

The report on “Liquid Bulk Handling and Storage- Paving the way for India’s Chemical and Energy Needs” is a part of joint endeavour between Tata Strategic Management Group (TSMG) Supply Chain and Logistics Practice and Cerebral Business Research to highlight the key issues faced by bulk liquid storage industry in India and opportunities present in the sector. This report was released at the “Cerebral Business Research: Indian Bulk Liquid Storage” conference held in Mumbai on the 18th of February 2015.

Bulk liquids are raw materials or intermediates for several end use sectors. Accelerating economic growth along with government’s focus on domestic manufacturing would lead to rapid growth in end use sectors. This would drive increase in bulk liquid flows. However, Bulk liquid handling and storage is faced with challenges in infrastructure and hinterland connectivity leading to high cost of operations due to poor operating efficiencies at ports. This highlights a need for upscaling the infrastructure in terms of berth capacities, pipelines, storage tanks & port equipments. Supportive regulatory policies are required, which would help in easing port congestion and improve performance of port & vessel operations.

The report findings will be useful for industry players as it highlights key imperatives and action areas for industry players, Government and Regulatory bodies and other associated partners to help achieve its full potential.

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Potential for Plastic Processing Industry in India

A conference on “Potential for Plastic Processing Industry in India” was jointly organized by FICCI, Department of Chemicals & Petrochemicals, Govt. of India and OPP on 8th & 9th Dec, 2014 at New Delhi.

TATA Strategic Management Group was the knowledge and strategy partner for the event and released a report titled “New Horizons for Indian Plastics Processing Industry”. The report highlights the current market scenario regarding plastics processing industry, its future growth potential and illustrates critical challenges which needs to be overcome in order to realize the industry’s full potential. It also emphasizes on select emerging applications of plastics and highlights industry sub-segments which are likely to adopt plastics more aggressively in the coming years.

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IndiaChem 2014 – 8th International Conference on Chemical Industry

The 8th International Conference on Chemical Industry - IndiaChem 2014, jointly organized by FICCI and Department of Chemicals & Petrochemicals, Govt. of India was held from 9th to 11th October at Mumbai. TATA Strategic Management Group was the knowledge and strategy partner for the event and released a report titled ‘Spurting the Growth of the Indian Chemical Industry’. The report was released by Shri. Ananth Kumar, Minister of Chemicals & Fertilizers, Government of India.

The report is a source of knowledge on the current scenario of the Indian chemical industry, along with an analysis of key sub-segments such as bulk chemicals, specialty chemicals, agrochemicals, petrochemicals and fertilizers. It outlines the demand-supply scenario over the next 5 years and also the key challenges and growth drivers. The report provides key imperatives for industry players, Government and Regulatory bodies to help achieve its full potential.

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4th National Conference on Agrochemicals 2014

The 4th National Conference on Agrochemcials 2014, jointly organized by FICCI and Department of Chemicals & Petrochemicals, Govt. of India was held on August 25 and 26, 2014 at New Delhi. TATA Strategic Management Group was the knowledge and strategy partner for the event and released a report titled “Agrochemicals for Ensuring Food and Nutritional Security for the Nation”. The report was released by Shri. Ananth Kumar Minister of Chemicals & Fertilizers, Government of India.

The report highlights the changing food consumption patterns in India, demand patterns and future growth potential of crop protection industry in India. The report also highlights the need of agrochemicals to overcome the challenges faced by Indian Agriculture in ensuring food and nutritional security of the nation. It showcases the key imperatives for Agrochemical companies, Government and Regulatory bodies to promote judicious use of genuine agrochemicals.

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Energy Efficiency in India: PAT Scheme - The Way Ahead

The knowledge paper on the energy efficiency in India titled “Energy Efficiency in India: PAT Scheme - The Way Ahead”, was released on July 24th, 2014 at the Energy Management and Excellence Summit 2014 at New Delhi.

The report is a source of insights and information on the energy efficiency scenario in India with a focus on PAT scheme launched by BEE. Extensive primary interactions were carried out with multiple stakeholders including policy makers, regulators, investors, funding agencies, designated consumers, and power equipment manufacturers to capture the upcoming trends in energy efficiency front and the challenges being faced by various stakeholders in India specifically with regard to PAT scheme. Designated consumers under PAT scheme have opined that the scheme has helped them reduce their energy bill but expect over-supply of ESCerts. Depth (number of companies) and Width (number of sectors) under PAT scheme needs to be increased by decreasing the threshold for selection to enhance the demand for ESCerts. The report also contains list of suggestions made by the industry to the regulators for increasing the efficacy of energy efficiency regulations in India. Tata Strategic believes that the scheme has established the need for innovative energy efficient equipment and possible new business models. As India’s economy embarks on the next phase of growth, it would offer opportunities for global OEMs, energy efficiency product manufacturers and software products & solutions providers.

