India between rapid growth and bitter poverty

Giant with two faces

Four times the population of the USA, nine times the land area of Germany – India’s size is imposing. And its economic development is also impressive. Among the world's major economies, the South Asian country has the fastest growth rate. Sectors such as the automotive and electronics industries are booming. On the other hand, many of the 1.3 billion inhabitants live in bitter poverty and urgently need prospects for their future. There is a great demand for high-quality materials for both faces of India.

It is primarily the numerous mega-cities, with their overpopulated slums, that are in urgent need of affordable housing and future-oriented mobility concepts. At the same time, the food supply must be improved – around 15 percent of the population is undernourished. And the country needs to get a grip on its waste problem. At any rate, plastics are much too valuable to be thrown away. They are the key to a sustainable future – in India as well as everywhere else in the world.

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