Need for co-ordination between colourant and pharma industry
Sachin Jagdale – Mumbai
Colours are required by almost every type of industry and the pharma industry is no different. Food and pharma together constitute about five percent of colourant use and therefore constitute an important user group. At a recent conference on “Contribution of Colourants to Indian Economic Growth 2008”, Janak Mehta, President, Dyestuff Manufacturers Association of India (DMAI) said, “Pharma, being one of the user industries of colourants, has to play a significant role to understand the colourant industry in the larger perspective and put forward their needs and suggestions for improvement.”
The conference was organised by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) and DMAI, along with the Department of Chemicals and Petrochemicals, Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers, Government of India. The event saw the colourant industry and their user groups sharing their views under one roof. Mehta expressed the need for co-ordination between the colourant and pharma industry, which, according to him, will happen with such kind of conferences.
He said, “Presentations made by eminent and experienced speakers in a variety of user industries, including pharma, were of the highest order and we are sure both the industries will be definitely benefited from the deliberations and participation. This has also opened up a rare opportunity for dialogue among them, which would undoubtedly increase the business volumes in the years to come. Towards this direction, the distance between both the industries has reduced, thereby, bringing them closer to mutual cooperation and endurance.”
Prasad Chandran, Chairman and MD, BASF India, wondered whether the Indian colourant industry could shift the paradigm from low price to high quality. He called for collective effort by the industry to abide by the principles of sustainable development, where profits are made not at the cost of ecology and society. He wanted companies to look at ten to 15 year horizon instead of adopting a year to year approach. Emphasising the need for innovative technologies to take on future challenges, he declared, “We cannot face tomorrow’s challenges with today’s technology.”
Laying greater emphasis on environment, he said, “For the Indian colourants industry to be globally competitive, we need to refocus and take a critical look at the environment footprint of the industry.” He was categorical that adoption of cleaner manufacturing technologies and good waste management systems would become the norm for sustenance very soon.