For further details, contact Manish Panchal, Head of Chemicals & Energy Practice at manish.panchal@tsmg.com

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Potential for Plastic Industry in North India

A conference on “Potential for Plastic Industry in North India” was jointly organized by FICCI and Department of Chemicals & Petrochemicals, Govt. of India on 24th June, 2014 at Chandigarh. TATA Strategic Management Group was the knowledge and strategy partner for the event and released a report titled “Potential of Plastics Industry in Northern India with special focus on plasticulture and food processing”. The report highlights the current market scenario regarding plastics consumption and supply patterns, future growth potential in India and illustrates the strategic imperatives for its growth. It also emphasizes on the benefits and need of micro-irrigation for Indian agriculture. The report also carries a special feature on food processing sector and explains opportunity associated with it.

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Growing through proactive M&A in Indian Specialty Chemicals

Indian specialty chemicals industry is currently valued at USD 23 Bn and is expected to grow at ~14% per annum over next decade. The industry is fragmented with around ~500 companies largely dominated by family owned companies. Indian chemical companies have strong domestic presence, products with unique value proposition and an established distribution network. To make the most of the opportunity, global companies need to grow their business in India through proactive M&A say Manish Panchal, Charu Kapoor, and Binay Agrawal of Tata Strategic Management Group. (This article is published in Chemical Weekly June 2014


The industry lacks in consumer standards for construction

The Indian Construction Chemicals industry has immense potential to grow but is blindsided by the lack of awareness among consumers, proper regulation in standards and price sensitivity of the market. Manish Panchal, Practice Head - Chemical, Energy, Supply Chain and Sustainability and Charu Kapoor, Principal - Chemicals offer an insight into India's performance in the global construction chemicals segment.  (This article is published in Construction Opportunities June 2014).


Solar PV Sector in India: Challenges & Way Ahead

The knowledge paper on the solar sector titled “Solar PV Sector in India: Challenges & Way Ahead”, was released on May 27th-28th, 2014 at the 4th Annual Global Solar EPC Summit 2014.

The report brings out insights on various global solar markets and policy initiatives therein. Extensive primary interactions were carried out with multiple stakeholders including policy makers, regulators, developers, original equipment manufacturers, balance of plant manufacturers, engineering consultants to capture the views to capture upcoming trends in the solar sector and the challenges being faced by various stakeholders in India. Some of the challenges highlighted by the industry participants are about 30% substandard capacity in JNNSM phase I, regulatory inconsistency, lack of Renewable Purchase Obligation (RPO) enforcement and increasing competition in the sector. Key lessons learnt so far include establishing prudent Quality Control (QC) parameters for solar installations, consistent capacity addition through well planned central and state programs, enforcement of RPO, close monitoring for early fault detection. Further, some of the key actions recommended include long term consistent solar policy, rolling out regulations like net metering and open access for the development of the sector. Other important recommendation is development of solar manufacturing ecosystem and allied infrastructure.

For further details, contact Manish Panchal, Head of Chemicals, Energy & Water Practice at manish.panchal@tsmg.com.

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FICCI 5th National Conference on Construction Chemicals 2014

The 5th National Conference on Construction Chemicals 2014, jointly organized by FICCI and Department of Chemicals & Petrochemicals, Govt. of India was held on May 7-8, 2014 at Mumbai. TATA Strategic Management Group was the knowledge partner for the event and released an industry report on Construction Chemicals at this occasion. The report provides an overview of the construction chemicals markets, key trends, challenges and issues impacting the Indian construction chemicals industry and highlights the critical success factors for companies operating in this segment. It also provides a special section on “Corrosion Management”.

For further details, contact Manish Panchal, Practice Head at manish.panchal@tsmg.com

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Safe and Judicious Use of Agrochemicals and Applications of Green Chemistry

The seminar on Safe and Judicious Use of Agrochemicals and Applications of Green Chemistry, jointly organized by FICCI and Department of Chemicals & Petrochemicals, Govt. of India was held on 10th March, 2014 at Pune. TATA Strategic Management Group was the knowledge and strategy partner for the event and released a report titled “Safe and Judicious Use of Agrochemicals and Applications of Green Chemistry”. The report highlights the current scenario regarding the consumption patterns, future growth potential of crop protection industry in India and showcases the strategic imperatives for its growth. The report also highlights Green Chemistry and its importance in Agrochemical sector and provides guidance on judicious usage of agrochemicals.

For further details, contact Manish Panchal, Head of Chemical & Energy Practice at

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O&M Strategies for Superior Performance

The knowledge paper on the thermal power sector titled “O&M Strategies for Superior Performance”, was released on March 6th, 2014 at the 3rd Annual Conference & Exhibition: ‘Thermal Power O&M Summit 2014’.

This report is a source of insights and information on the O&M sector for thermal power plants. The report acts as a guide to power producers in their efforts to obtain superior returns through effective O&M. The report shares insights about the various O&M regimes being followed. The insights garnered through various interactions with several Power producers in India have been captured in the section on ‘Current issues faced by the Power producers’. The report highlights the trends in the power sector towards a growing need for adoption of superior O&M measures.

For further details, contact Manish Panchal, Head of Chemicals, Energy & Water Practice at manish.panchal@tsmg.com.

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CII-Gujarat Water Summit 2014

The knowledge paper on the water sector titled “Securing our Water Future” , was released on January 31st, 2014 at the CII-Gujarat Water Summit 2014.

