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etrochemical is one of the few sectors that showed remarkable resilience during the recent economic slowdown. Though there was a momentary dip, the demand apparently never dropped. More important to note here is the shift in the marketing strategies of several producers during this difficult phase. The focus was rightly on other emerging markets, raising quality benchmarks, ensuring immediacy of supply and developing niche products. Going forward, as demand picks up from application areas such as automotive & appliances, urbanisation, retail expansion and brand awareness, it will add to the growth momentum of the petrochemical products in India. Also, with converting units being relocated to India and China, from the Western part of the world, there will be more opportunities for Indian exports. Having said that, the petrochemical industry in India has two contrasting scenarios in its value-chain. At one end, while there is a concentration of a few players controlling large percentage of the market, the downstream petrochemical sector is highly fragmented. However, the Petroleum Chemicals & Petrochemicals Investment Regions (PCPIR) initiative is designed to address the above

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along with the existing petrochemical industry clusters. This integrated concept of establishing a refinery in a region and later developing the area around it with downstream units, should lead the country to the next global league. For further details on the petrochemical sector, turn to the ‘Sector Watch’. In a related development, India seems to be well on its way in becoming a major hub for export of petroleum products, going by the commissioning of new refineries. Moreover, with the rise in refining capacity, a two-way synergy is emerging between overseas oil majors that are keen to be a part of the growth story in the Asia-Pacific region, especially India and Indian refiners that are seeking strategic advantage from abroad. The need of the hour is asset optimisation to enhance performance of the refineries to achieve better quality & yield from the given raw material with high efficiency and low costs. The ‘Industry Update’ presents some refreshing perspectives on petroleum refining. Read on…

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CONTENTS

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LEADERS SPEAK “India should aim to become a global hub for low-cost manufacturing of analytical instruments” ...says S Thyagarajan, President, Indian Analytical Instruments Association

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FACILITY VISIT NLC Nalco Technology & Innovation Centre: A commitment towards a greener tomorrow

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SECTOR WATCH Demand for petrochemicals: On a fast track

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MARKET ANALYSIS Polyolefins: Infusing new vigour Ujjal De, Sr VP and Head - Marketing & Business Development, Haldia Petrochemicals Ltd

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INDUSTRY UPDATE Petroleum sector: Heading for a refined growth

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COATINGS CORNER Large and diversified entities: Does size matter? Dr Mosongo Moukwa, Vice President - Technology, Asian Paints Ltd

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SAFETY ZONE Protective clothing: Perfect dressing for the ‘occasion’ K N K Murthy, Consultant

Cover photo courtesy: Quattro Chemical Corporation

CASE STUDY Mechanical seals and controls: Protecting environment in refinery pumps Hans J Rabl, Managing Director, Chetra GmbH Dichtungstechnik

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PREVIEW Hi Tech Manufacturing: Envisioning the future of manufacturing

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ADVERTORIAL 62

Projecting ‘A promising Pune’

CURTAIN RAISER India Chem 2010: Giving business a headstart

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R EG U L A R S EC TI O N S Editorial .................................................... 17 National News ......................................... 20 World News............................................. 26 Project Updates ....................................... 31 Events Calendar ....................................... 68 Product Update........................................ 72 Product Inquiry ........................................ 83 Advertisement Inquiry.............................. 85 Product Index........................................... 88 Advertisers’ List ....................................... 90

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Highlights of Next Issue Sector Watch Industry Update

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Pumps & Valves IT & Automation

Note: ` stands for Indian rupee, $ stands for US dollar and £ stands for UK pound, unless mentioned otherwise

Details on page no. 29, 30, 63, 64


NATIONAL NEWS AWARD

Vinati Organics receives prestigious award

Vinati Organics Ltd (VOL), one of the largest manufacturers and suppliers of Isobutyl benzene (IBB), has been selected among Asia’s 200 Best Under A Billion Companies, according to a report published by Forbes. NEW PROJECT

Tecnimont awarded turnkey project Tecnimont ICB Pvt Ltd (TICB), the Indian subsidiary of Maire Tecnimont SpA, and fully controlled by Tecnimont SpA, the main operative company of the same Group, has been awarded an important lumpsum turnkey project related to the sulfur solidification, handling, storage and dispatch unit at Panipat. TICB has received an Award Notification from Indian Oil Corporation AMALGAMATION

BASF merges legal entities in India

BASF India Ltd recently approved the Scheme of Merger between BASF Construction Chemicals (India) Pvt R&D INVESTMENT

DuPont to strengthen R&D unit DuPont is planning to invest up to $ 100 million over the next three years to expand its R&D unit. “India is among our top 10 revenue contributors. The plan is to make it among the top five. That is the reason why we are investing more in DuPont Knowledge

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Incorporated in the year 1989, VOL is into the manufacturing of specialty organic chemicals. It claims to be the world’s largest manufacturer of IBB and the second largest manufacturer of 2-acrylamido-2-methyl propane sulfonic acid (ATBS). Its manufacturing facilities are situated in Mahad and Lote, Maharashtra. Its products include IBB that is used a basic raw material for manufacturing ibuprofen (an antiinflammatory, analgesic bulk drug). IBB is also used in perfumery industries.

ATBS is used in oil–field recovery, water treatment, acrylic fibre manufacturing, adhesives, personal care products, mining, coatings, as dispersing & flocculating agents. VOL exports more than 75 per cent of its production across the US, Europe, Asia, Middle East and China. It had a net sales of ` 23,176 lakh for FY10. The company has planned capacity expansion of the present facilities and introduction of new products to continue with its growth plans.

Ltd. The project is on a lumpsum turnkey basis for approximately $ 18 million and foresees the provision of engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning (EPCC) services. The contract foresees the completion of the facilities by the second quarter of 2012. The project involves setting up a 770-Tonne Per Day (TPD) sulfur solidification and pastillation facility through the expansion of the existing sulfur recovery units, whereby the

recovered sulfur will be pastillated, stored and loaded for dispatch in an environment-friendly manner. With the award of this contract, TICB has further reinforced its position as a leading EPCC company in the oil & gas sector, confirming the significant role of Maire Tecnimont Group in the Indian Market.

Ltd, BASF Coatings (India) Ltd, BASF Polyurethanes India Ltd (BPIL) and BASF India Ltd. The Scheme of Merger will now be subject to obtaining the requisite approvals of the regulatory authorities including the shareholders of the company and the Bombay High Court. The merger process is expected to be completed by January 2011. Commenting on this development, Prasad Chandran, Chairman & Managing

Director, BASF India Ltd, said, “The proposed merger will enable the combined entity to further strengthen its position in the industry by consolidating its asset & turnover base and adding new growth segments to its existing product portfolio, which will provide complete solutions and serve customers better. We are committed to sustainable development based on an innovation and customer-centric approach,” he added.

Center, (DKC), Hyderabad,” said Mark P Vergnano, Executive Vice-President, Dupont. The company is targeting a revenue of $ 1 billion from its Indian business by 2012. The proposed investment in India is part of DuPont’s global growth plans A portion of DuPont’s investment in India will be utilised to develop a new technology for protective equipment, including helmets

and vests for armed forces. The company is developing a testing lab in DKC for this, said DuPont officials. It will also use the funds to improve technology for its products for tyre, road construction and packaging solutions industries in India.


NATIONAL NEWS RECOGNITION

Forbes Marshall receives sustainability award

Forbes Marshall officials receiving the award

Forbes Marshall received the CII - Most Innovative Energy Saving Product Award 2010 for its electronic compound regulation burner operation, efficiency monitoring and control system during AEROSOLS

WD-40 partners with Atul India One of the world’s leading maintenance aerosol brands WD-40 recently announced its exclusive alliance with Atul Ltd for sales and distribution in India. The maintenance aerosol spray market is estimated at ` 20-25 crore and growing at 20 per cent per annum. WD-40 claims to be a leading player in this market PAPER PRESENTATION

Workshop on managing corrosion with Teflon®

Navdeep Goyal, Director, Super Industrial Lining Pvt Ltd addressing the audience

Super Industrial Lining Pvt Ltd, a member of DuPont India Preferred NEW HEADQUARTERS

Cole-Parmer India shifts to a new loation Cole-Parmer India Pvt Ltd has recently shifted its Mumbai office to a new location - Delphi Building - at Powai, Mumbai. It will serve as a central resource for customer service, sales support and technical services for the region. The office will also serve as

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the 11th National Awards for Excellence in Energy Efficiency instituted by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). Milind Saindane and Pratap Makwana from the R&D team of Forbes Marshall received the award from Dr Ajay Mathur, Director General – Bureau of Energy Efficiency. Dr Naushad Forbes, Director, Forbes Marshall and L S Ganapati, from CII and the Chairman of the Awards Committee were also present at the occasion. “Forbes Marshall has a sound track record and tradition of introducing

innovative energy saving products. The recently introduced Electronic Compound Regulation (ECR) burner operation, efficiency monitoring and control system - the smartest offering in burners - is testimony to Forbes Marshall’s continued legacy of introducing innovative energy saving products,” said a company press release. ECR burner online indirect efficiency evaluation identifies stack loss, enthalpy loss and radiation loss individually. The data generated by the system can then be used to improve efficiency.

in India with around 50 per cent marketshare. WD-40 aerosol spray is not only used for rust prevention/ water displacement/lubrication within industries but is also used in many household applications. The product has a list of more than 2,000 applications. Rajesh Bhasin, President - Polymer Division, Atul Ltd, said, “WD-40 is the undisputed market leader in the aerosol maintenance category in India, and we

plan to consolidate this position in the immediate future by utilising our sales infrastructure including the sales team and countrywide distribution network.”

Processor’s Network for PTFE/FEP/PFA lined pipes systems, fittings & valves and E I DuPont India Pvt Ltd, recently invited representatives from the pharmaceutical and chemical industries in Hyderabad & Vadodara for a technical presentation on ‘Managing corrosion with TEFLON®’ (PTFE, FEP, PFA, ETFE). Super Industrial Lining, in its technical presentation, spoke about its 40,000 sq m production facility at Vadodara and its manufacturing facilities, which has

the capacity to execute big projects, product range as well as state-ofthe-art inspection facilities, including hydrostatic test, electrostatic test, qualification test etc. E I DuPont India Pvt Ltd discussed about applications of TEFLON® products to fight corrosion in chemical & pharma API plants, the right material selection, and also discussed the technology for TEFLON® PTFE lined pipes, fittings, tanks, valves, etc.

one of Cole-Parmer’s locations for the strategic sourcing of laboratory supplies, equipment and instruments. Rakesh Aggarwal, Director, ColeParmer India said, “With this milestone, we remain committed to maintaining our strong relationships with our customers and suppliers and to the continued growth of our business. It not only demonstrates our deep commitment and

enhanced support for our local customers, but also underscores our dedication to carrying out our corporate mission of a global presence supported by first-class local service for our customers.”


NATIONAL NEWS NEW FACILITY

Berger Paints invests in Andhra Pradesh

Berger Paints India Ltd is planning to set up a paint manufacturing complex at Hindupur in Anantapur district of Andhra Pradesh comprising three units WASTEWATER TREATMENT

Premier Tech increases presence in India Premier Tech has recently accelerated the positioning of its products and services in India through its subsidiary Chronos Richardson Pvt Ltd. The mandate of this joint venture with its Indian partner, the Malani Group, is to commercialise the technologies of Premier Tech Aqua (PTA), which targets PRODUCT LAUNCH

Indian Oil launches PROPEL

Indian Oil Corporation Ltd (IOCL), one of the leaders in the downstream petroleum business, has recently launched its PROPEL range of petrochemical products. INNOVATIVE INITIATIVE

Grundfos launches ‘Incredible Indian Pump Yatra’ Starting from Ahmedabad on September 10, 2010, Grundfos India (a subsidiary of Grundfos, Denmark), has come up with an innovative initiative, ‘The Incredible Indian Pump Yatra’ - a fully equipped business lounge on wheels, which will have a series of interactive displays of a wide range of industrial pumps

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and involving an investment of around ` 350 crore. The proposed units include a ` 200 crore, 1,50,000 kilolitre (kL) capacity per annum, water-based paint manufacturing plant, the capacity of which will be scaled up to 3,00,000 kL over a period of five years at an additional cost of ` 100 crore. The other two plants are a ` 25-crore, 24,000 kL water & solventbased paints unit to be set up by Berger’s British paints division and a ` 22-crore plastic & metal containers

unit to be set up by its group company Seaward Packaging Pvt Ltd. According to an official press release, the state government has allotted 48 acre for the proposed paint complex. Following its completion, the complex will provide employment to 700 persons. Subir Bose, Managing Director, Berger Paints, said, “We are the first major company to invest in a mega project in the Rayalaseema area and we understand that substantial interest has now been generated among various industries in and around Hindupur.”

municipal and industrial wastewater treatment applications. Chronos Richardson thus became the exclusive technology provider of PTA’s Sequencing Batch Reactor (SBR) for the Indian market. This advanced technology offers a solution that is recognised for its high performance, reliability and low infrastructure & operational costs. The agreement aims to increase Premier PTA’s presence

in India by pooling its strategic competencies with those of Chronos Richardson, a company with over 30 years experience in the Indian market.

