The Indian Printing Packaging and Allied Machinery Manufacturers' Association (IPAMA) has called on the government to ban the import of old, low-quality printing machines to protect domestic firms.
The industry body stated that an anti-dumping duty must be imposed on cheap machinery from China, which it identified as the biggest source of such imports.
In the form of scrap, the low quality machines are coming to India without being valued.
IPAMA general secretary C P Paul said that local manufacturers cannot compete with the price of second-hand printing or packaging machines that come to India in the form of scrap.
"We want a ban on import of those machines, which are up to 10 years old," Paul added.
IPAMA has already made representations to the Directorate General of Foreign Trade.
India is one of the fastest-growing markets for the printing and packaging industry, and is expected to grow by $20.9bn within a year. It is exploring markets in Africa and the CIS to expand its footprint.
IPAMA is an independent organisation serving the needs of the printing, packaging and allied industries. It disseminates information on the state of the technology, market perspectives and various developments taking place around the world.