This report presents a broad overview of water scenario in India (with emphasis on Gujarat), followed by a snapshot of key technologies and approaches for domestic and industrial water management. The learnings garnered have been captured in the section on action pointers that provides a four step framework for long-term water strategy, including segmentation of issues and identifying a host of potential solutions. The focus of this report has been on providing a structured framework for developing water management strategies for the various stakeholders. The report also covers the potential opportunities for various companies operating in the water value chain.

For further details, contact Manish Panchal, Head of Chemicals, Energy & Water Practice at

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Strategies for Indian Pharma in a volatile world

Fragmented Indian pharmaceutical market is facing high volatility and uncertainty. Increasing number of drugs in NLEM and price controls, changing FDI Policy, compulsory licensing, aggressive acquisition investments by MNCs, and declining global generic market opportunity is creating a new normal. Pharmaceutical companies need to re-visit their traditional growth strategies to succeed in a volatile world, say Manish Panchal, Charu Kapoor and Mansi Mahajan of Tata Strategic Management Group. (This article is published in Pharma Bio World Magazine January 2014).


Industrial Green Chemistry World (IGCW) 2013

The knowledge and strategy paper on Industrial Green Chemistry and Engineering (IGC&E) titled “Reengineering Chemistry for Better Tomorrow”, was released on December 6th, 2013 at the Industrial Green Chemistry World Symposium.

The report provides an overview of Indian Chemical Industry and establishes the need for green chemistry. It highlights the evolution of green chemistry and provides an indication on opportunity it provides globally. It establishes metrics which companies can use to transition to industrial green chemistry and details out various barriers which are currently prevalent in its implementation and possible ways to overcome them. It also focuses on strategies which companies can adopt for successful transition to industrial green chemistry and suggests possible way ahead for various stakeholders.

For further details, contact Manish Panchal, Head of Chemicals practice at manish.panchal@tsmg.com.

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INDIACHEM GUJARAT 2013

The INDIACHEM Gujarat 2013 report on speciality chemical industry, prepared by Tata Strategic Management Group, was released on October 24th, 2013 at the FICCI IndiaChem 2013 conference by Hon. Shri. Narendra Modi – Chief Minister of Gujarat.

The first half of the report contains a detailed analysis of the current scenario, key trends, growth drivers and future outlook of the specialty chemical industry in India, including fine chemicals, agrochemicals, dyes & pigments and specialty chemicals. It also focuses on Gujarat as an investment hub for chemicals in India. The second half of the report contains several thought notes which contain our perspective on the emerging business environment. For further details, contact Manish Panchal, Head of Chemicals practice at manish.panchal@tsmg.com.

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Oleochemical opportunities

Increase in demand for bio-degradable products and sustainable solutions coupled with changes in regulations in recent times are increasing the influence of oleochemicals in various segments of chemical industry. The global oleochemicals market is likely to reach 18 Mn Tonnes by 2018. Recent advances have created new applications in various segments such as in polymers, lubricants and biosurfactants which offer significant opportunities for companies in the long run. Chemical companies which explore organic and inorganic growth options in this space could be poised for major growth, say Manish Panchal, Charu Kapoor and Binay Agrawal of Tata Strategic Management Group.  (This article is published in Speciality Chemicals Magazine October 2013).

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Integrated Development - A key to sustainable growth of Gujarat as a chemical hub

Gujarat accounts for more than 50% of chemicals and process industries in India. Be it ports, storage, LNG terminal, pipeline connectivity, effluent treatment or chemical clusters; Gujarat has ensured its leadership in most of the infrastructural developments. It has become the location of choice for chemical and process industry in India but going forward, Gujarat needs to look at the implementation challenges in infrastructure to maintain its position; say Manish Panchal and Siddharth Paradkar of Tata Strategic Management Group.(This article is published in Chemical Industry Digest, October 2013)


India seeks opportunities in an evolving global petrochemical market

The global Petrochemical industry is changing with shale gas discovery in the USA, anaemic growth in developed economies and emergence of Asia as a major consumption hub. This creates both challenges and opportunities for India. Competitive import from North America in basic olefins is a challenge for the industry. Utilizing the presence of a large number of refineries in India, opportunity exists to make competitive products like aromatics and propylene derivatives as Govt. promotes domestic manufacturing to substitute large scale imports says Tata Strategic Management Group. (This article is published in ICIS.com)


Rooftop solar – next big wave in Indian solar sector!

Solar capacity addition in India was focused on large grid connected solar projects and was primarily driven by policy incentives. However going forward, Indian solar market is expected to see a gradual shift from policy driven incentive based projects to parity driven projects. Rooftop solar which is emerging as a cost competitive solution to end consumers could act as a major catalyst for future growth. A view shared by Shardul Kulkarni and Amit Singh at Tata Strategic Management Group. (This article is published in Infrastructure Today Annual 2013).

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Water Shocks in Power Plants – Time for a changed approach

The growing shortages of water presents a business risk to thermal power plants; they require large volumes of water for operation and are pegged below priority users (drinking and irrigation) that account for ~85% of water consumption in the country. To safeguard against a future of water scarcity, thermal power plants need to move beyond the traditional short-term approach to water related issues and develop a long-term water management strategy that would protect the company’s operations against potential future water shocks, feel Shardul Kulkarni, Principal, Energy & Water Practice, and Anirudh Reddy, Project Leader, Tata Strategic Management Group. (This article is published in Project Vendor, August 2013)

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Strategic SCM for Agrochemical Companies

Tata Strategic has developed a special feature on Strategic Supply Chain Management for Agrochemical Companies based on extensive interactions with key industry players.