“Every segment that we operate in, whether it is lubricants, automotive fuels, LPG or aviation, we have established ourselves as leaders. Our brands SERVO, XTRAPremium, XTRA Mile and Indane, among others, have been number one. PROPEL will be the latest in the bouquet of our brand offerings,” said B M Bansal, Chairman, IOCL. Having identified Petrochemicals business as the prime driver of future

growth, IOCL has earmarked investments of ` 30,000 crore during 2007-12 in the state-of-the-art plants, and a countrywide marketing infrastructure. These plants have been designed to use product streams from the corporation’s own refineries, to produce a wide range of value-added petrochemical products and intermediates for segments as diverse as detergents, polyesters and polymers/ plastic.

from Grundfos. The vehicle, with a floor space of 800 sq ft will enable the visitors to gain hands-on experience of Grundfos products and solutions. While commenting on the initiative, N K Ranganath, Managing Director, Grundfos Pumps India Pvt Ltd, said, “Grundfos India has been directly associated with Indian industrial market for over 10 years. Our intensive research in the market revealed that in many engineering industries, there

Incredible Indian Pump Yatra being flagged off

exists a great potential for energy savings, even in the small and medium range pumps. Grundfos has energy efficient pumps to address this gap.”


WORLD NEWS AMALGAMATION

Part of Mitsubishi Rayon integrates with Mitsubishi Chemical Engineering

Mitsubishi Rayon recently integrated its engineering subsidiary with that ACQUISITION

Agrium receives investment approval for AWB acquisition Agrium has received clearance from Australia’s Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB) for its previously announced proposal to acquire agribusiness firm AWB (Melbourne) at a price of Australian$ (A$) 1.50 per share. FIRB has notified Agrium that there are no objections to the proposed BUSINESS DIVESTMENT

Evonik divests carbon black business

Evonik Industries has decided to divest its carbon black business. According to Klaus Engel, Chairman of the Executive Board, Evonik Industries AG, “Our declared aim is to find a solution that SUSTAINABLE PERFORMANCE

AkzoNobel tops global sustainability ranking AkzoNobel has cemented its position as a global sustainability leader after being ranked first in the chemicals supersector on the prestigious Dow Jones Sustainability World Indexes (DJSI). The latest listing reveals that AkzoNobel achieved the highest total score in the sector and improved on last year’s second place. The company was also ranked in the top three in

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of Mitsubishi Chemical Engineering. The transferred business will operate under the name Mitsubishi Chemical Engineering. “By maximising the synergies generated by the fusion of engineering technologies, experience and knowhow acquired by both companies over many years, we plan to serve our customers across an even-broader

range of areas,” said a company press release. Mitsubishi Rayon became a consolidated subsidiary of Mitsubishi Chemical in March 2010. Mitsubishi Chemical Group serves the customers by using its chemistrybased technology platforms for the development of a wide range of products in the fields of performance products, healthcare, and chemicals.

acquisition in terms of the Australian Government’s foreign investment policy. AWB and Agrium continue to progress the process of seeking the required regulatory, shareholder and court approvals, Agrium said. Agrium entered into a definitive agreement with AWB in August to acquire all shares of AWB, valuing the deal at A$ 1.23 billion ($ 1.1 billion). AWB’s Board of Directors recommended that

the acquisition of AWB by Agrium is in the best interests of AWB shareholders. They voted in favour of the scheme with Agrium and a resolution to amend AWB’s 10 per cent shareholding cap to permit the acquisition.

is equally convincing for customers, employees and business partners. The decision to divest this business provides the best basis for sustained investment in carbon black, new growth prospects and for securing future-oriented jobs in the long-term.” Evonik’s carbon black business ranks second in the world and has strong and established brands. It has 1,700 employees in twelve countries, and sales of around Euro 1 billion.

Experts feel that carbon black is an attractive business. Following the sharp market downturn during the economic slowdown in 2009, this year earnings are expected to rebound to the high level registered in 2008. Engel said, “We are actively utilising the opportunities offered by this strong position to open new perspectives for the carbon black activities. Now is the right time to extend and secure their global presence through a change of ownership.”

2008 and 2007 (when AkzoNobel last topped the list). “Our first place ranking, coupled with our consistent performance over the last few years, is clear evidence of how successfully sustainability is being integrated into our global operations,” said Hans Wijers, CEO, AkzoNobel. He also added that, “We are fully aware that the future success of our customers and our own business activities are inextricably linked to the effectiveness of our sustainability

Hans Wijers

efforts. We therefore refuse to let our standards slip and will continue to strive for improvement in all areas in order to maintain our leadership status.”


WORLD NEWS INDUSTRY FORECAST

ACC revises third-quarter outlook for chemicals

American Chemistry Council (ACC) has revised its projection for 2010 US chemicals output downward, to 6.1 per cent GROWTH STRATEGY

LANXESS sets ambitious growth target LANXESS has announced its goal to increase its leading earnings indicator by around 80 per cent in the coming five years. The specialty chemicals company is targeting Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortisation (EBITDA) pre-exceptionals of approximately Euro 1.4 billion in 2015, and confirmed its forecast of roughly Euro 800 million EBITDA pre-exceptionals in 2010. LANXESS plans to achieve its mid-term earnings target through a dual-track growth strategy of organic and external growth. Organic growth will play a more dominant role. At the Group’s fourth Media Day, Dr Axel C Heitmann, CEO, LANXESS, said, “We are poised to enter a new era of growth and have set an ambitious target, which we can achieve based on PRODUCTION RESTART

Methanex to restart methanol production in Canada

Methanex is planning to restart its 4,70,000-mt/year-methanol plant in Medicine Hat, AB in April 2011. The unit was idled in 2001 following a spike

from 6.8 per cent. “The recovery has waned,” noted ACC in the group’s third-quarter outlook. The group’s US GDP growth forecast was also revised downward, to 2.7 per cent from 3.8 per cent. The forecast is ‘a far cry from growth rates typical at this point in a recovery’, said Kevin Swift, Chief Economist, ACC. The outlook for emerging economies is more robust. Global chemicals output is expected to grow by 8.9 per cent this

year, with emerging economies outpacing developed ones by 11.8 per cent to 6.6 per cent. Global trade is expected to grow 12.4 per cent this year. This growth, combined with a weak Dollar and soft domestic demand, means that the US chemical industry is forecast to run a trade surplus for the first time since 2002, ACC said. End market recovery has been uneven. Manufacturing has slowed lately due to the end of inventory restocking and remains below peak.

the strategic position of our business portfolio. Our track record reflects our operational strength. By the end of this year, we will have increased EBITDA pre-exceptional by roughly 80 per cent since 2004, in spite of the global economic crisis.” LANXESS’ businesses benefit from their focus on premium products serving four megatrends of mobility, agriculture, urbanisation and water. Its BRIC strategy and the expected growth of its leading customer industries will help each of its businesses generate an EBITDA compound annual growth rate of at least five per cent through 2015. The percentage of group sales in BRIC countries has more than doubled in the last five years. To meet the growing demand for synthetic rubber, LANXESS is constructing a new Euro 400 million butyl rubber plant in Singapore that will

predominantly serve the booming tire market in Asia. Further, it is considering building a new production plant for Nd-PBR in Asia, with a capacity of 1,00,000-1,50,000 metric tonne per annum. A feasibility study is currently under way, and a final decision on the project will be made within the next six months. LANXESS is addressing the megatrend of mobility also through its high-tech plastics Durethan and Pocan, which help make cars lighter and more fuel-efficient. Growing demand for these products has prompted the company to expand production in Wuxi, China, and to build a new plant in Jhagadia, India.

in natural gas feedstock prices that eventually resulted in the shut down of most North American methanol production. Improvements in natural gas supply in North America from shale and other sources have driven gas prices significantly lower in the past two years. “The plant offers a unique opportunity to capitalise on the attractive pricing dynamic between methanol and natural gas in that region,” said Bruce Aitken, President & CEO, Methanex. He further added, “We believe that the current lower natural gas price environment in

North America has made this plant a competitive new supply source.” The Medicine Hat plant consumes approximately 50,000 million Btu of natural gas/day at capacity and Methanex has started a programme to purchase natural gas in the Alberta gas market. Methanex has methanol production in Chile, Trinidad and New Zealand with production capacity of 6.8 million mt/year. The company also expects to start production at a 1.3million mt/year unit in Egypt during fourth-quarter 2010.

Dr Axel C Heitmann addressing the media

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WORLD NEWS FACILITY UPGRADATION

Braskem plans polypropylene upgrade at Texas

Braskem America will be investing $ 40 million in its US polypropylene NEW FACILITY

Sabic opens polyetherimide plant in Spain Sabic Innovative Plastics has recently opened its second polyetherimide (PEI) resin plant at Cartagena, Spain. The $ 300-million plant represents a 35 per cent increase in Sabic’s PEI capacity, the company said. The plant will provide customers with high supply dependability. The company does not JOINT VENTURE

Sibur buys stake in Moscow PP producer

Sibur has acquired a 50 per cent stake in polypropylene (PP) manufacturer NPP PRICE HIKE

WACKER to raise prices for VINNAPAS polymer powders globally WACKER Polymers is to raise its prices globally for VINNAPAS dispersible polymer powders based on vinyl acetate/ethylene and ethylene/vinyl chloride copolymers. Effective November 1, 2010, prices for these powders will be increased by 5-7 per cent. This measure has been necessitated by the rise in raw material, energy, transport and packaging costs.

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(PP) business through 2011, upgrading facilities’ infrastructure, and integrating business processes with parent company. Braskem has allocated more than $ 35 million for upgrading manufacturing assets, and $ 15 million of that will go to the company’s La Porte, Texas site, which ‘will play a key role in supporting the growth of Braskem America’s overall business. Modifications at

La Porte will expand capacity of its more modern spheripol technology line and idling its slurry technology line. Production of polymers currently made on the slurry line will be transitioned with the La Porte facility and to other company plants in the US. Further, Braskem had acquired Sunoco’s PP business earlier this year for around $ 350 million in cash.

disclose its PEI capacity. The PEI plant can also produce polyimide resins and specialty intermediates, including anhydrides, the company claims. Informed Charlie Crew, President and CEO, Sabic Innovative Plastics, “We will manufacture our (PEI) resins immediately, and have the capability to make polyimide resins and other high-heat polymers in the future at this facility to support our

global customers who require high temperature and high strength in their demanding applications.”

Neftekhimya from Moscow Oil Refinery (MOR). NPP Neftekhimya will be operated as a 50-50 joint venture between Sibur and MOR. The PP plant is located at MOR’s Moscow refinery site. NPP Neftekhimya has a capacity for 1,00,000 mt/year of PP. Sibur said that it and MOR will consider an expansion of the plant’s capacity to 1,50,000 mt/year. Sibur is also building a wholly-owned propane dehydrogenation and PP complex at Tobolsk, Russia for completion

in the fourth quarter of 2012. “Due to the new partnership, Sibur is becoming the largest PP manufacturer in Russia,” said Dmitry Konov, President, Sibur. He further added, “After the company completes construction of the propylene manufacturing complex at Tobolsk, and the joint plans for eventual expansion of Neftekhimiya are realised, the Russian market will finally turn from an importer into an exporter of PP.”

The price adjustments will enable WACKER Polymers to continue providing excellent quality & comprehensive technical service and to boost the development of innovative product & process technologies for the benefit of customers. VINNAPAS dispersible polymer powders are utilised mainly in diverse construction chemical applications such as exterior insulation & finish systems, construction & tile adhesives, screeds, self-leveling flooring compounds, plasters, repair mortars, grouts and cementitious

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PROJECT UPDATES

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. Ferro alloys

Maithan Alloys Project Type New facility

Project news Kolkata-based Maithan Alloys plans to invest ` 250 crore to set up a ferro alloys plant at Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh. The project, coming up in a special economic zone, is expected to double the company’s total capacity by 1.2 lakh tonne and scheduled for completion in June 2011. The company has applied for mines in Visakhapatnam. It is one of the largest producers of manganese alloys and has extended beyond commodity grades to specialised grades.

Project location Visakhapatnam

Project cost ` 250 crore

skilled and un-skilled 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.

Contact details: Maithan Alloys Ltd Village Debipur, Kalyanswari Burdwan, West Bengal Tel: 0341-252 2994/1300 Fax: 0341-252 1303 Email: mal@sancharnet.in Fertilisers

Oswal Chemicals and Fertilisers Ltd 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

Oleochemical

Project location

Godrej Industries Ltd Project Type

Andhra Pradesh

New facility

Project cost

Project news

` 5000 crore

Godrej Industries Ltd is planning to invest ` 1.5 billion over the next three years to expand its chemical manufacturing capacity. These will be new plants manufacturing oleochemicals made from vegetable oils.

