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LEADERS SPEAK “Globalisation has made ‘green compliance’ non-negotiable for many industrial segments” ...says Glen Messina, CEO – Chemical & Monitoring Solutions, GE Water & Power
SECTOR WATCH 40
Optimising energy consumption: Efficiency unplugged!
INDUSTRY UPDATE 44
Flavour & fragrance: Revitalising the market
COATINGS CORNER 50
REACH: Changing the nature of regulatory framework Dr Mosongo Moukwa, Vice President - Technology, Asian Paints Ltd
SAFETY ZONE Respiratory protection: Just another safety equipment or a life saver? K N K Murthy, Consultant
MARKET SCOPE Treating produced water: Need to bridge the technology gap Reka Sumangali, Research Associate, Lux Research
TECH TRACK - SUPPLY CHAIN Overcoming supply chain challenges: Technologies to bank on Courtesy: Savi Technology
TRADE ZONE 64
E-commerce: An effective marketing tool for SMEs Brian A Wong, Senior Director – Global Sales, Alibaba.com
CASE STUDY 68
Efficient automation: Controlling business operations Courtesy: SAP AG
CURTAIN RAISER Engineering Expo Chennai 2011: Cultivating a passion for success
Engineering Expo Indore 2011: Echoing success
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NATIONAL NEWS BUY-OUT
AB Group buys Columbian Chemicals for $ 875 million
The Aditya Birla (AB) Group is set to acquire the US carbon black maker Columbian Chemicals Company (CCC) for $ 875 million, thus becoming the world’s biggest producer of the LEGISLATION
Chemical industry seeks zero per cent duty on import The chemical industry has sought zero per cent duty structure on import of feedstock and raw material in the forthcoming budget. “We have received a charter of demands from industry representatives, seeking certain exemptions in custom duties. We have forwarded their demands to the FERTILISER
Deepak Fertilisers announces customised fertiliser plant
Deepak Fertilisers & Petrochemicals Corp Ltd (DFPCL) may invest up to ` 100 crore over 18 months to set up a customised fertiliser unit, as per CAPEX PLANS
Godrej’s Chemical Division to invest ` 250 crore for expansion Godrej Industries’ Chemicals Division has planned a capex of over ` 250 crore to fuel its capacity expansion plans. The company has earmarked a capex of ` 230 crore for setting up a new chemicals manufacturing unit at Ambarnath in Thane and another ` 20-50 crore for expanding the capacity
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commodity that is utilised to improve the durability of tyres, paints and plastics. The transaction, to be completed in six months, will yield an estimated gain of $ 50 million a year by exploiting the sourcing and economies of scale made possible by the combined capacity, said Kumar Mangalam Birla, Chairman, AB Group. The $ 8.5 billion diversified Birla Group’s carbon black firms in Thailand & Egypt, and an investment arm in Singapore will execute the deal.
The acquisition will also expand the group’s global spread to North America, Canada, Brazil, Germany and Italy and will add speciality products to its portfolio, which earns margins of up to 14 per cent, almost double the regular products. CCC is the third largest producer of the commodity with an annual capacity 1.1 million tonne. The Birla group is the fourth biggest carbon black maker with a capacity of 90,000 tonne at six plants in India, China, Egypt and Thailand.
Government,” said M Raman, Secretary, Dept of Chemicals and Petrochemicals. The industry has also expressed the need for reducing custom duties on import of intermediates to around 5 per cent and to levy around 7.5-10 per cent duty on finished products. “It has been observed that the duty paid on raw materials is equal or at times more than the duty paid on finished products manufactured in the country.
This makes our products uncompetitive in the market. We have asked the Ministry of Chemicals to intervene and sought reduction in custom duties,” said Rakesh Bhartia, CEO, India Glycols.
Shailesh Mehta, Managing Director, DFPCL. “We have got government approvals for four products and few more are being tested. A concrete investment plan for customised fertilisers will soon get crystallised,” he said. Customised fertilisers are combination of micro nutrients like sulfur, zinc, boron added to the key items such as urea, di-ammonium phosphate and potash, tailor-made
for specific crops & soil patterns. A customised unit requires investment of ` 70-80 crore compared with ` 200-400 crore for a urea plant, while the gestation period for every unit is only 9-12 months, compared with three to four years for urea. “We want to kick-start the project; by and large, it takes about 18-20 months for a green field project to be operational,” Mehta said.
of its manufacturing plant at Valai, Gujarat. “The rise in commodity prices in the last few months has benefitted our chemical business. Therefore, we are seeing a 20 per cent increase in our sales in this fiscal. We also plan to spend over ` 250 crore to expand our production capacity,” said Nadir Godrej, Managing Director, Godrej Industries. The Ambernath unit will be mainly manufacturing different kinds of fatty acids. At its Valia plant,
the company will produce fat splitters and speciality fatty acids such as erucic acids. “The Indian chemical industry will see a substantial growth over the years. To keep pace with the growing economy, we will continuously make investments for capacity expansion,” Godrej added.
NATIONAL NEWS APPOINTMENTS
New directors for Aker Powergas Pvt Ltd
L-R: Sanjeev Nadkarni, Ashish Gharpure and Vinayak Pai
Aker Powergas Pvt Ltd has appointed three new Directors. They are Ashish COLLABORATION
BASF and ICT strengthen industry-academia bond To commemorate the beginning of 2011 as the International Year of Chemistry, BASF has tied up with the Mumbaibased Institute of Chemical Technology (ICT) to organise an inter-collegiate competition on the topic of improving science & technology education and the quality of research in India. RECOGNITION
CHEMEXCIL announces 37th & 38th Annual Export Awards
Adi Godrej (first from left) receiving Lifetime Achievement Award
Basic Chemicals, Pharmaceuticals & Cosmetics Export Promotion Council CHANGE OF GUARD
Clariant announces new Heads of Departments Specialty chemical manufacturer, Clariant has recently announced the appointment of senior members in the organisation. Padmanaban Rajasekaran, currently Head of BU Leather Services of Clariant Chemicals (India) Ltd, will become Head of BU Textile Chemicals. He has 23 years of
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Gharpure – Sales & Marketing, Vinayak Pai – Operations, and Sanjeev Nadkarni – Engineering. A chemical engineering graduate, Gharpure is an Associate Member of the Institution of Chemical Engineers, UK, and holds an executive MBA from the IIT Bombay. Over his 21 years with the company, Ashish accrued extensive experience in the engineering and marketing functions.
Pai graduated in electrical engineering from the University of Pune and holds an executive MBA from IIT Bombay. He heads the Projects Group for Aker Solutions’ Indian operations. Nadkarni, an electrical engineer, holds an executive MBA from IIT Bombay. A specialist in the areas of electrical design and engineering interface management, he also has domain expertise in the petrochemical sector.
Addressing the gathering at the event, Prasad Chandran, Chairman, BASF Companies in India, and Head - South Asia, said, “BASF strongly believes in the potential of young minds, and values their ideas. 2011 marks the International Year of Chemistry, and being the leading player in the chemical industry, BASF would like to take the lead in forging stronger bonds between industry and academia in the greater interest of science.”
Prof G D Yadav, Director, ICT, said, “The support of corporates in initiatives like these will help foster a renewed interest in science among the future generation.”
(CHEMEXCIL) recently hosted its Annual Export Awards function in Mumbai. These awards were held to felicitate exporters from the chemical industry who have performed exceedingly well in the year 2007-08 & 2008-09. The Chief Guest of the function, Shrikant Kumar Jena, Minister of State for Chemicals and Fertilizers, conferred the awards. Also gracing the occasion as the Guest of Honour was Dr Anup Pujari, Director General, Foreign Trade. This year Adi B Godrej, Chairman, Godrej Group,
and K C Shroff, Chairman Emeritus, Excel Industries were the recipients of Lifetime Achievement Award. This annual Export Award function provided the much needed forum to recognise and encourage exporters. The criteria adopted by the council for considering the export awards are total turnover, growth rate for the last three years, development of new markets & products, recognition of international quality standards or international quality awards, and net foreign exchange earned.
experience in production, sales and business development in the leather industry, and has worked (prior to his stint with Clariant) 14 years for BASF India in different positions. Anjani Prasad, currently Head of BU Textiles in India, has accepted to lead on a full-time basis for a global assignment in BU Textiles. Rajendran Kumaresan succeeds Padmanaban Rajasekaran as Head
of BU Leather Services of Clariant Chemicals (India) Ltd. Educated in Leather Technology & Marketing and Business Administration, he has 18 years industry experience, and had worked for various companies like BASF and Atul.
Prasad Chandran (second from right) with the winners
NATIONAL NEWS JOINT VENTURE
Evonik and GACL initiate multi-million dollar project
Evonik Industries and Gujarat Alkalies and Chemicals Ltd (GACL) are driving forward plans for a new multimillion dollar project. At its heart is MARKET FORECAST
Indian acrylic emulsions market growing: F&S Increasing income levels and infrastructure development in India are expected to drive the growth of building materials and related products including waterbased adhesives that are categorised into acrylic emulsions and Polyvinyl Acetate (PVA), according to Frost & Sullivan (F&S). The former accounts for 66 per cent of COMMEMORATING CHEMISTRY
ICC to celebrate International Year of Chemistry
The General Assembly of the United Nations has adopted a resolution proclaiming 2011 as International Year of Chemistry, with UNESCO and the International Union of Pure and RUBBER CHEMISTRY
LANXESS optimistic about synthetic rubber in India LANXESS, one of the leaders in synthetic rubber technology, has asserted its commitment towards the fast growing synthetic rubber market in India. It participated in the largest dedicated rubber exhibition in Asia, the India Rubber Expo, Chennai.
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the construction of a new hydrogen peroxide production plant by Evonik and a propylene oxide facility by GACL. The aim is to produce propylene oxide using the environmentfriendly HPPO (hydrogen peroxide to propylene oxide) process. Representatives of Evonik and GACL have now signed a Memorandum of Understanding on the proposed project in Dahej, Gujurat.
“India is one of the world’s most important growth markets and we want to increase our presence there. The government of Gujarat has created the right conditions in the chemical industry to welcome foreign investors. The proposed joint project with GACL could become a landmark in Evonik’s presence in India,” stressed Dr Thomas Haeberle, Member, Board of Management, Evonik Degussa GmbH.
the total water-based adhesive market, while the latter contributes the rest. Widely used in the construction, furniture, and packaging industries, water-based adhesives are set to gain demand in the wake of the green building initiatives in India. New analysis from F&S for Indian water-based adhesive market finds that this market earned revenue of $ 328.9 million in 2009, and estimates
this to reach $ 666.7 million in 2016. “Utilising water-based adhesive helps companies reduce the impact of their carbon footprints. As companies focus on developing better public relations, this can be a major factor affecting the market for water-based adhesives in the long run,” said Swathi Sridharan, Research Analyst, F&S.
Applied Chemistry (IUPAC), at the helm of the event. The theme of the year is ‘Chemistry Our Lieuture’. Accordingly, ICC, which is representative body of Indian chemical industry, launched ‘International Year of Chemistry (IYC) 2011’ at the hands of Ahmet Uzumcu, Director General, Organisation for Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). Various activities have been planned under IYC including drivers’ training for transportation of hazardous chemicals, round table meetings with Government
of Maharashtra, Gujarat, West Bengal & Tamil Nadu informing them about the various measures towards safety, health & environment. On April 22, 2011, ‘Earth Day’ will be celebrated with Seminar on Sustainability. Poster, quiz and painting competitions for secondary school students will be conducted. Also, documentaries about chemical industry and good management practices will be showcased. ICC will be inviting the Nobel Prize winner for chemistry for addressing the members.
Dr Joerg Strassburger, Managing Director & Country Representative, LANXESS India, addressed the audience about the growth potential for synthetic rubber and its applications in the Indian market. He stated that the biggest consumer of all rubber produced and imported in India is the automobile industry. “The Indian auto industry is the seventh largest in the world today, and by 2050, it
Dr Strassburger (first from right) at Rubber Expo, Chennai
is estimated that India will have more automobiles than any other country in the world,” added Dr Strassburger.
NATIONAL NEWS EDUCATIONAL CONFERENCE
SIES College conducts seminar on chemistry
Prof M M Sharma lighting the lamp during inauguration
A two-day state level seminar on ‘Chemistry - Our Life Our Future’ was hosted by the Chemistry Department of SIES College of Arts, Science and Commerce, Mumbai, NEW APPOINTMENT
Alok Kumar Bhadra is the new MD of NLC Nalco India NLC Nalco, one of the leading sustainability service companies, has recently announced the appointment of Alok Kumar Bhadra as the new Managing Director of NLC Nalco India. Said Erik Fyrwald, Chairman & CEO, NLC Nalco, “As a highly regarded leader at NLC Nalco over the last 21 years, Bhadra has the experience and the vision to lead during what promises AGROCHEMICALS
EU’s plan to ban endosulfan to benefit European crop protection industry
L-R: Pradip Dave and R Hariharan
The Pesticide Manufacturers and Formulators Association of India (PMFAI) held a press conference recently and invited speakers who pointed to European Union’s (EU) role in steering proceedings at international chemical conventions. The Stockholm Convention
to celebrate the International Year of Chemistry. The chief guest for the seminar was Prof M M Sharma (former Director, ICT), who delivered the keynote address, emphasising that the world requires chemists and chemical industries. He also opined that research in chemistry will continue only with the corrected vision that chemical process should be compatible with nature and not destroy our planet & deplete our natural resources. The first presentation was on Madame Curie and her contribution to the chemical world, delivered by Dr Z R Turel (a pioneer
in the field of nuclear chemistry). Besides, there were number of experts who spoke on diverse topics in chemistry, like nanotechnology (Dr A K Tyagi, Head, Solid State Chemistry Section, BARC, Mumbai), nuclear medicine (Dr Meera Venkatesh, Head, Radiopharmaceutical BARC, Mumbai), advanced textiles (Dr Mangesh Teli, Head, Textile Chemistry, ICT), smart materials, etc. The seminar was an eye opener for the students since correlation of chemistry with everyday life made them realise its importance and the need to pursue chemistry as a career.
to be the most exciting time for NLC Nalco in India. As a member of the Senior Team he will play a key role in helping NLC Nalco India as we move to strengthen client support and continue our strong sales growth and increased market share.” On his new responsibility, Bhadra said, “It has been an enriching experience being a part of the NLC Nalco India journey through the initial build-up phase and I am excited & looking forward to the challenges of
my new role. India is a strategic longterm growth market for NLC Nalco. I am confident of successfully steering the Group towards establishing a prominent presence in the Indian market with the support of the NLC Nalco India family.”
has been utilised by European Commission to further its trade interests as world market leader in crop protection chemicals. Speakers claimed that a push for elimination of the generic pesticide endosulfan will directly promote the usage of patented alternatives and benefit European multinationals. Pradip Dave, President, PMFAI gave an overview of the international chemical trade. R Hariharan, Chairman, International Stewardship Centre Inc, shared, “Indian companies account for over 70 per cent of this market, which has come at the cost of the European manufacturers. The replacement value of endosulfan by patented alternative
is estimated to be in excess of US$ 1 billion. As a result, endosulfan is today in the eye of the storm in the battle of ‘patented’ versus ‘generic’ pesticides.” The European Union (EU) has been pushing for a global ban on endosulfan by proposing its inclusion in the Stockholm Convention as a Persistent Organic Pollutant. Stated Anil Kakkar, Director, Crop Care Federation of India, “A ban will result in a replacement of endosulfan by alternatives which are ten times more expensive and will be damaging to the farm ecosystem as most of these are known to be harmful to pollinators such as honeybees.”
Alok Kumar Bhadra
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NATIONAL NEWS Report
Bayer inaugurates ‘green’ building The new emissions-neutral office reportedly consumes lesser energy than other comparable buildings, thus offering eco-friendly solution for sustainable construction.
s part of its Group-wide sustainability programme, Bayer has recently opened its first emissions-neutral office building in Asia. Bayer MaterialScience’s new building in Greater Noida, which draws 100 per cent of its electricity from a photovoltaic plant, needs around 50 per cent less power than comparable buildings in the region. It is a further reference project for Bayer’s EcoCommercial Building (ECB) programme, a specialist global network for sustainable construction. “Our new office building represents the link between innovation and sustainability. We plan to utilise our skills and products in the field of high-quality materials to boost energy efficiency in buildings, as this approach offers enormous potential for cutting CO2 emissions,” said Dr Wolfgang Plischke, who is the member of the Bayer AG Board of Management, responsible for Innovation, Technology & Environment and for the Asia-Pacific region. It is estimated that energy consumption in buildings is responsible for around 30 per cent of CO2 emissions. “That is why we will continue to expand the ECB programme as part of our sustainability strategy – both in Asia and worldwide,” he added. The Greater Noida building is the third eco-friendly structure constructed by Bayer globally. It has previously built a climateneutral company child daycare centre at its Monheim site in Germany, and an energyoptimised office building in Belgium. These projects show that approaches such as combining efficient insulation with renewable energies can help significantly reduce a building’s energy consumption and therefore its CO2 emissions.
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L-R: Patrick Thomas, Dr Wolfgang Plischke and Stephen Gerlich, Country Group Head, Bayer in India
Investing in sustainability Built at an estimated cost of about Euro 5 million, the new office is approximately 1,000 sq mtr in size and can accommodate around 40 workstations. It is a lighthouse project of the integrated, Group-wide Bayer Sustainability Program. The building showcases how Bayer MaterialScience addresses the issues of making a sustainable building. “Our EcoCommercial Building programme has created an unrivalled interdisciplinary network for sustainable construction. Our materials and know-how in this field facilitate the development of solutions that are energy-efficient and therefore cost-effective,” said Patrick Thomas, Chairman of the Board of Management of Bayer MaterialScience AG. Stating that the new building in Greater Noida underlined the importance of India as a location for Bayer MaterialScience, he added, “This country is one of the most rapidly growing markets in Asia, which is why it is essential that we have a local presence.” Taken over the year as a whole, the building is CO2-neutral. In other words, energy consumption for heating, cooling, ventilation and lighting is covered in full by renewable energy. A photovoltaic system on the roof generates some 1,20,000 kilowatt hours of renewable electricity each year. That is equivalent to a reduction of approximately 1,08,000 kg of CO2 emissions.
WORLD NEWS NEW INVESTMENT
AkzoNobel invests Euro 90 million to supply world’s largest pulp mill
AkzoNobel has signalled its strategic intent to accelerate growth by investing close to Euro 90 million in a new facility being built in Brazil. The GUIDELINE
Clariant leads way in REACH phase one and phase two legislation Clariant is now focussing on phase two of REACH legislation following its successful completion of the registration of 152 substances required under phase one by the December 1, 2010, deadline. Phase two, which concerns more than 200 chemicals, should be PATENT
Agilent secures patent for Porous Shell LC Particle Manufacturing Technology
GGA Software Services and ChemSpider announce partnership GGA Software Services and Royal Society of Chemistry’s ChemSpider, a leading provider of chemical services and data on the Internet, recently announced a strategic technology partnership that will provide significant
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plant, operated by its pulp and paper chemicals business, Eka Chemicals, will supply the world’s largest pulp mill. The agreement - with Eldorado Celulose e Papel - emphasises the importance of high-growth markets to AkzoNobel and will help drive the medium-term strategy of doubling revenue in Brazil to Euro 1.5 billion. It also underlines the value the company attaches to securing long-term partnerships with customers. The investment - AkzoNobel’s biggest ever in Latin America - is
centred on further expanding Eka Chemicals’ sustainability focussed Chemical Island concept. It will involve supplying, storing and handling all chemicals for the 1.5 million tonne per year green field mill, which is being constructed in the northern part of Três Lagoas City. The mill is expected to come on stream in September 2012. “This 15-year agreement confirms our intention to accelerate growth and expand our activities in the world’s high growth regions,” said Rob Frohn, Board Member, AkzoNobel.
completed by June 1, 2013. For phase one, the company held a unique position in leading 81 out of 152 (>50 per cent) consortia and Substance Information Exchange Forums (SIEFs). The phase one substances covered finished products, intermediates and raw materials of eight business units. Clariant took over the lead function for the majority of the respective consortia. Its commitment to product
stewardship is highly appreciated within the industry, with its REACH registration teams comprising of product stewardship specialists, toxicologists, ecotoxicologists, lawyers and IT specialists.
