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DMAI - 65 years of Growth & Glory
The Dyestuffs Manufacturers Association of India, popularly known as DMAI was set up in 1950, (Manufacture of dyes in India was started in 1940), to promote and protect trade, commerce & Industries connected with dyestuffs & to encourage friendly feelings & unanimity amongst those engaged in the manufacture of dyestuffs in India.

This objective has been achieved manifold; be it representations to various Ministries & Governmental agencies, encouraging the exports of the country, high-lighting causes to Municipal Authorities, encouraging deserving students, increasing our own technical competence etc.

The Association, in the 50's & 60's encouraged the development of the Small Scale Industry in the Dyestuff trade. It took up the cause of these newly established companies and played an important role in obtaining import licenses for the vital raw materials required by these SSI companies. The Association has also helped the Small Scale Industries in getting concessional excise tariffs and reservation benefits.

In the 70's, the country faced a number of external, natural and commercial difficulties such as wars, droughts, power shortages, etc. The Association to a large extent became the spokesperson for the members in high-lighting their cause to the various Government Authorities, be they Central, State or Municipal.

In the 80's, the focus of the Industry moved from import substitution to export. Here too, the Association has been active in its regular interaction between its members & Government organisations such as DGFT, Customs, Excise etc.

The Association, in order to promote the exports of the Small Scale Companies, initiated a consortium approach in many emerging markets. This yielded positive results and went a long way in maturing the Indian dyestuff manufacturers to face global competition. Trade delegations went to U. K, Europe, South East Asia, Japan, China etc.

Consequently, the industry grew to a size of 1000 dyestuffs and intermediates manufacturing units. All sectors (Dyes, Dye Intermediates, Basic Chemicals, Textile Chemicals, etc.) were represented in the membership of the DMAI. The profile of the industry too underwent a metamorphosis to include a large number of small, medium as well as large companies, as the Association has always strived for a balanced growth of the industry.

AIDCON was an important landmark in the history of the Association. This meet, held in 1985, was a bringing together of various elements associated with the dyestuff trade. These included manufacturers of dyestuffs (multi-national companies, large Indian companies, small scale companies), manufacturers & distributors of dye intermediates, dye merchants, traders, government bodies, export promotion bodies etc. This meeting resulted in a greater understanding of the viewpoints of the various groups.

In 1991, the Association presented a detailed 'Strategic Action Plan' to the Ministry of Chemicals & Petroleum. This 'Action Plan' was for both, the Industry & the Government, with respect to the various aspects affecting the growth of the dyestuff industry viz. up-gradation of technology, ecology, safety, cost & global marketing. In 2001, DMAI again presented A Strategic Action Plan to the Dept. of Chemicals & Petrochemicals envisaging an ambitious export turnover of Rs.12000 crores during the decade. We are happy that quite a few suggestions put forward to the Govt. have since been implemented for the betterment of the Industry. We have already submitted a Strategic Action Plan for 2011-2020 envisaging an ambitious export turnover of US$ 8.90 billion by the end of the decade to the Govt. Authorities for their consideration.

A number of Seminars have been held to create awareness, disseminate available information and guide members to meet pollution control norms & safe handling practices. The Association has pledged at all levels to help in meeting the regulations without adversely affecting the growth of the industry. Through its Annual Awards, DMAI has been encouraging its members to constantly improve their performance in various fields, particularly in the areas of research, safety, health and environment. Top ranking ICT students of Color Chemistry are also recognized and felicitated by DMAI.

DMAI participates in the international chemical mega events such as India Chem, Chem Expo, Chemspec exhibitions as co-sponsor.

A Conference on Contribution of Colorants to Indian Economic Growth was organized jointly by DMAI & FICCI along with the Dept. of Chemicals & Petrochemicals, Ministry of Chemicals & Fertilizers, GOI, in March 2008 in Mumbai. It was for the first time in the annals of the dyestuff industry that both the manufacturers and users industries were brought under the same umbrella for mutual benefits.

For the past many years, a delegation comprising members from DMAI visited China Interdye Exhibition. Delegation from Shanghai Coatings and Dyestuffs Trade Association and China Dyestuff Industry Association called on DMAI members and exchanged useful information about the Dyestuffs Industry in both the countries. During Summit Forum for the last 3 years in Shanghai presentations were also made from DMAI.

A Conference on “Colorants Unlimited – a Confluence of Makers & Users” was organized jointly with SDC and supported by the Dept. of Chemicals & Petrochemicals, Ministry of Chemicals & Fertilizers, Govt. of India in February 2010 in Mumbai. Eminent speakers from the user and dyestuffs industry presented their papers on various subjects.

