IPMA SecretariatIPMA secretariat is located in the prestigious premises of PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry at New Delhi. The Secretariat is most professionally managed and equipped with office automation. It is fully geared to meet the growing requirements of paper industry and others, directly and indirectly associated with it. IPMA welcomes interaction and exchange of information with individuals, agencies and organizations having interest in the paper industry.
Indian Paper Manufacturers Association (IPMA) is a national level organization having come into being in December 1998 with merger of more than a century old Indian Paper Makers Association, Delhi and the 63 year old Indian Paper Mills Association, Calcutta (Kolkata). As an association of large paper manufacturers with a global vision, IPMA presents a broad based platform to project Indian paper industry's views and articulate its strategy. The overriding objective of IPMA is to promote the interests of paper industry in India and help it achieve global competitiveness while striving to be an active participant in the policy making process. Interface with most of the government, media, opinion leaders, NGOs and industry associations within the perspective of paper industry and thereby participate in the policy making process is its main task. It promote excellence in the paper manufacturing industry through presentation of awards. Networking with international bodies with a view to gain better visibility for Indian paper industry is also done. It also oordinates with research institutes and arrange platforms for industry-research collaboration.
Convenes meetings and discussions to evaluate policies having direct or indirect bearing on the paper industry and to make suggestions to the policy makers on the issues and concerns of constituent member mills. Sponsors and participates in most of the events, workshops, seminars, exhibitions, delegations and promotional activities related to the paper industry. Interface mainly with government, media, opinion leaders, NGOs and industry associations so as to present the perspective of paper industry and thereby participate in the policy making process. IPMA is governed by IPMA Committee which is the main governing body. IPMA Committee sets goals and takes major policy decisions to steer the affairs of the association.
Besides the IPMA Committee, five high with profile sub-committees take care of specific activities and programmes of the Association. These sub-committees are:
- IPMA Technical and Environment Sub-Committee
- IPMA Raw Materials Sub-Committee
- IPMA Marketing Sub-Committee
- IPMA Commercial Sub-Committee
- IPMA Finance Sub-Committee
The geographical spread of the industry as well as market is mainly responsible for regional balance of production and consumption. The operating capacity of the industry currently stands at 12.75 million tons. As per industry estimates, over all paper consumption (including newsprint) has touched 11.15 million tons and per capita consumption is pegged at 9.3 kg. Demand of paper has been hovering around 8% for some time. So far, the growth in paper industry has mirrored the growth in GDP. India is the fastest growing market for paper globally and it presents an exciting scenario; paper consumption is poised for a big leap forward in sync with the economic growth and is estimated to touch 13.95 million tons in the next couple of years. The futuristic view is that the growth in paper consumption would be in multiples of GDP and hence an increase in consumption by one kg per capita would lead to an increase in demand of 1 million tons.
- IPMA has wide spectrum linkages with apex industry chambers in India and paper industry associations both nationally and internationally. Besides it actively known collaborates with R&D institutes, Academic institutes and Economic Research institutes in advancing the study and research on various aspects of pulp and paper industry. This includes contribution of paper to Indian economy, enhancing competitive edge of paper industry, upgradation of technologies, raw materials availability through agro - forestry and initiatives such as recycling of paper.
- The increasing demand for paper brings with it new challenges of economies of scale, efficient usage of resources, need to develop and expand sustainable use of fibre, and value chain management, etc. Despite the fact that the Indian Paper Industry holds its importance to the national economy, unfortunately it stands fragmented.
- Paper sector is dominated by small and medium size units; number of mills of capacity 50000 tons per annum or more is not more than 25. Less than half a dozen mills account for almost 90% production of newsprint in the country. There is a growing need to modernize most of the Indian mills, and to improve productivity and build new capacities.