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: oswal@oswalfert.com

Project location Maharashtra

Project cost ` 1.5 billion

Implementation stage Planning

Implementation stage Planning

A-1/33, Dada Nagar Kanpur 208 022, Uttar Pradesh Tel: 0512-221 6926, 222 3024 Fax: 0512-223 4201 Email: info@tirupatiinks.com

Ink

Tirupati Inks Ltd Project Type New facility

Project news Tirupati Inks is setting up a greenfield manufacturing facility at industrial area in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh. As 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 invest ` 24 crore for the project.

Contact details: Godrej Industries Ltd Pirojshanagar Eastern Express Highway Vikhroli, Mumbai 400 079 Tel: 022-2518 8010/8020/8030 Fax: 022-2518 8074 Email: corpcomm@godrej.com Paints

Berger Paints India Ltd Project Type

Project location

New facility

Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh

Project news

Project cost

Berger Paints India Ltd has proposed to set up a paints manufacturing complex at Hindupur in Anantapur district of Andhra Pradesh comprising three units and involving an investment of around ` 350 crore. The proposed units include a ` 200-crore, 150,000 kilolitre (kl)

` 24 crore

Implementation stage Planning Contact details: Tirupati Inks Ltd

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capacity per annum, water-based paints manufacturing plant, the capacity of which will be scaled up to 300,000 kl over a period of five years at an additional cost of ` 100 crore. The other two plants are a ` 25crore, 24,000 kl water & solvent-based paints unit to be set up by Berger’s British paints division and a ` 22-crore plastic & metal containers unit to be set up by its group company Seaward Packaging Pvt Ltd.

Project location Hindupur (Andhra Pradesh)

Project cost ` 350 crore

Implementation stage Planning Contact details: Berger Paints India Ltd Berger House 129 Part Street, Kolkata 700 017 Tel: 033-2229 6005/06/16 Fax: 033-2249 9009/9729 Email: consumerfeedback@bergerindia.com

Tel: 022-2271 3000/4000 Fax: 022-2271 3874 Email: info@bharatpetroleum.com

Project location Paradeep, Orissa

Project cost ` 500 crore

Specialty monomers

Implementation stage

Black Rose Industries Project Type

Planning

New facility

Contact details: Paradeep Phosphates Ltd Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Marg Bhubaneswar 751 001 Tel: 0674-239 3931 Fax: 0674-239 2631/1669 Email: connect@paraphos.com

Project news Black Rose Industries Ltd has entered into a Foreign Technology License Agreement with a $ 16 billion global chemical company for its proposed plant for the manufacture of specialty monomers. The proposed plant shall have a capacity of 10,000 MT and is expected to start commercial production in early 2012. The specialty monomer is widely used in environmental and process applications. Currently, 100 per cent of the Indian demand is being met through import. The demand in India is expected to continue in the coming years as well.

Project location Not known

Refinery

Project cost

BPCL Project type

Not known

New facility

Planning

Implementation stage

Project news

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 invest ` 900 crore in setting up a unit to manufacture synthetic rubber for tyres. The three will build a plant at Panipat in Haryana by September 2012 to manufacture 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 highquality synthetic rubber used in the manufacturing of automotive tyres, conveyors and fan belts.

BPCL is setting up a 6-mt refinery at Bina in Madhya Pradesh, through a joint venture with Oman Oil Company, with an investment of ` 12,000 crore. In addition, it will expand its existing capacities at Kochi and Mumbai. Currently, BPCL’s Mumbai facility has a capacity of 12 MT and 10 MT in Kochi.

Contact details: Black Rose Industries Ltd 145/A Mittal Towers Nariman Point, Mumbai 400 021 Tel: 022-4333 7200 Fax: 022-2287 3022 Email: info@blackrosechemicals.com Sulphuric acid

` 900 crore

Project location

Implementation stage

Bina (Madhya Pradesh)

Paradeep Phosphates Ltd Project Type

Project cost

New facility

` 12,000 crore

Project news

Implementation stage

Paradeep Phosphates Ltd mulls 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 2000 tonne per day capacity sulphuric acid plant.

Planning Contact details: Bharat Bhavan 4 and 6 Currimbhoy Road Ballard Estate, Mumbai 400 001

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Project location Panipat, Haryana

Project cost

Planning 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: kgwalani@indianoil.co.in


LEADERS SPEAK

“India should aim to become a global hub for low-cost manufacturing of analytical instruments” …says S Thyagarajan, President, Indian Analytical Instruments Association (IAIA) and Chairman, SpincoBiotech Group of Companies. He is also the President of the Indian Chapter of the International Society of Lyophilization and Freeze Drying (ISL-FD) and past President of Chromatographic Society of India (CSI). He has represented IAIA in various forums in the US, Japan & China, and was the recipient of Lifetime achievement Award from IAIA in 2007. Mahua Roy interacts with Thyagarajan to analyse the status and prospects of analytical instruments industry.

Evolution of the analytical instruments industry in India… In the sixties, Indian companies focussed on simple electrochemical instruments like pH meter, conductivity meter, colorimeter, etc and later expanded their range to products like Karl Fischer/potentiometric titrator, polarograph, flame photometer, turbidity meter, etc. ELICO in Hyderabad and Toshniwal in Mumbai were the pioneers in this direction. The success of these companies ushered in many regional players manufacturing similar products. The seventies saw a major shift in the product offering, to more advanced instruments like Gas Chromatographs (GC) and Spectrophotometers. Toshniwal Instruments manufactured GC under licence from BARC, Mumbai, and at the same time, AIMIL developed GC in New Delhi. Very soon, spectrophotometer was also made available from Toshniwal in the design of Beckman DU and ECIL from Hyderabad followed by another model. Later years saw ELICO introducing not only UV-vis spectrophotometers but also atomic absorption spectrophotometers.

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In the eighties, Toshniwal brought advanced GCs in collaboration with Dani, Italy, under the brand name Chemito. They also manufactured double beam spectrophotometers with know-how from Shimadzu, Japan. Nevertheless, lack of advanced technology forced the customers to look for import to fulfil their requirements. However, the long process of availing the licence from the government and high customs duty prevailing in the eighties made importation difficult. The liberalisation in the nineties brought a paradigm shift towards imports and consequently the focus of Indian analytical instrument market shifted to distribution of foreign brands. Spinco Biotech, Labindia and Nulab were the first to aggressively enter this emerging market. The new millennium has painted a totally different picture of analytical instrumentation market. India being in the limelight of pharmaceutical, contract manufacturing/research, clinical research and biotechnology industries, the need for sophisticated instruments has become more than a necessity. This brought in many MNCs for direct operation in India.

Challenges before the analytical instrument manufacturers… It is unfortunate that the customers’ demand for the latest instruments to be on par with their global partners has paved the way for large import of instruments, indirectly affecting the growth of manufacturing initiatives in India. After the acquisition of Chemito by ThermoFisher, there are a few established companies left in India specialising in manufacturing of analytical instruments. ELICO (Hyderabad), Labindia (Mumbai), Anamed (Mumbai), Chromatography Instruments Company (Vadodara) and Nucon Engineers (New Delhi) are a few who are still thriving successfully because of their commitment to the products they have developed and the

goodwill they enjoy in the niche market they serve. However, the situation will change in the coming years with global companies setting up manufacturing base in India, collaborating with existing companies, not only to cater to the domestic market but also to export them.

Growth of chromatography technique… The overall chromatography market includes: Thin Layer Chromatography (TLC), GC, Low-Pressure Liquid Chromatography (LPLC), HighPerformance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC), Ion Chromatography (IC) and Supercritical Fluid Chromatography (SFC). Even though these techniques are commercialised (a few even with sophisticated hardware and advanced software), the market for chromatographic instrument is generally referred to as HPLC and GC. More than 1,000 GCs are supplied per annum in India, with a growth rate of 8 per cent per annum. On the other hand, the HPLC market grows consistently by over 15 per cent. The total HPLCs supplied in India in 2009 may come closer to 2,500 sets. The growth in pharmaceutical industry is singularly responsible for this phenomenal growth, even though there are other segments of industry, which also utilise a large number of HPLC. In India, Anchrom Enterprises, with its association with Camag, is popular in its dedicated promotion of HPTLC over the last few decades.

Demand drivers for this industry… The growth driver for analytical instruments industry in India today is undoubtedly the various arms of pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. Consequent to the revival of the global economic scenario and in-flow of foreign investment in these sectors, we are witnessing a rise in the investment on instrumentation by many

industries. A significant contribution to the growth in this industry is also expected from food and environment segments with a number of safety issues coming up in the last few years necessitating new techniques for detection and monitoring. To strengthen research and educational programmes, the government too, through its wide network of well-established science & technology centres and academic institutions, is a major investor in instrumentation. The soon-to-bloom high quality, higher education market will also be a major growth area.

Strategies to be adopted by Indian manufacturers… Easy import facility, fast development of new technologies and the global majors’ association in India to collaborate with local industries has more or less sealed the fate of local manufacturing of instruments. The laboratories in India are not only looking for advanced models but are also forced to utilise the same brand & models used by their counterparts abroad. Today, opportunities are available for Indian manufactures to join hands with MNCs to gain access to advanced technologies and produce instruments using their brand name, keeping the export market in mind. This was exactly what has happened in Chemito after its acquisition by ThermoFisher Scientific; the company started manufacturing GC MS with the know-how for MS from Thermo. ELICO has gone a step further in providing R&D and manufacturing services to global analytical instrument companies. Like China, India should aim to become a global hub for low-cost manufacturing of analytical instruments in the coming years.

Export market for Indian manufacturers… The industry is technology-oriented and depends on a highly integrated team of professionals in optics, fluidics, mechanics, precision engineering, electronics, pneumatics, software and

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Currently, the Indian market is less than 3 per cent of the global demand for instruments. However besides China, India is the only other country where a comfortable double-digit growth is expected in the coming years. This makes India a favourite country for all instrument companies. chemicals. We need to see a lot more investment in R&D to develop new instrumentation and techniques. Also, the required backward integration capabilities are still not fully developed. A few companies have been exporting their products to nearby countries. IAIA is supporting the efforts of the indigenous manufacturers through participation in trade shows organised by IMAG in Analytica expositions in Germany and China. We see an increased participation among the stakeholders, which is likely to create opportunities for manufacturing of advanced and high-end products as well in the coming years.

Emerging trends in the instrumentation industry… The next-generation sequencing technologies competing to improve the read lengths, throughput and costing will take centrestage. The emerging necessity for molecular diagnostics will have to be more affordable and robust for better usage in India. Miniaturisation of current technologies like Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) will address affordability while new detection technologies will address robustness. The other trend is towards ‘going small but powerful’. Shimadzu has successfully launched its microchip electrophoresis system for DNA/RNA analysis - MultiNA. This is the nextgeneration electrophoresis system as an alternate to agarose gel

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electrophoresis, which is cheaper, faster and more sensitive than ever before. Following the idea of ‘Power of Small’, Shimadzu has also introduced BioSpec Nano spectrophotometer for ultra-low-volume samples of one or two micro litre to measure concentration and quantitative analysis of RNA/DNA. Applications using electrochemical sensing, chemiluminescence, nanoparticles and carbon nanotubes are some examples. Quality testing in food industry and environment will gain importance in India. While techniques like SR-FTIR spectroscopy are seen as emerging platforms to study complex molecules, India would need more affordable techniques. Globally, the regulatory challenges are increasing in all areas concerning human health, food consumption, environment, etc. This in turn will drive the manufacturing of the analytical instruments to design products that comply with the regulations, which also evolve over time. A number of new technologies have been introduced recently like Ultra High Performance Liquid Chromatography (UHPLC), which shorten time of sample analysis, unique spectroscopy measurements such as Raman Spectroscopy for detection of counterfeit drugs and rapid detection of pathogens in foods using PCR-based analysis systems reducing overall testing times from 72 to 8-10 hours.

Prospects of liquid chromatography industry… The major trend in liquid chromatography is a significant push towards UHPLC, which provides greater performance levels from conventional analysis to ultra-high speed, ultra-highresolution, high-temperature analysis with no compromise on data integrity. Stable and reliable temperature control at high-temperature facilitates green chromatography using water as the mobile phase. The UHPLC applications stretch the HPLC market by 20 per cent

since many laboratories are transferring their methods to UHPLC methodology to complete more samples with less cost in a given time. More applications are demanding sensitivity and selectivity of mass spectrometer, which is becoming the choice of detector today for the knowledgeable chromatographers. Twodimensional LC is also becoming a topic that has gained importance these days. Many compounds in the pharmaceutical discovery stage have chiral centres. Since the regulatory requirements demand proof of the enantiomeric purity of chiral drugs, there is an increasing demand for the usage of HPLC with chiral columns. The development of new immobilised phases that cover a wide range of chiral compounds will also drive the chiral HPLC demands in the coming days. As a result of the surge in HPLC utilisation in every sphere of scientific work, there has been concomitant growth in the after-market suppliers such as solvents, columns, other varied consumables needed in every laboratory.