Agilent Technologies Inc recently announced that it was awarded a US patent for the process used to apply the superficially porous shell to particles in Agilent Poroshell 120 High-Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC) columns. The patent was issued for the unique coacervation process utilised in manufacturing Poroshell 120 silica. The process applies the superficially porous shell to the particles in a single step, replacing a multi-layering procedure.
Poroshell 120 columns make the high speed and high resolution of sub-twomicron separations available to users of any mainstream LC instrument, including conventional HPLC. The columns also enhance the performance of UHPLC systems, up to 600 bar, enabling chromatographers to optimise the performance of Agilent’s new 1200 Infinity series, which offers 600-bar capabilities as a standard feature.
benefits to users of the ChemSpider chemical database. The agreement makes available GGA’s open source Bingo chemistry search engine for use on the ChemSpider website, thus enhancing the ability of users of the ChemSpider service to efficiently conduct searches of the nearly 25 million chemical structures within the ChemSpider chemical database.
Bingo is a RDBMS data cartridge that provides the next-generation, fast, scalable and efficient storage & searching solution for chemical information.
WORLD NEWS ACQUISITION
LANXESS makes first acquisition in Argentina
LANXESS’ wholly-owned subsidiary Rhein Chemie has acquired Argentinabased Darmex SA – a leading manufacturer of release agents and STRATEGIC DECISION
Lubrizol acquires Nalco personal care business Lubrizol Corporation has recently acquired Nalco Performance Products Group, a supplier of value-added specialty polymers and formulation additives marketed to the global personal care and household care industries. This acquisition, structured as an asset sale, will expand the TRENDS & PROJECTION
CMAI completes 2011 World cumene phenol & acetone analysis
According to Chemical Market Associates, Inc’s (CMAI) latest report, NEW ORDER
Atlas Copco Gas wins order from Genalta Power for waste heat recovery Strengthening its position in the renewable energy market, Atlas Copco Gas and Process has received a multi-million dollar order for expander generators to be utilised in waste heat recovery. The company will supply a 2 MW binary cycle waste heat recovery package for Genalta
curing bladders for the tyre industry. As a result of the acquisition, Rhein Chemie will become one of the world’s leading providers of release agents for rubber products in a highly fragmented market. It will also acquire Darmex’s bladder technology in Latin America, which is a key production hub for leading tyre manufacturers. Darmex’s production sites are located near to Brazil, one of the booming BRIC nations, in which LANXESS has significantly expanded its presence
in the last few years. In the coming years, Rhein Chemie plans to expand its bladder production. The release agents and bladders belonging to Darmex will be branded under Rhein Chemie product names. “This acquisition enhances Rhein Chemie’s position as an innovative technology provider to the tyre industry and strengthens LANXESS’ standing as the world’s leading synthetic rubber company,” said Rainier van Roessel, Board Member, LANXESS.
strategic portfolio of Lubrizol’s Noveon(R)- consumer specialties home and personal care product line. Nalco’s personal care product portfolio includes performance polymers sold under globally recognised brand names, like Merquat(R) conditioning polymers, Sensomer(R) naturally derived conditioning polymers, Fixomer(R) styling polymers, Solamer(R) UV absorbers, Merguard (R) preservatives,
etc. These specialty ingredients are utilised by leading multinational cosmetic and consumer product companies to improve the performance of hair, skin and home care products.
‘The 2011 World Cumene Phenol & Acetone Analysis’, North America and Europe have seen strong domestic phenol demand rebound in 2010 but neither returned to the volume levels seen in 2007. Interestingly, both regions experienced strong increases in demand into the nylon chain; not because of domestic nylon demand but rather for export to Asia. Additionally, bisphenol-
A demand saw a quick and sustained rebound for both regions. Northeast Asia, on the other hand, not only grew in 2010 but also did not suffer the contractions in the phenol chain seen in most parts of the world. The strength in Asia, primarily China, has allowed North American and European producers to export phenol to Asia at prices more than their domestic markets.
Power Inc. The project is located outside Swan Hills in Alberta, Canada, and will recover energy from the flue gas of gas turbines. Depending on the number of modules used, the waste heat power generation system is capable of recovering 1, 2 or 4 MW of waste heat. The Swan Hills order fits into a growing line of Atlas Copco projects in the realm of renewable energy and, especially, waste heat
recovery. For decades now, Atlas Copco has helped customers around the world to unlock the vast potential of sustainable energy sources.
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WORLD NEWS RUBBER SUPPLY
Natural rubber supply to remain tight
According to The Association of Natural Rubber Producing Countries (ANRPC), the booming global automobile sector ACQUISITION
DuPont to acquire Danisco for $ 6.3 billion DuPont has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Danisco, for $ 5.8 billion in cash and assumption of $ 500 million of Danisco net debt. On closing, this transaction will establish DuPont as a leader in industrial biotechnology with scienceintensive innovations that address MARKETING STRATEGY
WACKER boosts supply of VINNOL® surface coating resins
The Munich-based chemicals group WACKER can now supply significantly larger volumes of VINNOL® surface coating resins as of January 2011. From EXPANSION
BASF begins operations at expanded Ecoflex plant BASF has started operations at its expanded plant for the production of the biodegradable plastic Ecoflex®. Expansion of the existing plant in Ludwigshafen will increase production capacity for Ecoflex from 14,000 to 74,000 metric tonne per year. At the same time, BASF will ramp up compounding capacity for Ecovio®, a
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especially in countries such as China and India - has accelerated demand for tyres. But the world’s natural rubber supply is likely to remain tight for the next two years due to a low yield from major producing countries such as Thailand. ANRPC estimated that natural rubber supply increased by 6.3 per cent to touch 9.4 million tonne during 2010, but expects a drop in production from Thailand this year due to an extended winter and unpredictable rains. According to Jom Jacob, Senior
Economist, ANRPC, “Production in Indonesia also dropped for this harvest due to unusual rains. Still, the global rubber supply in 2011 is expected to equal last year’s total due to the chance of increased output in many major growing countries.” Thailand is planning to reduce its rubber plantations by 8,15,000 hectare in the South to grow oil palm trees. It will expand rubber plantations in the North and Northeast by 8,70,000 hectare.
global challenges in food production and reduced fossil fuel consumption. “Danisco is a premier company, a long-time successful partner of DuPont and a proven innovator committed to sustainable growth. It has attractive, market-driven science businesses that offer clear synergies with DuPont nutrition & health and applied biosciences,” said Ellen Kullman, Chairman & CEO, DuPont.
She further added, “This transaction is a perfect strategic fit with our growth opportunities and will help us solve global challenges presented by dramatic population growth in the decades to come, specifically related to food and energy.”
the start of the first quarter 2011, VINNOL® H 15, in particular, is available in larger quantities than before. Vinyl chloride copolymer-based binders had become scarce in 2010 as a result of consolidation of the binders market. By increasing product availability, WACKER is playing a key role in ensuring supplies of raw materials and meeting its responsibilities as one of the leading producers of packaging
coatings. WACKER is also planning to ramp up delivery capacities for its hydroxyl-containing products by the end of the third quarter. These resins are needed primarily for the production of printing inks. VINNOL® surface coating resins are vinyl chloride/vinyl acetate-based copolymers and terpolymers, available in a number of molar compositions and degrees of polymerisation.
derivative of Ecoflex . “We are already successful in the market with our biodegradable polyester Ecoflex and the related innovation, Ecovio. The larger production capacities will enhance our position significantly,” said Dr Wolfgang Hapke, President, Performance Polymers division, BASF. He further added, “The capacity expansion will also enable us to respond even more effectively to our customers’ wishes.” Ecoflex is a plastic
that has the properties of conventional polyethylene but is fully biodegradable under industrial composting conditions in accordance with DIN EN 13432.
WORLD NEWS BASE CHEMICALS
Cytec sells basics unit to private equity firm
Cytec Industries has reached an agreement to sell its building block chemicals business to an affiliate of H I G. Capital (leading global private investment firm) for $ 180 million. The purchase is the third chemical acquisition in the recent years for the Miami-based POLICY DECISION
Dow Chemical to close two vinyl chloride monomer plants in 2011 The Dow Chemical Company is planning to close two vinyl chloride monomer (VCM) production units in 2011. Dow will shut down a production unit in Oyster Creek, Texas, in the first quarter of 2011. The closure of a second VCM unit, located in Plaquemine, Louisiana, was LAUNCH
Teijin to introduce bioderived PET fibre in 2012
Teijin Fibers production plant-based (PET) fibre -
Ltd will begin full-fledged and marketing of new polyethylene terephthalate said to be the world’s first
Rockwell Automation to acquire Hiprom Rockwell Automation Inc is all set to acquire Hiprom, a leading process control and automation systems integrator, headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa. Hiprom customers include the top global mining firms. “This acquisition accelerates the growth of Rockwell Automation’s
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private equity firm. The main asset of the building block chemicals business is a plant in Fortier, LA, that manufactures melamine, acrylonitrile and sulfuric acid. The business had sales last year of $ 600 million. According to Shane Fleming, CEO, Cytec, “The sale will allow Cytec to pay more attention and resources on our core growth platforms of engineered materials, in-process separations, and waterborne & radcure (radiation cured) coating resins.” The sale will come at a cost to Cytec.
Although the building block chemicals business mainly serves the merchant market, it does supply Cytec with melamine to make melamine resins and acrylonitrile to make carbon fibre. Cytec expects having to buy these chemicals at their current high prices, will reduce its earnings this year by about 15 cent per share. HIG is developing a small stable of chemical businesses. In 2008, it purchased two Illinois-based firms: a Croda oleochemicals business and the surfactants maker Petroferm.
announced in 2009. The Louisiana plant will cease operations in the third quarter 2011. “This is a continuation of the decisive actions taken by Dow to rightsize our core chemicals manufacturing footprint and shift our basic feed stocks toward performance derivative businesses,” said Carlo Guarino, Director - Global Business, Dow Chlor-Vinyl. VCM is an essential material utilised for Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC)
applications including building & construction materials, high-energy efficiency windows, high-durability furnishings & carpeting, municipal and residential water piping systems & medical supplies.
commercially produced bio-derived PET fibre – in April 2012. Also available as a textile, the ECO CIRCLE PlantFiber will become Teijin Fibers’ core biomaterial for applications ranging from apparel, car seats and interiors to personal hygiene products. Teijin Fibers expects to sell 30,000 tonne of ECO CIRCLE PlantFiber products in the initial fiscal year ending in March 2013, and 70,000 tonne by the third year of business.
Teijin Fibers’ ECO CIRCLE PlantFiber is made roughly 30 per cent from biofuels derived from biomass such as sugarcane. Conventional PET typically is made by polymerising Ethylene Glycol (EG) and Dimethyl Terephthalate (DMT) or Telephthalic Acid (PTA), with EG accounting for roughly 30 per cent. The EG is also bio-derived rather than oilderived, helping conserve fossil resources and cut down greenhouse gas emissions.
business in the Sub-Saharan region and further expands our customer presence in the global mining and mineral processing market,” said Hedwig Maes, President - Europe, Middle East & Africa Regions, Rockwell Automation. According to Hein Hiestermann, Managing Director & CEO, Hiprom, “Hiprom customers will continue to receive the high level of service it currently enjoys, and gain more direct access to the complete portfolio of
Rockwell Automation products, services and solutions.” He further added, “Rockwell Automation customers will benefit from the expanded portfolio of application solutions, expertise and delivery capacity, specifically within the global mining and mineral processing market.”
WACKER to launch novel composite dispersions and hybrid liquid membranes
Global Water issued new patent for sulfuric acid production
WACKER’s novel composite dispersions, which will be launched at European Coatings Show (ECS) in Nuremberg from March 29-31, 2011, optimally combine organic and inorganic components to confer long-lasting bright colours to facades. New VINNAPAS® dispersible polymer powders come with hydrophobic properties for Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems (EIFS), plus a versatile polymer dispersion for both indoor and outdoor usage. The organic shell of the new composite dispersion prevents inorganic-particle agglomeration during the film-forming process. Combining organic and inorganic components imparts special properties to the new VINNAPAS® dispersions. The elastic, organic components have conventional binder properties, ensuring strong adhesion and cohesion, good mechanical properties and improved processability. This organic base can be formed by styrene-acrylate or Vinyl Acetate Ethylene (VAE) copolymers, as well as by terpolymers with vinyl chloride. The solid mineral components reduce dirt pick-up, ensure long-lasting colour shades and The novel composite dispersion technology from cut down the risk of algae or the VINNAPAS® series mould formation.
The US Patent and Trademark Office has issued US Patent Number 7,867,470 for Global Water Technologies Inc’s on-site production of sulfuric acid. The patent covers a process for producing sulfuric acid directly at locations where it is needed and in quantities sufficient for immediate usage, thereby reducing the cost and safety concerns of transporting and storing acid. Research and development of this process began while Global Water was seeking solutions for produced water treatment. According to Erik Hromadka, CEO, Global Water Technologies, “This is an important step forward in our development as a technology company. We expect to continue adding new technologies to our portfolio. As a small public company, we seek to develop innovations and new opportunities in water technology as a way to invest in the world’s most precious resource.” Global Water Technologies is a ‘clean technology’ water treatment and services company that provides innovative non-chemical and filtration technologies. It also builds strategic partnerships to identify, develop and commercialise new technologies to improve water efficiency.
Ross introduces new mixing system
Merichem develops method to remove mercaptan odour from crude
Charles Ross & Son Company has recently introduced a new mixing and dispersion system, which combines a Ross High Shear Mixer and a specially designed PowerMix for use in manufacturing fine dispersions. The two mixers are mounted on a common base and connected with piping to allow continuous circulation of materials until the desired dispersion is achieved. A built-in control panel permits fine control of all agitator speeds, amperage and run times. Software is available to insure that the desired results are achieved repeatedly, batch after batch. The PowerMix includes two high-viscosity planetary stirrers, two high-speed dispersers and a scraper to wipe the sides of the vessel. The variable speed (11-110 rpm) planetary blades are driven by a 1-1/2 HP motor and the variable speed (900-9,000 rpm) high-speed dispersers by a 3 HP motor. The separate highshear rotor-stator mixer is driven by a 1 HP variable speed motor, for operation up to 10,000 rpm. All wetted parts of the system are constructed of 304-stainless steel and finished to a 320 grit finish to allow for easy cleanup between batches. The system is built for vacuum operation to 29.5” Hg and includes a vacuum pump.
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A global leader in hydrocarbon-treating technology, chemical and byproduct-management solutions, Merichem Company has introduced MERICAT C, its latest innovation in removing light mercaptans and associated odours before crude oil enters the pipeline or ship. MERICAT C employs its highly reliable and efficient proprietary FIBER FILM Contactor for this sweetening technology. The modular, simple MERICAT C has been designed with smaller space requirements and is ideal for standard sites, remote areas and sites where access and space are limited. Kenneth F Currie, Chairman & CEO, Merichem, said, “MERICAT C is a response to evolutions of the industry and a clear expression of the innovation that is driving a transformed Merichem. We will continue to provide FIBER FILM and other leading technologies while focusing on developing the next generation of diversified offerings for a wide range of operations, including the upstream, refining and petrochemicals industry.” Merichem is reportedly planning to launch a suite of new and advanced technologies, products and services in the coming months.
Porvair offers solution for microfiltration of aggressive chemical media
EcoBlu deploys online quality control system into production
Porvair Filtration Group has recently developed Chemifil cartridges for the filtration of aggressive chemicals including acids, alkalis, solvents and etchants. Manufactured using a polypropylene membrane of uniform thickness and high voids, with a homogeneous structure and controlled pore sizes, Chemifil cartridges meet the demanding filtration requirements of pharmaceutical, semiconductor and fine chemical manufacturers. Designed for the efficient removal of sub-micron organic and inorganic particulate matter, the inherent structural stability of the Chemifil membrane eliminates any risk of media migration and minimises the release of particles. Chemifil cartridges have optimal pleat geometry to maximise the available filtration area and to provide highflow rates at low pressure differentials. These features result in lower energy consumption and fewer filter cartridges per system. Manufactured as standard with injection moulded polypropylene inner and outer supports, Chemifil cartridges are designed with the strength necessary to withstand thermal stresses encountered during steam sterilisation and subsequent cooling.
EcoBlu Products Inc has launched a computer-based quality control chemical blending monitor program into production. The company developed this program to insure recipe compliance from treating facilities and affiliates mixing WoodSurfaceFilm™ concentrates in production. The company’s program employs a mixing scale connected to an online computer database capturing every parameter of the mixing process. This level of control allows the company to monitor every affiliate and deploy recipe changes globally without user intervention. Traditional third party inspection methods tend to find process breakdowns after the product has been produced and released into the field. “Our quality assurance program will ensure consistently produced product every time no matter where in the world the product is produced. We are working on additional ‘On the Fly Measurement Features’ to further reduce cost and maintain high quality standards,” stated EcoBlu officials. The Ecoblu team created the quality control program because the prior process allowed too much interpretation and accuracy subjected to human error.
Council to examine alternative chemical manufacturing techniques
Scientists offer alternative method for conventional Western blotting
The US-based National Research Council (NRC) will soon begin exploring the application of inherently safer design for chemical manufacturing processes, a study requested and funded by Congress last year. Inherently safer chemical manufacturing is an approach to minimise use and storage of toxic, flammable, or explosive chemicals through substitution, process modifications, and other techniques. The end result is to eliminate or at least minimise the impact of an accident if one occurs. The usage of inherently safer design has been controversial - with some plant engineers saying it is difficult to apply and others saying it should be mandatory. “NRC’s case study will look at an actual plant – the Bayer CropScience pesticide manufacturing facility in Institute,“ explained Dorothy Zolandz, Director, NRC Panel (which is conducting the study). Congress earmarked some $ 6,00,000 for the study after an accident at the Bayer facility in August 2008 killed two workers and came close to blasting debris into an aboveground tank storing some 13,000 lb of Methyl Isocyanate (MIC). The chemical was released after the 1984 Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, plant explosion and killed & injured thousands of people.
Thanks to researchers in Michigan, biochemists may soon have more time on their hands. Researchers have speeded up Western blotting, a biochemistry workhorse for protein separations, by coupling it to an analytical chemistry mainstay, Capillary Electrophoresis (CE). The new technique produces data in a quarter of the time, and with a fraction of the sample, that Western blots normally utilise. Western blotting detects a specific protein in a mixture. The technique takes three steps that begin with electrophoresis separating the individual proteins into bands on a gel that look like rungs on a ladder. In the next step, a voltage transfers the proteins from the gel onto a membrane. Researchers then treat the gel with specific antibodies in a final step to produce a blot that shows which rung corresponds to the protein of interest. The technique takes four hours or longer. Although Western blotting is a ubiquitous tool, very few people have gone back to the drawing board to see how to improve it, said Robert Kennedy, Analytical Chemist of the University of Michigan. Kennedy’s laboratory specialises in CE, which separates molecules inside a small electrolyte-filled capillary tube according to their size-to-charge ratio.
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New projects and expansion activities are the barometers of industrial growth. These also present business opportunities to service providers like consultants, contractors, plant & equipment suppliers and others down the value chain. This feature will keep you updated with vital information regarding new projects and capacity expansions being planned by companies in the chemical and allied industries. Anti-ulcer drugs
IOL Chemicals and Pharmaceuticals Project type New facility
Project news IOL Chemicals and Pharmaceuticals (IOLCP) will invest ` 130 crore to set up a manufacturing facility to produce anti-ulcer drugs in Punjab. The plant, to be located at Dhaula, Barnala in Punjab, will have a proposed capacity of 150 tonne per annum for Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs) - a group of drugs whose main function is to reduce excessive gastric acid production. The company, which reported revenue of ` 372 crore in the last fiscal, expects to add another ` 100 crore as additional sales revenue from the new facility.
