Safety matches belong to FMCG sector, so its growth and need are inexorable. But in the last ten years 10,000 safety match Industries in India were reduced to 1000 units. These drastic changes are due to the lifestyle of people where match sticks are replaced by the Lighters and Stove Igniters. The handmade safety matches Industries are confident in satisfying the Local (India) demand with their production. All the leading safety matches industries in India depend on Importers and Traders. Safety Matches export plays and vital role in Indian Industries. Africa was one of leading consumer of Indian Safety Matches. 80% of safety matches shipment is to Africa. Around 140-150 containers per month is shipped abroad.
Indian government plays a vital role in the growth and safety matched Industries in India. Providing support to small scale sectors, differential excise duties and sale tax exemption. With the support new handmade safety matches industries growth in India is increased. Mechanized production by some of the major Industries helps to support Export.
1. Match Sticks – Splints are made from log (local/imported) and then into dipping process
2. Box Making – Either standard or customized boxes are made in wooden or cardboard
material with chemical friction on either side.
3. Labeling and Packing – Brands are developed and art work are printed in the match box and
standard packing are made.
The above mentioned process are done either mechanized or handmade
In India the growth of handmade safety matches is high compared to mechanized production due to the local demand and cost for mechanized production. The safety matches industries adopting mechanized production growth are mainly depend on exports and some of local buyers who don’t compromise on standards. Mechanized productions are more standardize than the handmade matches.