Asbestos though banned in 52 countries, it is manufactured in USA, China and India. There are a large number of asbestos products manufacturing industries in India, both in large and medium scale sectors. These industries are spread over in about fifteen major states. Nearly sixty units are in operation. In India, mostly asbestos are used in non-friable and cementitious products. In that case, India avoids a serious health hazard both in production as well as consumer sectors, in comparison to advanced countries where asbestos was used in many other forms. In India, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Haryana, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, and Gujarat consume more than 75 % of the asbestos in India.
Since India, uses only chrysotile fibre, which are not amphibole variety (meaning more porous and dangerous) and with stricter control measures – asbestos does not cause a major health threat. However, our ship-breaking industry is exposed to health risks as ships belonging to yester era do contain asbestos of other varieties.
Asbestos Sheet Market in India is an oligopoly market with the top four players collectively controlling ~60% of the market. There are 17 major players in this industry with about 63 manufacturing unit. Everest Industries, Hyderabad Industries, Ramco Industries and Visaka Industries are the top four players.