Project location Dhaula, Punjab
are a combination of micro nutrients like sulfur, zinc, boron added to the key items such as urea, diammonium phosphate and potash, tailor-made for specific crops and soil patterns. The company has got approvals for four products and few more are being tested.
Project location Not known
Oswal Chemicals and Fertilisers Ltd Project type
Planning Contact details: Deepak Fertilisers & Petrochemicals Corp Opp Golf Course, Shastri Nagar Yerwada, Pune 411 006 Tel: 020-6645 8000 Fax: 020-2668 3727 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Fatty acids
Godrej Industries - Chemicals Division Project type
Deepak Fertilisers & Petrochemicals Corp Project type New facility
Project news Chemicals maker Deepak Fertilisers & Petrochemicals Corp is planning to invest up to ` 1 billion over 18 months to set up a customised fertiliser unit. Customised fertilisers
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Contact details: Godrej Industries Ltd Pirojshanagar, Eastern Express Highway Vikhroli, Mumbai 400 079 Tel: 022-2518 8010/20/30 Fax: 022-2518 8074 Email: email@example.com
Customised fertiliser unit
` 130 crore
Contact details: IOLCP 85, Industrial Area- A Ludhiana 141 003, Punjab Tel: 0161-222 5531-33 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Project news The Chemicals Division of Godrej Industries has planned a capex of over ` 250 crore to fuel its capacity expansion plans and is eyeing a 20 per cent growth in its sales in FY 11. The company has earmarked a capex of ` 230 crore for setting up a new chemicals manufacturing unit at Ambarnath in Thane. This unit would be mainly manufacturing different kinds of fatty acids.
Project location Ambernath, Mumbai
Project cost ` 230 crore
Project news Oswal Chemicals and Fertilisers Ltd is planning to set up a gas-based fertiliser manufacturing plant with an investment of ` 5,000 crore in Andhra Pradesh. The company plans to set up a 1.2 million tonne per annum fertiliser manufacturing plant. The plant would employ about 1,000 skilled and unskilled personnel once the operations start. According to company officials, the request for allocation of natural gas for the plant has been forwarded by the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilisers to the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas.
Project location Andhra Pradesh
Project cost ` 5,000 crore
Implementation stage Planning Contact details: Oswal Chemical & Fertilizers Ltd 7th Floor, Antriksh Bhawan 22 Kasturba Gandhi Marg New Delhi 110 001 Tel: 011-2371 5242 / 5225 Email: email@example.com
Tirupati Inks Ltd Project type New facility
Project news Tirupati Inks is setting up a greenfield manufacturing facility at the industrial area in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh. As a part of the plan, it proposes to set up a plant for manufacturing digital ink, ultra-violet ink, offset printing ink and ink concentrates. It will be investing ` 24 crore for the project.
Contact details: ITC Ltd ITC Bhadrachalam House 106, Sardar Patel Road Secunderabad 500 003 Tel: 040-2784 6566–73 Fax: 040-2784 2997 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Rigid PVC pipes
Finolex Industries Ltd Project type New facility
Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh
Finolex Industries Ltd is planning to spend ` 1 billion to set up a plant to make rigid PVC pipes in Vadodara district in Gujarat. The plant will have an annual capacity of 50,000 metric tonne, and the project is expected to be completed within a period of two years from the date of commencement. Finolex offers a wide range of PVC pipes and fittings for diverse applications in agriculture, housing, telecom sectors, etc.
Project cost ` 24 crore
Implementation stage Planning Contact details: Tirupati Inks Ltd A-1/33, Dada Nagar Kanpur 208 022, Uttar Pradesh Tel: 0512-221 6926, 222 3024 Fax: 0512-223 4201 Email: email@example.com
Project location Vadodara, Gujarat
Project cost Paper manufacturing
` 1 billion
ITC Ltd Project type
Implementation stage Planning
Project news Diversified conglomerate ITC Ltd will be investing up to ` 3,000 crore to set up a paper manufacturing unit in Andhra Pradesh as a part of plans to double capacity over the next five years. The company’s Paperboards and Specialty Papers Division, which caters to a wide spectrum of packaging, writing and printing paper requirements, has four manufacturing units at present, with a total capacity of 5.5 lakh million tonne per annum.
Project location Khammam District, Andhra Pradesh
Project cost ` 3,000 crore
Implementation stage Planning
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Contact details: Finolex Cables Ltd 26-27, Mumbai-Pune Road Pimpri, Pune 411 018 Tel: 020-2747 5963 Fax: 020-2293 2233/44 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Project location Paradeep, Orissa
Project cost ` 500 crore
Implementation stage Planning Contact details: Paradeep Phosphates Ltd Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Marg Bhubaneswar 751 001 Tel: 0674-239 3931 Fax: 0674-239 2631/1669 Email: email@example.com Synthetic rubber
Indian Oil Corporation Ltd Project type New facility
Project news Indian Oil Corporation Ltd (IOC) and its partners Marubeni Corp and Taiwan’s TSRC Corp will be investing ` 900 crore to set up a unit for manufacturing synthetic rubber for tyres. The three will build a plant at Panipat in Haryana by September 2012 for manufacturing 1,20,000 Tonne Per Annum (TPA) synthetic rubber from butadiene. The plant has been planned to benefit from the rising auto demand in India. The SBR would produce high-quality synthetic rubber used in the manufacturing of automotive tyres, conveyors and fan belts.
Project location Panipat, Haryana
Project cost Sulfuric acid
` 900 crore
Paradeep Phosphates Ltd Project type
Implementation stage Planning
Project news Paradeep Phosphates Ltd is mulling an investment of ` 500 crore to set up new plants and undertake major expansion work over the next three years. The company will invest ` 250 crore to set up a new 2,000-tonne per day capacity sulfuric acid plant.
Contact details: Indian Oil Corporation Ltd Indian Oil Bhavan G-9, Ali Yavar Jung Marg Bandra (East), Mumbai 400 051 Tel: 022-2642 7363, 2644 7528 Fax: 022-2644 3880 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
“Globalisation has made ‘green compliance’ non-negotiable for many industrial segments” …says Glen Messina, CEO - Chemical & Monitoring Solutions, GE Water & Power. Associated with GE for the last 17 years, he has been responsible for diverse functions in the organisation. A graduate from Ramapo College, with a degree in Marketing, he earned his MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University. In an exclusive interview with Mahua Roy, Messina analyses the effluent treatment industry and shares his views on the growth prospects in India.
Evident changes in the effluent treatment industry Rapid industrialisation and urbanisation have led to a promising market for environment-related technologies, cleaner production, waste minimisation, equipment and services. The major growth segments for clean wastewater reuse technologies are municipal, food & beverage, refinery & petrochemical, steel, power plants & coal and non-ferrous metal (copper/ zinc smelting wastewaters) industries. Factors like availability and quality of water are playing a significant role in shaping the technology offerings for water and wastewater treatment. For the past 10-20 years, the need to reuse and conserve water, as well as dealing with lowquality water, has resulted in high demand for integrated equipment and
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chemical solutions to treat water and wastewater. The latest technologies such as membrane and thermal are increasingly part of an integrated treatment solution. By using membrane technology in an industrial set up or municipal application, users can achieve levels of water quality that were not common 10 years ago. Similarly, through the utilisation of advanced chemistry, levels of optimisation in cooling and boiler processes results in less fresh water usage as well as the ability to utilise lowquality water for industrial processes.
Expectations from the effluent treatment industry From a water and wastewater chemistry perspective, the major applications that customers expect are: R Influent water treatment (‘green’ potable grade chemistry) R Wastewater treatment chemicals for oily & ‘high total suspended solids (TSS)’ wastewater R Bio-augmentation products for smart biological process operation R Heavy metals removal in metals and mining wastewater R Substitution of conventional inorganic coagulants/ flocculants by patented polymers R Sludge minimisation by increasing dewatering efficiency, using superior polymers R Microbiological products to maximise biogas recovery R Hybrid processes such as Membrane Biorector (MBR) that is ‘anaerobic/anoxic’ and maximises Chemical Oxygen Demand (COD) removal; and bio-methanation process producing more methane per kilogram of COD removal R Synergy of chemicals with membrane-based processes in equipment solutions
Ideology that inspires GE Water GE’s Water & Process Technology business is transforming industrial wastewater into a sustainable, new water source – reducing dependence on freshwater resources, while helping customers meet regulatory requirements and protect the environment. We are focussed on developing technologies that support water reusage to solve the main challenges our customers wish to address: availability, quality and productivity.
Pioneering innovations offered by GE Water GE offers solutions to solve water treatment challenges with technology that spans across specialty chemicals, equipment and remote monitoring & diagnostic solutions. For example, our advanced cooling solutions offer innovative ways to help monitor, control & maintain cooling systems with greater efficiency, reliability and predictability, which cut down the total cost of ownership and minimise the
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One significant opportunity for the industrial users is to reuse or recycle the water utilised at their facility. Where the industry may have, at one time, simply discharged the water, it is now seeking creative ways to clean the water and reuse it as makeup water for cooling towers. environmental impact of operations. GenGard 8000 offers the capability to utilise low-quality water in the cooling process, while avoiding corrosion and fouling issues. This saves operating costs and improves the efficiency of the cooling system, which results in greater production output, water conservation and the ability to utilise alternative water sources. The GenGard product family is designed to work in conjunction with GE’s most advanced automation, process control and knowledge management platform, TrueSense. The synergy between these two technologies enables optimal performance of cooling water systems with advanced chemistry that performs even in the toughest conditions. TrueSense automation & knowledge management capabilities allow users to free the time and resources to focus on critical processes that are core to their business. TrueSense integrates three new and unique functionalities into one platform: direct online monitoring of critical water chemistries; personal instrumentation that significantly cuts offline testing time; and a powerful data analysis & display capability that provides deep insight into the system status.
Maintaining a competitive product pipeline At GE, R&D spend as a percentage of revenue has gone up significantly over
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the years, and today we are investing more in technology than any time in the past. For future growth, we aim to continue to lead in technology by innovating, inventing and building advanced technologies & processes that can solve the toughest water challenges. Our key technology partnerships include: R Water Technology Centre in Singapore, inaugurated in 2009, in partnership with National University of Singapore (NUS), with a $ 100 million investment. Established as a membrane Centre of Excellence (manufacturability, reliability, predictability and cost) R Water Sustainability Centre in Doha, Qatar, inaugurated in 2009, in partnership with ConocoPhilips. Focus on impaired water reuse (oil field produced water and brackish water usage) R Partnership with the Alberta Water Research Institute to share knowledge and implement innovative solutions to better manage Alberta’s water resources. One key project is under development to make the treatment of Steam-Assisted Gravity Drainage (SAGD) produced water a more water & energy efficient process, working together to achieve a reduction of 30-40 per cent
To tackle water woes for future generation The cost of water (acquisition, handling, discharge and energy costs) is on the rise. Most industrial plants are seeking ways to reduce the overall expense of water treatment, whether it is acquisition costs, discharge fees, or energy costs to handle water. One significant opportunity for the industrial users is to reuse or recycle the water utilised at their facility. Where the industry may have, at one time, simply discharged the water, it is now seeking creative ways to clean the
water and reuse it as make-up water for cooling towers.
Major challenges faced For the solution providers of effluent treatment, one of the major hurdles is in meeting more stringent regulations such as government-mandated ‘zero liquid discharge’ permits. In India, in particular, there are challenges for financing water & wastewater infrastructure projects, since most water projects are not well-qualified (technical and economic due diligence).
Demand for water treatment technologies in India and GE’s plans to tap it The market in India is matured vis-à-vis acceptance of the latest technologies. This is mainly driven by aggressive environmental legislation, green activism, visions of corporate sustainability and export-led growth. Globalisation has made ‘green compliance’ non-negotiable for many industrial segments. The demands of India’s industrial users are more focussed on economically viable applications of the most cost-effective technologies. This requires significant amount of customisation and localisation, as well as a clear understanding of key customer challenges. The ‘environmental-cost model’ has technical, geographical, regional and cultural diversity factors that cut across various segments of opportunity. In India, industrialisation and urbanisation have led to a great need for environmental technologies, cleaner production, waste minimisation, equipment and services. These include potable or drinking water provisioning, municipal water (sewage) treatment and industrial water treatment. India faces severe clean water supply challenges, and GE has the technology that spans across specialty chemicals, equipment and remote monitoring & diagnostic solutions that can aid the country.
Efficient energy management process is the key for quality, cost-effective production and competitiveness. With the focus shifting to better margins by way of cutting costs, a pragmatic investment in energy efficiency programme provides the much needed growth momentum to any organisation. In the case of chemical industry, such steps are even more important, as many of the complicated processes require high amount of energy.
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he process of managing energy is not new. Energy should be regarded as a business cost, similar to other expenditures like raw material and labour. The efforts required to manage energy effectively will vary among companies and depend on the company size, energy costs and energy intensity. It is not unreasonable for a company, as a start-up in energy management, to achieve a reduction of 20 per cent or more in the energy bills, with only a few simple measures and close monitoring. Hence, it is imperative to incorporate a structured energy management system in an organisation. Says Sanjay Rai, Managing Director, Kandla Energy & Chemicals Ltd (KECL), “Energy is one of the inputs in chemical or any manufacturing industry having major bearing on production cost and competitiveness. Thus, managing energy efficiency effectively is nothing but an investment, as we need energy on a regular basis in various stages of production. So, it is obvious that
Why energy management is a must? R Many experts believe that the
price of crude oil will remain high in the future R According to Energy Information
Agency, demand for natural gas is expected to grow by 2.2 per cent per year between 2001 & 2025 and will thus be the fastest-growing primary energy source R
By comparison, regenerative energies are likely to grow by 1.9 per cent per year
Asia is the largest driver of global energy consumption
In China and India, in particular, energy requirements are expected to double in the next 25 years
energy saved is energy produced, which is also our approach in energy efficiency programme.” He further adds that the company is adopting this because it gives effective returns if implemented properly. When it comes to the chemical industry, energy management is even more important as certain chemical processes contribute to the major input cost. According to Rajesh Malhotra, Director – Technical, Everest Group, “Global competition is a natural check to the final price determined, and, therefore, the industry has no choice but to adopt energy-efficient processes & techniques and modern
Many Indian chemical manufacturers now focus on operating their offices and production units better insulated and energy-efficient by utilising power fittings that consume less energy. engineering practices to remain competitive.” Effective usage and intelligent allocation of energy, coupled with effective conservation plans, generally tend to help companies manage and plan their finances in a better way. “Energy contracts can cost anywhere between 20 and 65 per cent of a company’s total variable running cost. In such cases, companies believe that it is imperative to make the energy plans right,” says Chetan Dhadankar, Research Analyst – Chemicals, Materials & Food Practice, South Asia and Middle East, Frost & Sullivan. With the focus shifting to better margins by cutting costs wherever possible, a prudent investment on energy plans would help in the future for any organisation to have sustainable cost and procurement models.
Sanjay Rai Managing Director, Kandla Energy & Chemicals Ltd
The developed countries have already achieved EURO-VI and advanced waste & discharge management systems, while we still have a long way to go. In some places, the industry is still lacking in basics of waste & discharge management and poor implementation, by not conforming to laiddown standards. Approach of Indian chemical industry Looking at the worldwide trend in energy management, the Indian chemical industry too has joined hands with global leaders like Siemens, GE Power, etc offering efficient power solutions to achieve dual benefits. It has managed to invest in efficient and clean generation of power by renewable sources like wind, hydel, nuclear, etc, along with installing energy-efficient system in-house to develop synergies with the ever-increasing cost of power and reducing demand. “Some companies have also developed in-house systems for generating solar and wind energy to tackle energy shortage and pollution, resulting in power generation in power stations,” says Dhadankar. Besides, many Indian chemical manufacturers now focus on operating their offices and production units better insulated and energy-efficient by utilising power fittings that consume less energy. Companies have adopted the latest equipment that do not consume as much electricity for the same amount of output. “The chemical manufacturing industry in India has developed a few Kaizens in this direction, and adopted
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Rajesh Malhotra Director – Technical, Everest Group
Global competition is a natural check to the final price determined, and, therefore, the industry has no choice but to adopt energy-efficient processes & techniques and modern engineering practices to remain competitive. carbon footprint measurement & latest efficient technologies for its production needs. This is cutting down its energy consumption, making it more competitive and has improved bottom line,” says Rai. Manufacturers are adopting energy efficient programme for chemical processes such as distillation, solvent recovery, steam generation or any other process where phase change (ie, liquid to vapour) takes place. The indutry has witnessed high-input energy demands that provide for the latent heat of vapourisation. “It is, therefore, important & essential for these processes to adopt techniques reducing the energy demand,” exhorts Malhotra.
Cost vs energy efficiency programme Today, major investments are evaluated on their payback period. Similarly, investments in concentrated professional efforts focussed on managing energy efficiency programmes can be easily evaluated for their payback, and in most cases would justify the investment. Many Indian companies have set up internal departments to manage energy efficiency programmes, while a few have outsourced to dedicated professionals. Energy audits are being conducted by a third party, which may be taken as a valuable input towards energy efficiency. “We are of the opinion that major savings can only be made when the entire process is re-evaluated and studied with an open mind rather than making cosmetic changes in the existing setup,” asserts Malhotra. Today, modern processes, techniques and sophisticated energy efficient alternatives are available, which need to be re-evaluated and adopted over the conventional systems that would bring in considerable reduction both in terms of energy consumption and process time. “The Indian chemical manufacturing industry has already realised this, and considerable adoption of energy-efficient techniques can be seen, especially in the pharmaceutical
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industry,” says Malhotra. Energyefficient and modern techniques not only bring down the production cost but also add on to process reliability, better quality, high output, etc which generally negate the initial investment. In India, cost has always remained a factor. Says Rai, “Cost has been a factor whenever there is a need for implementation of an energy efficiency programme. It ensures returns but initial financial implications also exist due to which a segment that is already driven by cost and quality competitiveness has constraints, because it immediately affects the bottom line.” Hence, there is a need for the government to extend support in the form of subsidy on capital investments or support programme, which are not available currently. In the absence of such incentives, the process of implementation of the energy management programme is delayed. Dhadankar too believes that cost is a big factor in establishing energy efficiency programme. He says,“Most systems in place are a part of an installed base and they have been active for some years. These systems are not the most energy-efficient systems and need a
revamp or replacement to make them better equipped for saving energy.” This is certainly a cost-intensive process, primarily because of the involvement of extensive research, purchase of technology, etc while upgradation of the equipment is also a costly process. Companies are hesitant for the cost reason, in addition to a general inertia to shift from an existing system, which is working. Investing in new equipment before the older ones are scrapped is an additional and avoidable expense for several manufacturers. “Employees also prefer staying in the familiar setup rather than undergoing technology training for new products and machines. The cost and other factors hence cause companies to delay the induction of new technologies into their setups,” points out Dhadankar.
How can companies benefit? It is a known fact that energy management is like an investment made for long-term benefits. But in the long run, a business that effectively manages power issues is benefitted by low running costs, low down time, near-zero breakdowns and clean practices in terms of carbon footprint. “This is beneficial because the cost saved in the long run can mean a robust profit model & more space to
innovate, develop brands and spend on other essential activities that need to be looked at. This gives a competitive strength to the businesses,” opines Dhadankar. Various companies have adopted steps in this direction. For example, KECL has inducted Fin Fan technology for cooling purpose in its plant. “We are the first to adopt this technology in our distillation process. We achieve part cooling through fins by transferring the heat to the atmosphere without using electrical energy for fans, water cooler, pumps, chiller, etc, ie, partly saving energy and also helping environment in terms of less consumption of water,” claims Rai.
Cost of fuel, environmental issues and entry of foreign companies have compelled Indian chemical manufacturers to bring in effective manufacturing systems. Besides saving energy and cost, such practices enhance a company’s reputation and image. Clean practices and more efficient systems also account for a better corporate image for manufacturing companies, and generally add the positive sentiment towards stock holder values. “Companies with greener and cleaner practices and better adherence to Safety, Health and Environment (SHE) norms tend to have a high possibility of being perceived as socially responsible,” opines Dhadankar.