Outlook for the laboratory analytical and life science instrumentation industry… According to market research reports, the global demand for laboratory, analytical and life science instruments for 2009 was around $ 37 billion, and is expected to grow at around 4 per cent through 2012. The Indian market is estimated to be around $ 1,000 million with compounded annual growth rate of around 17 per cent. For product segments like chromatography and life science, the expected growth is over 20 per cent. Currently, the Indian market is less than 3 per cent of the global demand for instruments. However besides China, India is the only other country where a comfortable double-digit growth is expected in the coming years. This makes India a favourite country for all instrument companies.


FACILITY VISIT

NLC Nalco Technology & Innovation Centre

A commitment towards a greener tomorrow

3D TRASAR® laboratory

When the entire world is talking about global warming, reducing carbon footprint and contributing towards a greener environment, NLC Nalco promises an optimistic future for the industry. Further, the company focusses its R&D on developing sustainable technologies for almost every segment of the industry it operates in. Mahua Roy visited its recently inaugurated Technology & Innovation Centre in Pune to know the latest developments in the company.

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LC Nalco has been a well-established name in the industry since the late 1920s. The company was then mainly a supplier of industrial water treatment chemicals, and over the last decade, it has gradually diversified into an environmental solutions provider. It started its India operations in1987 at Kolkata, as a result of a joint venture with ICI Chemicals. Today, NLC Nalco is a ` 200-crore company in India, and is expected to grow at 25 per cent per year.

Why Pune? In August 2010, NLC Nalco Technology & Innovation centre was inaugurated in Pune. This centre, with a capital investment of $ 8.5 million, is spread over 30,000 sq ft. Pune will also serve as its India headquarters for sales, marketing and supply chain operations. The focus of the R&D is to develop advanced water treatment, oil production and process enhancement technologies, which can help save water and improve industrial efficiency.

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According to Dr Hari Reddy, Director, R&D Asia Pacific, NLC Nalco, “Pune centre will be a global technology centre and innovation hub. It will help develop technology for the rest of the world, besides India.” With several large customers, especially in the energy sector, being located in Western India, Pune was strategically chosen to drive research activities for the oil & gas industry. “NLC Nalco’s global technology centre for energy services is based in Sugar Land, Texas. It only made sense to launch a complementary centre for the eastern hemisphere, in Pune,” says Dr Reddy.

Vision and mission NLC Nalco aims to lead the industry in creating value for customers through differentiated services & technologies that save water & energy, enhance production and improve air quality, while reducing the total cost of operation. With a broad and versatile clientele coming from sectors like chemicals, pharmaceuticals, energy, power, oil & gas, food


FACILITY VISIT

Dr Hari Reddy Director, R&D - Asia Pacific

Our range of customers is spread across several industries, and we have proven our ability through our technology to impact across all these sectors. As we know, water is necessary for every industry. We want to help the industry preserve and reuse water to eventually reach ‘zero discharge’. & beverage, manufacturing, mining, etc, the company implements solutions that are sustainable, reliable, efficient and profitable. Emphasising on resource management (water, energy & materials), emissions reduction (gas, liquid & solid wastes) and innovative cost management, it assists companies in improving business as well as environmental performance. Says Dr Reddy, “Our range of customers is spread across several industries, and we have proven our ability through our technology to impact across all these sectors. As we know, water is necessary for every industry. We want to help the industry preserve and reuse water to eventually reach ‘zero discharge’.”

3D TRASAR® technology Nalco has developed 3D TRASAR® technology to monitor the condition of cooling and boiler water continuously and add appropriate chemicals only when needed, rather than on a fixed schedule. The technique saves water & energy, minimises the use of water-treatment chemicals and decreases environmental damage from discharged water. Covered by 27 patents, this technology optimises system performance by combining unique chemistries, sensors, algorithms, hardware and software to provide online and real-time performance-based detection ability. It measures all system parameters with proactive detection, which is fast, sensitive and accurate. The patented Nalco Corrosion Stress Monitor™ (NCSM) detects and reacts to preboiler corrosion stress. Next-generation fluorescence tracing technology is used to control boiler scale and deposits. The ever-changing system demands are monitored and potential causes of system variability are identified. This allows 3D TRASAR® technology to take corrective action prior to the formation of scale, corrosion and deposits. 3D TRASAR® technology for cooling water won the 2008 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award in the area of greener reaction conditions. The award was conferred by the US Environmental Protection Agency.

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A view of the entrance

Dr Reddy proudly says, ® “3D TRASAR is by far one of our key innovations. It positioned NLC Nalco to become an entity beyond a chemical supplier. The equipment can continuously monitor the health of a plant, especially the chemistry of water in a plant. In Pune, this is a 24x7 operation handled by the exclusive Nalco 360 team, which looks over 14,000 3D TRASAR® controllers across the world.”

Solutions for the chemical sector Water is a critical resource that can impact the profitability of specialty chemical manufacturers. It is utilised for producing steam and for providing cooling during production of a variety of chemical products & intermediates. As a result, proper resource management is critical. Challenges occur when mechanical and/or operational changes are made to these systems. Knowing what events cause operational problems helps facilitate sound decisions. NLC Nalco’s 3D TRASAR® technology ensures that customers receive consistent, sustainable performance day-after-day. These technologies and programmes combined with the vast knowledge of water and process systems help drive customers attain their goals of reducing environmental footprint, increasing plant efficiency,

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NLC Nalco Innovation Centre

and preserving critical assets. This Technology can help deliver sustainable boiler performance and cut down operational costs. It collects inputs from key process variables and turns them into useful information. It compares current conditions to the defined optimum boiler operations and automatically takes appropriate actions by constantly detecting and adjusting to system variability. 3D TRASAR® technology delivers a difference - low fuel consumption, reduced emissions (CO2) and optimised manpower allocation. For the batch chemical plant, this translates to low overall production costs. It also ensures efficient and reliable running of steamusing unit operations. In India, NLC Nalco boasts of clients such as TATA Steel, Asahi Glass, Wipro, Cipla, Birla Copper and Renaissance Convention Centre.

Talent development NLC Nalco has been on an active hiring drive. The Pune centre will employ around 100 researchers, possessing advanced degrees in chemistry and engineering disciplines. Talent from North America and Europe is also being considered. “It has been a great experience for us and also for the Indians who wish to come back to the country. They will make up almost 50 per cent of our new recruits,” informs Dr Reddy.

Besides R&D, there are plans to induct around 30-40 IT and software professionals. “Understanding how the chemistry works within various unit operations in a plant and the ability to digitise that information, thereby building service automation tools, will be a key R&D focus, in Pune,” adds Dr Reddy.

Looking forward NLC Nalco doubled in size in India in the past 18-24 months, from 200 to a 400-person organisation. It has a clear vision to be one of the the biggest integrated and complete solutions provider in India. “We have M&A strategy that is being actively looked at. We are exploring all options that will aid us in accelerating our vision. Besides, we are also looking at expanding our manufacturing footprint in India,” says Dr Reddy. According to him, it all starts with the ‘vision’, then bringing in the right human talent and focussing on critical areas where NLC Nalco can have an impact. “We wish to be the recognised leader in the wastewater and membrane solutions technology segment in India,” concludes Dr Reddy. When one combines a social cause with business, it is expected that the company would grow manifold in the years to come.


SECTOR WATCH

Rapid urbanisation, changing lifestyles, increasing focus on infrastructure development, modern retail, etc have been infusing growth into the petrochemical products segment in India. Even during the recent economic slowdown, the demand in the domestic market for these products was by and large steady. This clearly reflects the potential of this segment. Taking due note of this fact, industry players are in the process of augmenting capacities. However, for the growth momentum to continue, it is imperative to have strong R&D, which is lacking today. Prasenjit Chakraborty explores the recent trends in the industry. Courtesy: Quattro Chemical Corporation

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he petrochemical sector has,, on an average, grown at a rate of 13 per cent per annum and is one of the fastest growing sectors of the economy, while the domestic petrochemical industry is registering growth rates in line with the GDP growth, or higher. The Indian petrochemical sector generates a turnover of around ` 210 billion per annum. Broadly, the segments within petrochemicals are: fibre (polyester staple fibre, polyester filament yarn), olefins (polyethylene, polypropylene), polymers (polyvinyl chloride, poly styrene, polybutadiene rubber) and aromatics (benzene, toluene and xylene). The petrochemical sector has been affected due to the global slowdown with less availability of foreign funding, thereby delaying some projects, while the export market has also shrunk due to reduced global demand. However, domestic demand has maintained the growth levels in the industry. “Towards the end of 2009, plants were operating at near-capacity having recovered from 75-90 per cent operating capacities in 2008. In the first half of 2010, Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) reported that the domestic demand for most petrochemicals was strong with polymers segment up by 25 per cent,” says Kalpna Jain, Senior Director, Deloitte (India). In fact, even during the economic slowdown, the petrochemical industry showed tremendous resilience and it was just a momentary dip but there was never a drop in demand. Converters slowed down their purchase because of price fall of the petrochemicals but there was not a significant drop in the demand. “Indian petrochemical industry has responded rather positively after the slowdown. The year after, all products have shown high double-digit growth (around 20 per cent), which is a clear indication of strong and robust foundation of the industry,” opines Makarand Dixit, Head - Marketing, ONGC Petro-additions Ltd.

Interestingly, producers have adapted their marketing strategies to focus on other emerging markets, raising quality benchmarks, immediacy of supply and developing niche products. These help countering the slowdown faster.

What fuels the demand? Application of plastics in a wide number of industries and products fuel the demand for petrochemicals. Plastics have penetrated into areas of packaging materials, agriculture, wires & cables, medicare applications and household articles. “With the growing base of domestic consumers, coupled with industry and infrastructure

During the economic slowdown, the petrochemical industry showed tremendous resilience and it was just a momentary dip but there was never a drop in demand. projects, demand for almost all petrochemical products is expected to be high over the next few years,” opines Jain. This increased demand is expected to lead to high price realisations and high profitability. “By

Kalpna Jain Senior Director, Deloitte (India)

With the growing base of domestic consumers, coupled with industry and infrastructure projects, demand for almost all petrochemical products is expected to be high over the next few years. 2013, Business Monitor International estimates that per capita polymer consumption will reach 13 kg, making India the world’s third largest plastics consumer after the US and China,” she says. While relatively modest by international levels, it will be far more than 4.7 kg in 2007, which represented 20 per cent of the global average. The petrochemical industry in India is concentrated among a few players controlling large percentage of the market. These include RIL, Gas Authority of India Ltd and Haldia Petrochemicals Ltd, who have integrated along the petrochemical value chain. RIL accounts for around 70 per cent of the country’s petrochemicals capacity. “However, the downstream petrochemical sector is highly fragmented, thus affecting

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Makarand Dixit Head - Marketing, ONGC Petro-additions Ltd

The new entrants in the business are equipped with the latest generation product technology to meet the requirements of domestic and global markets. The area of concern is the lack of R&D initiatives. the structural health of the industry; a lack of economies of scale has resulted in losses, which in turn has driven closure or consolidation of small, inefficient producers,” points out Jain. Indian petrochemical industry, unlike China, is mainly supported by internal consumption. “We have a huge population and this is gradually turning out to be our biggest strength. We have a large, diversified and growing market. Such developments took place in the last 15-20 years, ie, post-economic reforms,” points out Dixit. The per capita consumption of plastics in India is 5 kg, which is one of the lowest in the world. In contrast, world average is 25 kg. Hence, there is ample scope for the industry to grow.

According to Dixit, tremendous growth of sectors like automotive and appliances, urbanisation, opening up of retail segment and brand awareness, etc are adding momentum to the petrochemical products segment in India.

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India has made significant progress when it comes to adoption of sophisticated technology. This is because, Indian petrochemical producers are applying the best technologies. “More so, the new entrants in the business are equipped with the latest product technologies to meet the requirements of domestic and global markets. The area of concern is the lack of indigenous R&D initiatives,” says Dixit. The petrochemical producers are financially strong and able to afford the best available technology from the market, but there is little or no focus on the in-house R&D. It is necessary to have a strong R&D base, or the industry will continue to depend on the technology/equipment suppliers in the West, resulting in high costs, and this will be unable to provide impetus to specific Indian needs.

The recent past in the petrochemical product industry has witnessed a few important changes. First, the converting units are building large capacities than ever before. Segments like Biaxially Oriented Polypropylene Films (BOPP), pipes and raffia have world-class converting units, hence making them competitive in the international markets. “Even some of the medium to large-scale Indian producers of petrochemical products have set up capacities in other parts of the world,” says Dixit. In addition, exports of Indian products have significantly increased, and the quality of products is well-accepted too.

