Top export sector for India

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Eastman Chemicals, Dow Elanco, FMC Corporation and Dupont are among the foreign industrial chemicals company doing business in India.

Industrial chemicals

(in US$ million)

Industrial chemicals 1995 1996 1997*
Total market size




Locally manufactured 3,132 3,640 4,263
Total exports 284 360 490
Total imports 560 680 840
Exchange rate: US$1 = Rs. 32.75 34.95 35.00
Source: Independent studies
*1997 figures are estimates

Promising sub-sectors 1997* market size (US$ mn)
Organic chemicals


Inorganic chemicals


Perfumery chemicals


Fine chemicals


Points to be noted:

  • As seen in the first table above, domestic industry takes care of the bulk of India's demand for industrial chemicals. But it is also seen that imports have been growing rapidly.

  • The Indian industrial chemicals market is projected to grow at 16.5 per cent annually.

  • With lowering of customs duties on imports, it can be expected that imports will account for a major share of increase in supplies.

  • Industrial chemicals currently account for some 20 per cent of all chemicals manufactured in India. With industrial growth, this share is poised to increase.

  • Major foreign manufacturers of industrial chemicals with offices in India include Eastman Chemicals, Dow Elanco, FMC Corporation and Dupont.