Indian chemical companies vis-à-vis developed world A comparison with developed countries will certainly reveal that India has an immense scope for improvement. “The developed countries have already achieved EURO-VI and advanced waste & discharge management systems, while
Chetan Dhadankar Research Analyst – Chemicals, Materials & Food Practice, South Asia & Middle East, Frost & Sullivan
The chemical industry in the country has been consciously making efforts to work on better and more efficient systems in the recent decade. The entry of foreign players who tend to have more evolved manufacturing practices helps Indian companies to emulate this. we still have a long way to go. In some places, the industry is still lacking in basics of waste & discharge management and poor implementation, by not conforming to laid-down standards,” says Rai. Indian chemical companies have been known for spending less on R&D, proactive line improvement and forward looking business strategy. However, cost of fuel, environmental issues and entry of foreign companies have compelled Indian chemical manufacturers to bring in effective manufacturing systems. “The chemical industry in the country has been consciously making efforts to work on better and more efficient systems in the recent decade. This has been a result of rising cost of industrial power and fuel. Also, the entry of foreign players who tend to have more evolved manufacturing practices helps Indian companies to emulate this,” points out Dhadankar. Various new techniques are being developed for the chemical and pharmaceutical industries such as mechanical vapour compression systems, dry pumps, vfd controlled equipment, digital & electronic power monitoring & control equipment, etc, to name a few. It is high time for the chemical industry in India to understand that the benefits of adoption of energy efficient methods and processes would go a long way for both domestic and export markets, as they result in a better quality at reduced costs.
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Flavour & fragrance
Revitalising the market Offering the status of ‘completion’ or ‘perfection’ to a product, is the incorporation of Flavour & Fragrance (F&F). A core part of the chemical industry, the F&F industry is adding value to several Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG), food, pharmaceutical products, etc.
he worldwide demand for F&F including F&F blends, as well as essential oils & other natural extracts and aroma chemicals is projected to increase 4.3 per cent per year to $ 23.5 billion in 2014, as per a market research by US-based Freedonia Group. The major push to the F&F industry is acknolowledged to be stimulated by rise in food and beverage processing activity, which represents by far the largest market segment. Growth in rising disposable incomes, coupled with increasing globalisation & awareness of consumers, will also fuel demand. Very evidently, the best opportunities for F&F will be found in the emerging economies of the Asia-Pacific region, which will account for one-third of total value gains between 2009 and 2014. In particular, India, along with China, will witness some of the most rapid growth in both demand and output, as multinational producers continue to establish subsidiaries in these countries to meet local demand.
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Food and beverages accounted for 47 per cent of the global aggregate F&F demand in 2009, as per Frost and Sullivan. This is due to the lifestyle changes. This has led to widespread application of flavours in processed food, snacks, soft drinks, confectionery and other items such as meat & seafood products. The further expansion of fortified food will provide more opportunities. This is projected mainly since flavours are often used to cover up the off-tastes of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and other added ingredients. Trends toward fast foods and other convenience-oriented food options (for example, ready-to-eat meals) will further boost demand, as these highly processed items often require stronger flavour loadings. The future will hold many new challenges for the flavouring houses, particularly in understanding the needs and tastes of Indian consumers, who are difficult to be pleased. Although it is tough, the ideal strategy is to develop flavours specific to the needs of local population. The longstanding experiences of the Indian market have convinced the leading international players of the importance of producing tailor-made flavours. This is done through constant testing and keeping in close contact with the customers’ needs. Keeping flavour profiles in line with consumer taste buds while maintaining the health of natural products proves a challenge for natural
flavour suppliers. Healthy, low-calorie beverages, especially pose a quandary. The convergence of healthcare and nutrition with personal care products and cosmetics is the future. Lines will blur as ingestible products that promote beauty from within enter the market. Says Teresa Supnet-Rosa, Director, Flavor Category Management, International Flavors & Fragrances Inc (IFF), “Consumers are searching for functional products that deliver nutritional, pharmaceutical and beauty benefits. Consumers worldwide are paying closer attention to their health and are seeking more natural & ‘better for you’ products. Food manufacturers are cognisant of those trends and are providing products that meet these needs.”
Tasting times Also, flavour development poses R&D challenges. Popular flavours such as fresh citrus, berry and other red and tropical fruit flavours, especially when they must
be applied to low-/zero-calorie, nutrientfortified beverages, present development difficulties. The products thus created also like to maintain a clean label, with few extraneous ingredients that might put off consumers. The consumers also want to see these desired ingredients standing all alone on the ingredient label. They would want to see ‘apple’, and not ‘apple with other natural flavours’. “One of the major trends is a consumer wanting ‘no additives’. We believe that natural products offer a way to keep food looking great, tasting delicious, safe and fresh while having a clean label for customers and consumers,” says Melanie Galloway, President, Kemin Food Technologies. So, achieving the result of a stable, expected taste profile while maintaining a product’s healthy qualities presents a definite hurdle to flavour R&D experts. Differentiating flavour sub-variants from one another, for the purpose of consumer recognition, is a prevalent
Teresa Supnet-Rosa Director, Flavor Category Management, International Flavors & Fragrances Inc
Consumers worldwide are paying closer attention to their health and are seeking more natural & ‘better for you’ products. Food manufacturers are cognisant of those trends and are providing products that meet these needs. development issue as well. With new ingredients going to market all the time, and novel issues attending their use in food products, flavour suppliers must be on their toes to keep up with the new challenges being presented. Another challenge that new ingredients may have is, according to Galloway, “Negative flavour attributes must be addressed, via masking or some
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Industry segmentation The F&F industry is segmented based on the main applications that flavours and fragrances find their way into. Flavours R Bakery R Confectionery R Dairy (including frozen foods) R Savoury (chips,
namkeen, instant savoury foods & other snacking products)
R Beverages (liquor, malted food
beverages & fruit-based) R Tobacco (smoking & chewing) R Toothpaste R Pharmaceutical R Meat, poultry and seafood
flavours Fragrances R Wash products (soaps, hand
washes & shower gels) R Detergents (bars, powders,
liquid & pastes), other fabric care products (fresheners, softeners & brighteners) R Skin care (creams, lotions, gels
& corrective products) R Talcs R Hair care (shampoos,
conditioners, hair oil, gel & other styling products) R Fine fragrances and alcoholics
(deodorants & sprays) R Household cleaners (dishwashes,
floor, glass, multi-purpose & toilet cleaners) R Air care (air fresheners,
insecticides & agarbathis) R Industrial applications (leather,
paints & gas – negligible usage) R Tobacco (pan masala & gutkha) Source: Frost & Sullivan
other form of taste profile modification. Manufacturers thus also strive to accentuate the positive, and create harmony. Ingredient suppliers will need to help by maintaining good flavour profile, product stability and improved
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nutrition, and be on the course of constant innovation.” Some areas in which manufacturers are innovating currently include organic flavours, bitterness-masking ingredients and the stability/durability of flavour systems, from original processing through supply chain distribution. A mantra among flavour suppliers is that it only matters how a product tastes to the consumer, beyond the facility and retail shelf.
‘Scent’sational times Apart from processed food, the fragrance industry will be pulsated by the growth of the FMCG sector. The toiletry and cleaner segment will also remain an important market. Skin care products undoubtedly provide some of the best opportunities, reflecting expansion of the skin care industry itself, as manufacturers continue to target growth segments with products designed for middle-aged and older adults seeking anti-ageing solutions. F&F houses have long been focussing on different areas in perfume and synthesis technology such as countering specific malodours like sweat or encapsulation of fragrances for timed release. F&F houses are also focusing on developing captive materials that can provide them an edge in synthesis as well as discourage imitation. An innovative and beautiful manifestation of the fragrances industry is that of sensory branding. Giving the third dimension to a product is proving to be a very effective way of marketing communication, which is catching up very fast.
Sensory branding It is believed that the future of brand communications will be multidimensional. The catchphrase ‘sensory branding’ is coined by marketers for the concept of any form of communication between a brand and its consumers that involves the senses. Fragrance triggers all kinds of emotions, because the body’s olfactory
Melanie Galloway President, Kemin Food Technologies
Manufacturers strive to accentuate the positive, and create harmony. Ingredient suppliers will need to help by maintaining good flavour profile, product stability and improved nutrition, and be on the course of constant innovation. receptors are directly connected to the limbic system, the most ancient and primitive part of the brain, which is thought to be the seat of emotion and the part of the brain that allows one to smell. Smell sensations are relayed to the cortex, where ‘cognitive’ recognition occurs, only after the deepest parts of our brains have been stimulated. When the brain processes a smell, it is also processing the event or the emotion that goes with it. Thus, by the time we correctly name a particular scent, such as vanilla for example, the scent has already activated the limbic system, triggering more deepseated emotional responses. This knowledge is today being incorporated in branding exercises of products. The purposeful design and deployment of the interaction between the senses stimulate a consumers relationship with a brand, and foster a lasting emotional connection that optimises purchasing and brand loyalty. Engaging the consumer in a 360o attachment to the product can prove to be helpful in deciding a purchase, or in some cases, even a repurchase. Besides, there is also a degree of innovative marketing involved. This is the reason behind nascent product categories like scented packaging, a concept pioneered by Kelloggs’ in the UK. Armed with a plethora of applications and innovations, one can expect the F&F industry to complement the growth of modern India.
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Changing the nature of regulatory framework In 2007, when REACH came to effect, it replaced about 40 different regulatory programmes with a single set of rules for the management of chemicals in the European Union (EU). This will change the nature of chemical regulatory by requesting the industry to demonstrate the safety of chemical manufacturing and usage. Compliance requires manufacturers and importers to go through a registration process with deadlines determined by volume and hazards.
Dr Mosongo Moukwa
EACH is the EU’s programme for Registration, Evaluation, and Authorization of Chemicals. It establishes a staggered time period for manufacturers and importers to provide full safety dossiers on their chemicals. ‘The users must know what they are using or handling’ is the motivation behind this scheme. The deadline for each substance depends on how much of it is made and its hazard category. November 30, 2010 was the deadline for dossiers to be submitted for all substances manufactured or sold in quantities of 1,000 metric tonne per year or more. If a substance is not registered, it will be illegal to manufacture or sell it within the EU. However, if a manufacturer or importer wants to take advantage of the staggered registration, which can go up to 2018, the chemicals should have been pre-registered. Otherwise, they could not be sold in the EU after the beginning of
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2009 without immediate complete registration. ‘No data, no market’ is the motto of REACH. REACH aims to improve protection of human health and environment by placing responsibility on the industry to ensure that chemical substances are managed and utilised safely. It is intended to enhance worker safety by making more information available about chemical hazards and risk management measures. It also requires consideration of the health and environmental impact of chemicals throughout their life cycle. Chemicals and products that do not meet these requirements cannot be sold in the EU, unless specifically exempt. The regulations agreed in 2007 are meant to introduce safeguards governing the safety of thousands of chemicals utilised in various sectors.
Regulations impose new requirements By introducing one set of regulations applicable throughout the EU, the programme supersedes a hodgepodge of regulations that had
accumulated in the different member countries over the past few decades. It establishes several categories of rankings, based on volumes produced & consumed and perceived hazard levels. It also applies to both individual chemicals, or substances, and finished products, or articles that contain chemicals. All definitions have been set by the European Commission and the European Parliament, and these bodies established European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) based in Helsinki, Finland, to administer REACH. REACH imposes ‘registration’ requirements on each EU manufacturer or importer of chemical substances, whether on their own, in preparations, or in articles containing such substances where these are intended for release during normal and reasonably foreseeable conditions of use, in quantities of 1 metric tonne (1,000 kg) or greater per year, unless such substances are exempted. Polymers meeting the definition under REACH are generally regarded as presenting limited safety risks and are exempt from registration under REACH. Monomers present at above 2 per cent weight by weight in the finished polymer and other substances, however, must be registered if the total quantity of any such monomer or other substance is greater than or equal to 1 metric tonne per year. The fact that monomers are designed to be consumed in the reaction process is not relevant from a REACH perspective. This provision to register monomers and other substances meeting these conditions applies to importers of polymers into the EU as well as to polymer manufacturers in the EU unless such substances have been registered by an actor up the same supply chain.
Being responsible Thousands of companies had signed up through the ECHA online registration programme, pre-registering more than a million chemicals. The chemicals being pre-registered were introduced in the European marketplace prior to
REACH timeline Registration will continue through 2018, as follows: R June 1, 2007: REACH becomes operational; ECHA established in Helsinki R June 1-December 1, 2008: Preregistration takes place R January 1, 2009: Chemicals not preregistered cannot be sold or imported
in EU R December 2010: Registration required for chemicals produced at 1,000
metric tonne or more per year, for chemicals of very high aquatic toxicity in volumes of 100 metric tonne or more per year, and for extremely hazardous chemicals in volumes of 1 metric tonne or more per year R June 2013: Registration required for chemicals in volumes of 100-1,000
metric tonne per year R June
2018: Registration required 1-100 metric tonne per year
1981; chemicals introduced after that time underwent more rigorous premarket testing and did not need to go through the new certification process.
Because REACH will cover all chemicals imported into the EU – either as identifiable entities or incorporated into finished products – its impact will be felt around the world. A pre-registration file for a substance consists of three basic pieces of information: R The substance identity. ECHA stated in June 2008 that 98 per cent of the first batch of preregistrations it had received relied on standard identifiers such as CAS or International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) names R The envisaged deadline and production quantity for the registration R The name and contact information of a company or third-party representative who will act as the contact point for data sharing. This can be a manufacturer, an importer, or a customer using the chemical
The substance identity is particularly important because it will help the agency assign potential registrants to the same Substance Information Exchange Forum (SIEF). SIEF was formed for each pre-registered substance as a means for companies to share data and other information. The goal was to reduce duplication of tests, particularly animal tests. Producers could also form voluntary consortia to divvy up tasks in collecting and analysing test data. Chemicals produced in limited quantities, primarily for R&D, may be exempt from the pre-registration requirement, although a notification requesting an exemption for this status had to be submitted to the agency. One of the earlier companies to preregister their substances in June 2008 was the BYK Division of German specialty chemical producer Altana. The company asserted that it completed REACH preregistration in only four days. Because REACH will cover all chemicals imported into the EU – either as identifiable entities or incorporated into finished products – its impact will be felt around the world. Foreign manufacturers could be represented in the registration processes only by an appointed representative located in the EU. That person is responsible for fulfilling REACH obligations, including memberships in SIEFs and consortia.
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Industry groupings had formed consortia, even before ECHA assigned SIEFs. For example, in March 2008, tin producers and consumers announced the formation of an inorganic tin compound group that aimed to minimise REACH-related costs and resource requirements. The group had encouraged potential new participants, including all manufacturers, EU importers, and users of inorganic tin chemicals to join. And on a more basic level, a Lower Olefins and Aromatics (LOA) consortium was formed. The LOA consortium was open to any company, European or otherwise, manufacturing or importing these compounds. Downstream users and other data holders were also invited to play an active role in the consortium.
Leaders in registration As is typical for big firms, Dow is the so-called lead registrant for most of the products that it has submitted for registration. The lead registrant is the company that files the data package for a particular chemical; the other companies that produce or import it then follow, linking their submission on manufacturing process and customer end-uses to the primary filing. In most cases, major companies have much of the data, so it made sense that they lead the registration process. Dow is the lead registrant for 60 chemicals that exceed the 1,000metric-tonne volume threshold, and more than 100 employees have been involved in the data compilation and reporting effort. The lead registrant has a critical role, consolidating all data on the chemical, including physical properties, toxicology data, and exposure testing results. In addition, the lead company is charged with facilitating information exchange between registering companies, using the SIEF online discussion to ensure that all available data are considered. Although ECHA provides the software
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support for the forum, discussions are run entirely by the companies, and it is their responsibility to organise and plan their data collection to prepare the chemical registration.
Some end-users have been panicking. It should be also noted that most requests for deadline extensions, none of which have been granted, have come from worried end-user. Concerned downstream users One important target audience of the European Chemical Industry Council (CEFIC) and ECHA support documents is downstream chemical users. This group is less familiar with the regulation and has been concerned about what it could mean for the supply of key raw materials. Some end-users have been panicking. Some suppliers have been providing them with weekly updates on what chemicals have been registered, but that had not eased their concerns. It should be also noted that most requests for deadline extensions, none of which have been granted, have come from worried end-user.
Problems have arisen because of the high costs of testing and certification, which can amount to hundreds of thousands of Euro for each chemical. The costs may mean some key substances – used in small quantities in products such as adhesives, plastics or paints – may fail to receive the necessary registration even though replacing them is difficult for users in ‘downstream’ industries. A big worry for many companies is that certain products they need contain small amount of chemicals that are difficult to identify, often because they are part of secret formulations withheld by suppliers on competitive grounds. For example, specialised coatings for the aerospace industry utilise about 200 different materials. Since each material contains an average of 5-10 chemicals, companies rely on at least 1,000 individual substances. Dr Mosongo Moukwa is Vice President (Technology), Asian Paints Ltd, Mumbai. He was Vice President (Global Technology), Reichhold, North Carolina. He holds a PhD from the Universite de Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada and an MBA from Case Western University, Cleveland, Ohio. He is a member of the American Chemical Society, the Commercial Development and Management Association and the Licensing Executive Society. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Just another safety equipment or a life saver?
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A well-designed and duly operable respiratory protection can be the only option for saving valuable lives, where there could be creation of oxygen-deficient or contaminated air in chemical facilities. This article is an attempt to revisit the aspects on selecting/ handling/donning the right type of protective gear, which has to be fool-proof and activity/ hazard-specific.
K N K Murthy
uman beings are known to have survived days without water, weeks or months devoid of food, but never more than a few minute without the breathing air. Oxygen-deficient or contaminated air are produced in workplaces or other locations in general, especially chemical units. This may be due to inadvertent process/plant operational/ maintenance hazards or upsets that are beyond the limits/reliability factor of systems or personnel including emergency scenarios. There are four main categories of devices with reference to respiratory protection. First, is the simple mechanical filtering devices to safeguard against dusts, particulate matter, aerosols, mists, etc, which do not possess any type of chemical
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hazards. The other three categories include chemical absorbents/adsorbents in cartridge or canister mask design, Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA), and Supplied Air Breathing Apparatus (SABA).
Finding solutions The following questionnaire need to be duly addressed by all concerned in general, and especially the shop-level supervisors/managerial staff who are directly responsible and accountable for executing the jobs before deciding on the type of equipment to be employed from a number of options, choices and brands available at work locations: R Can there be oxygen deficiency in the work area? R Is yes, is it feasible to perform the jobs without any one entering the hazardous zone?
If not, are all working personnel or few of them required to enter the hazard zone for working? Even if oxygen concentration in atmosphere is sufficient there could also be dangerous/unacceptable concentration levels of toxic/noxious vapours, or nuisance/irritant/unpleasant/ bad odour emitting dusts, mists, fumes, other foreign particles, etc in the air. R If yes, which could be probably present while carrying out the job? R What could be the estimated time for completing the job? R In case of any probable emergency situations, how long it may take for people to move out and reach safe locations? R Are the personnel expected to use the equipment physically fit? R Have they been adequately trained (including practical demonstration) about the type of equipment, principle of operation and also limitations/constraints? R Is emergency rescue/first aid/medical helps available in case of failure or wrong usage/choice of the protective gear? Once the response has duly been assessed, it would be an easy and hassle-free process to select the right type of device (Table 1).
Cartridge/filter/adsorbent/ absorbent/chemically reactive respirators Inhalation of harmful aerosols-dusts of materials such as coal/sulphur/lime, fibrous particles, (natural or synthetic) noxious fumes/mists, etc is equally detrimental even when the gross concentration of oxygen in the workplace is adequate. The consequential effects in such cases are mostly less intensive or temporary if duly taken care of by the usage of right type of respiratory protection, failing which: R Acute poisoning can occur, leading to serious sicknesses or even fatality while being exposed to relatively small dozes of toxic fumes/vapours of carbon monoxide, oxides of sulfur/nitrogen, chlorine, etc
Cumulated effects of intermittent/ repeated exposure may lead to chronic ailment affecting the respiratory system, which may also lead to premature death. Diseases such as asbestosis, silicosis, fibrosis, benzene induced malignancy, etc are the outcome of such events during oneâ€™s occupational life span Devices mentioned in Table 1 can be used only in those locations where sufficient oxygen concentration is guaranteed naturally as they cannot ensure supply of fresh additional oxygen, if required.