To meet the needs of the Indian textile exporters, a directory of Safe Dyes has been published. DMAI NEWSLETTER is published on regular basis.

The 1st Asia International Dye Industry, Pigments and Textile Chemicals Conference and Exhibition (Interdye Asia 2011) was organized in association with China Dyestuff Industry Association in Ahmedabad on 8-10 December 2011.

A biennial International Convention on Colorants was organised in 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013 and recently on 3-4 March 2015 jointly with the Dyestuff Technology Department of Institute of Chemical Technology (ICT) and supported by the Dept. of Chemicals & Petrochemicals, Ministry of Chemicals & Fertilizers, GOI in Mumbai. Speakers from India and abroad explored and debated on the latest technical developments including functional colorants for colorants industry and researchers. Global knowledge on technological innovations was disseminated among the participants for the industry growth. All the participants might have been very much benefited from the topics well covered during the last 6 editions COCs.

DMAI led a delegation to the Footwear & Leather Fair in Colombo, Sri Lanka in February 2013. Our delegation had interface meetings with few Industry Associations and Ceylon Chamber of Commerce of Sri Lanka, wherein many local textile processors participated.

A two days conference on Textile : Business and Environment Sustainability – Challenges for the Colorants Industry was organized with the support of the Dept. of Chemicals & Petrochemicals, Ministry of Chemicals & Fertilizers, Govt. of India in Coimbatore on 29-30 November 2013.

The Association is proud of its role in promoting growth of the Dyestuffs & Dye Intermediate Industry. This role has been evolving to meet the constantly changing demands of the consumer industry and international markets.


PAST MILESTONES
1975:
Published first comprehensive Dyestuffs Directory
 
1979:
Export Delegation of Dyes Manufacturers to Europe
 
1984:
Export Delegation of Dyes Manufacturers to South East Asia and Far East Asia
 
1985:
Organised AIDCON (All India Dyestuffs Conference)
 
1991:
Strategic Action Plan for dyestuff industry was formulated jointly with Department of Chemicals & Petrochemicals, Govt. of India
 
1996:
Published book on Safe Dyes
 
2000:
Celebrated Golden Jubilee
 
2001:
Submitted 2nd Strategic Action Plan for Dyes & Dye-Intermediates Industry 2001-2010 to Govt. of India.
 
2005:
Conducted 1st International Convention on Colorants –05 in collaboration with UICT, Mumbai and delegation to International Trade Fair – China Interdye 2005
 
2006:
Conducted Brain Storming Session with the Secretary and Joint Secretary, Ministry of Chemicals & Fertilizers, Govt. of India
 
2007:
Conducted 2nd International Convention on Colorants –07 jointly with ICT, Mumbai
   
2008:
Conference on Contribution of Colorants to Indian Economic Growth, organised jointly by DMAI & FICCI along with the Dept. of Chemicals & Petrochemicals, GOI
   
2009: Conducted 3rd International Convention on Colorants -09 jointly with ICT, Mumbai and supported by the Dept. of Chemicals & Petrochemicals, Ministry of Chemicals & Fertilizers, GOI and lead delegation to China Interdye Exhibition 2009 and participated in Summit Forum in Shanghai.
   
2010:
Organised Conference on Colorants Unlimited – a Confluence of Makers and Users jointly with SDC and supported by the Dept. of Chemicals & Petrochemicals, Ministry of Chemicals & Fertilizers, GOI and made presentation at the International Dye Industry Development Forum and led delegation to World Expo at Shanghai
   
2011:
Submitted 3rd Strategic Action Plan for Dyes & Dye-Intermediates Industry 2011-2020 to Govt. of India.

Organized the 1st Asia International Dye Industry, Pigments and Textile Chemicals Conference and Exhibition (Interdye Asia 2011) in association with China Dyestuff Industry Association in Ahmedabad in December 2011.
   
2012:
Led DMAI delegation to 12th China Interdye 2012 Exhibition in Shanghai, China in April 2012

DMAI Secretariat shifted to the newly renovated office at Antop Hill Warehousing Complex, Wadala (E), Mumbai in November 2012.
   
2013:
Conducted the 5th International Convention on Colorants -13 jointly with ICT and supported by the Dept. of Chemicals & Petrochemicals, Ministry of Chemicals & Fertilizers, GOI in January 2013 in Gandhinagar, Gujarat.

- Led DMAI delegation to the Footwear & Leather Fair in Colombo, Sri Lanka and conducted Half Yearly Meeting.
   

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