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Challenges to overcome The three prime issues which need to be addressed on a priority basis are: awareness, protection and capacity increase. Awareness: It has been widely seen that people have a wrong notion about plastics. Plastics or chemicals will affect us negatively only if they are used or disposed improperly. There is a plethora of merits in using petrochemicals. If petrochemical products are utilised in the right manner, we can help save trees, increase productivity of the farmlands, make automobiles run more efficiently by making them lighter and save much important crude oil. “Yes, the onus lies with the producers, consumers and government agencies to come together and properly utilise and dispose off the plastics,” exhorts Dixit. Protection: India is not blessed with crude oil or gas in abundance.


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Some countries with surpluses are providing incentives to the petrochemical producers. “This makes them artificially more competitive and creates an imbalance in the international market,” points out Dixit. To counter this, the Indian government has responded positively to the industry demand of anti-dumping or safeguarding duties. “However, it may require to be extended to other products as well,” he opines. If implemented, it will support the existing Indian capacities and can encourage others to build new capacities as well. The industry does not want any unfair advantage and would like to compete on the merit, but any undue advantage can hamper the Indian producers. Capacity expansion: Looking at the demand of petrochemical products, almost all categories of products will face a shortfall in the next five years, unless the existing capacities are not augmented. The producers are taking due note of this fact and thereby taking steps.

A helping hand The government has taken major steps in promoting this sector by announcing Petroleum Chemicals & Petrochemicals Investment Regions (PCPIR), apart from the existing petrochemical industry clusters. Three such PCPIRs are coming up at Vizag in Andhra Pradesh, Haldia in West Bengal & Dahej in Gujarat. Out of these, Dahej has already started functioning. “The concept envisages establishment of a refinery in the region and later develop the area around it with downstream units, which will draw products from this anchor unit,” says Dixit. There are couple of more such PCPIRs in the process of approval. In this direction, promotion of recycling industry and incentivising it will address some of the issues related to the generation of plastic waste.

Going forward The near future will be significant for the petrochemical industry in India. “The next 2-3 years will see additional capacities from new players like IOC, HMEL, MRPL and OPaL. This is good news for the markets as the availability of products will improve, and competition will better the quality & service level of the industry,” Dixit opines. Against the backdrop of the declining health of European and US-based converting units, business is slowly shifting to India and China. This will provide huge opportunities and we may witness a larger share of Indian exports to these markets. Also, one cannot rule out Indian companies expanding their production bases to other parts of the world. This could be through acquisition or greenfield projects.

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Polyolefins

Infusing new vigour Despite the recent economic slowdown, polyolefin (PO) sector in India has been registering a sound growth. This could be attributed to the growing domestic market, rising per capita income, value-added products, availability of sophisticated technology, etc. However, to continue the growth momentum, it is imperative to abolish import duty on naphtha feedstock. Courtesy: BASF

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he growth of petrochemical/polymer industry, particularly in India, is directly related to the GDP growth. The worldwide economic slowdown had direct impact on the global petrochemical industry, with major regions, including the US and Europe, showing negative demand growth. However, its impact on the Indian PO industry was minimal. In FY 09-10, this industry, witnessed comprehensive growth in demand. This growth was fuelled by healthy economy, changing demographics and brisk growth in sectors like retail (customised/flexible/rigid packaging), automobile, infrastructure (PE pipes, wires and cables) and plasti-culture (drip irrigation, greenhouse film, shade net), etc. Domestic PO demand saw growth of around 15 per cent Year-on-year (Y-O-Y) and stood at 4.80 million MT in FY 09-10, against 4.18 million MT in FY 08-09. Domestic consumption of polypropylene (PP) increased by 21 per cent in FY 09-10, reaching 2.23 million MT, against 1.84 million MT in FY 08-09. Polyethylene (HDPE & LLDPE) consumption in India in FY 2009-10 went

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up to 2.58 million MT against 2.35 million MT in FY 08-09, a growth of 9.7 per cent.

Reasons behind rising demand of polyolefin In India, per capita consumption of PO is 4.2 kg, against the global average of around 16 kg. Thus, there lies a huge untapped potential in the domestic market. Factors which are directly or indirectly supporting this demand growth are: strong & growing domestic market; rising per capita income; greater money circulation in rural areas due to increase in minimum support price of agricultural products; effects of social security schemes and rapid urbanisation. The innovative Indian polymer processors are continuously offering new products using stateof-the-art machinery. Also, Government of India’s (GoI) focus on agriculture and infrastructure has boosted PO consumption in applications like plasticulture, pipes, wires, cables, etc.

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Y-O-Y and stood at 4.46 million MT. The growth pace has continued this year as well, with domestic PO industry clocking a growth rate of around 9 per cent in April-August ’10 period. This rate is expected to increase further in the remaining part of the financial year. Indian PO industry boasts of the world’s finest technologies and worldclass plants. The Indian market saw the entrance of a new producer - Indian Oil Corp Ltd. Haldia Petrochemicals Ltd (HPL), one of the leading domestic producers of PO, has recently completed its greenfield expansion project to increase the capacity by around 30 per cent. Even downstream processors are continuously upgrading their technologies to offer new and better products in terms of quality, in the market. The industry is continuously innovating to increase the output of value-added products. It is gaining flexibility to alter the productivities of more value-addition, as per the market dynamics. However, to sustain growth, there is a need to continue with the stimulus package by GoI. Further, technological upgradation funds (like textile industry) need to be introduced for polymer downstream industry also.

Key issues to be addressed For sustaining the operations of polymer manufacturers, the import duty on naphtha feedstock should be abolished, which is currently 5 per cent. India is probably the only country having 5 per cent duty, while other countries attract zero or almost zero import duty. This is detrimental for fresh investments in naphtha-based crackers in India, because it leads to reduced profitability. The import duty is also creating a sustainability issue for current naphtha-based domestic manufacturers, as they are susceptible to cheaper imports from feedstock advantage holding the Middle-East countries.

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Besides, negative perception about plastic products has to change. Plastic is perceived as anti-environment and its usage is discouraged. Incidentally, petrochemicals are associated with low energy compared to alternate non-petrochemical materials, and can provide an excellent solution to global warming. A focussed attempt is required to spread this message. Combined efforts by state government/ municipalities are needed for implementing solid waste management systems in the disposal of plastic goods with finished life-cycle.

Government’s role GoI has initiated the establishment of Petroleum Chemicals & Petrochemicals Investment Regions (PCPIR) to address infrastructural shortcomings. Also, the processing industry will get the benefit of increased competitiveness due to cluster development. However, unless the current skewed duty structure between feedstock and polymers is corrected, fresh investment in naphtha cracker is unlikely to happen. Other supports needed from the government to boost the industry are: rationalisation of VAT from the existing 4-12.5 per cent to 4 per cent; maintaining of excise duty at the current level of 10 per cent. Also, there has to be a policy framework to counter the negative perception associated with plastics.

Important changes Due to the changing demographics of India and continuous robust GDP growth, PO demand has increased in sectors like packaging (raffia, film), infrastructure (pipes, wires & cables) and agriculture (irrigation, plasticulture applications like pond

lining, mulching film, low tunnel, etc). Also, increased usage of synthetic raffia bags by Food Corporation of India for packing foodgrains has given a substantial boost.

Future outlook The petrochemical industry, beyond doubt, has a bright future. However, like any other commodity business, this is also cyclic in nature. The global PO industry is likely to fall into down-cycle phase, and hence reduced profitability due to commissioning of around 14 million MTA ethylene capacities in 2010 (approximately 10 per cent of the total capacity). As per the scheduled capacity additions and incremental demand growth, the petrochemical industry is likely to enter the up-cycle phase from 2014. Indian PO industry is likely to witness a growth rate between 1.2-1.5 times the GDP. Increasing demand from sectors like agricultural and infrastructure is expected to propel consumption of plastics. Easy resin availability and new processing capacities will enhance supply-driven production. The recent growth trend of exports of plastic processed goods in sectors like FIBC, PP woven bags, BOPP film, PE pipe, ropes and twines, etc will also give a good push to PO consumption in India. Ujjal De is Senior Vice President, and Head - Marketing & Business Development, Haldia Petrochemicals Ltd. He has 30 years of experience in petrochemical marketing, which includes 15 years with the country’s first petrochemical company National Organic Chemical Industries Ltd and four years with Reliance Industries Ltd. Email: ujjal.de@hpl.co.in

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Petroleum sector

Heading for a refined growth With a large population base and current low per capita consumption of petroleum products, India is among the fastest emerging markets. Looking at the high growth prospects of the industry, many players are in the process of augmenting their production capacity and investing in new projects. Mahua Roy gives an insight into this crucial sector, emphasising on new promising technologies, key issues and greener future. Courtesy: Petroleum Company of Trinidad and Tobago Ltd

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etroleum refining is the sector that forms the backbone of the industry, and the economy of a nation as well. As on April 2009, there were 20 refineries in the country, comprising 17 in the public sector and three in the private sector. The total refining capacity in the country in 2009 increased to 177.97 Million Tonne Per Annum (MTPA), from 148.97 MTPA in 2008.

Growth figures The road to development and growth for the petroleum refining sector seems bright. The country is not only self-sufficient in refining capacity for its domestic consumption, but also exports petroleum products substantially. India exported 36.93 Million Metric Tonne (MMT) of petroleum products against the import of 18.29 MMT during 2008-09. The commissioning of new refineries marks another step towards India’s emergence as a major hub for export of petroleum products. To meet the growing demand, major players are coming up with new projects that could take the capacity to more than 200 MT. The Paradip project at Orissa, commissioned by Indian Oil Corporation Ltd (IOCL), boasts of a capacity of 15 MMTPA. Under the private sector, the

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Jamnagar refinery of Essar Oil Ltd is by far the largest, with a capacity of 18 MMTPA. More refineries are planned at Bina (Bharat Oman Refineries Ltd), Bathinda (Hindustan Mittal Energy Ltd) and Cuddalore (Nagarjuna Oil Corporation Ltd). Besides, there are plans to increase the capacity of the existing ones. The largest increase is expected of the Vadinar refinery, Essar, amounting to 5.5 MMTPA, followed by Mangalore Refineries and Petrochemicals Ltd, amounting to 5.3 MMTPA. Capacity increase is also expected at IOCL refineries at Panipat & Haldia, Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd (HPCL) refineries at Mumbai & Vizag, Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd (BPCL) refinery at Kochi, Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) at Tatipaka and also at Chennai Petroleum Corporation Ltd (CPCL). With the increasing refining capacity, overseas oil majors are keen to become a part of the growth game in the Asia-Pacific region, especially India. Growth is two-way because Indian refiners are also looking at exposure to the refining sector overseas to gain strategic advantage. Many players have recently shown an interest in the Indian refining sector. For example, LN Mittal has a 49 per cent stake in the


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` 19,000-crore Bhatinda refinery of HPCL. The second refinery of Reliance at Jamnagar, with a capacity of 29 MTPA has attracted many foreign investors like Chevron, Exxon and China National Petroleum. Also, ONGC Videsh Ltd is scouting for opportunities abroad.

terms. Process simulation is an integral part of designing any new refining or petrochemical process or optimising existing operations. Modelling can help minimise capital & operational costs, enhance plant availability & reliability and reduce time to optimal operations,” says Dr Arunachalam Chockalingam, General Manager, Technology upgradation Downstream Technology Services AsiaIn addition to greenfield projects and Pacific, Shell Projects & Technology. expansions, companies are also looking Distributed Digital Control System at asset optimisation to enhance (DDCS) has been in the refining industry performance of their refineries. Process for over a decade now. The advent of simulation techniques using computer this system has made the earlier control software, which carry out heat & mass techniques obsolete. It is an invaluable balance calculations, should prove tool to investigate performance-related useful in debottlenecking plants and issues, optimisation of the plant, as well optimisation of energy use & product as serves as a method to study further yields. “Many different options can be opportunities for capacity increase. identified for meeting society’s needs; DDCS system also provides Graphic the skill is to find the investment User Interface (also known as GUI) option, which is most robust in wherein a computer screen has the strategic, economic and technical entire process flow diagram on display with all parameters Table 1: Indian refineries as on 1-10-2009 available at accurate Name of the Capacity locations on realLocation of the refinery company (MMTPA) time basis. A control IOCL Guwahati, Assam 1.00 panel operator is like IOCL Barauni, Bihar 6.00 a pilot with critical IOCL Koyali, (Vadodara), Gujarat 13.70 controls in his hands. IOCL Haldia, West Bengal 6.00 Accurate & timely IOCL Mathura, Uttar Pradesh 8.00 information gives him IOCL Digboi, Assam 0.65 better insight about IOCL Panipat, Haryana 12.00 the processes and IOCL Bongaigaon, Assam 2.35 parameters. HPCL Mumbai, Maharashtra 5.50 High-speed signal Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh 7.50 HPCL transmission with BPCL Mumbai, Maharashtra 12.00 optical fibres has made BPCL Kochi, Kerala 9.50 data transfer faster. A CPCL Manali, Tamil Nadu 9.50 computer sitting at the CPCL Nagapattnam, Tamil Nadu 1.00 background can now Numaligarh perform all associated Numaligarh, Assam 3.00 Refinery Ltd calculations, which Mangalore Refinery Mangalore, Karnataka 9.69 an operator may find & Petrochemicals Ltd handy. In addition, ONGC Tatipaka, Andhra Pradesh 0.066 all emergency Reliance Jamnagar, Gujarat 33.00 procedures, shut Industries Ltd down systems, etc are Reliance Petroleum Jamnagar, Gujarat 29.00 configured within the Ltd (SEZ) DDCS system, which Essar Oil Ltd Jamnagar, Gujarat 10.50 provides greater safety TOTAL 179.95 with faster response Source: Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas, Government of India

Dr Arunachalam Chockalingam GM, Downstream Technology Services Asia-Pacific, Shell Projects & Technology

While the petrochemicals industry is experiencing challenging times in operating environments, those who are best-placed to ride out the challenges are likely to be the operators who are committed to examining key metrics such as operating costs, safety, reliability, integrity & utilisation. time. Digital technology has also made it possible to transfer data to remote locations, hence better monitoring of processes is possible, as the entire data can be made available at any location within the refinery. Today, Advance Process Control (APC) is being used by all modern refineries. This allows optimisation of refinery process parameters based on required product qualities. Hence, a refiner can achieve better quality & yield from the given raw material with high efficiency and low costs. “Essar has implemented APC in refineries, which has helped it achieve better control over its product specifications,” says C Manoharan, Head - Refinery, Essar Oil Ltd.