Smaller SCBA sets of 5-10 minute duration are also available exclusively for quick egress from affected zone. However, if the job demands more time, supplied air BA set is recommended.
Self-contained or supplied air BA sets The primary objective of SCBA/SABA is to supply pure breathable air from an independent source all along the posting of individual in oxygen deficient atmosphere. There are certain known, medically proven and time-tested data available on the warning signs and symptoms
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followed by hazardous consequences vis-Ă -vis the concentration levels of atmospheric oxygen in descending order (Table 2). SCBA is the conventional single backpack unit with air cylinder, pressure/breathing hose, body harness and full face mask-cum-head band assembly. This is generally utilised by professional service personnel engaged in fire fighting/rescue functions. Others including the plant operation/maintenance/allied group staff are also required to be duly trained/certified for working with SCBA as situations demand. It is desirable that an emergency control squad be constituted of such personnel and a predetermined number of persons belonging to respective groups are always made available at the work area round the clock. The basic limitation of SCBA is that considering the weight and fitting comfort of the equipment the longest duration could be 30-45 minute only. This is quite acceptable based on the experience of
Table 1: Materials utilised for protection Type Material/fabric Protection against Remarks Sterilised cotton/ Dusts of coal, silica, Disposable after one synthetic fabric fibrous particles, mists, Nose/mouth pad use or reusable after with adequate particulate matter other cleaning/washing pore size than chemicals Comparatively less hazardous/non-lethal Designed only for Synthetic fabric chemicals such as acids/ less strenuous jobs, Nose/mouth pad with chemical alkalis/inorganic/organic especially at ground resistant coating fumes, etc in low level with ready concentrations closer to egress routes TLV-TWA range only
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Table 2: Hazardous consequences vis-à-vis concentration levels of atmospheric oxygen Per cent level Signs/symptoms/hazardous consequences of oxygen 21 Normal atmospheric concentration that we breath naturally First sign of hypoxia; decreased ability to sustain strenuous work; 15-19 may induce early symptoms in persons having coronary, pulmonary or circulatory problems Respiration level/frequency increases with exertion, pulse rate goes 12-14 up; impaired muscular co-ordination, perception and judgement Respiration rate/depth increases further, causing poor judgement and 10-12 lips turn blue 8-10
Mental failure, fainting, unconsciousness, ashen face, blue lips, nausea, vomiting, inability to move freely
SCBA or positive pressurisation facilitated by compressor operation from a distant location. The latter design can be either tight or loose fitting with change facility through face hood and/or other body parts offering wearing comfort, ventilation and safety. Last but not the least, emergency resuscitators (equipment to administer artificial respiration) are also being utilised to render emergency respiratory service to people (first aid) who find difficulty in normal breathing.
Six minute: 50 per cent probability of death
6-8 Eight minute: 100 per cent probability of death
the maximum time one is required to stay at the contaminated workplace in normal cases. Smaller SCBA sets of 5-10 minute duration are also available exclusively for quick egress from affected zone. They are also known as ‘escape masks’. However, if the job demands more time, supplied air BA set is recommended. The supply could be: R From a battery of breathing air cylinders (trolley mounted) kept at accessible locations. A regulated flow of air is ensured through breathing tube and face piece assembly
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Duly purified breathable air can also be drawn either from a manually operated blower or air compressor All three types are designed for continuous operation (for example, cleaning, lengthy maintenance/service/repair work, open handling of hazardous chemicals, etc) In the case of blowers and compressors, the delivered air must be ‘ultra pure’ having oil/rust/dust filtration/ removal facilities, and the sample must be certified as conforming to relevant health/hygiene standards. Besides, uninterrupted power supply (through augmentation with alternate source) is necessary to keep them in continuous operation whenever the air pressure in the receiver depletes. In this context, a modern version having dual air supply facility – both compressor and a small (five-minute duration like the escape mask) is also available currently, having auto changeover from compressor to cylinder air supply. In the case of manually operated blower, a trained and dedicated personnel must be deployed. Besides, the blower must be positioned at air intake locations devoid of any contamination. Air-pressurised suits offering head-totoe protection from chemical exposure, heat/humidity, etc are available as required. They can be a body-mounted
The highest degree of perfection in terms of design, operability, and physical/mental fitness of wearer is of paramount importance while dealing with respiratory protective appliances, since these are considered as ‘life savers’. Conformity to national/international standards and approvals must be strictly adhered to. The management must have an established policy on need identification, procurement, sample inspection, approval, issue, maintenance & upkeep. Demonstrative training associated with feedback/ evaluation, monitoring and enforcement on compliance will go a long way in achieving the desired results. K N K Murthy has been in the fertilisers and petrochemicals industry for 38 years and retired as Senior Manager (Safety) from Indian Petrochemicals Corporation Ltd, Vadodara. Currently, he works as a Safety Consultant and is attached to Mahatma Gandhi Labour Institute (MGLI), Ahmedabad. He is also a visiting faculty for industrial safety diploma courses and an accredited auditor/trainer for MGLI’s industrial assignments. He has done pioneering works in various aspects like hazard identification, risk assessment, safety audits/inspections/surveys, training, emergency preparedness planning, selection/development of need-based safety appliances, community awareness programmes, quality/environment standards (ISO), accident investigation/analysis, etc. He can be contacted on email@example.com
Treating produced water
Need to bridge the technology gap Every year billions of barrels of wastewater stream (also called as produced water) containing a host of contaminants are brought to the surface during oil & gas explorations. In a recent Lux Research study entitled ‘Water technology unlocks future oil & gas reserves’, it was found that, while the management of produced water is a priority, there is a mismatch between the capabilities touted by the technology providers and the implementation of these solutions by the oil & gas companies.
lthough one may think that only crude oil & gas flows from wells, in fact, the exact opposite is true. Within the layers of oil & gas bearing sedimentary rock formations, are pockets of water that are brought to the surface when oil & gas is extracted, called produced water. Globally, around 233 billion barrels (37 billion cubic metre) of produced water is brought to the surface each year. On top of the large volumes, there is also a great deal of variety in the composition of this water from site to site, state to state, and country to country. This wastewater stream contains a host of contaminants from oil and grease to chemicals microorganisms, and radioactive elements; so simple reinjection or dumping is costly or prohibited. Manangement of produced water is critical to the profitability of the oil & gas industry, and is thus a key focus of technology development. As such, a multitude of companies are clammering to introduce new technologies to tackle the associated treatment issues.
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Cleaning processes Produced water is broadly divided into two categories: onshore and offshore. Onshore, the majority of produced water is ‘treated’ by reinjection back into the ground at the same location as the well, which is popular because it requires only the basic level of treatment. Another advantage of this process is that it retains the pressure in the reservoir and maintains or increases oil production. Offshore, wastewater undergoes treatment to remove oil & grease particles as well as Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) and then is disposed into the oceans. While all technologies used are driven by regulation, the size and weight of a system plays an equally important role in offshore applications, whereas onshore applications have more land area to set up a larger treatment train of technologies. According to a study by Lux Research, although the management of produced water is a priority, and often vital to the profitability of these Exploration & Production (E&P) companies, there is a mismatch between the capabilities touted by the technology providers and the implementation of these solutions by the oil & gas companies. While both providers and oil &
gas companies believe regulations to be the main driver for produced water treatment, there seems to be no clear answer to which is the best technology to treat this water.
Plenty to choose from With a plethora of technologies to treat the variety of contaminants in produced water, there are many good options, but not one all-encompassing solution. Only a few are able to address all the contaminants included in produced water around the world. But, even though there is no single solution, there are several technology trends, irrespective of the applications. For oil E&P, removing dissolved and dispersed hydrocarbons is the primary concern and the main focus of the treatment train. Several technologies (hydrocyclones, plate coalescers, and most popularly adsorbants/ absorbants) are employed to remove this contaminant eliminating different sized oil droplets. In natural gas extraction VOCs and salts are the major contaminants to deal with, where filtration & separation technologies and ion exchange are the first choice of treatment. Technology providers are focussing their target performance metrics based on regulation, as they feel that oil & gas companies will eventually need to get to the level mandated by environment protection agencies. With new technologies pushing the boundaries of what is possible in water treatment, regulators will look to the innovative startups to set metrics that bigger players will need to meet.
What’s in a brand-name? Like any consumer, oil & gas companies are looking for reliability and brand name – even when adopting new technologies to treat produced water. There are many companies offering produced water treatment technologies like Veolia’s MPP system that BP uses, or Siemens’ oil and water treatment technologies, which
covers the entire treatment train. Other giants use partnerships to access emerging technologies: for example Filterboxx is partnering with GE to provide packaged treatment solution in the Alberta oil sands in Canada. In another partnership that provides a more complete treatment train, Gradek Energy removes hydrocarbons (using its polymeric bead technology); later Veolia removes any other dissolved minerals, salts and suspended solids using flocculants. Partnerships present an opportunity to service companies like Halliburton, Baker Hughes and Weatherford that want to lock producers into their own end-to-end solution, since packaged offerings bring in more revenue than piecemeal technology choices.
The development of produced water treatment technologies can unleash new sources of fuel around the world. Novel trends While oil & gas companies want to drive the development of technology, most do not want to buy it – as in the water space in general, they prefer to buy services from a chosen provider. Gradek Energy’s business model capitalises on this in treating its E&P clients’ produced water for free, but earns its revenue by selling the collected oil back to the client. While this model of selling back the useful recovered contaminants is a viable model to give smaller companies visibility and a chance to prove its technology, it does expose the company to commodity pricing risk. As they are forced into ever-more extreme oilfields and unconventional reserves by petropolitical realities, E&P companies will look to GE’s successful focus on service contracts and capital
finance a decade-long as a model for future profits.
Lessons to learn There is no silver bullet to address the variations in produced water. The major challenge with treating produced water is that one contaminant in water can disrupt the effective treatment for another. Further, the concentrations of all these contaminants vary as they emerge from the ground, where even an effective technology cannot cope with the changing dynamics. Because of this, treating produced water is something that no single technology can accomplish on its own. Also, since regulatory drivers tend to focus on single contaminants they are currently insufficient to push treatment in all directions, creating a cure-all technology. Moreover, technology development is spurred by oil & gas companies that promote and fund technologies based on their specific needs, further fracturing any potential silver bullet. Beyond the issues of water treatment and technology, oil & gas reserves remove the power from countries rich in traditional fuels. The development of produced water treatment technologies can unleash new sources of fuel around the world. As the extraction of unconventional fuels and the associated environmental concerns find their way to the forefront, water technologies will be key to the ensuing geopolitical shifts. Reka Sumangali is the Research Associate at Lux Research. Her contributions to advisory projects include analysis of the water technology landscape for market opportunities, evaluating industrial applications of ongoing nanotechnology research, and assisting multinational corporations in navigating energy-related technologies & opportunities. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Overcoming supply chain challenges
Technologies to bank on The chemical industry relies heavily on large fleets of supply chain assets for shipment transportation. These mobile assets have high intrinsic value and play a critical role in production and delivery fulfillment processes. This article focusses on supply chain challenges prevalent in the chemical industry and how Automatic Identification & Data Capture (AIDC) technologies can help overcome them.
odern industry relies on a steady supply of gases, fuels and other industrial chemicals used in the manufacturing of a broad variety of products. The business of the chemical industry is to produce these substances and transport them to the facilities where they will ultimately be utilised. Because the chemical industry commonly transports highly toxic, explosive or otherwise dangerous substances through its supply chain, care must be taken to ensure that chemical supply chains function smoothly and safely. In addition to spoilage, spills, accidents and compliance with government regulations, security is also a major concern since hazardous chemicals could wreak untold destruction on human life and property if they were to fall into the wrong hands. Controlling the movement of chemicals and the assets that transport them is a top priority for the chemical industry. Every stage of a chemical shipmentâ€™s journey from production facility to the end-user must be carefully planned and executed. Fortunately, AIDC technologies such as active and passive Radio Frequency Identification (RFID), GPS and sensors can help chemical companies achieve these goals.
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Asset management The mobile assets involved in the supply chain include cylinders, drums, intermediate bulk containers, tank trailers, rail cars, intermodal tanks and small containers. To meet customer demands, chemical companies must maintain the right quantity of assets in the right locations. This balance must exist across all plants, depots, distribution centres, warehouses and ports to meet the day-to-day operational needs of the chemical company. Visibility enabled by AIDC technologies allows chemical companies to achieve this balance through close monitoring and control of supply chain assets.
Asset visibility As mobile assets move through the chemical supply chain, they are often misplaced and inadvertently stockpiled. This is further complicated by the nature of the supply chain, which involves multiple parties handling assets across multiple locations. In addition, most companies still rely on error-prone, labour-intensive manual processes to maintain asset visibility. The net result is that chemical companies face significant challenges in maintaining visibility of mobile assets across the supply chain.
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Compounding the inherent difficulty of attaining visibility, legislative initiatives for improving traceability and mandating the use of expensive reusable containers are gaining momentum. Governments across the world see the benefits of cutting down waste disposal costs and addressing the ethical & environmental concerns of their constituencies. For the chemical industry, however, meeting legislative requirements can be a costly endeavour. The challenges of attaining asset visibility and complying with government regulations put pressure on the chemical industry to maintain reliable and up-todate asset visibility information. When planners lack asset visibility, they are pressurised to create surpluses in the supply chain. These cost money whether they appear as additional capital expenditures and leases, rental of emergency assets or the stockpiling of inventory. Chemical companies that cannot afford to expand their asset fleet or inventory levels risk local asset shortages, disruption of production operations and customer fulfillment obligations. This in turn can create the need for costly rushed shipments, or worse yet, lost business. Even without impending government mandates for asset visibility, chemical companies stand exposed to visibility
costs through labour expenditures required to track down misplaced assets and high demurrage fees often triggered by misplaced assets. These scenarios result in a high cost of doing business than what should be necessary. Amid these difficulties stands an opportunity for chemical companies to differentiate. From customer service, environmental & bottom line perspectives, there is a tremendous value in addressing these challenges. Affixing AIDC devices to the chemical industry assets and making the asset data (which devices collect) available via an enterprise-wide software platform are steps that several large chemical companies have taken, allowing them to enjoy considerable benefits that asset visibility can provide.
AIDC and supply chain AIDC solutions for the chemical industry supply chain should overcome the challenges of maintaining visibility of mobile supply chain assets, monitoring the movements of hazardous materials and securing chain of custody hand-offs throughout the global supply chain. The ideal solution must also be able to integrate all types of AIDC and track & manage all types of supply chain assets & inventory.
Asset types Points to ponder To maximise risk reduction while still meeting customer demand for chemical products, companies must carefully consider the following questions: R In what type of container will
the chemical be transported? R Will the shipment travel by rail,
road or sea? R What organisations will have
custody of the shipment as it travels? R Will these various parties be
able to share information on the location and status of the shipment in real time?
Various types of assets in the chemical industry are: Rail cars: Of the thousands of rail cars moving at any given time on the 1,40,000 mile of track in the US, about 1 per cent are transporting potentially hazardous chemical substances. The movement of these Toxic Inhalation Hazard (TIH) substances has been regulated in the recent years by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). Of particular concern to chemical companies, rail companies and the TSA is the movement of the TIH fleet through urban areas. Considering the potentially devastating consequences of an â€˜exceptionâ€™ event, particularly in a densely populated urban area, chemical
companies are wise to implement rail car AIDC tracking solutions that provide the following: R Constant monitoring of location and tank car condition R Environmental sensors including dome open, lading and temperature R Rules-based alerting for condition and location exception R Messaging to facilitate emergency response communication Intermodal containers: Intermodal containers, commonly transported by ship, rail or truck, pose a number of challenges to chemical companies. For instance, companies often lose in-transit visibility to intermodal containers for long periods as they are transported across the ocean. Companies also may find themselves unable to accurately account for floating inventory, unable to re-route shipments to fulfill order demand and unable to validate the security of shipments. To address these issues, chemical companies need an AIDC solution that provides: R Customs clearance benefits R Re-routing (in-transit reallocation) capabilities R Real-time location information for all container shipments R GPS tracking capability for select trade lanes ISO tanks: ISO tanks, large cylindrical containers employed to transport chemicals are problematic in the areas of visibility, allocation and fleet reduction. Chemical companies often lack visibility to in-transit ISO tank shipments, and suffer from poor ability to plan the return of ISO tanks located on customer sites. Maximum utilisation of large fleets of ISO tanks is also difficult. An AIDC solution for chemical
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ISO tanks should have the following capabilities: R Provide real-time location information with GPS devices R Enable reduction of ISO tank fleet size or defer new purchases R Alerts for excess dwell time R Automated ship and receipt based on geo-fencing R Re-positioning of empty ISO tanks Road tanker trailers: Tanker trailers are often used to transport chemicals overland. With these assets, chemical companies must be mindful of detention and demurrage fees. Asset visibility is usually provided by driver-initiated carrier transactions, which are prone to error. Chemical companies often find themselves unable to audit or verify carrier billing, and unable to provide accurate updated arrival times to the customer. Further, when trailers are not utilised efficiently, they may sit unutilised for long periods in far-flung corners of the supply chain, resulting in high detention and demurrage charges. AIDC can rectify these problems through: R Dwell time alerting R Auditing of detention and demurrage charges
Tracking & training solutions Requirements for web-based application for real-time tracking and management of mobile assets include: R Support for automated collection
of supply chain asset data from a wide variety of AIDC devices R Modelling of customers, suppliers
and business units as discrete entities that share common supply chain transactions R Granular
permission controls that allow micro-visibility for business units, suppliers and customers with macro-visibility for the parent company
alerts, chain of custody audits and other reports to reduce the risks of transporting hazardous materials
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Real-time location information independent of carrier processes R Border crossing information Small assets: Small assets pose challenges in the areas of visibility, security and chain of custody. Chemical companies often have difficulty locating and securing shipments of hazardous materials contained in small assets. It is also difficult to maintain the chain of custody information on small assets through a complex, multi-tiered supply chain. Poor asset utilisation and lack of visibility to small assets on customer sites are other challenges. AIDC can address these problems by providing: R Ability to track high-volume small assets in different geographies R Multiple AIDC support for different small asset types R Analytics and KPI reports to monitor asset utilisation
Supply chain solutions With such a wide variety of chemical substances and assets in which to ship them, it is no wonder that the chemical industry supply chain faces many challenges. Compounding the industryâ€™s supply chain issues is the fact that many chemical companies rely on a combination of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems, Supply Chain Management (SCM) applications and spreadsheets to manage supply chain assets. This mix of tools is ill-suited for tracking assets beyond the boundaries of the enterprise and into the supplier & customer supply chains. Chemical companies need a new breed of application that is designed for real-time tracking and management of mobile assets. The ideal answer is a web-based application that provides continuous online tracking, environmental monitoring, and management of chemical industry assets and their contents from point of origin to point of destination. Such a software must be able to manage mobile assets outside the four walls of a single company as the assets move among suppliers, plants, distribution centres, warehouses and customers.
Saviâ€™s RTLS Location Markers Courtesy: Savi Technology
After partnering with an experienced AIDC solution provider and developing a solution that solves their unique business challenges, chemical companies deploy AIDC devices such as active and passive RFID tags, bar code and Satellite Communications (SATCOMM) devices. These tools provide the raw asset data that forms the foundation of asset visibility. Data from AIDC devices, ERPs and supply chain systems is then consolidated by a powerful software application that packages the data and makes it actionable. With AIDCenabled real-time visibility, chemical supply chain managers can overcome the challenges that commonly arise in the chemical companies.
