Indian Small Scale Paint Association, commonly known as ISSPA, traces its origin to the year 1956, when excise duty was first imposed on paints when a group of small scale paint manufacturers banded together to unitedly protect the small scale paint industry.
Today, ISSPA's Membership encompasses the majority of small scale paint manufacturers, spread all over India.
ISSPA truly represents the small scale paint manufacturing industry in India. ISSPA's Membership consists of Ordinary Members (paint and allied manufacturers) and Associate Members (connected with the paint industry as suppliers of raw and packing materials). The Membership of ISSPA is open to anyone connected with the paint industry.
As on 2021 there are 1123 ordinary members and 829 Associate members.
This is the largest paint association of the world.
ISSPA was incorporated as a Company under Section 25 of the Companies Act, 1956. It is now Section 8 Company under Companies Act 2013.
The Association is administered by a Central Committee, consisting of a President, Vice President, Secretary and a Treasurer along with the Chairman of all ISSPA regions. They collectively lay down policies for the Association and are responsible for its propagating the objectives of ISSPA. The term of office bearers is two years. ISSPA is divided into several Regions. Each Region has a Chairman, Vice Chairman and Executive Members, forming a Committee. Here too, the term of office bearers is two years.
The Genesis of ISSPA
Every journey begins with the first small step. So it was with ISSPA when seven individuals came together in 1956 to form an association to take on the challenge of the then introduced Excise Duty.
21st February 1974 is the landmark date when the All India Small Scale Paint & Allied Industries’ Association was incorporated by the Registrar of Companies in the then Bombay in Maharashtra.
It has been a long and fruitful journey spanning the decades which have witnessed great initiatives taken by ISSPA under the leadership of charismatic Presidents who have successfully steered ISSPA towards greater heights.
Today, ISSPA prides itself of close 2000 members, spread across 11 regions. It is thus one of the largest paint associations in the world.
ISSPA has not only strived tirelessly to create value adds for its members and liaison with the government but also to forge international associations that give their members a world view and presence. Its ultimate mission is to see India growing to become the paint hub of the world.
The Central Office does the administrative work for ISSPA. Additionally, the Central Office, under the guidance of the President, publishes a quarterly magazine, Paint News, giving updates on the industry. The Central office also circulates to all Members important notifications issued by Government of India regarding taxation and all matters related to the industry which are under the purview of the Central and State Government.
The Central office, under the guidance of the President, holds a Conference every two years, in different parts of the country, to provide an opportunity for all the Members to congregate. At such Conferences, knowledge sharing interactions are arranged on technological and management subjects. The Members are encouraged to actively participate in these Conferences, which have been very successful in meeting the objective of upgradation of the participant's technology and managerial skills, induction into emerging trends, interaction with other Members.
The Central office also participates in various exhibitions in India and Abroad, to promote the objectives of the Association.
It also facilitates various representations for the members under its banner to major paint and coating events organised worldwide namely The European Coating Show, China Coat Show, Far East Coating Show, American Coating show.
The Regions hold regular meetings of their Regional Committees and deal with difficulties faced by members, whenever necessary taking recourse to legal processes. The Regions also organize, for the benefit of their Regional member’s seminars and workshops on technical and management subjects.
Where necessary, the Central office takes up cost escalation of inputs with Government or other relevant authorities and the Regions perform a similar function on behalf of the Association if the authority concerned falls within their jurisdiction.