Through the feature, we raise vital questions about the effectiveness of current SCM practices in agrochemicals and uncover innovative ways and new practices from within the industry adopted by a select set of more nimble, progressive companies who are setting new benchmarks in supply chain performance. With several myths being broken and new benchmarks established, we expect Agrochemical companies to look at improving their supply chain effectiveness more comprehensively going forward.


3rd National Conclave on Agrochemicals 2013

The 3rd National Conclave on Agrochemcials 2013, jointly organized by FICCI and Department of Chemicals & Petrochemicals, Govt. of India was held on July 30 and 31, 2013 at New Delhi. TATA Strategic Management Group was the knowledge and strategy partner for the event and released a report titled “Indian Agrochemicals Industry – Imperatives of Growth”. The report highlights the current scenario regarding the consumption patterns, future growth potential of crop protection industry in India and showcases the strategic imperatives for its growth. The report also carries a special feature on Strategic Supply Chain Management for Agrochemical Companies.

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Outsourcing operations, a new trend among IPPs

Indian private sector is likely to contribute more than 60 per cent in the 12th Five Year Plan’s capacity addition program of 88 gw. With limited availability of skilled labor and difficulties in attracting and retaining talent at remote locations, private sector power players are facing operation and maintenance (O&M) related challenges. Hence, outsourcing of O&M has become a growing trend. However, it is essential to understand an independent power producer’s (IPP) core competencies and evaluate different outsourcing options before deciding upon the O&M model, say Shardul Kulkarni, Manmohan Agarwal and Amit Kumar Singh of Tata Strategic Management Group. (This article is published in Infralineplus, July 2013 issue)

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PAT Scheme: a blessing in disguise

PAT Scheme, introduced by the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) under the purview of the Ministry of Power, is a blessing in disguise and an intuitive way to move toward the energy excellence.  (This article is published in Electric & Power Review, July 2013 issue)


Beating the slowdown blues with vigour

Demand for chemicals in India has grown at a rate higher than the GDP and has shown resilience even in tumultuous times over the last couple of years. This demand is driven by sustained growth in end-use industries and considerable rise in exports. However, chemical companies having aspirations in the Indian market must fulfil some key imperatives to meet the growing demand. (This article is published in Chemical Manufacturing May 2013 issue)


2nd National Conference on Plastics and Petrochemicals

The 2nd National Conference on Plastics and Petrochemicals “Poly India” was organized by FICCI on April 25 – 26, 2013 at Chennai. Tata Strategic Management Group was the knowledge and Strategy partner for the event and released an industry report on Engineering Plastics at this occasion. The report provides an overview of the engineering plastics market, demand supply gap, key demand drivers, critical success factors and goes on to highlight the strategic imperatives success factors for companies operating in this segment.

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Construction chemicals: growth prospects, strategic imperatives

Indian construction chemical industry has grown at the rate of 15 per cent per annum. With increasing acceptability and promising end use market growth construction chemical industry is expected to grow at 15-17 per cent per annum. Low awareness amongst end users, absence of quality standards and a price sensitive fragmented market are key challenges. Industry players need to work on the right price value proposition, increase user awareness, and jointly convince Government to frame policies for harmonisation with international standards, write Manish Panchal and Charu Kapoor.  (This article is published in Ace Update June 2013 issue)


M&A opportunities in Indian Speciality chemicals industry

The Indian speciality chemicals industry, dominated by small & medium sized family-owned companies, has demonstrated a high growth of about 13% per annum during the last five years.  However, lack of managerial capability and resources limits the scalability of such companies, thereby offering attractive acquisition opportunities.  Large chemical companies, especially MNCs are increasingly exploring such acquisition opportunities as they look to overcome delays in getting approvals for greenfield projects and to gain faster market access.  (This article is published in Chemical Weekly, January 22, 2013). 


4th International Conclave on Construction Chemicals 2013

The 4th International Conclave on Construction Chemicals 2013, jointly organized by FICCI and Department of Chemicals & Petrochemicals, Govt. of India was held on Jan 9-10, 2013 at Ahmedabad. Tata Strategic Management Group was the knowledge partner for the event and released an industry report on Construction Chemicals at this occasion. The report provides an overview of the construction chemicals markets, key trends, challenges and issues impacting the Indian construction chemicals industry and goes on to highlight the critical success factors for companies operating in this segment.

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Specialty chemicals in personal care products: Opportunity for unique positioning

Indian personal care product market is observing different trends for different users. On the one hand we have urban customers whose needs are evolving and require customization of the product offering. On the other hand, we have rural customers where the penetration is increasing, but their price sensitivity requires cost effective product offerings. These trends make it imperative for specialty ingredient producers to re-define their market positioning from anywhere between a niche player to an integrated player, say Manish Panchal, Siddharth Paradkar and Avinash Singh of Tata Strategic Management Group.  (This article was published in Home, Personal & Institutional Care (HPIC) India, a Monthly Magazine by Chemical Weekly, December 2012 edition)


INDIACHEM 2012

The INDIACHEM 2012 report on chemical industry, prepared by Tata Strategic Management Group, was released on October 4th, 2012 at the FICCI IndiaChem 2012 conference by Hon’ble President of India Shri. Pranab Mukherjee.

