Continuous Machine Driver (Matches)

Continuous Machine Operator (Match Box Manufacturing)

The tasks a Continuous Machine Operator (Match Box Manufacturing) is expected to perform include:

Operating the continuous machine

Dipping the match splints in liquid paraffin and match-head composition

Delivering the match splints in dried and finished form

Checking the supply of liquid paraffin into machine

Ensuring that the composition tank of machine contains match-head composition to prescribed level

Ensuring that the magazine of machine is kept continuously full with match splints

Turning handwheel to adjust machine to immerse match splints to specified depth in match head compound

Setting the thermostat or thermometer in compound dip tank

Turning the steam and cold-water valves to regulate compound temperature and viscosity

Knowledge of removing cured part from mould, using hand tools and air hose

Well-versed in premixing and pouring compound into die well

Adept at operating thermostat for regulating temperature

Knowledge of moulding plastic products under specified heat and pressure


Knowledge to replenish compounds and paraffin in dip tank

Follow instructions

Physically fit

Attention to detail

Motor skills

Ability to focus for long hours

It requires one to be on their feet

Need not handle a team

Local travelling is not a part of this job

Part-time work and contractual jobs are available in some cities

Work from home option is not available

Working hours
Chemical and petrochemical companies usually work for 6 days a week and 8/10 hours everyday. This may vary from company to company

Shift system maybe available

Is the job suitable for a candidate with special needs

The job is considered mildly hazardous or dangerous

Occupational hazards may include injuries, burns, mental and physical stress, breathing problems, uneasiness, etc.

Health risks include possible injuries due to exposure to heat, steam, toxic material or fumes, working in congested and cramped spaces, continuous exposure to water and chemicals, contaminated work spaces, etc.

For freshers - INR 6,500 to INR 7,500 per month

For candidates with 2-5 years of experience or more - INR 8,500 to INR 12,000 per month

(These figures are indicative and subject to change)

Industry Outlook of Chemicals and Petrochemicals Sector

Indian chemical industry generates around 70,000 commercial goods ranging from plastic to toiletries and pesticides to beauty products. It is regarded as the oldest domestic sector in India and in terms of volume it gives a sense of pride to India by featuring as the 12 largest producers of chemicals. With an approximate cost of $28 billion, it amounts to 12.5% of the entire industrial output of India and 16.2% of its entire exports. Under chemical industries some of the other rapidly emerging sectors are petrochemical, agrochemical, and pharmaceutical industries.

Indian chemical industry comprises of both small and large-scale units, and presently, there are about 70,000 chemical manufacturing units located in the country. The industrys current turnover is about USD 30.8 billion which is 14 per cent of the total manufacturing output of the country.

Indian chemical industry is expected to register a growth of 8-9% in the next decade and is expected to double its share in global chemical industry to 5-6% by 2021.

Even though this industry is capital and technology intensive, the sector is a major avenue for large scale employment. The downstream plastic processing is the largest employer with over 3.53 million people deriving their livelihood from this sector.

Chemical and petrochemical companies across India

Matchstick making companies across India.