Given the constraints in Fibre Rinforced Polymer (FRP) demand uptake, lack of Carbon Fibre Reinforced Polymer (CFRP) composites upstream ecosystem, and deficient capabilities in the downstream manufacturing in India compared to global, the FRP composites story in India has not taken off. CII has commissioned a Study on Growth Strategies for Composites in India. The study will highlight various means to drive adoption of composites covering Aerospace & Defence, Building & Construction, Transportation and Marine.
The conference will have sessions on:
Session on Aerospace & Defence (A&D)
A&D is a sector of strategic importance for the country. However, we are still dependent on imports for Aerospace Grade Composites (CFRP, Aramid Fibres Reinforced Polymer (AFRP), S2-Glass) which are restricted for Defence use. This creates uncertainty in the seamless supply of critical inputs for our strategic defence manufacturing capabilities
In this session, we discuss how we can:
- drive user growth in A&D sector in India
- evaluate the case for upstream manufacturing in India (CF / Pre-preg)
- discuss how downstream capability building can be enabled for global competitiveness against China/ South East Asia / South Americans for civil
- drive policy initiatives which can incentivies private sector companies to invest in A&D FRPs capabilities
Session on Building and Construction
Building and Construction sector is on the upswing given government push via affordable housing, Smart Cities and AMRUT, over and above rapid urbanisation which is driving growth.There is a need to ensure that this growth does not come at the cost of compromised quality. FRPs can play a major role to ensure that buildings are safer, greener, and much more aesthetic.
In this session, we evaluate:
- means to drive adoption of composites in various segments of Real Estate and Infrastructure
- issues pertaining to down stream delivery capability which hampers superior quality products being manufactured at a large scale
- ways to drive policy to define quality standards which allow FRPs a level playing field in this sector
Session on Railways
While composites are mainstream in Metro which follow world class standards, the India railways is still much behind the curve compared to the global counterparts.There is a need to overcome any systemic inertia, and make the railways leap frog into composites usage. This can enable the Indian Railways to address a lot of its strategic priorities - higher speed, safety, service etc.
In this session, we discuss how
- FRP adoption is happening globally
- Learn from global examples for the rightful inclusion of FRPs by RDSO / Railway Board