This is the third consecutive time that Tata Strategic has partnered with FICCI for the biennial event as knowledge partner. The report covers a detailed analysis of various sectors of the Indian Chemical industry including basic organic and inorganic chemicals, specialty chemicals, agrochemicals, petrochemicals and fertilizers, providing an insight into the industry growth drivers, trends and likely future growth. The industry overview is followed by several thought notes developed by Tata Strategic emphasising trends and outlining strategies for companies trying to excel in a continuously evolving business environment.

For further details, contact Manish Panchal, Head of Chemicals practice at manish.panchal@tsmg.com.

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Green Telecom Towers – an attractive option for sustainable tomorrow

24x7 telecom operations require uninterrupted power supply. Due to mul-tiple pain points across power value chain load shedding is quite rampant forcing telecom tower companies to heavily rely on liquid fuel. Diesel pow-er, besides increasing operating cost is also leading to huge greenhouse gas emissions. With regulatory authorities contemplating to curb carbon emissions and rising liquid fuel cost putting pressure on operating margins, re-newable energy could prove to be an attractive option for telecom sector. A view shared by Manish Panchal, Shardul Kulkarni and Amit Kumar Singh of Tata Strategic Management Group. (This article was published in Renewable Watch, September 2012 edition).

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Conference on Plastics Industry in North India

Variety of plastics raw materials are produced to meet the needs of different sectors of the economy. Plastics industry is one of the fastest growing industries in India. It has expanded at a very impressive pace of ~10% p.a. over the last five years to reach ~8 MnTPA by FY11. There are several factors like end use industry growth, increasing urbanization, changing lifestyle combined with feedstock availability and manufacturing competitiveness are promoting growth of plastic industry in India. There is, however, a lack of planned downstream plastic processing plants in North India. North India accounts for a quarter of processed plastics demand in India. With the commissioning of new petrochemical units in Bhatinda and Panipat, availability of raw material for plastic processing units is not a concern anymore. Setting up of plastic processing units in North India needs to be promoted to meet the increasing demand in the region. Large employment generation would be the spill-off benefit from promoting plastic processing industry in the region.

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Petrochemicals: The South India Opportunity

Petrochemical demand supply scenario in India varies significantly across regions. Southern India, an attractive market with annual deficit of ~2 Mn Tonnes of polymers, provides an opportunity to invest in a cracker. This paves a path for international and domestic players to enter into partner-ship for addressing this opportunity. Moreover, investments in a cracker could spur development of downstream units, say Siddharth Paradkar, Binay Agrawal and Avinash Singh of Tata Strategic Management Group.  (This article was published in Chemical World, July 2012).

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Harnessing Zero Coal Approach through Energy Efficiency Power Plants

Indian power sector has been marred by severe demand supply gap primarily due to shortage of key raw material such as coal and poor T&D infrastructure. Continued reliance on supply side resources would not be prudent practice going forward. Regulators and policy makers could give more thrust upon demand side resources while addressing power deficit situation in efficient manner. “Energy Efficient Power Plant (EPP)”, a demand side resource, has been emerging as resource efficient option for addressing demand globally. So, can EPP be adopted in India as well?  Views shared by Shardul Kulkarni (Principal – Energy) and Manmohan Agarwal (Associate Consultant) from the Tata Strategic Management Group. (This article is published in Coal Insights, June 2012).


2nd International Conference on Speciality Chemicals

The 2nd International Conference on Speciality Chemicals 2012, jointly organized by FICCI and Department of Chemicals & Petrochemicals, Govt. of India was held on June 7-8, 2012 at Mumbai. Tata Strategic Management Group was the knowledge partner for the event and released an industry report on Speciality Chemicals at this occasion. The report begins with a perspective on the global chemical industry. This is followed by a detailed analysis of various segment within speciality chemicals including Agrochemicals, APIs, Colorants etc, hence giving the reader an insight into the industry growth drivers, trends and likely future projections.The report provides an overview of the key trends, challenges and issues impacting the industry and goes on to highlight the critical success factors for companies operating in this segment.

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3rd International Conference on Construction Chemicals

The 3rd International Conference on Construction Chemicals 2012, jointly organized by FICCI and Department of Chemicals & Petrochemicals, Govt. of India was held on February 9-10, 2012 at Chennai. Tata Strategic Management Group was the knowledge partner for the event and released an industry report on Construction Chemicals at this occasion. The report provides an overview of the key trends, challenges and issues impacting the Indian construction chemicals industry and goes on to highlight the critical success factors for companies operating in this segment.

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Alternate gases - A sustainable solution

Rising prices and unavailability of conventional feedstocks such as coal and gas have compounded the problems and entire Indian power sector is in crisis situation.  Can alternate gases such as shale gas and CBM offer a potential long term solution to the crisis?  What factors would be essential for successful exploitation of alternate gas potential in the country? A view shared by Shardul Kulkarni and Binay Agrawal of Tata Strategic Management Group.  (This article is published in Coal Insights, January 2012).

