SOUTH ASIAN DEMAND FOR PAINTS AND COATINGS GROWS, BUT REGIONAL TRADE STILL NEEDS DEVELOPMENT

THE PAINT and coatings industry in south Asia maybe thriving, but regional trade between countries is not – being restricted to exports of pigments, resins, solvents and additives from India to its neighbouring countries. Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Maldives, Bhutan and Afghanistan, as well as regional giant India, are all members of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), but they import most of their paint and coating raw materials. And they have little to offer in the form of exports to their big neighbour India or even to ...


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