India's Chemical Industry Outlook 2021

Date: February 09, 2021 | 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM IST


The Indian chemical industry has a huge role to play to make India a $5 trillion economy by contributing around $300 billion to the GDP by 2025. India's chemical industry outlook 2021 focuses on six pillars - Creating R&D ecosystem, Setting up one stop investment destination, Providing alternative chemicals destination, Rolling out PLI scheme, Sustainable chemistry & circular economy and Energizing PCPIR.

First, to become a global hub in speciality chemicals, India must focus on research and development and need to come up with new products in a big way.

Second, Indian companies have inherent advantages in the production of chemicals and there are many success stories in the specialty chemical space which needs to be leveraged by providing them with a lower risk environment and this can result in substantial increase in business. By taking 2-3% of global market share away from China, will result in doubling of Indian chemical industry by encouraging investment through incentives and ease of doing business and lowering the risk of investors.

Third, the supply chain disruptions in China due to COVID-19 has led western countries to start looking for alternative sources to China for chemicals thereby creating opportunities for Indian companies for a limited time window and Indian companies should leverage it in a big way.

Fourth, Production Linked Incentives (PLI) is a good measure as it incentivises the industry to quickly put up investment and start commercialise sales. For Make in India, to be successful, base industries like chemicals need to be incentivised. The government should speed up PLI on chemicals thereby driving significant growth in the industry.

Fifth, both the US and European Union are speeding up sustainability for the chemical industry. The Indian chemical companies that are exposing will have to align themselves with the goals. It also gives the Indian Industry an opportunity to adopt global best practices. The sector also needs support through regulations as well as incentives.

Sixth, there is an urgent need to upgrade the infrastructure of PCPIRs (Petroleum, Chemicals and Petrochemicals Investment Region) to have better master planning and incentivize investment in the regions.

E-conference Objective
1.Getting an overview on Indian Chemical Industry Outlook 2021 keeping in view the Indian and Global scenario
2.Focus on increasing Indian Chemical exports and decreasing imports of raw materials and intermediates

Key Discussion Points

- Creating robust R&D ecosystem to come up with new products
- Setting up one stop destination for investment
- Providing alternative chemicals destination
- Rolling out PLI Scheme
- Making PCPIR more effective
- One stop solution for India's investment in chemical


Pravin Prashant Editor Indian Chemical News
Meghav Mehta Director Deepak Phenolics Ltd
Adnan Ahmad Ex Vice Chairman & Managing Director Clariant India

Adnan is a Chemical Engineer with 37 years of industry experience in leading companies such as ICI, BP and Clariant. He recently retired as the Head of Clariant Chemicals in India in Dec 2021.

Adnan started his career at ICI India as a Management Trainee after completing his master’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Queens University, Canada. In a career spanning 19 years with ICI, he worked in their explosives, speciality chemicals and paints businesses in various manufacturing, supply chain and business roles across India. In 2004 Adnan moved to BP Plc, initially in Mumbai as Executive Director on the Board of Castrol India Limited (a BP subsidiary in India). In 2008 he moved overseas to Singapore as Regional Supply Chain Director for Asia Pacific. In 2010, he relocated to the UK as Regional Supply Chain Director for Europe & Africa for BP lubricants. Adnan returned to India in 2017 and joined Clariant in Mumbai. Adnan brings a strong track record of business leadership and performance delivery in complex global organisations.

Uday Raj Anand Director Parijat Industries India
Siddharth Sikchi Executive Director Clean Science and Technology Pvt. Ltd.
Anurag Singh Managing Director Primus Partners
Khushbu Chaplot Chaudhary Leader - Digital Transformation Emerson India