Metal Container Manufacturer Association (MCMA) has urged the government to put on hold the implementation of steel and steel products Quality Control Order dated 17th July 2020 Norms. The association has also requested the ministry of steel to allow the use of ISO certification materials in addition to BIS certified material.
MCMA the umbrella body representing the interest of companies involved in the production of metal containers, packaging and allied components welcomed the new union minister for steel, Ram Chandra Prasad Singh and has represented the industry voices on supporting the pandemic-hit metal packaging sector.
“A delegation led by President of MCMA Sanjay Bhatia met steel union minister…and briefed him about the importance of metal packaging industry and the issues currently faced by the industry in terms of acute shortage of its main inputs,” the industry body said in a press note on Tuesday.
Key raw materials for the industry include Tinplate/Tin free steel and various steel products like Easy open ends, peel offs, aerosol can components, closures.
Bhatia said that the three months extension of the quality control order (QCO) is not helping the industry at all.
“Keeping in mind current Covid conditions in India and overseas, they should extend it till March 2022. Also emphasized that for non-critical applications industry needs non-prime material, therefore, it should be ensured that material is made available to that segment of the industry,” He said.
The minister has given assurance to MCMA that the Steel Ministry will extend a helping hand and the best possible support will be extended to the metal packaging industry, the press note said.
The metal packaging is 100% recyclable, environment-friendly and sustainable packaging material. Thus, MCMA has suggested the government roll out a scheme to incentivize the user industry for encouraging the use of such packaging material.
“Considering the market is already favouring the industry in terms of the demand but much is dependent on government policies as soon as it becomes favourable it will surely pin a promising future for the Indian metal packaging industry,” the press note said.