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Is Outsourcing of O&M the next big idea in Power sector?

Indian power sector is witnessing significant capacity addition by the private sector. Facing an acute shortage of trained technical manpower, new private players may find it difficult to efficiently run the power plants on their own. Such players are increasingly thinking about outsourcing and this trend is increasingly becoming visible. Can outsourcing of power O&M activities become a significant opportunity going forward? Views shared by Shardul Kulkarni (Principal – Energy) and Pratik Kadakia (Practice head – Chemical & Energy) from the Tata Strategic Management Group.  (This article is published in Coal Insights, December 2011 magazine).

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2nd IndiaChem Gujarat 2011

The IndiaChem Gujarat 2011 knowledge paper jointly prepared by FICCI and Tata Strategic Management Group was released on October 13, 2011 at the FICCI IndiaChem Gujarat 2011 conference.

The first half of the report contains a detailed analysis of the current scenario, key trends, growth drivers and future outlook of the specialty chemical industry in India, including fine chemicals, agrochemicals, dyes & pigments and specialty chemicals. It also focuses on Gujarat as an investment hub for chemicals in India. The second half of the report contains several thought notes which contain our perspective on the emerging business environment.

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Sustainable Water Management

The CII report on “Water sector in Gujarat”, prepared by Tata Strategic Management Group, looks at the state of water management in India and tries to focus on solutions that can remedy the current lacunae in the system. Water and sanitation sector have emerged as the key focus sector for the next decade as increasing awareness about problems due to water shortages and environmental hazards due to water pollution are gaining awareness in the public domain.

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Agrochem Cals 2011

The Conference on Agrochemicals 2011, jointly held by FICCI & Ministry of Chemicals & Fertilizers, Govt. of India was held on February 10-11, 2011 at Nehru Centre, Mumbai. Tata Strategic Management Group was the knowledge partner for the event & released an industry report on Agrochemicals at this occasion.

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IndiaChem 2010

The INDIACHEM 2010 industry report jointly prepared by FICCI, Tata Strategic Management Group and Roland Berger Strategy Consultants has been released on October 28, 2010 at the FICCI IndiaChem 2010 conference by Hon’ble President of India Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil.

The report begins with a perspective on the global chemical industry. This is followed by a detailed analysis of various sectors including basic organic chemicals, chlor alkali, petrochemicals, fertilizers, agrochemicals, pharmaceuticals, specialty chemicals and biotechnology, hence giving the reader an insight into the industry growth drivers, trends and likely future projections. The report culminates with several thought notes which will help companies develop strategies based on the evolving business environment.

It is clear that the Indian chemical industry is excellently positioned for a bright future, supported by the PCPIR infrastructure being built, located in one of the most prosperous markets in the world with access to a well skilled, educated workforce.

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Contract Research – Deriving Strategic Value from Emerging Markets

Global pharmaceutical companies are re-looking at their R&D processes in order to leverage the opportunity presented by emerging economies, such as India, in contract research. Besides offering the opportunity to save costs tactically in the short term, this is also a strategic move to improve productivity and develop further capabilities in order to compete successfully in the future, while staying close to geographies which will drive future growth.(This article was published in Chemical Weekly, October 2010 magazine).

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Will India Be the Next Big Green Growth Market?

India lines up to become the next big green energy growth market. By 2020 India aims to generate 15% of its electricity from renewable sources, excluding large hydroelectric power plants, but it still faces major challenges. By simply continuing as it is at present, it risks falling way short of its target, but Klaus Peter Müller and Pratik Kadakia believe India will overcome the challenges and that the time is right for overseas investors to seek out the country's ripening renewable energy investment opportunities. (This article was published in Renewable Energy World Magazine (USA) September 2010).

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Chemical industry needs more explorers

Institutions make choices at forks on their journey and embark on distinctive trajectories. The choice made is influenced by its culture and mindset. During the recent crisis, for example, Germany spent a gentle 1.5% of GDP on stimulus but set about balancing budgets and restoring confidence. The US borrowed big to spend a dramatic 6% of GDP. Germany is recovering nicely with a 9% annualised growth in the first half of 2010. The US is emerging, but slowly. The article is authored by R. Gopalakrishnan, Pratik Kadakia and Jeffry Jacob. (This article was published in Economic Times September 6, 2010)

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Water Sector in Gujarat

The “Water Sector in Gujarat – Challenges & Opportunities”, prepared by Tata Strategic Management Group jointly with CII was released on June 5, 2010 at the Gujarat Water Summit-2010, held at Ahmedabad, Gujarat.

The report provides an overview of the water sector in India with special emphasis on the water scenario in the state of Gujarat. The report highlights the underlying issues of the sector like inadequate water provision, ineffective handling of the wastewater generated and possible solutions for the same , including the need to adopt new technology and implement better management practises for the existing water resources. The report also looks at business various opportunities across the water value chain where private sector can partner with government through PPP.