Soaker technology The latest trend in refining is the usage of bimetallic catalysts, which give better yields and conversion of desired products. Also, the catalyst has high stability under severe conditions. The disadvantage is that the catalyst becomes more sensitive to poison, and hence needs stringent monitoring & control of feed quality. Use of bimetallic catalysts in catalyst reformers and changeover to soaker technology in vis-breakers is planned for certain refineries. To derive full benefits from the usage of bimatellic

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be further upgraded by thermal cracking (such as the Shell Soaker Vis-Breaking or SSVB process), deasphalting, coking and residue conversion. Shell’s thermal conversion processes provide the ability to upgrade to a range of hydrocarbons, and convert the bottom of the barrel into high-value products. The base level is provided by the soaker vis-breaking technology: a low-cost conversion method for hydroskimming refineries. The main products from the soaker visbreaking technology are distillates and stable vis-broken residue. A vacuum flasher can be used to recover additional gasoil and waxy distillates for catalytic cracker or hydrocracker feed from the cracked residue. “This can provide a costeffective revamp option for existing units. Thermal conversion units can be upgraded to more advanced Deep Thermal Residue Conversion (DTC) process. DTC provides an attractive alternative for the bottom stream, and creates products suitable for bitumen manufacturing and power generation,” says Dr Chockalingam. However, during the thermal cracking process, a significant quantity of coke is formed and deposited inside the heater tubes and equipment. “This requires frequent heater decoking, which calls for a shut down. Provision

C Manoharan Head - Refinery, Essar Oil Ltd

Provision of soaker in downstream side of visbreaker heaters shifts part of thermal cracking and resultant coking process from heater tubes to soaker drum. This helps in increasing the heaters run length as well as better distillate yields. catalyst, low-pressure operation becomes necessary. Soaker technology in vis-breakers should enable operation at high severities. This, coupled with much longer cycle lengths, should result in low demand for cutter stocks with regard to furnace oil blending. High middle distillate yields can thus be expected. One can draw attention towards Shell’s technology portfolio, which includes a deep-flash high-vacuum distillation process that helps maximise the recovery of Vacuum Gas Oil (VGO) from long residue to help increase a refinery’s overall margins from distillates. The residue from the vacuum unit can

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of soaker in downstream side of visbreaker heaters shifts part of thermal cracking and resultant coking process from heater tubes to soaker drum. This helps in increasing the heaters run length as well as better distillate yields. Essar has employed these technologies since its design stage,” says Manoharan.

Hurdles on the way Besides harnessing technology, there are a number of issues in the petrochemical sector, which need attention. A major necessity today is to bring about a level playing field between the private and the public sector companies in the petroleum sector. Although historical restrictions to private sector participation has resulted in an imbalance in the sector, ie, good private participation in the upstream, midstream and refining sectors, the marketing & distribution of petroleum products is dominated by PSU players. “A key aspect that needs to be addressed, which will be a first step in bringing about a level playing field is simplifying the fuels’ pricing issue with regard to MS, diesel, LPG and kerosene. Although deregulation of domestic and transport fuels (LPG, kerosene, petrol and diesel) have been recommended by the Kirit Parekh report, this is still a long way from becoming a reality,” says Kalpna Jain, Senior Director, Deloitte (India). Where MS (Petrol) is supposed to be deregulated, the PSUs that dominate the retail segment are required to possess government approval even for small adjustments in retail prices, while they continue to procure product shortfalls at negotiated prices with private refiners. Also, refiners today are facing a tough business environment. Crude prices are volatile. Heavy, highsulfur and acidic opportunity crudes are increasingly available. Demand for light products is high; product legislation & emission standards are tightening; and health, safety & environmental mandates have to be


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met. “While petrochemicals industry is experiencing challenging times in operating environments, those who are best-placed to ride out the challenges are likely to be the operators who are committed to examining key metrics such as operating costs, safety, reliability, integrity & utilisation. Technology enhancements can help operators cut energy usage per unit of production, reduce operational costs and optimise equipment performance,” says Dr Chockalingam. Commenting on the issue of ethanol blending, IOCL officials say, “As per the government directive, 5 per cent ethanol is being blended with petrol to reduce carbon monoxide emission. However, ethanol manufacturers are not in a position to supply sufficient ethanol for blending with petrol. On receipt of entire ethanol requirement of the industry by sugar mills, MS availability with further increase can take care of future demand.”

Towards a greener future With the green cover depleting, refineries across the world are looking at adopting eco-friendly technologies to optimise the utlisation of natural resources. Given the fact that the refineries have a rising demand for water, efficient management of this key resource has become imperative. Dr Hari Reddy, Director - R&D, Asia Pacific, NLC Nalco, presents a threepoint strategy to take care of this issue. “Providing a water management system, which helps minimise corrosion while maintaining the integrity of assets (such as pipelines); minimising scale deposits as it can clog pipelines; and finally mitigating all microbiological activities as bacteria can grow and multiply on oil is the need of the hour.” Besides, India must look beyond conventional energy sources and diversify into renewable energy sources. “Our tropical location with a large coastal belt gives us tremendous

Dr Hari Reddy Director - R&D, Asia Pacific, NLC Nalco

Providing a water management system, which helps minimise corrosion while maintaining the integrity of assets (such as pipelines); minimising scale deposits as it can clog pipelines; and finally mitigating all microbiological activities as bacteria can grow and multiply on oil; is the need of the hour. advantage to utilise vast potential of solar and wind energy. Hence, improved energy efficiency, enhanced refining capacity and diversification into renewable energy sources can make India self reliant,” opines Manoharan.

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Large and diversified entities

Does size matter?

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The paints and coatings industry has a long history of Mergers & Acquisitions (M&As), driven primarily by the search for strategic positioning in the industry. The economic slowdown of 200809 prompted a restructuring of the chemical and allied industries, with companies having posted good profitability in the face of massive cost reduction. Countries in the West have witnessed a long period of economic downturn, while Asia continued to grow. At the same time, this has also given way for a major rethink, from a cost perspective as well as strategic positioning and product development.

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he necessity for survival has led to huge improvement in operations of the chemical and allied industries. Now that cost realignments have helped bring profits back to healthy levels, strategic buyers have a greater appetite to make deals. Companies have come out much more profitable and disciplined on the top line in a continually changing world. Asia is slowly emerging as a new chemical producing region, and producers in the West have set their sight here. While they are migrating East, new players in China, India and the Middle East are emerging, emboldened by the economical resilience shown by Asia, whereas some are capitalising on the growth witnessed in the region. It is expected that some will compete head-on with companies based in the West for a greater share of the Asian market.

M&As gain momentum M&As have resumed, but companies are being deliberate. BASF’s strategy is to ‘We want

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to make our portfolio more competitive and cyclically resilient’, according to the Chairman of the company. This effectively lays out the roadmap for specialty and diversified chemical makers who will continue to move away from commodity businesses where they do not have clear advantages. Chemical companies will look to gain access to these booming developing world markets. Moving into new markets requires financial backup, and hence companies can take new risks. There are questions of intellectual property protection, people and capital. They also have to face other issues associated with a more centrally planned and controlled economy. The rise of China as a great exporting nation has been a blessing for consumers in the rest of the world. It has, however, posed a hurdle for producers, especially for those in direct competition from Chinese producers. Companies have or will face the following dilemma: should they be afraid, or fight with their superior innovation that could keep them ahead. This dilemma was acute in the textile industry, which is now dominated by Asian manufacturers, with 60 per cent of the world synthetic fibre


Lenzing: A case study This is a David and Goliath story. Lenzing has survived as a key player in the textile industry, not only in Europe but also in Asia. The company has recently announced an expansion of its plants in China & Indonesia and a third site planned in India. It has done this in a sector of the industry - cellulosic fibres derived from woodpulp - which include rayon that was once thought doomed to decline. The rise of Lenzing is a triumph of specialisation. It highlights why

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capacity located today in China. Will this dilemma present itself to chemical manufacturers? It is our belief that this head-on competition will become acute even in the chemical industry in the near future. How companies will respond to the anticipated new scenario will determine the future of the industry. The textile industry has taught us a few strategic lessons applicable to the chemicals and coatings industries. The case of Lenzing, an Austrian company, illustrates how one can survive in a turbulent industry in the face of fierce Asian competition, particularly from China. The case also shows that large diversified groups are not always bestplaced to deal with rising international competition.

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The textile industry has taught us a few strategic lessons applicable to the chemicals and coatings industries. in this case was Courtaulds, the UKbased company that pioneered the development of rayon before the First World War, but now no longer exists. When the original Lenzing plant was set up in 1938, Courtaulds was the industry giant. However, DuPont had just invented nylon, opening a new line of research that posed a threat to Courtaulds’ main source of profit. Nylon, polyester and acrylic fibre were synthesised through polymer chemistry, and the leading producers were chemical companies such as DuPont, Hoechst and ICI. These fibres were more versatile than rayon and had easy-care properties, which cotton & wool could not match. How to reduce its dependence on rayon was a postwar preoccupation

for Courtaulds. By 1960, it had its own acrylic fibre (Courtelle) and was making nylon on a small-scale basis; it had also diversified into other directions, including paints. Lenzing, in contrast, remained more dependent on its core business of cellulosic fibre. During the 1960s and 1970s, Courtaulds continued to diversify, principally into textiles and clothing. The strategy was driven by Frank Kearton, who believed that through scale and new technologies, textiles in the UK would cease to be a declining industry, but will have every prospect of becoming a growth industry once again. By 1975, Courtaulds was a much bigger company, with a substantial stake in fibres, including rayon. But the viscose process by which rayon was made caused environmental damage, which was no longer acceptable in many countries. So, the producers had to decide whether to spend large amount of money to clean up the process or to withdraw. Courtaulds chose to stick with rayon but also decided to work on a novel cellulosic fibre, made by a process known as solvent spinning. This research began in 1979 and by the end of that year, Christopher Hogg

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was appointed CEO. His task was to bring order into the empire that Kreaton had created. The investment in textiles had proven to be a serious error, mainly because of rising imports from low-wage suppliers and this group needed a great deal of sorting out. Hogg eventually demerged it as Courtaulds Textiles in 1990. After the demerger, Courtaulds was still a diversified company. The paints subsidiary, which had been expanded by further acquisitions, looked to offer the best prospects for growth. But the question was: would it make sense to get out of fibres with the continuing contraction of the European textile industry? An argument for not doing so was the progress that its researchers had made with solvent spinning. They had shown that the process was pollution-free; the fibre coming out of it, which was given the brand name Tencel (tenacity and cellulose), was stronger than rayon and could be used to make finer yarns & lighter fabrics. The first Tencel plant (in Mobile, Alabama (US)), came on stream in 1992, and the initial response was enthusiastic. However, partly because of the issues in quality in converting yarn into fabric, the market developed on a slow pace than Courtaulds had expected. By the second half of the 1990s, the company found itself in financial trouble. It was spending heavily on the new fibre, but not generating enough revenue in the rest of the group. With the share price under pressure, Courtaulds was vulnerable to a break up bid and in 1998, AkzoNobel, the Netherlands, bought the company. After the takeover, AkzoNobel retained only Courtaulds paints division. The fibres side was bought by CVC, a private equity firm, which sold the Tencel business to Lenzing in 2004. The Austrian company was by then producing its own solvent spun fibre, but Thomas Fahnemann, an ex-Hoechst Manager who had recently been appointed CEO, believed

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that buying Courtaulds’ plants would give Lenzing a dominant position in a promising sector of the market. He was right. While Tencel has not become a mainstream fibre, it has achieved part of what the proponents of the project in Courtaulds had hoped for. Although expensive, compared to cotton or polyester, it was used in high-end garments where its exceptional softness and drape were valued. It also had the advantage of ‘greenness’. As a cellulosic specialist, Lenzing was a logical home for the next fibre. Cellulosic fibres, of which rayon is still the most important, represent only 5 per cent of the world fibre market. But, they have some properties, notably absorbency, which the oilbased synthetics lack. As a textile fibre, rayon has recovered some lost ground

The strategic consideration for specialty companies would be to not only address the emerging markets, but also to understand new applications. in the recent years. Thanks to the strong demand in China, cellulosics are widely used in advanced industrial countries in non-woven applications. Despite of strong competition from Asian producers, Lenzing is well-placed to serve both markets.