Conclusion There are many ways that AIDC technology can overcome problems in the chemical industry supply chain. Major benefits of AIDC in the process are: optimised asset utilisation, improved safety and security of hazardous material shipments, improved inventory management, scalability and more efficient operations. The end-results of a successful AIDC implementation in a chemical industry supply chain are low supply chain costs and improved customer service with decreased risk. Courtesy: Savi Technology Savi Technology, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin, provides an integrated suite of complementary AIDC technology products & solutions for the supply chain management in the chemical industry. For details, contact Mark Nelson on email: email@example.com
An effective marketing tool for SMEs With big corporate buyers looking at India as one of the major manufacturing hubs, now is the time for Indian suppliers in the chemical industry to proactively market their products beyond the country. However, restricting oneâ€™s marketing programmes to only traditional, offline methods will not be sufficient in expediting international business. The easiest and cheapest way to do this is through e-commerce.
Brian A Wong
stablished in 1974, Indo Gulf Group is a Mumbai-based conglomerate managing diverse products in the areas of chemicals, textiles, feed additives and life sciences. In the early 2000s when the Internet burst on to the business scene, it realised that to stay ahead of the pack, the company would have to harness the potential that e-commerce had to offer. In 2003, Sayed Tanzil, Managing Director, Indo Gulf Group, embraced e-commerce, and today, through it alone, the company receives around 150-200 business enquiries per month. Due to effective employment of e-commerce, it has been able to optimise both big and small orders. Currently, the company operates in more than 60 countries worldwide and exports to Europe and Latin America. It also participates in trade shows across the world. Tanzil claims that there is no reason to look around and search for any other trade or marketing channels as e-commerce is all it needs. Like Tanzil, thousands of other entrepreneurs in the
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chemical industry stand to gain by employing e-commerce.
Establishing identity For SMEs in the sector, this phase of recovery from the global economic slowdown is both challenging and exciting. The chemical sector was one of the worst hit sectors during the period, with companies facing drastic fall in the prices, slump in the export orders and substantial demand slowdown in domestic market. However, the SMEs in the chemical industry are resilient and are signalling at a positive trend in the near future. A SynovateAlibaba.com study had revealed that 94 per cent SMEs believed that their revenue will increase in 2010. This confidence stems primarily from the expectation of a speedy global recovery and aggressive growth of the Indian economy. The chemical industry is among the established traditional sectors of the country, contributing to more than 13 per cent of the total export revenue. A huge chunk of this revenue comes from markets such as the US, China, Indonesia, Germany and Singapore.
These markets present a huge opportunity to SMEs in the sector.
Powerful business tool E-commerce can be a powerful business tool, helping SMEs develop their businesses right from the discovery phase to the closing of a deal, and also help in sustaining business growth. Research shows that the discovery phase, when businesses search for prospective partners, is the most time-consuming and costly one of the sourcing cycle. E-commerce can reduce this time required to a great extent by providing information on products and suppliers from around the world 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. With the Internet providing a rich source of information about markets and sourcing trends, stock figures, as well as contact information for buyers and suppliers, Indian SMEs can now locate new markets effortlessly. Today, procurement officers worldwide are seeking potential trading partners online. To find new customers, in India and abroad, Indian SMEs in the chemical sector can bank on the power of the Internet. E-commerce is growing in prominence because of its ability to penetrate a more geographically dispersed customer base, thus providing a large population of qualified buyers and suppliers. Negotiations on business deals can be a tedious and time-consuming task. However, with e-commerce SMEs can reach a consensus with global partners in faster and cheaper way, as it enables real-time communication. E-commerce also offers better customer service as it is easier to get in touch with customers directly to receive almost immediate feedback, thus improving customer service and after-sales opportunities.
promote products directly to potential buyers by using a standardised supplier storefront on an online marketplace. This has many of the same functions as a corporate website and can be updated at any time by the registered member. Besides aggregating a huge online community, a comprehensive e-commerce platform will also be equipped with real-time communication tools, trade resources, industry news, forums and third-party services like authentication and quality control. Cost of purchases can be cheaper, as direct access to suppliers are available, cutting down the cost of middlemen. SMEs in the chemical sector, getting started with online marketing, should keep it simple. The most important criteria should be to avail
E-commerce is growing in prominence because of its ability to penetrate a more geographically dispersed customer base, thus providing a large population of qualified buyers and suppliers. a high ROI, ensure scalability. The company website can also have relevant information, which is updated on a regular basis. SMEs should have all relevant notifications and terms and conditions spelt clearly on their websites. This makes the business websites reliable and trustworthy. Providing precise contact information, along with prompt responses, goes a long way to help SMEs to apply e-commerce.
A click away An even platform Indian SMEs can also utilise the cost-effectiveness of the Internet to
The Internet is becoming a dominant factor in todayâ€™s life. Besides being easy to use, the Internet also has the
capacity to push an SMEâ€™s business onto another plateau altogether. By investing only a small amount of money and manpower, companies of all sizes are able to access potential customers across India, and even the world, via the Internet, and are able to compete with multinational companies on fair terms. Brian A Wong is the Senior Director of Global Sales at Alibaba.com, where he is responsible for the identification and establishment of long-term strategic initiatives, which contribute to the organisationâ€™s global expansion across key international markets. He is a graduate of the Wharton School where he earned his MBA in finance and entrepreneurial management. Prior to managing the SBD division, Wong was responsible for the International Business Development and Marketing (IBDM) department, which included regional teams in the US, EU & Asia, and has held senior management positions in the International TrustPass (iTP) sales and Japan website departments. For further details, contact on email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Controlling business operations
Matching aspiration with execution is an important ingredient for success, especially for companies present in the global market. Also, visibility in operations is a pre-requisite in the process. As Pidilite Industries Ltd (PIL) found out, a robust system could provide this much needed visibility. It chose SAP® Business One application to automate operations across three global locations. And, the company reaped the benefits.
idilite Industries specialises in the areas of specialty chemicals (industrial adhesives, pigments, textile resins, leather chemicals), consumer products (stationery & art material, fabric care & maintenance products), construction chemicals, paints, adhesives and sealants. PIL’s Fevicol, Steelgrip, Acron, Dr Fixit, Fevitite and M-seal are among the well known brands in India. It has been showing robust growth in the recent years and is emerging as one of the top global players. To fuel its quick rise, the company has made investments in a number of mid-sized manufacturing and distribution companies located in Singapore, Thailand and the UAE.
Challenges: Single integrated system PIL is on a path of rapid expansion. With the company aiming at markets spread across the globe, transparency of, and control over, business operations across
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the extended organisation were posing a big challenge for the top management. It needed a single integrated, and more importantly, a universal solution that would enable them to establish central transaction and management control. This would, in turn, enable accurate and on-time generation of consolidated MIS reports, helping top management monitor the health of individual companies efficiently. Further, the local management needed systemic support to run its day-to-day operations. Generating timely and accurate MIS reports, recording daily transactions, and reporting to central office on time was a big challenge at all individual offices. Another important area that needed immediate attention was inventory management. “Thus, it was clear that we needed a system that would be universal, as well as handle country-specific localisation needs,” said Zoeb Adenwala, Chief – IT, Pidilite Industries Ltd.
Decision to implement SAP® Business One PIL looked for a solution that was universal yet locally adaptable. They evaluated a few options before deciding on SAP® Business One. The company felt that this application provided them the much needed adaptability and flexibility. It also inherently possessed control and check features for management control, which was important for the company, considering its offices spread across the globe, and its future expansion plans. Also, the application was web-enabled, had the necessary reporting capabilities, and local product support at all locations considered for implementation. So, SAP® Business One was selected as it met all the requirements. Adenwala and his team decided on three implementation locations - Jupiter Chemicals LLC (Dubai), Bamco Ltd (Thailand) and Chemson Asia Pte Ltd (Singapore), and set aggressive implementation deadlines for the same.
Managing a multi-location implementation The biggest challenge PIL had to deal with was in managing simultaneous implementation in three locations across the globe. While the company put together a competent internal team, it realised that not many members had first-hand experience working at these locations nor did they have an understanding of the local systems in place. “We clearly needed an implementation partner who had industry knowledge and experience of working in a similar implementation,” explained Adenwala. After careful consideration, Octopus-e International was selected as the implementation partner for all three locations. It set up an experienced team to handle the complexities of the project. The ‘Big Bang’ implementation approach was followed, which was kicked off
Challenges & opportunities R Generate consolidated and accurate MIS reports enabling informed decision
making Enhance visibility and control over operations across extended organisation R Improve inventory management R
Objectives R Streamline
transaction and management control system across its
Why SAP® Business One? R Universal and comprehensive solution covering all business functions R
Local support availability at overseas locations
Benefits achieved R Complete visibility and transparency of operations across the extended
organisation Streamlined transaction and management control system R Improved inventory management R Timely and accurate, consolidated MIS reports generation R
across the three locations simultaneously. Standard modules including sales, purchase, inventory, finance & banking were implemented, and the solution was customised according to local tax & reporting structures.
Consolidated MIS reports generation that was earlier quite cumbersome is now completely streamlined. The management can now take informed and accurate decisions based on these reports. “Even though there were challenges in coping with language issues and understanding the local context, we drew on our own experience to deal with these,” said Atul Kshetry, Director, Octopus-e International. “PIL needed a common chart of accounts for all companies; mapping these across the three countries accurately was quite challenging for the implementation team. With the help of the dedicated internal team and our own team, the implementation was completed in only three months,”
added Adenwala. While Singapore and UAE units went live first, the Thailand unit was operational one month later.
Benefits unlimited Post implementation, PIL has experienced major benefits within a short period of time. “We now have standardised business processes and a single integrated transaction backbone across our widespread units, and this implies that the management has total visibility into operations,” said Adenwala. Also, the company’s complete and accurate knowledge of the stock across the units & inventory management at all units greatly improved too. Further, consolidated MIS reports generation that was earlier quite cumbersome is now completely streamlined. The management can now take informed and accurate decisions based on these reports. “Finally, we now have a complete and accurate knowledge of our stock across the units, and our inventory management at our units greatly improved post implementation,” concluded Adenwala. Courtesy: SAP AG For further details, contact Mou Chakravorty on email: email@example.com
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Engineering Expo Chennai 2011
Cultivating a passion for success Apart from being the custodian of a rich cultural heritage that dates back to over 2,000 years, Tamil Nadu has emerged as an industrial powerhouse in the recent times. Such has been the charm of the state that more MNCs wish to be a part of this growth bandwagon. Facilitating such a conducive environment is the third edition of Engineering Expo Chennai, scheduled from March 11-13, 2011. This edition will take forward the entrepreneurial legacy that is typical to the competitive spirit of Engineering Expo as well as Tamil Nadu.
wing to factors such as the presence of a long coastline with major ports, a climate conducive to industrial development & entrepreneurship, massive increase in the supply of skilled, costeffective labour and a State Government that has supported & intervened to strengthen industrial development, Tamil Nadu today has demonstrated a leadership stature that every company would want to reckon with. The contribution of industries has enabled the Tamil Nadu to become one of the top three fast-growing states in the country. It has the third highest gross industrial input of ` 1,89,982 crore. The State has the highest number of factories (21,265 units) and factory workers (1,114,421) employed. With such a huge potential, Tamil Nadu has immense prospects on offer to manufacturing companies. Moreover, having established itself as a key enabler in boosting the growth of companies, the Chennai edition of Engineering Expo boasts of its stronghold in this dynamic State. With yet another edition slated at Chennai Trade Centre, Nandabakkam, the Expo will showcase engineering innovations to provide a competitive edge to companies. Spread over an expanse of over 2,500 sq m exhibition area,
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Engineering Expo Chennai 2011 will witness cutting-edge technology from leading brands like FEIN Power Tools, Tussor Machine Tools, Trelleborg Sealing Solutions, Pathak Machines International, Nilkamal, Emtex Machinery, Boge Compressors, Toshnitek, Sri Yantra Engineering and Rittal India, among others.
The Chennai edge Chennai is the southernmost terminus of India’s Golden Quadrilateral; the highway network that connects India’s four largest metropolises – Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata. Says Ameer Munaff, CEO, Fein Power Tools, “Excellent seaport connectivity, international air terminals with cargo clearances, proximity to target markets, abundance of skilled workforce, reasonable realty prices and impressive track record for delivering high-quality manufactured goods are the main reasons that convince us in favour of Chennai.” These are only a few of the advantages that make Chennai an ideal manufacturing hub in South Asia for most MNCs. Also, establishing a production base in India being an urgent priority for most multinational brands to strengthen their global presence, Chennai enhances its appeal as a favourable destination, especially for the automobile and auto component manufacturing segment. Almost
30 per cent of India’s automotives and 35 per cent of its auto ancillary industry are based in Chennai.
The Engineering Expo legacy In its third edition, Engineering Expo Chennai is emerging as an important destination for inking envious business deals. For an industrially vibrant region like Chennai, the significance of trade shows like Engineering Expo grows manifold. Anand Rajadhyaksha, Manager – Advertising, Nilkamal, says, “In Chennai, the automobile industry is advanced, which makes it a manufacturing hub for several multinational auto brands. The previous editions of Engineering Expo have allowed us to market our innovative engineering solutions on a broad platform while generating business contacts and product enquiries. We are anticipating the same prospects from Engineering Expo Chennai 2011.” Its strong SME connect is one of the distinct advantages that Engineering Expo Chennai offers to enhance the competitive landscape of SMEs. During the show, the plethora of solutions and innovations on display will allow smaller organisations to revisit their strategic concerns, if any. They can grasp the pulse of the market by having their predefined questions answered. When such interests are met, Engineering Expo Chennai serves as an ideal breeding ground for collaborations between potential competitors.
A culture of excellence Ever since 2009, the Engineering Expo Chennai edition has become a premier convention zone for the industries of the region. Chennai being a metro city,
Engineering Expo Chennai: The fervour continues… Year 2009 2010 2011 Number of participating exhibitors 125+ 125+ 200+ Net exhibition space 1,300+ sq m 1,600+ sq m 2,500+ sq m Visitor turnout 10,000+ 11,500 + 18,000+ (expected) Business generated ` 10 crore+ ` 20 crore+ ` 40 crore+ (expected)
is generally perceived that all industrial potential has been utilised. However, be it the ingenuity of the business community or the untapped resources within the region, Engineering Expo statistics point towards a positive direction. More than 200 exhibitors are expected to participate in this year’s edition, while about 40 per cent exhibitors are Chennai-based. Elaborating further on the 2011 edition, Sandeep Khosla, CEO – Publishing, Infomedia18, says, “Engineering Expo Chennai commits to offer diverse, high-technology and cost-competitive products & solutions to the industry. Over 10,000 products & services covering the entire spectrum of manufacturing will be on display, thus offering a unique opportunity to the entire manufacturing sector in South India. With the application areas spanning from engineering, automotive, steel, cement, defence, aerospace, railways and white goods to general engineering, Engineering Expo Chennai offers abundant opportunities.” Apart from showcasing technical expertise, Engineering Expo Chennai 2011 will allow entrepreneurs to exchange knowledge on the State Government’s initiatives to encourage private enterprise. Industry leaders will share their insights on challenges faced and emerging business opportunities within the region. R Selvaraj, President, Ambattur Industrial Estate Manufacturers’ Association (AIEMA), says, “Today, Tamil Nadu is faced with a shortage of manpower, which is critical in both skilled and unskilled areas for the manufacturing and service sectors. The primary cause for this is a drastic increase in the cost of living, especially escalation of realty prices in the residential sector. This has prompted the government to set up suitable accommodation and education institutions in industrial areas
in PPP mode so that transportation costs of labour can be avoided.” Those exhibiting at Engineering Expo Chennai 2011 for the first time are also keen on exploring its vibrant prospects. More than 70 per cent of the total exhibitors are new to this year’s edition. Ananth Kannan, VP – Marketing, Powerica, says, “Since this is the first time we are exhibiting at Engineering Expo, we are keen to experience the euphoria surrounding it. I am also particularly interested in the focus areas of Engineering Expo Chennai 2011 in terms of products as well as user segments. We expect a good response and trade enquiries. This edition of the Expo will go a long way in determining our future collaborations.”
An event to reckon with The aspirations of all stakeholders of Engineering Expo Chennai 2011 are quite high. “Engineering Expo is an ideal platform for marketing innovative engineering technologies and products across the region. This will be an excellent forum for exchanging diverse product information, technical details and business contacts, besides market information and outsourcing potential. Finally, it will serve as a great source of enquiries, which can be converted into sales and revenue,” validates Munaff. It is for these and many more reasons that companies pledge their faith and support in the Engineering Expo editions. This is evident from the fact that more than 50 per cent of the confirmed exhibitors have previously participated at Engineering Expo editions in Chennai, Pune, Ahmadabad or Indore. This enthusiasm evinced towards the Expo by the business fraternity indicates Chennai’s eagerness to welcome home this ‘World Cup’ of the manufacturing fraternity. And, the countdown begins…
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National AHMEDABAD CHENNAI Gujarat Tamil Nadu Mar 11-13, 2011 Oct 14-17, 2011 Chennai Trade Gujarat University Centre Exhibition Hall
PUNE Maharastra Nov 18-21, 2011 Auto Cluster Exhibition Centre
INDORE Madhya Pradesh Jan 6-9, 2012 Poddar Plaza, Nr Gandhi Hall
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Nanotechnology: Today & Tomorrow A national level seminar on nanotechnology and its application; February 26, 2011; at K S K V Kachchh University, Bhuj, Gujarat For details contact: Dr Pragnesh N Dave Head - Department of Chemistry Kachchh University Mundra Road, Bhuj 370 001 Tel: 02832-235022, Mob: 098982 62491 Fax: 02832-203512 Email: email@example.com
PU Tech 2011 A polyurethane (PU) exhibition & conference; March 09-11, 2011; at India Expo Centre - Expo XXI, Noida For details contact: Unitech Exhibitions Pvt Ltd 92/3, 2nd Main Road Gandhi Nagar, Adyar, Chennai 600 020 Tel: 044-2440 5493 Fax: 044-2440 5492 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Chemspec India 2011 An exhibition for performance & fine chemicals and organic intermediates; April 14-15, 2011, Bombay Exhibition Centre, Mumbai For details contact: DMG World Media Ltd 301B Court Greens The Laburnum Sushant Lok Gurgaon 122 002, Haryana Mob: 098116 14144 Email: email@example.com
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PVC 2011 The event will display the latest innovations in pumps, valves and compressors (PVC) for various industries; May 06-08, 2011; at Bombay Exhibition Centre, Mumbai For details contact: Conventions & Fairs (India) Pvt Ltd E 519, Floral Deck Plaza Central MIDC Road Opp SEEPZ, Andheri (East) Mumbai 400 093 Tel: 022-2839 8000 Fax: 022-2839 0502 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
IPVS 2011 Industrial trade fair for pumps, valves and systems; November 11-13, 2011; at the Gujarat University Hall, Ahmedabad, Gujarat For details contact: Orbitz Exhibitions Pvt Ltd 101, Navyug Industrial Estate Sewri (W), Mumbai 400 015 Tel: 022-2410 2801/02, Fax: 022-2410 2805 Email: email@example.com
SUGARASIA 2011 Exhibition showcasing cane sugar and downstream products such as distillation of molasses & ethanol, blending and power generation; November 21-25, 2011; at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi For details contact: Nexgen Exhibitions Pvt Ltd 1201 Pragati Tower, 26 Rajendra Place New Delhi 110 008 Tel: 011-4153 6990, Fax: 011-4153 6991 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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International exhibition on pharmaceutical ingredients and intermediates; December 01-03, 2011; at NSE Exhibition Complex, Mumbai
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International CIPPE 2011 An event for petroleum & petrochemical technology and equipment; March 22-24, 2011, New China International Exhibition Center, Beijing, China For details contact: ITE Group Plc 105 Salusbury Road London, NW6 6RG, The UK Tel: +44 (0) 20 7596 5000 Fax: +44 (0) 20 7596 5111 Email: email@example.com
Chembio Finland 2011 An event showcasing latest trends in laboratory products, biotechnology and chemical industry; March 22-24, 2011; at Helsinki Fair Centre, Finland
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SCHÜTTGUT 2011 Industry forum for manufacturers of powder, granules and bulk solids; May 18-19, 2011; at Exhibition Centre Westfallenhalle Dortmund, Germany
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FILTSEP 2011 A trade fair for equipment and technologies for filtration and separation; April 26-29, 2011; at Crocus-Expo IEC, Moscow, Russia For details contact: MVK - International Exhibition Company 1 Sokolnichesky Val Pavilion 4, Moscow 107113, Russia Tel: +7 (495) 995-05-95 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dye+Chem Indonesia 2011 Exhibition focussing on all kinds of dyes and fine & specialty chemicals; May 12-
Asian oil, gas and petrochemical engineering exhibition; June 01-03, 2011; at Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Malaysia For details contact: Allworld Exhibitions 12th Floor, Westminster Tower 3 Albert Embankment, London The UK Tel: +44 (0)20 7840 2100 Fax: +44 (0)20 7840 2111 Email: email@example.com
Chemspec Europe 2011 An exhibition for performance & fine chemicals and organic intermediates; June 15-16, 2011; at Palexpo, Geneva, Switzerland For details contact: Dmg World Media (UK) Ltd Westgate House 120/130 Station Road Redhill, Surrey RH1 1ET, The UK Tel: +44 (0)1737 855000 Fax: +44 (0)1737 855475 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
CO2 Expo 2011 Exhibition dedicated to the climate and greenhouse emissions; September 14-16, 2011; at Fiera di Roma, Rome, Italy For details contact: Artenergy Publishing srl Via Antonio Gramsci, 57 20032 Cormano (MI), Italy Tel: +39 0266306866 Fax: +39 0266305510 Email: email@example.com
PEPP 2011 A business forum dedicated to polyethylene & polypropylene (PEPP) products, technologies and market; September 20-22, 2011; at Swissôtel Zurich, Switzerland For details contact: Maack Business Services Moosacherstrasse 14 CH-8804 Au/Zurich Switzerland Tel: +41 1 781 30 40 Fax: +41 1 781 15 69 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
ChemMash-Pumps 2011 A trade fair on chemical engineering and pumps; October 24-27, 2011; at Expocentre Krasnaya Presnya Fairgrounds, Moscow For details contact: ZAO Expocentr 1A Sokolnicheski Val Moscow 123100, Russia Tel: +7 (495) 255 37 23/33 Fax: +7 (495) 205 80 55 Email: email@example.com
INCHEM Tokyo 2011 Trade fair showing latest developments in chemical engineering; November 16-18, 2011; at Tokyo International Exhibition Center, Japan For details contact: Japan Management Association (JMA) 3-1-22, Shibakoen Minato-ku, Tokyo 105, Japan Tel: +81 (0)3 3434 0093 Fax: +81 (0)3 3434 8076 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Engineering Expo Indore 2011
Echoing success Setting an inspirational benchmark for itself, the recently held third edition of Engineering Expo Indore surpassed its previous records. The event marked the presence of more than 270 exhibitors and generated business worth ` 65.24 crore. In the backdrop of rapid industrial growth in Madhya Pradesh (MP), the Expo played a catalytic role in providing further boost to the manufacturing fraternity in and around the region. Prasenjit Chakraborty
he business dynamics of every economy and market keeps evolving continuously as a large number of manufacturers enter the market, thereby enhancing competition and raising the standards. The intense competitive environment calls for a networking platform that not only connects the buyer and seller but also enables them to seal envious business deals. In such a scenario, a trade fair should offer all promotional benefits that a manufacturer looks for. In this direction, the third edition of Engineering Expo Indore, held from January 07-10, 2011, at Poddar Plaza, Gandhi Hall, delivered the
promised prospects. It proved to be one of the most successful shows held in Indore in recent times. Besides being extremely effective, the Expo provided participants with a cost-effective means to promote their products on a wider platform to a serious set of buyers.