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Competing successfully in Indian Specialty Chemicals Industry

India’s strong position on the critical success factors for the specialty chemical industry could help it emulate the success story of Europe in a similar structural framework. However specialty chemical companies in India must address four key dimensions in their strategy: innovation to meet local needs, channels for effective customer interface, leadership in evolving sustainability trends and leveraging upstream chemicals supply; say Dr. Alexander Keller of Roland Berger Strategy Consultants, Pratik Kadakia and Abhishek Nigam of Tata Strategic Management Group. (This article was published in Chemical Weekly June 2010).

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Indian chemical industry: Road ahead

The growth story for the Indian chemical industry remains intact. However post downturn, domestic chemical companies across different segments are likely to face stiff competition either from imports or global giants manufacturing locally to serve the Indian market. There is no common solution to counter such competitive pressures as each segment has different critical success factors. Indian chemical companies would do well to tailor their strategy depending upon the segment in which they operate, say Raju Bhinge, Chief Executive and Ankur Singhai of Tata Strategic Management Group. (This article was also published in Chemical World, May 2010)

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INDIACHEM Gujarat 2009

The ‘IndiaChem Gujarat 2009' industry report jointly prepared by FICCI and Tata Strategic Management Group was released on 12th December 2009 at Ahmedabad, Gujarat.

The report provides an overview of the Indian specialty chemicals industry and highlights market size and growth, demand-supply scenario, key industry trends (market, technological and regulatory) and future outlook. The key segments featured in the report include agrochemicals, colourants and other segments like active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs), water treatment chemicals, personal care ingredients, construction chemicals and polymer additives. It puts forth interesting insights on how these segments will evolve in the future and the opportunities and challenges which this will throw up. Some of the key points made in the report include the following:

- The growth slowdown, demand contraction and subsequent recovery over the last year or so have not impacted the long-term growth prospects of the specialty chemicals industry

- Specialty and knowledge chemicals together could grow at ~14%-15% p.a. over the next few years

- Gujarat is a hub of chemical production in India and the chemical and petrochemical industry is expected to continue its growth momentum

The report also includes a separate section on recent related thought notes published by Tata Strategic. This section provides key insights on contemporary trends and issues related to Indian specialty chemicals industry.

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Outlook for personal care ingredients industry: An Indian perspective

The Indian personal care ingredients (PCI) industry has taken rapid strides in the last few years, as more and more personal care products (PCP) incorporate specialty ingredients in their formulation. However, a comparison with per capita consumption of PCP in China reflects the largely untapped nature of the Indian market. Favorable demographic factors and increasing beauty consciousness indicate high future demand for personal care products and specifically for active ingredients. Key trends, including nanotechnology and green chemistry besides others, will influence the strategies of PCP and consequently PCI players. The eventual winners would be those who ensure better value offerings to meet the needs of the Indian consumer say Pratik Kadakia, Abhishek Nigam and Ashwin Rao of Tata Strategic Management Group. (This article was published in Chemical Weekly, October 6, 2009).

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Indian Specialty Chemicals: When will Growth Return

Triggered by the economic downturn- slowdowns in key end use industries and inventory adjustments across the supply chain have impacted the growth momentum of the Indian specialty chemicals industry. A revival of domestic demand and competitiveness as a global supply base should enable India to establish itself as an emerging specialty chemicals hub. The big question is when will the revival happen? Pratik Kadakia, Abhishek Nigam and Ashwin Rao of Tata Strategic offer a perspective on this and on what companies should do in the interim to their advantage. (This article was published in Chemical Weekly October 13, 2009 issue).

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Raising India’s ‘pulse’ rate

With a focused and integrated approach, India has the potential to produce more than double the current output of pulses, say Pratik Kadakia and Jeffry Jacob of Tata Strategic Management Group. (This article was published in Business Standard, September 24, 2009)

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Emerging opportunities in the Indian pharmaceutical industry

Higher R&D costs, relatively dry pipeline for new drugs, increasing pressure from Governments for reduced healthcare costs and a host of other factors are putting a lot of pressure on global pharmaceutical companies. The industry is bracing itself for some fundamental changes in the market place and is looking at newer ways to drive growth. These global trends will have serious implications for domestic pharma companies. However with the right strategy, Indian companies are very well poised to take advantage of these changes and successfully navigate the future, say Pratik Kadakia—Practice Head, Chemical & Energy; Jeffry Jacob—Engagement Manager and Ankur Singhai—Project Leader, Tata Strategic Management Group. (This article was published in Express Pharma Magazine, 16-31 August,2009).


Building a greener future

Going green will no longer be a matter of choice but will become a strategic imperative for Indian chemical companies, say Pratik Kadakia, Abhishek Nigam and Ashwin Rao.  (This article was published in the magazine Chemistry & Industry, UK in July 2009).

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Knowledge Partner - Conference on Green Chemistry organized by Society of Chemical Industry

The chemical industry has made significant contributions to improving the quality of human life over time. However, over the last few decades, the general perception of the chemical industry has turned unfavourable as compared to other industries. Green chemistry, a scientific philosophy with an established economic rationale, could influence changing this perception through greater environment friendliness and sustainability. Green chemistry is being increasingly driven by consumer pull for green products and voluntary action by chemical companies, besides technological advancements, regulatory developments and financial incentives. Global and Indian companies are aggressively pursuing the green agenda with a view to improve their ‘triple bottom-line’- economic, environmental and social. The Indian chemical industry is gathering ‘green’ momentum and an integrated approach involving industry, academia, regulatory bodies and consumers could help green chemistry deliver the desired results. (This white paper was released at the Green Chemistry conference held by Society of Chemical Industry at Mumbai, India on 15 April 2009).