Moral of the story From the Lenzing story, it can be understood that large diversified companies are not necessarily better equipped to withstand international competition than small, specialised ones. There are perils in trying to do too many things. Another is that, rapid changes of direction such as Kreaton’s plunge into textiles and clothing, can have disastrous consequences.

Courtesy: Nordson Industrial Coating

Companies are generally well-advised to concentrate on what they are best at, and build from there. The strategic consideration for specialty companies would be to not only address the emerging markets, but also to understand new applications, staying ahead of the curve and protecting technology assets. M&As in the chemical industry are always of great interest to the coatings manufacturers. The ultimate question is what impact M&As in the chemical industry (both upstream and downstream), would have on the coatings sector when new Asian giants in the global village come to be. This question still remains unanswered. What is certain is that, this will surely create a new path for the paints & coatings industry. Dr Mosongo Moukwa is currently Vice President - Technology at Asian Paints Ltd, Mumbai. He was Vice President Global Technology at Reichhold, North Carolina, and prior to this, Vice President - Global Technology at Johnson Polymer (now part of BASF). 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: mosongo.moukwa@asianpaints.com


SAFETY ZONE

Protective clothing

Perfect dressing for the ‘occasion’ Clothing should be effectively designed to protect a large portion of the body from vulnerable injuries. The innumerable instances of people being injured on exposed parts like the palms, feet and face as against the usually ‘clothed’ areas like the trunk, hands & legs bear testimony to such an inference. Here is an attempt to explore the availability of protective clothing that possesses ‘add-on’ safety features and thus safely preparing an individual against an untoward incident. Courtesy: DuPont

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n the modern era of high-technology industrial environment, exposure to toxicity, fire, corrosiveness, extreme temperatures & other probable hazards that emanate from materials, activities or work situations are termed as ‘occupationinduced’. Specific protective clothing is available to minimise or mitigate, if not totally prevent such exposures. Table 1 lists different categories of accidental exposures and their corresponding clothing fabrics that are resistant to guard against them.

Identification of the need and type The top-level management must institute a policy of providing protective clothing, based on the need and vulnerability to accidents/ injuries. Safety, Health and Environment (SHE) professionals can play a leading role in facilitating the process. There are organisations which supply regular work-clothing (uniforms) to employees, which conform to the basic safety standards

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such as tight fitment to safeguard against moving machines, anti-static treatment of fabric to provide static protection, etc. Some companies even provide change room/laundering facilities, and discourage the usage of protective clothing outside the factory premises to prevent any contamination with regular clothing. These are part of the ‘continual improvement’ process.

For better results Relevant Indian standards are available for various types of protective clothing. Even industry-specific or job-specific items can be developed through experienced and branded manufacturers/vendors. Appropriate testing, trial and certification facilities are available. Many items are also tropically customised to reduce stress and strain while working with the clothing. Adequate job intervals, rest, etc will have to be provided if people have to work continuously for longer duration, considering the additional stress/strain, which arise while wearing the protective gears.


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Table 1: Accidental exposures and corresponding clothing fabrics that can resist these incidences Hazardous occupation Injury consequences Protective clothing fabric Handling of toxic/corrosive chemicals Skin/eye/throat irritation, Natural rubber (acid, alkali, etc) blisters, burns, etc Butyl or neoprene rubber (man-made/synthetic material); Handling of hydrocarbon liquids/ Same as above including reinforcement with heat-resistant material such as aluminised/ liquefied gases and gases/vapours fire-related burns wool lined fabric recommended in fire conditions Welding/cutting/grinding and other Leather (specially treated wool fabric has also been developed functions including working near flames for better protection against heat) --Do-or hot environment Fire fighting & rescue operations --Do-Aluminised and wool-lined material including fire proximity Employed in nuclear power generation Genital disorders, cancer plants or nearby locations; working affecting a number of with gadgets emitting ionising radiation organs such as lungs, liver, Clothing made of lead glass fibre, leaded rubber or leaded such as radiographic investigation in intestines, etc plastic hospitals/laboratories, besides working with or nearby nucleonic instruments Cuts/contusion/deep One-piece overall (also known as boiler suit) made of thick Working in construction sites handling wounds on body parts due cotton fabric; aprons of padded leather, plastic, hard fibre heavy equipment/tools/tackles to impact fabric, including metal padding in certain cases Working at high altitudes such as Cold burns, frost bite, etc mountain areas, or cold storages, etc

Quilted materials, synthetic polyester fabric quilted between layers of nylon and other clothing fabric

Skin/eye/throat irritation, blisters, burns, etc Same as above including probable infection due Working in biochemical research/ to exposure to samples pathological laboratories collected from different types of patients Fatigue, palpitation Working in confined locations posing exhaustion, giddiness, excessive heat stress dehydration, loss of consciousness, etc Probable contamination of Drugs/pharmaceutical industry the products Accidents to others who do Construction and utilities maintenance not have clear visibility of the location, opened sewers, works such as road repair dug excavation areas

Full-sleeve apron (back-open) made of rubber/PVC fabric to be worn above laboratory overcoat

Research & analytical laboratory work

Care/upkeep/maintenance/ review/improvement At the end, quality will have to be ensured for all types of clothing and the seniors must lead through examples. Performance certificates, warranty documents, standard conformities, etc must be ensured. Once a specific type of clothing has been issued to the employees, the upkeep/maintenance also becomes an equally important criterion. Feedback from users is the best warranty and accordingly a system

Same as above; being sterilised against pathogens regularly

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must be in place to respond to such feedback in order to address any aspect of improvement through periodical review & monitoring of compliance status. 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 Labor Institute (MGLI), Ahmedabad, Gujarat. 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 mohanaknk@yahoo.co.in

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CASE STUDY

Mechanical seals and controls

Protecting environment in refinery pumps Germany adopted a strict regulation to control emissions from refineries. The new regulation specified the emission requirements for even equipment like pumps, compressors, flanges and valves, which are used in a refinery. Hence, when a big refinery in the country decided to upgrade its equipment to meet the new environment norm, it turned to CHETRA GmbH. Courtesy: CHETRA GmbH

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nvironmental protection ranks high in Germany and includes the control of emissions in the process of pumping media. A German Technical Instruction of Air Quality (TA-Luft 2002), passed by the Ministry of Ecological Protection, stipulates maximum allowable emission values of certain hydrocarbons. TA-Luft 2002 is claimed to have lowered the allowable emission levels significantly, compared to the existing previous regulations. In the late nineties, emissions of hydrocarbons from refineries in Germany amounted to less than 0.02 per cent of all processed crude oil. The new regulation specifies the emission requirements for pumps, compressors, flanges and valves used to pump, process and store certain liquid organic media. According to the regulation, ‘Technically tight pumps, such as magnetically coupled ones, canned motor pumps or those with multiple mechanical seals and pressureless or pressurised barrier fluid’ are mandatory. In the case of pumps sealed with mechanical seals, the barrier fluid/buffer fluid used must be TA-Luft-compatible, ie, it must not fall within the list of critical media.

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A case in point While these regulations are applicable throughout the industry and its branches, the case described here refers to one of Germany’s largest refineries. While processing crude oil to diverse finished products such as gasoline, gas oil (diesel), heating oil, etc hydrocarbon emissions take place. This underlies the TA-Luft 2002 regulation. The refinery set up a team to evaluate the question: Which equipment would have to be handled according to the new regulation? It was found that one quarter of all existing pumps needed to be altered. The next step clarified the question: With which tool (magnetic drive pumps, canned motor pumps or sealed pumps) the requirements were to be handled? Due to the nature of most media to be sealed, magnetic drive and canned motor pumps were eliminated; one aspect being their limited performance when it comes to media containing solid matter. The refinery invited three mechanical seal manufacturers (one among them was CHETRA GmbH, Germany), to review the overall requirements, taking into account the TA-Luft-regulations, Atex (the new European


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Ex-protection), API 682 standards and the refinery’s own specifications. More so, the solution to be offered had to ensure maximum standardisation and the mechanical seals had to fit the existing pumps without modification.

Close collaborations Two thirds of the project was awarded to CHETRA. The first phase comprised the conversion of the pumps in the Fluid Catalytic Cracking (FCC) plant as well as the combicracker. In practice, these applications entail the so-called hot pumps with operating temperatures of more than 300°C. Typical applications entailed slurry oils at temperatures between 350°C and 395°C, hot oil pumps at 276°C, hot-oil circulation pumps with 323°C, etc. Right from the outset, close collaboration and consultation were the order of the day between the refinery, the industrial service provider of the conversion work and engineers of CHETRA, so that the demanding requirements could be met.

effect at the seal faces. The inboard and outboard mechanical seals are high-temperature metal bellows units, which are balanced and independent of the direction of rotation. Circulation and flushing connections are integrated. Other technical data includes: R Pmax = 28 bar from outside the bellows R P max = 8 bar from inside the bellows R t = -40 to +400°C R vmax = 25 m/s R Method of operation: API Plan 53B R Barrier fluid: Thermal oil

Accessories used

A 600 LSH central barrier fluid feed system and a 10 CLS-BO loop system were installed as accessories. The central barrier fluid unit is designed for 50 pumps and has a vessel capacity of 600 litre. This system provides a barrier fluid pressure of 100 bar. Each loop system is fed with 30 bar pressure via a pressure reducer. In addition to feeding the loop Completely pre-assembled units systems, the reducer also compensates The 875A mechanical seal any leakage losses. The central system (Figure 1), which offers individual is equipped with two pumps, a bladder gland and sleeve adaptation to each accumulator and a heater as well as specific pump, was chosen for the all required measuring & controlling changeover. This seal is a completely elements. Each mechanical seal is served pre-assembled and ready-to-operate with a one loop system. These systems cartridge unit with a gland plate, feature an accumulator, heat exchanger, shaft sleeve, feed screw and safety fitting and measuring devices. The restriction bushing. Its guided barrier pressure is set individually circulation optimises the cooling for each pump or mechanical seal. The accumulator compensates the consumption of barrier fluid. A coupling to the 600 LSH central barrier fluid system safeguards the supply to the loop systems. Continuous monitoring takes place simultaneously via these systems, which send their signals to the Courtesy: CHETRA GmbH control desk.

Figure 1: CHETRA Mechanical Seal Style 875A

The project was awarded in July 2004 and the first segment of installations was carried out in October the same year. The entire installation work for the first segment was completed in January 2005. Additional segments followed during 2006-2009; by 2014 the overall completion of all TA-Luft conversions have to be completed.

The final impact The facility has been operating without any problems ever since. The complete system has proved to be maintenancefree and reliable. The meantime between repair (MTBR-factor) for mechanical seals at the respective refineries meanwhile lays at 54 months, which is the best performance within the whole group. Hans J Rabl is the Managing Director of Chetra GmbH Dichtungstechnik. He is actively involved in the development of mechanical seals technology and has published papers on it. He holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Applied Sciences, Konstanz (Germany). During his career spanning over 35 years, he has worked with some of the reputed companies in the US and Europe. For details contact, Inge Maier on email: inge.maier@chetra.de

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PREVIEW

Mumbai | 17-19 Feb, 2011

Envisioning the future of manufacturing Indian manufacturing sector has proved its calibre through the tough times of recession and emerged a winner. But, merely depending on the past achievements won’t suffice and if India has to live the dream of becoming a hub for the global market, then its manufacturing growth should be innovation-led and technology-driven. The HiTech Manufacturing Show to be held in Mumbai on 17-19 February, 2011 at NSE, Goregaon, is one such platform that will be the flag bearer for the futuristic manufacturing processes & practices. Here’s a window to gaze through the future of manufacturing technology…

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veryone wants a glimpse of the future, to know what it holds, to witness growth and prosperity. This theory holds true for the manufacturing sector, as well. The blooming manufacturing environment in India today desires, as well as deserves a promising future.

