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Manpower for plastics...
Guindy: 1969. Brigadier A F Eugene (Retd.) was busy building an attractive complex for education, training and research in plastics engineering and tools.

Eugene had deep interest and knowledge in Hindu scripts and traditions and incorporated in the design, several features of Indian tradition. You can still see, in plastic motifs, Saptha Kannikas, Saptha Central Institute of Plastics Engineering and Technology (CIPET).

To serve the growing demand and to facilitate the manpower requirement of the plastics industry, CIPET was set up under the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilisers in 1968. Today CIPET operates on a hub and spokes model  at 28 locations spread across the country. CIPET provides academic as well as technological support and is also engaged in research.

This premier institute offers courses at the undergraduate, post-graduate, diploma and post diploma levels, training programmes, conducts awareness camps and skill development sessions.

The Chennai campus houses the Laboratory for Advanced Research School for Technology and Product Simulation (ARSTPS), the R&D wing of CIPET.

“Today every car has around 100 kg of plastic components and in time to come this will further increase. We have been recognised as a centre of excellence for development of green materials for automobiles,” said S Sugumar, Deputy Director, CIPET.

The Chennai campus has four major divisions: design and development, tool development, plastics processing and testing as well as quality assurance. CIPET houses several sophisticated machines and to encourage entrepreneurs in the plastics industry, it offers its machines for use at cost-effective rates.


Creating awareness on plastics usage                                     

“India consumes annually 11 million tonnes of plastics. Out of this 35 to 40 per cent goes for packaging; around 2 per cent is used for plastics carry bags. We are unable to control the pollution caused by this two per cent. Public awareness is required to segregate at door step. Pammal Municipality in Chennai has successfully done this,” pointed out Sugumar.

India’s per capita consumption is 9.5 kg against the global average of 30 kg. Developed economies like US have a per capita consumption of 100 kg. The plastics sector is expected to grow at 12-15 per cent. For over four decades CIPET has been contributing handsomely towards the technical and vocational training of manpower.


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