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Emerging Opportunities in Pharmaceutical Contract Manufacturing

Emerging trends in the global pharmaceutical industry present unique challenges and opportunities for Indian contract manufacturing organisations (CMOs). The age of one-size-fits-all strategy will no longer work in today’s changing business scenario. The time has come for managements of Indian CMOs to decide on their focus segments and build capabilities necessary to succeed in them says Pratik Kadakia, Jeffry Jacob and Ankur Singhai of Tata Strategic Management Group. (This article was published in Chemical Weekly December 2008 and Pharmabioworld April 2009).

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Make Hay While the Sun Shines…

Solar energy industry is at an inflection point with developments in technology driving down costs as fossil fuel prices head northwards. In this changing environment, those who will proactively seize opportunities through innovative business models across the solar energy value chain will emerge as winners, says Raju Bhinge, Pratik Kadakia & Roopa Tarkhad, of Tata Strategic Management Group (This article was published in Chemical Weekly December 2008 Edition)

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Emerging Opportunities in the Indian Fertilizer Market

The growing demand for fertilisers makes the Indian market highly attractive for domestic and foreign manufacturers. Recent policy changes by the government area welcome step and will open up opportunities for local companies to strengthen their domestic presence and meet global aspirations, say Pratik Kadakia, Jeffry Jacob and Anshul Saxena of Tata Strategic. (This article was published in Chemical Weekly Magazine November 2008).

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INDIACHEM 2008

The INDIACHEM 2008 industry report jointly prepared by FICCI and Tata Strategic Management Group has been released on 20th October at the FICCI IndiaChem 2008 Conference by Mr. Ram Vilas Paswan, Hon’ble Union Minister for Chemicals and Fertilizers & Steel, Govt. of India. The report throws light on the growing Indian chemical industry, focusing on major segments like chemicals, petrochemicals, pharmaceuticals and fertilizers. It puts forth interesting insights on how these segments will evolve in the future and the opportunities and challenges which this will throw up. According to the report, some of the opportunities for business are likely to develop from the following:

- Growth of specialty chemicals which is expected to be a $40 billion industry over the next 5 years,

- Base chemicals industry achieving globally competitive manufacturing capability enabling rapid growth including the fertilizer industry’s global orientation

- Growth of contract manufacturing of pharma intermediates/active ingredients targeted at innovator companies

The FICCI – Tata Strategic Management Group ‘INDIACHEM 2008’ report also highlights that the likely disruptors in the market will be advancements in nanotechnology and biotechnology, which will redefine products and markets in the Indian chemical industry.

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Live one day without using chemicals

Inspite of the breakthrough changes the chemical industry has brought about in the past, right from the food we eat and clothes we wear to the cars we drive, it continues to be straddled with an unfavourable image. The chemical industry has made immense contributions to society backed by a rich heritage of innovation. It cannot afford to be indifferent and not set perceptions right as it gears up to meet the challenges of tomorrow. It should take a leaf from the books of consumer companies and re-brand itself to change its image.

(This article appeared in The Economic Times, dated Nov 10, 2008 and has been authored by Mr. R. Gopalakrishnan, Executive Director, Tata Sons and co-authored by Jeffry Jacob, Engagement Manager, Tata Strategic Management Group).

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Indian specialty chemicals: An unfolding growth story

Continued high growth in domestic demand that is likely to be sustained, along with investment in R&D and manufacturing augurs well for India which is emerging as a global specialty chemicals hub. However, the Indian market is different and presents a unique set of challenges. Local companies and MNCs alike are gearing up to surmount these through innovative strategies to effectively participate and win as this growth story unfolds, say Pratik Kadakia, Abhishek Nigam and Ankur Singhai of Tata Strategic. (This article was published in Chemical Weekly July 2008 issue).

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Meeting India's Power needs in the next decade

Coal is the preferred choice of fuel for India’s power sector. But impending changes could alter fuel preferences in the next decade say Raju Bhinge, Amit Bajpayee and Rajesh Kamble of Tata Strategic Management Group. (This article was published in Business Standard June 24, 2007 edition and the updated version of article is published in Infrastructure Today magazine, October edition).

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Is India's petrochemicals industry poised for a boom?

Each company operating in chemical industry needs to recognise the imminent metamorphis of India's chemical industry, and find a unique position for itself in future landscape says Raju Bhinge, Chief Executive and Vineet Sharma, Associate Consultant of Tata Strategic Management Group. (This article was also published in DNA Money on August 8, 2007 and Hindu Business Line on August 28, 2007 news papers).

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GST impact on Business Strategy of Pharmaceutical Companies

The imminent implementation of Goods and Services Tax (GST) provides significant challenges as well as ample opportunities for Pharmaceutical companies in India. Companies must be fast and agile to tap this opportunity by setting up a Project Management Office to tackle various changes and redesigning their businesses in order to work more efficiently. Those who are proactive in redefining their supply chain strategy will build a competitive advantage and win in the market. (This article is published in BioSpectrum India Magazine October 2016)