Abundant opportunities Engineering Expo Indore 2011 witnessed participation from over 270 exhibitors, including some of the leading engineering companies such as Siemens, Havells, S&T Engineers, Atlas Copco (India), Guhring India, Kirloskar Oil Engines, Nilkamal, Godrej & Boyce, etc. The exhibitors used this platform to fruitfully showcase their latest product
offerings to esteemed customers and visitors present at the event. The inauguration ceremony was attended by a galaxy of industry leaders namely Ashok Jaiswal, President, Association of Industries, MP; Gautam Kothari, President, Pithampur Audhyogik Sangathan; Omprakash Gupta, President, Madhya Pradesh Electric Merchants and Contractors Association, and many other dignitaries across industries. Addressing the gathering, Jaiswal said, “With the proactive support of the State Government, MP is taking rapid strides on the industrial front. In this scenario, the exhibition provided a much-needed momentum to accelerate the growth prospects of the industries.” He further added,
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One of the major highlights of this Expo included the visit of Kailash Vijayvargiya, Minister of Industries, Government of Madhya Pradesh. He took keen interest in the exhibition and visited different pavilions. Commenting on the Expo, the minister said, “Engineering Expo is an excellent platform for the industry. It has an important role in uplifting the industrial scenario of MP.” He further added, “The Expo met several requirements of new entrepreneurs by providing them a chance to interact with a plethora of new companies, and learn about different products & technologies showcased at the event. It is a good platform for facilitating growth in the manufacturing sector of MP.” The minister was accompanied by dignitaries from the government as well as several industry associations.
Guest of honour Omprakash Gupta, President, Madhya Pradesh Electric Merchants and Contractors Association (second from left); Gautam Kothari, President, Pithampur Audhyogik Sangathan, and Ashok Jaiswal, President, Association of Industries, Madhya Pradesh lighting the traditional lamp at the inaugural function of Engineering Expo Indore
“The products displayed at the Expo will enable manufacturers to upgrade their existing technology. I hope the organisers will continue their zeal in the years to come. The Expo is beneficial to the manufacturing fraternity, visitors as well as the industrial segments of Madhya Pradesh.” Echoing similar sentiments, Kothari stated, “The exhibition is the manifestation of MP’s growth in the engineering segment. The participation of reputed brands across categories clearly narrates the success of Engineering Expo Indore. It also spells the bright future of industrial growth in the state.” He pointed out, “The technology displayed at Indore Expo will help manufacturers reduce production cost. It also acts as a platform for educating industries located in this region.” Highlighting the investment scenario in the state, Kothari informed
that Pithampur area, known as the automobile hub, has been on an expansion spree. Hence, there is a continous surge of investments being witnessed in this region. Putting things into perspective, Kothari concluded that the Engineering Expo is best placed to provide further momentum to this growth. Meanwhile, Gupta lauded the organisers for segmentation of pavilions, which helped the visitors in finding the right products in less time.
Generating crucial leads In the backdrop of the state’s rapid industrial growth, Engineering Expo emerged as an ideal platform for companies to showcase their latest products. Atanu Sengupta, Area Manager – Power Tool Division, Bosch, said, “The atmosphere here was quite professional. Irrespective of whether the exhibitors were big or small, they
professionally managed their stalls. It clearly indicates that they highly value this exhibition and consider it a serious platform for enhancing their business.” Seconding the view, Ajay Jain, Sales Engineer – Madhya Pradesh, BIPICO Industries (Tools), said, “After the Engineering Expo Indore 2010 edition, the business of our company grew by 10-15 per cent in MP.” The Expo served myriad purposes for exhibitors; some utilised this platform to launch new products, others attempted to garner new information about companies. Finolex Cables is a case in point. “Many do not know that Finolex also manufactures a complete range of switches and compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs). During the event, our major focus was on switches and CFLs, so that people are aware of these products. Engineering Expo serves as the right place for deciphering the information,” explained Gopal Halwasiya, Engineer - Sales, Finolex Cables. The participants, exhibitors and visitors alike, believed that the rapid pace of industrial growth, coupled with emerging sectors like cement and power in MP is all set to add to the grandeur and significance of Engineering Expo Indore in times to come.
Opportunities calling... With proactive support from the State Government, the industrial scenario in MP is rapidly changing. A closer look reveals that soya, chemical and food machinery segments are flourishing in western MP, while automobile and other engineering sectors are at the forefront in eastern Madhya Pradesh, especially Indore and its surrounding areas. However, there are ample growth opportunities in other sectors as well, as the state has natural wealth in the form of limestone, coal, soya, cotton, bauxite, iron ore, silica, etc. Therefore, the state has a strong industrial base in sectors like textile, cement, steel, soya processing, etc. “The State Government is attracting investments by organising summits and offering tax benefits to entrepreneurs who plan to invest in the state,” stated Ashok Jaiswal, President, Association of Industries, MP. The positivity incidentally is also indicative of the fact that in future, Engineering Expo Indore will play a greater role in boosting the industrial growth of the region.
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Expo Indor e attracted 19,732 visi tors
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270+ exhibitors Exhibitors’ experience
The launch pad
Rahul Yadav, Assistant Manager – Sales, Rittal India
Ashish Sinha, Assistant GM, Godrej Material Handling, Godrej & Boyce Mfg Co
I was amazed by the number of visitors and enquiries received on the first day itself. Being an MNC, we generally take part in exhibitions organised in metro cities. We are participating in Engineering Expo Indore for the first time. And I must say, on a regional level, we never thought of receiving such a wonderful response. Through this exhibition, we had an opportunity to meet SME customers in and around Indore.
Indore is the commercial capital of MP, with a number of industries coming up in Pithampur, Dewas, etc. The industry is growing and this is the right platform to display our products. At the Expo, we have received quality enquiries from the visitors. We have also launched upgraded models of forklift trucks at this exhibition.
Ajay Mehta, MD, Arihant Bearing Services
We have a complete range of material handling and storage systems. We launched the steel dustbin in MP at this exhibition. This is the only exhibition in the state where one can exhibit engineering products.
Due to several constraints, small entrepreneurs cannot reach every customer. The Expo provided the perfect platform for customers to meet entrepreneurs and vice-versa.
Yogesh Bagora, Assistant Manager – Sales & Marketing, Nilkamal
Rajesh Joshi, Assistant GM, Havells India Rajesh Godse, Director, Reliable Terrestrials We always believed that this exhibition is a good platform for launching new products. We have more scope when a unit expands. If rapid growth of industries is any indication, the exhibition will grow manifold from its present status. We are satisfied with the kind of arrangement and the response generated here.
Sunil Mahajan, Area Sales Manager – MP, Black & Decker India Engineering Expo is a good platform to participate. The plus point of the exhibition was the opportunity offered to meet entrepreneurs from neighbouring states, who participated in the event.
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Engineering Expo is the best platform for reaching the target audience in Indore and surrounding areas. Recently, we have introduced (in India) geysers that are protected with earth leakage circuit breaker, which were displayed for the first time in MP through this Expo. The response was fantastic.
Sulabh Muchhal, Director, A-One Electrical Agencies This year, the response is much better than the last edition. Overwhelmed by the response we received last year, we booked the entire row in a pavilion. At the Expo, we launched HT Solutions product.
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Elated first timers
Raj Kumar Jain, Branch Manager, Legrand (India)
Mushtak Ali, Vice President, Wire & Wire Products Association, Indore
The exhibition has proved to be beneficial for one and all present here. Most importantly, only serious participants were present, which brightened the business prospects. At our stall, we displayed three new products. We consider this as the right platform to introduce our products to the target audience.
I regularly visit exhibitions in Delhi and Mumbai, and I feel that the standard of Engineering Expo Indore is high. If the same standard is maintained, then we need not have to explore avenues outside the region to seek new types of machines.
Yogesh Mantri, Managing Director, AGECO Manoj Pugaliya, Director, Kan Power Rubber Industries The exhibition is much better than what I had expected. The enquiries are from across all industry segments, which will facilitate the growth of our business.
The exhibition was much better than what I expected. The display range was vast, which covered almost the entire gamut of the industry. This exhibition provided the latest information about new products and technology, thereby it generated huge interest from exhibitors and visitors alike.
Rajul Gandhi, Director, Seion Watertech Though I was a bit apprehensive on the first day, Engineering Expo Indore turned out to be a fantastic exhibition overall. I must say, we were at the right place to enhance our business prospects.
M B Unjhawala, Managing Director, MGMT Tools & Hardware This is the first exhibition we have participated in, since we started manufacturing six months back. I firmly believe that the automobile sector will drive the growth of the industrial scenario in MP. The exhibition will help us to penetrate the market. We displayed tool cabinets and trolleys, which are mainly used in the automobile industry.
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Kumar M Desai, Director, Omega Elevators I have come all the way from Ahmedabad to seek some electronic automation products and machine tools. The trade fair covered the entire range of engineering products. Regional players will benefit tremendously from this exhibition.
Manish Kumar Jain, Business Manager, Tata Steel Manufacturers, be it small-scale or large-scale, have displayed their products, thus offering a number of options to select from. We were looking for some galvanised products, which we managed to source from the Expo.
Exhibito rs willin g to partic ipate in the next edition
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Technology Offered As part of our endeavour to spread the technology culture, this section provides a means to promote and facilitate exchange of select technologies. We strive to bring together suppliers of such technologies with suitable users for negotiations and industrial collaboration. Activated carbon An Iranian firm is willing to offer activated carbon from coconut shells. Areas of application Food processing, pharmaceuticals, etc Forms of transfer Technology licensing
Cresyl phosphate / tri phenyl An Indian firm is offering consultancy for manufacturing plasticisers. Area of application Photo films, chemicals, plastic industry, etc Forms of transfer Consultancy
Ethanol An Iranian company is offering ethanol from molasses using the fermentation of sacharomyces cerevisiae. Ethyl alcohol is widely used for making many organic chemicals. Areas of application Chemical industry, energy industry Forms of transfer Technology licensing
Furfuryl alcohol technology An Indian firm offers technology for producing furfuryl alcohol from furfural by liquid hydrogenation as well as vapour hydrogenation, with a capacity of 6,000 tpa to 24,000 tpa. Areas of application Furan polymers, sealants & cements,
urea-formaldehyde, & phenolic resins and foundry cores Forms of transfer Consultancy, technical services, technology licensing
Phosphate esters An Indian firm is offering technology for manufacturing phosphate esters like tri butyl phosphate. Area of application Specialty chemicals Forms of transfer Joint venture
Sodium hydrosulfite An Iranian company is willing to manufacture sodium hydrosulfite using chemical compounds. It is widely used as a stripping agent in dyes and in chemical industry. Areas of application Chemical industry Forms of transfer Technology licensing
Sodium sulfide An Iranian firm is willing to offer sodium sulfide, which is used mainly in textile industry, paper mill, artificial silk and curriery. Areas of application Leather industry, textiles, curriery industries, paper mills, etc Forms of transfer Turnkey
Synthesis routes for organic chemicals An Indian firm is offering consultancy in design of synthesis routes for organic chemicals. Areas of application Pharma industry, speciality chemicals, plant protection chemicals, etc Forms of transfer Consultancy
Transformer oil unit An Indian company is willing to offer consultancy for making a transformer oil unit with domestic coal from its wastes. Area of application Transformers Forms of transfer Consultancy, technical services
Wasteless processing techniques An Indian company is willing to offer consultancy for waste-less processing techniques for the chemical & packaging industries. Area of Application Packaging industry, transformer oil manufacturing industry, chlor alkali projects Forms of transfer Consultancy, technical services
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Technology Requested Calcium carbonate
A Saudi Arabian company needs the technical know-how for producing calcium carbonate from limestone. Areas of application Industries like chemical, textile, etc Forms of transfer Others
A group of businessmen in Zambia is interested in setting up an 800 t/d of quick lime and 200 t/d of hydrated lime plant. Areas of application Mining Forms of transfer Others
Glyoxal An Indian company is looking to switch the production technique for manufacturing 40 per cent glyoxal from its existing acetaldehyde based method to the MEG based glyoxal production. Area of application Pharma & textile Forms of transfer Others
Inorganic chemicals An Indian company is interested in seeking the technology & process know-how for production of potassium nitrate, chromium acetate, and magnesium hydroxide suspension. The company already produces inorganic chemicals and wants to add several other items. Areas of application Chemical industry Forms of transfer Others
Lime An Indian company seeks to adopt new cost-effective technologies, which can reduce carbon emissions and earn carbon credits, for manufacturing lime. Area of applications Quick lime and hydrated lime Forms of transfer Others
Manufacture of sodium hydrosulfite A company based in Pakistan is interested in establishing a joint venture for the manufacture of sodium hydrosulfite in Pakistan with either a Chinese or European manufacturer, who has the technological know-how and expertise in the field. Areas of application Industries like textile, paper and food Forms of transfer Others
Quaternary ammonium chloride An Indonesia-based company, is planning to diversify into manufacturing of quaternary ammonium chloride. It is seeking technology along with the supply of critical plant and machinery for the manufacture of the chemical 3-chloro-2hydroxypropyl trimethyl ammonium chloride that is produced from epichhlorohydrin. Areas of application Chemical industry Forms of transfer Technical knowhow, consultancy
Small-scale environmentfriendly chemical technology An Indian company is looking out for an economically viable smallscale environment-friendly chemical
technology useful in the textile sector as well as in pharmaceutical sector. Area of application Textile and pharmaceutical industry Forms of transfer Others
Solvent dyes An Indian company has recently installed a manufacturing capacity of 2,400 mtpa and is looking to diversify its product range by including various solvent dyes in its product portfolio. The company is seeking process consultancy for this project. Areas of application Plastics, petroleum, solvents, etc Forms of transfer Others
Sodium silicate and activated carbon A company from Thailand requires technology for manufacturing sodium silicate and activated carbon from rice husk & rice husk ash. Areas of application Manufacturing and construction industry Forms of transfer Others
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February 2011 | Chemical World
Rotary vacuum pump
Acmevac Sales offers rotary vacuum pumps, series ‘LVV’. These are sliding vane, oil-lubricated type pumps. Design of the lubricating system feeds minimum quantity of oil to important points. Oil from the exhaust is baffled, collected and returned to the oil chamber. Heat-treated fibre vanes are utilised in these pumps in place of steel vanes. Advantages of these pumps are: silent running & negligible wear on stator, end-covers and rotor slots. These pumps are driven by V-belt to give vibration-free and are fan-cooled.
Ovivo India offers ‘OVIVO-TrisepTM’ ultrafiltration (UF) system. This is a robust flat-sheet and spiral-wound membrane. The UF system is operated in a cross-flow mode, thus reducing the chances of fouling, thereby maintaining the permeability of the membrane for a long time. Unlike hollow fibre membrane systems, which are prone to frequent breakage, ‘OVIVO-TrisepTM’ membrane elements are robust and are designed for effective aeration, backwash and purging. This UF system undergoes negative pressure operation, thereby eliminating compaction and high TMP, which is generally seen in positive pressure systems. ‘OVIVOTrisepTM’ UF System has two product lines: ‘iSepTM’ and ‘SpiraSepTM’. The ‘iSepTM’ units eliminate the need for a process tank as they are skidmounted ‘plug-and-play’ type. The ‘SpiraSepTM’ units are submerged UF systems, which can be placed in an existing process tank and operated in a feed & bleed mode.
Acmevac Sales Pvt Ltd Mumbai - Maharashtra Tel: 022-2837 5837, Fax: 022-2836 4977 Email: email@example.com
Drain cleaning & diagnostic equipment D B Shah & Brothers offers drain cleaning & diagnostic equipment from RIDGID, USA. These diagnostic equipment are utilised in applications where there is a large number of bends and traps. It is in such places where RIDGID camera equipment and line locators are used. They even come with recording facility (depending on model chosen). The camera equipment are used in industries ranging from auto to construction and plumbing. The line locators are used to locate buried utility lines.
Ovivo India Surat - Gujarat Tel: 0261-246 5972/73, Fax: 0261-246 2997 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Humidity, temperature & pressure indicator
Supremo Line & Control offers the fluoropolymer FEP, PFA, PTFE lined SGI/WCB/SS pipes, valves and fittings utilising technical know-how and raw material for appropriate application of the resin for successful results with international quality for chemical industry. Its features are: low co-efficient of friction, chemical inertness, non-toxic approved by international food & drugs regulatory authorities, non-inflammable, self-sealant, good weathering resistant and zero water absorption.
