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The Indian chemical industry, which is led by the Indian Chemical Council (ICC), is extremely diversified and can be broadly classified into bulk chemicals, specialty chemicals, agrochemicals, petrochemicals, polymers and fertilizers.
Due to several global oil and gas majors turning their sights on downstream chemical opportunities, the focus on petrochemicals in India may be increased, and higher investment in the sector could ease feedstock challenges and boost self-sufficiency.
The structure of China’s chemical industry is changing due to stricter environmental norms, tighter financing, and consolidation. While these shifts may benefit select large players in the long run, they could cause uncertainty for international players that source chemicals from China. That could create opportunities for India’s chemical companies in certain value chains and segments, especially in the short term.
Trade conflicts have erupted around the world, especially among China, the United States, and Western Europe. These have led to shifts in global supply chains, affecting bilateral trade between China and the United States, with possible repercussions for other economies. Large chemical markets that remain accessible in this scenario could present opportunities for chemical companies in India.
Industry-wide, there seems to be a move toward prioritization of core businesses and consolidation on a greater scale, often through big-ticket mergers and acquisitions. For players in India, scale will matter even more, as it could help to fortify their competitive advantage.
Digital technology has established itself as a lever to enhance efficiency and productivity. Many companies worldwide are embracing digital’s potential; India’s companies could also tap into this opportunity to expand their profit margins.
Chemical companies could prioritize environmental sustainability to protect long-term shareholder value, while continuing to comply with local regulations.
Indian Chemical companies have been focusing on sustainable development. Water, environmental impact, raw materials, safety over lifecycle and energy use are some of the issues grappling the industry. Indian chemical companies are largely investing in innovative solutions to find appropriate answers to these challenges
With over 50,000 production facilities in the country, the chemical business in India is fiercely competitive. The majority of these companies work in the bulk chemical industry, where economies of scale are crucial to maintaining a low-margin company. This necessitates a large upfront capital expenditure, which is prohibitive for small businesses. As a result, the basic chemical sector has just a few major companies. The focus in the specialty chemicals sector is on technology and research and development (R&D) as well as patent strength, which will necessitate a large amount of spending power to invest in technology and R&D as well as the ability to withstand losses until a product reaches commercial scalability.
While India has the potential to compete internationally in specialized and value-added chemicals, a lack of bulk chemical capacity has been a major issue, as India lacks incentives for raw materials, infrastructure, and electricity when compared to nations such as China. The Indian government has taken steps such as requiring certificates for imported chemicals to avoid the importation of low-cost, inferior chemicals at the importer's expense.