Katlax Enterprises’ Controller and Instrumentation Group (CIG) offers a three-in-one humidity, temperature and process indicator. This unit measures and records temperature, pressure and humidity at the selected reading rates while shock is recorded as the peak stepping up levels over the same time. The display unit continuously displays process, humidity and temperature. Important specifications include: supply voltage: 230 VAC ±10 per cent at 50 Hz; display type: seven segment red 0.56”; display: 4-digit, 3-row; input: 4-20 mA (for each channel); scale factors - temperature range: -50°C to +150°C, humidity range: 0-100 per cent RH, pressure: 0-100 Pa; resolution: 0.1 & 1; accuracy: 0.1 per cent of span ±1 digit; temperature operating: 0-50°C; temperature storage: -5°C to 60°C; housing: ABS plastics (96 x 96 x 85 mm); weight: approximately 380 gm; and mounting: DIN rail panel metre. Applications are in automotive, HVAC, consumer goods, weather stations, humidifiers, de-humidifiers, food & agro, textile, test & measurement, space electronic assembly, ICU, air handling unit, multiplex, data logging and automation.
Supremo Line & Control Ahmedabad - Gujarat Tel: 079-2220 5282, Fax: 079-2220 5181 Email: email@example.com
Katlax Enterprises Pvt Ltd Gandhinagar - Gujarat Tel: 02764-286 784/85, Fax: 02764-286 793 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
D B Shah & Brothers Kolkata - West Bengal Tel: 033-2243 2404, Fax: 033-2243 2077 Email: email@example.com
Fluoropolymer-lined valves & pipe fittings
Chemical World | February 2011
Bottom discharge centrifuge United Engineering offer four-point bottom discharge centrifuge with scrapper in complete stainless steel construction and conforming to cGMP standards. The machine is mounted on inertia plates with anti-vibration mounts, ensuring that vibrations are absorbed, making it ideal for installations on high floors. This also obviates the need for grouting or special foundation. The scrapper is hydraulically operated with bi-axial movement, making it possible to scrap hard and sticky cakes. The centrifuges can be offered in vapour tight construction with nitrogen blanketing for hazardous chemicals. The CIP design with built-in cleaning nozzles ensures no product cross-contamination. The centrifuges are offered in batch capacities ranging from 5 to 600 kg. United Engineering Enterprises Mumbai - Maharashtra Tel: 022-2308 3990 Fax: 022-2308 9445 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
February 2011 | Chemical World
Investment casting B K Tech Enterprise Inc offers ferrous and non-ferrous components by investment casting under Lost Wax process. The company manufactures components from few grams up to 70 kg in a single piece. The materials utilised can be any metal/alloys such as stainless steel, alloy steel, carbon steel, nickel-based steels, super alloys, hastelloy, aluminium alloys, copper-based alloys, bronze alloys and many other ferrous & non-ferrous metals as per customer need. These investment castings have applications in pumps & industrial valves, automobile spares, material handling equipment, defence, aeronautical, oil engines, compressors, impellers, chemical plant machinery, frameless glass fittings hardware, textile machinery spares and other engineering & mechanical line components. B K Tech Enterprise Inc Rajkot - Gujarat Tel: 0281-238 8614 Mob: 096628 61959 Email: email@example.com
Tyre/rubber marking ink Process Instrumentation & Controls offers special tyre/rubber marking ink. This is utilised for identification of various types of tyres, tubes, rubber parts, etc. This tyre marking ink is extensively employed in the tyre/rubber industry for code marking, consistency checking (inner) & for QC purpose. It has consistent ink viscosity for best marking quality, opaque marking ink with non-staining qualities, disposable ink non-toxic in nature, thicker inks for brighter & clear defined spots and is available in various colours & shades. The rubber marking ink has the specific bright and light colours, which are purposefully light to show up on dark rubber surfaces clearly. Colours readily available are white, yellow, pink, green, red and blue. These marking inks are UV resistant, have a free flow viscosity of 18-20 and can be customised for thinner/ thicker grade as per requirement. The company also offers diluter with ink that helps in maintaining the consistency and works as a reducer for application purpose and also give mileage to ink in the long run. Process Instrumentation & Controls Vadodara - Gujarat Tel: 0265-235 7228, 232 0756 Fax: 0265-235 542 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Chemical World | February 2011
Chemical pump Taha Pumps offers sealless magnetic drive chemical pumps series â€˜PMDâ€™. These are available with a host of design features and have a wide range of applications to meet the demand of different industries. All liquid contact parts are made of PP, ceramic, Teflon, Viton, etc, which enable the pumps to be employed in handling of any kind of chemicals. The usage of magnetic drive system with high-power rare-earth magnets eliminates the use of conventional sealing methods. These pumps are ideally suitable for transfer of corrosive liquids, acids, dyes, solvents, toxic & fuming liquids, petrol, kerosene, water, etc. These also find application in chemical industries, dyeing & printing houses, electroplating plants, photo processing, etc. Different models are available in the capacities of 15, 30, 50, 85 and 125 LPM with materials of construction like polypropylene or PVDF. Taha Pumps & Valves Surendranagar - Gujarat Tel: 02752-240 233, Fax: 02752-240 908 Email: email@example.com
February 2011 | Chemical World
PFA lined valve D i p - F l o n Engineering & Co offers perfluoroalkoxy (PFA) lined valves. For many chemical plants, linings made of PFA have been utilised as an alternative to exotic alloy, expensive metal for valves, pumps, control valves, etc. PFA is an injectable type of thermoplastic, which is processed in pressure sintering process. PFA’s success is due to several high-permeation resistances combined with high-chemical resistance for most of the chemicals employed in industry and also temperature resistance from –60 to 200oC (-75 to 400oF). PFA has generally much low-permeation rates than PTFE with the same wall thickness, but it has the same chemical and thermal resistance properties. Dip-Flon Engineering & Co Ahmedabad - Gujarat Tel: 079-2562 4003 Fax: 079-2562 5665 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Float switch Cristal Instruments offers float switch. This can be used for initiating high/low level audio/visual signals or automatic level control of liquids in tanks. Switch actuation by micro-switch having SPDT contacts of current rating 5 A @ 240 V AC. It operates normally at 12 mm liquid level differential. Float and all wetted parts are of SS 304/316, PVC or Teflon. Designed for maximum pressure rating of 40 kg/cm2 and temperature of 300°C, the switch is suitable for mounting directly on the side of the tank. It is gland-less, and hence leak-proof. Mounting flange is SS sq flange having 83 mm PCD with 4 bolt holes of 9 mm diameter as standard. SS switch housing weather-proof is standard. Flame-proof as per IS-2148-1981 for Gr I, II A & II B gases on request. This is suitable for liquid sp. gravity from 0.7 -1.2. Low-cost miniature types are also offered for atmospheric pressure and ambient temperature applications. Cristal Instruments Mumbai - Maharashtra Tel: 022-2569 3893, Fax: 022-2560 3474 Email: email@example.com
Chemical World | February 2011
Sample preparation products Waters India offers the new ‘Ostro™’ sample preparation plate, representing a novel approach for the removal of phospholipids from biological samples. When compared to other phospholipid removal devices and traditional Liquid-Liquid Extraction (LLE) methods, ‘Ostro’ removes up to 30 times more phospholipids. These have been cited as a major cause of matrix effects in the LC/MS analysis of biological samples. ‘Ostro’, with its proprietary, patent-pending design, was specifically created to overcome this hurdle by offering a ‘best-in-class’ solution that removes multiple families of phospholipids. The ‘Ostro 96’-well plate format utilises in-well protein precipitation with a single, rapid, pass-through method that provides a quick, reliable, and reproducible solution. Waters India Pvt Ltd Bengaluru - Karnataka Tel: 080-2837 1900-04 Fax: 080-2839 2157 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Digital paper moisture meter Cole-Parmer India offers the ‘Delmhorst P-2000’ digital paper moisture metre. This electrical resistance type moisture metre comes with three separate scales: paper, baled scrap paper and reference. The moisture scale range for paper is 4.3-18 per cent; for baled paper the range is 5-40 per cent, and for the reference scale it is 0-100. The meter measures through built-in pins and optional pin electrodes. The contact pins mounted on top of the meter provide 0.8 cm (5/16’’) penetration for testing paper tubes or corrugated stock. The meter also features an audible out-of-range alarm, internal calibration check, 100 data point memory, and average/maximum readings. This meter is provided with a 9V battery and hard plastic carrying case. Optional and replacement electrodes & accessories are also available. The paper moisture meter is ideal for testing paper materials such as paperboard, corrugated stock and paper tubes. Hence, it finds applications in the print & paper, packaging, food & beverage and manufacturing industries. Cole-Parmer India Mumbai - Maharashtra Tel: 022-6716 2222, Fax: 022-6716 2211 Email: email@example.com
February 2011 | Chemical World
Plate heat exchanger HRS Process Systems offers plate heat exchangers (PHEs). A PHE consists of a series of thin, embossed plates with passage opening. Each plate is fitted with an elastomeric gasket, which completely seals the flow gaps from the outside and forms the flow channels from inside. These plates are compressed together in a rigid frame to form an arrangement of parallel flow channels with alternating hot and cold fluids. Since the fluids are exposed to larger surface area, and the fluids are spread over the plates, it facilitates the transfer of heat, thus increasing the speed of the temperature change. This makes the unit compact compared to the conventional heat exchanger. The company offers various models of PHEs like gasketed, double-wall and semi-welded. The port size varies from 1” to 500 mm and surface area/plate from 0.04 to 3.0 m2. PHEs find application in various industries like power, steel, chemical, surface treatment, pharma, HVAC, etc. HRS Process Systems Pvt Ltd Pune - Maharashtra Tel: 020-2566 3581, Fax: 020-2566 3583 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Stainless steel sensor Rockwell Automation offers two new stainless steel sensors to address the demanding applications in food & beverage industry. These sensors withstand high-pressure and high-temperature wash downs, while offering good resistance to corrosion and damage caused by harsh cleansing agents. The ‘42CS’ photoelectric and ‘871TS’ inductive sensor families feature stainless steel construction, extended temperature ratings and IP69K enclosure ratings. IP69K testing replicates the steamcleaning process typically used in the food & beverage industry. This testing requires the sensors to withstand spray pressure up to 1,450 psi and temperatures up to 176oF (80oC). In addition, both sensor families have been subjected to and certified to pass chemical compatibility testing by two independent labs, both of which are worldwide leaders in the development of cleaning and sanitising products. In testing, the sensors are subjected to some of the most commonly utilised caustic cleaning agents and disinfectants in the food & beverage industry. Rockwell Automation India Ltd Noida - Uttar Pradesh Tel: 0120-289 5245, Fax: 0120-421 7929 Email: email@example.com
Chemical World | February 2011
Temperature calibration system Vijayesh Instruments offers temperature calibration system. This unit is used for checking thermocouples, RTDs, and such temperature sensors up to 1,100oC against precise master sensors. The sensors are tested in a temperature controlled portable furnace working on 230 V AC. The portable system is useful for testing purpose in factories or at actual sites as well as calibration laboratories. Master thermocouples and mV/mA calibrators to be used with this unit are also offered. Vijayesh Instruments Pvt Ltd Pune - Maharashtra Tel: 020-2435 5785 Fax: 020-2435 0923 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Water purification system Millipore (India) offers â€˜DirectQ3â€™ water purification system. It is designed for simple and intuitive operation. The system guarantees the production of high-quality ultrapure water (Type I), providing a superior alternative to bottled water or DI water. In addition, the system produces pure (Type III) water that is stored in an integrated reservoir and can be used for basic applications. It saves on electricity, water consumption, maintenance and time. The system allows delivery of a fixed volume of Type I water and automatically shuts off once the selected volume has been delivered. For applications requiring low-organic contaminant levels, it incorporates a dual wavelength UV lamp to produce water with <5 ppb TOC, making it suitable for HPLC, GC, ILC and TOC analyses. It is available with a built-in 185 and 254 nm UV lamp for production of low TOC water required by organic-sensitive applications. The maintenance is reduced to a simple cartridge change once or twice a year. Millipore India Bengaluru - Karnataka Tel: 080-3922 4000, 3922 4001 Fax: 080-2839 6345 Email: email@example.com
February 2011 | Chemical World
Rotary air blower Everest Transmission offers â€˜Tri-Lobeâ€™ rotary air blowers (roots type). These are positive displacement machines, which discharge a constant volume of air when operated at a constant speed. These machines are suitable for both pressure and vacuum applications. Pressure is not developed inside the blower but by the demand of the system. Differential pressure, therefore, varies to meet the load conditions and system resistance. Horsepower required is proportional to the differential pressure across the suction and discharge of the blower. The air delivered is 100 per cent oil-free. These are extensively used in cement plants, pneumatic conveying systems, effluent treatment plants for aeration, water treatment plants for backwashing of filters, blending of powder material, agitation of chemical solutions, aquaculture and electroplating. A large range of air blowers from 25 to 15,000 m3/hr in single stage and up to any capacity in parallel configuration, for pressures up to 1 bar, are available. Everest Transmission New Delhi Tel: 011-2811 4944, Fax: 011-2811 7469 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Centrifugal sanitary pump Goma Engineering offers centrifugal sanitary pumps. These pumps come in special open-type impeller design in investment cast SS 316 with specially contoured blades set far into the suction cover and spirally formed housing, which ensure greatest operational reliability. Important features include: gentle product handling, fast clean design, high durability, tailormade mechanical seal, SS 316 pump shaft, standard IEC class motors, height adjustable base frame provided with cup-shaped feet for ease of operation, and connections as per SMS/IDF/DIN. Applications are in production of milk, fruit juices, ready-to-serve beverages, oils, emulsions, paints, fine chemicals, essences, flavours, etc. Goma Engineering Pvt Ltd Thane - Maharashtra Tel: 022-2534 0875/6436, Fax: 022-2533 3632/4 Email: email@example.com
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PRODUCT INDEX Sl. No.
Acoustic hoods................................ 33
Disc check valve.................................. FGF
108 pH meter.............................................. 89
Air blowers........................................... 33
Drain cleaning & diagnostic equipment ....... 80
109 Plate & filter plates ............................... 13
Air breathing apparatus........................ 89
Drives ................................................... 17
110 Plate heat exchanger ............................ 90
Air pollution control equipment ........... 21
Drums & carboys .................................. 89
111 Pollution control systems ...................... 87
Air pollution control systems ................ 87
Exhibition - Engineering Expo.......29, 47, 66
112 Pollution monitoring machines ............. 35
Air receiver ........................................... 21
Fertilisers ........................................... 9
113 Polymers................................................. 9
Air treatment........................................ 53
Filter plates........................................... 13
114 Power distribution scheme .................. 81
Alu-cera polymer ................................. BIC
Filter press ............................................ 13
115 Process equipment ............................... 45
Aluma coat ......................................... BIC
Filter press terminology ........................ 13
116 Process heat exchangers ......................... 5
Aluminium oxide ceramic composite ... BIC
Financial services .................................. 37
117 Process reactors...................................... 5
Analytical instruments .......................... 25
Fittings and valves ............................... FIC
118 PTFE-lined valves & pipe fittings ............. 7
Antistatic lined pipes ........................... FIC
Flat high tension single-twin igniting electrodes.. BIC
119 Reactors........................................... 21
Automatic condensate transfer pump........ FGF
Float switch.......................................... 88
120 Recessed chamber filter plates.............. 13
Automatic filter press ........................... 13
Float trap ........................................... FGF
121 Re-crystallised alumina tubes ............... BIC
Ball valves........................................ 81
Fluoropolymer-lined pipe ..................... FIC
122 Rotary air blowers ................................ 92
Ball valves - Teflon-lined ......................... 7
Fluoropolymer-lined valves & pipe fittings ... 80
123 Rotary vacuum dryers ............................. 5
Ball/foot/NRV valves .............................. 87
FRP underground fuel tanks ................. 89
124 Rotary vacuum pumps.......................... 80
Banking services ................................... 37
Gas detectors .................................. 35
125 Rotocone dryers ..................................... 5
Bellow seal valve................................. FGF
Gate valves .......................................... 81
126 Sample preparation products......... 89
Bellows & dip-pipes ................................ 7
Gear motor ............................................ 6
127 Sampling valves - Teflon-lined ................ 7
Blowers ................................................ 33
128 Sand....................................................... 9
Bottom discharge centrifuge ................ 81
Geared & flexible couplings .................... 6
129 Scalewatcher ........................................ 57
Butterfly valves ..................................... 81
Butterfly valves - Teflon-lined.................. 7
Globe valves ........................................ 81
130 Self-adhesive tapes ............................... 87
Centrifugal sanitary pumps ............ 92
GMP heat exchangers............................. 5
131 Sight flow indicator............................. FIC
Ceramic adhesive cement .................... BIC
Grinding media ................................... BIC
132 Silicone carbide heat exchangers ............ 5
Ceramic electrical heater parts............. BIC
HDPE pipes ...................................... 87
133 SME finance ......................................... 37
Ceramic plates...................................... 13
HDPE/PP fittings.................................... 87
134 Special lined pipe ................................ FIC
Ceramic tiles........................................ BIC
HDPE/PP sleeves.................................... 87
135 Spherical paddle chopper dryers............. 5
Check valves ......................................... 81
HDPE/PP tanks ...................................... 87
136 Spiral reaction vessel ............................ 87
Check valves - Teflon-lined ..................... 7
Heat exchangers ...................... 10, 21, BC
137 Spiral-cum-helical gearbox...................... 6
Chemical dosing pump......................... 89
High-pressure bellows ......................... FIC
138 Spray dryer project ............................... 21
High-voltage switchyard equipment ..... 81
139 SS/MS Teflon-lined flexible hose pipe.......... FIC
HPLC .................................................... 25
140 Stainless steel sensors........................... 90
HRC fuse bodies .................................. BIC
141 Strainers - Teflon-lined ........................... 7
Humidity, temperature & pressure indicator.....80
142 Structured packing .............................. FIC
Hydraulic filter press ............................. 13
143 Sugars .................................................... 9
Hydrogenator/autoclaves ........................ 5
144 Technical ceramic ...........................BIC
145 Teflon-lined pipes ................................ FIC
Industrial coolers .................................. 53
146 Teflon-lined valves ............................... FIC
CI ebonite rubber-lined pumps ............. 87
Informatics ........................................... 25
147 Teflon-lined valves & pipe fittings ........... 7
Columns & chemistries ......................... 25
Insulated boxes .................................... 89
148 Temperature calibration system ............ 91
Investment casting ............................... 82
149 Thermodynamic trap .......................... FGF
Lined valves & pipe fittings .............. 7
150 Thermometer pocket ........................... FIC
Cone screw mixer ................................. 21
Manual filter press.......................... 13
151 Turbidity meter..................................... 89
Conical screw dryers ............................... 5
Material handling containers ................ 89
152 Turnkey projects ..................................... 5
Containers ............................................ 89
100 Membrane filter plates ......................... 13
153 Tyre/rubber marking ink ....................... 82
Cooling and heating technology for chemicals...9
101 Membrane filter press .......................... 13
154 Ultrafiltration system ...................... 80
Cooling tower ...................................... 53
102 Micro milling beads............................. BIC
155 UPLC .................................................... 25
Custom mouldings ............................... 89
103 Mill lining blocks ................................. BIC
156 Ventilators ....................................... 87
Dairy equipment ............................. 21
104 Non-return valves.............................. 7
157 Water faucet & tap parts...............BIC
105 Online B2B marketplace............19, 63
158 Water purification system ..................... 91
Digital paper moisture meter................ 89
106 Pallets .............................................. 89
159 Worm gear............................................. 6
Dip pipes............................................. FIC
107 PFA lined valves.................................... 88
160 Zirconia polycrystal ceramic ..........BIC
Chemical pumps.............................27, 87
Chemical tanks ..................................... 89
Chillers ................................................. 39
Chlorination plant ................................ 89
Chlorine cylinder/tonner emergency repair kit ..89
Chlorine gas cylinder ............................ 89
Chlorine gas mask ................................ 89
Chloroscope ......................................... 89
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