Indian manufacturing coming of age India is fast emerging as a global manufacturing hub with huge investments across industry verticals. India is no longer merely ‘a sweat shop’ or ‘cheap labour market’ but is fast positioning itself as innovation and technology driven manufacturing hub. Indian companies are fast developing increasingly sophisticated manufacturing technology to match global standards. But, in order to achieve a world-class stature, the industry needs to inculcate self-sustainable habits with minimal pollution levels, maximise recycling, and optimise energy supplies, along with being responsible towards the society. There is a need for a collaborative effort in this direction from various industry verticals in order to accomplish a common goal. For the first time in India, there is an event that promises to deliver future solutions for the complete manufacturing

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& engineering industry. With HiTech Manufacturing Show (HMS) as a backdrop for the entire value chain, the show also has HiTech Material Handling and HiTech Automation as concurrent shows to compliment the growth process and future of the industry. It intends to bring the entire manufacturing and engineering industry under one roof to provide a conducive environment for sharing ideas, smart strategies and pooling strengths for a better manufacturing future. HiTech Manufacturing Show, a Network 18 event, is a dedicated platform for initiatives like sustainability, design innovation, green manufacturing and automation that will be drivers of growth in the coming years.

Automation driven productivity Need for automation in manufacturing process is increasing by the day. “Automation will play a crucial role in helping manufacturing companies achieve economies of scale, global competitiveness, and meet stringent quality/safety standards,” says R Narayanan, Head Discrete Automation and Motion Division, ABB India. The HiTech Automation show will do justice to the field that will demand a lion’s share in the future.

Designing a growth map An outstanding design can provide companies an edge over their

competitors. It is a strategic activity in many organisations as innovative products contribute significantly to the sales revenue. Keeping this in mind, the event will have a specialised Design Zone where visitors can design their products with the help of design software on display.

Green manufacturing: Leading the way forward The most important goal of green manufacturing remains the same – designing, manufacturing and delivering products that minimise negative effects on the environment. At the show, a committed platform Green Zone will help the industry come together and discuss their green initiatives by way of seminar and interactive sessions. These factors will not only aid individual organisations but the entire manufacturing industry and help pave way for a luminous manufacturing outlook. “Integrating futuristic processes across the manufacturing value chain will give Indian manufacturers an edge over their global competitors,” says Frank Khoshnoud, Sr VP & Head - Manufacturing, Retail & Distribution (MRD), Patni. With HiTech Manufacturing Show, India is finally set to give shape to its futuristic aspirations of smart manufacturing with an intention of achieving a leadership position globally.


Projecting ‘a promising Pune is emerging as a preferred manufacturing hub owing to massive investments and lucrative projects that the region has attracted during the past one year. These projects have had a major impact on the local industry and have also played a pivotal role in changing the dynamics of the region. Assisting the trade & industry and keeping the growth spiral alive in Pune are trade shows like Engineering Expo that help the entire industry to converge effectively under one roof. Shibani Gharat

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hat does General Motors, Mercedes Benz, Bajaj Auto, Volkswagen, Tata Motors, Apollo Tyres, Alpha Laval, Force Motors, Piaggio Vehicles, Bharat Forge, Mahindra & Mahindra, Kirloskar Oil Engines, ThyssenKrupp, TCS, Wipro, Patni, Honeywell, Whirlpool, Matsushita, LG have in common? Besides being colossal in their respective industry verticals, they all have a manufacturing facility in Pune. Pune, once known as the ‘Oxford of the East,’ is growing strength by strength to become the ‘Detroit of the East.’ From educational institutions to foreign institutional, as well as direct investments, the city has a new face and identity today. Presently, almost every foreign company wants to be a part of Pune’s flourishing manufacturing belt.

Pune as an investment hub The city has been a favourite destination for several MNCs since time immemorial. It has a vast pool of engineering and management talent. Its propinquity to Mumbai, favourable climate and a cosmopolitan culture have contributed to the growth of this city. Moreover, the opportunities that Pune offers in infrastructure and its allied sectors are tremendous. Besides, the distribution of SME clusters in

Pune follows a logical pattern of proximity to industries. During the last few years, this region has seen a plethora of gigantic investments. In the last year alone, three massive new plants owned by General Motors, Volkswagen and Mahindra & Mahindra were inaugurated here. The new projects include Fiat-Tata joint venture at Ranjangaon with a proposed investment of ` 4,000 crore, GM’s ` 1,400 crore investment with a further ` 900 crore expansion, Volkswagen’s project of ` 3,800 crore, Mercedes’ ` 250 crore investment and Mahindra & Mahindra planning a huge investment of ` 5,00,00 crore by 2012. Also, Bajaj Auto has proposed ` 300 crore investment in two- & three-wheelers and a further ` 1,000 crore investment in a car plant. In January, automotive component manufacturer ZF India inaugurated a manufacturing facility in Pune. In April 2010, China-based SANY Group, a leading global major in construction machinery industry, inaugurated its first manufacturing facility at Chakan, near Pune. These companies usually zero in on Pune component manufacturers for localisation of their products to suit the Indian conditions. From engines to raw materials, hydraulic parts, auto components, material handling and storage equipment, everything is local. This has helped the industry at Pune massively with generation of

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Vibrant competition has helped in increasing competitiveness, spur innovation and boost efficiency. significant employment opportunities for the local populace. They set up their manufacturing units in various industry clusters like automobile, auto components, engineering and machining, electronics, plastic and rubber components, etc, located in satellite towns of Ranjangaon, PimpriChinchwad and Talegaon.

SMEs gaining momentum Pune SME clusters are the ones that have benefited the maximum from these investments. Apart from economic gains, these big manufacturers have helped the industry by bringing in latest technologies, and efficient management system to the region. “There is a dramatic impact on technology upgradation in the region over the past few years. Companies like Volkswagen apply the latest manufacturing technology in their units. They demand products that are compatible with their technology. This has resulted in an increasing demand among the local companies to match the quality and technology standards of these big organisations.


Pune | 19-22 Nov, 2010 Engineering Expo, organised by Infomedia 18, is one of the engineering industry’s biggest events in the country. The 2009-10 edition of Engineering Expo saw business transactions worth over ` 150 crore. Launched in Ahmedabad in the year 2002, the event today boasts of a fabulous visitor turnout. The Expo is a preferred destination for SMEs and manufacturing & engineering companies to transact, network, tie up, and exchange ideas for the growth of the industry. The Engineering Expo 2010-11 is scheduled to take place in four cities, starting off at Pune in November 2010 and proceeding to Ahmedabad, Indore and Chennai in subsequent months.

“They have started accepting automation in a big way,” says Milan Supanekar, Director, Welding Technologies India. SMEs have some inherent advantages as compared to large enterprises in terms of greater flexibility in operations for responding efficiently to changing customer needs. Vibrant competition among the local companies to attract the attention of big companies is now being seen in this region. “This competition has helped in increasing competitiveness, spur innovation and boost efficiency,” says Mangesh Agarwal, GM CFFI India, Durr Ecoclean. He believes that there is a notable change in the quality of the products, especially after the big manufacturers have turned their attention to Pune.

Surviving in a competitive setup The SMEs in Pune operate in a dynamic business environment where growth has become a necessary objective for the survival and viability of the enterprises. The challenge for any company in a competitive setup is to remain competitive and consistently deliver value to customers. “It is also

necessary for a manufacturer to deliver proper post-sales services and back-up support,” opines Supanekar. One of the strategies these companies can implement to remain competitive and deliver customer value despite their small-scale of operations is by way of promoting their products and services. Jagdish Gajjar, Manager – Operations, J K Automation, explains, “Spreading awareness about your products and services will surely help your organisation in getting that extra edge over your competitors. Word of mouth publicity is not enough.” There are several channels for promoting one’s organisation and products. Creating product presentations and catalogues, advertising in B2B publications are some of the tried and tested methods to spread product awareness. “We offer in-house seminars with references and case studies; we also get our prospective clients to come and visit our plants,” says Agarwal. But there is a common point of agreement that the most efficient way of spreading awareness about products and services is by participating in exhibitions. Exhibitions and trade shows have been used as an effective marketing medium to find new customers, improve business relationships with existing customers, introduce new products and services, and deliver many other meaningful and tangible business outcomes.

An ideal platform to showcase business Engineering Expo is a complete manufacturing & engineering trade fair to display one’s products and services. It is one of the most preferred platforms to grow business, as selected by 1000+ companies that participated in the previous editions of the Expo. More than 55,000 industrial buyers benefit from Engineering Expo, every year. Over the years, it has become one of the most lucrative platform for business growth. “Engineering Expo has helped us in spreading awareness about the products that we offer,” points out

Milan Supanekar Director, Welding Technologies India

There is a dramatic impact on technology upgradation in the region over the past few years. Companies like Volkswagen apply the latest manufacturing technology in their units. They demand products that are compatible with their technology. This has resulted in an increasing demand among the local companies to match the quality and technology standards of these big organisations. Anand Rajadhayaksha, ManagerAdvertising, Nilkamal. “Every year, we introduce new designs and sizes of material handling crates & bins to suit diverse applications in various industries like automobiles, pharmaceuticals, engineering, electricals & electronics, hospitality & catering, logistics, textiles, supermarkets, retail, food & beverages, agriculture & seafood, etc. Expo brings all the industry verticals together under one roof, making it easy for us to market our products effectively to various organisations,” he added. Seconding Rajadhayaksha’s point, Supanekar states, “Participating in the Expo has helped to create awareness about our five-year old company. Moreover, we were able to acquire bulk purchase orders in the past,” says Supanekar, whose company supplies almost 90 per cent of their materials to JCB. With the flourishing industrial environment, the opportunities for businesses are budding in Pune. Efforts in the right direction will help the domestic industry in Pune to amalgamate with the global market and be a driving force for the industrial growth of Maharashtra, and hence, India. Initiatives like Engineering Expo will prove to be principal platform for this thriving industry to attain unlimited heights.


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Giving business a headstart India Chem 2010 is expected to serve as a platform for interaction between the chemical industry in India and abroad. The biennial event will showcase the strength and potential of the Indian chemical, petrochemical & pharmaceutical industries in products as well as services. It is also likely to provide opportunities to formulate business alliances for growth of trade and investment in these sectors.

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he sixth edition of India Chem, jointly organised by the Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) and Department of Chemicals & Petrochemicals, Government of India (GoI), is scheduled to be held from October 28-30, 2010, at Bombay Exhibition Centre, Mumbai. India Chem 2010 is an international conference & exhibition on chemicals, petrochemicals, pharmaceuticals and process plant & machinery. Looking at the success of earlier five editions, more than 23 related industry associations have extended their support to the event. The exhibition will be inaugurated by the President of India, Pratibha Devisingh Patil.

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& imports, and attracting investments in the chemical, petroleum & pharmaceutical industries in India. The Department of Chemicals & Petrochemicals, GoI, has lent unstinted support to FICCI to ensure the success of the event. Besides GoI, various states such as Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Orissa and West Bengal have extended their support to India Chem 2010. One of the major attractions of the event will be country pavilions from Germany, Japan, China, Iran and the US. Delegations from South America, the US, CIS, West Europe, Middle East and South-East Asian countries are also expected to visit the exhibition.

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India Chem 2010 will also serve as a major platform for one-on-one business meetings between foreign and Indian companies in renewing past relations and generating new business opportunities such as joint ventures, technology transfers, enhancing exports

Looking at the importance of the exhibition, several reputed organisations from India and abroad have confirmed their participation. Prominent among them are Andhra Pradesh Industrial and Investment Corporation, Deepak Nitrite Ltd, Azo Gmbh,

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DuPont, ONGC Petro-additions Ltd, Petrochem Middle East India Pvt Ltd, Tata Chemicals, Thermax Ltd, Time Technoplast, Rashtriya Chemicals and Fertilizers Ltd, Reliance Industries Ltd, Japan Polypropylene Corporation, Mitsubishi Corporation India Pvt Ltd, Raj Process Equipments & Systems Pvt Ltd, Udhe India Pvt Ltd, and many more.

of chemical products in India is only one-tenth of the global average. However, given the size of our domestic market and the high rate of growth being registered here, the potential for growth of the chemical industry in the country is immense.

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India’s vibrant chemical and petrochemical industries have been playing significant roles in the economic development of the country. Chemicals including petrochemicals contribute around 3 per cent of India’s Gross Domestic Product. In terms of volume, the Indian chemical industry is the sixth largest in the world, and the third biggest in Asia. Some of the major segments of Indian chemicals industry are paints & dyes, pesticides, drugs & pharmaceuticals, organic & inorganic chemicals, soap & toiletries, fertilisers and petrochemicals. The industry accounts for around 8.5 per cent of the total exports from India, and around 6.8 per cent of the total imports. Compared to the global chemical industry, the total production and consumption of chemicals in India is still modest. The average per capita consumption

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Previous edition According to the organisers, India Chem 2008 was an overwhelming success, and the participants benefitted by the enthusiastic business response. The industry saw a great deal of support from the highest levels of government. There were special addresses by Ram Vilas Paswan, B K Handique, former Union Minster of State Chemicals, Fertilizer and Mines; V S Sampath, the then Union Secretary, Department of Chemicals & Petrochemicals; and

Taking due note of the growth, the organisers are holding India Chem series to highlight the investment possibilities in the chemical industry through deliberations. Eminent speakers from India and abroad who are leaders in their respective fields will be speaking in the India Chem 2010 conference, which would be spread over two days. Prominent among them are Dr Yoshimitsu Kobayashi, President & CEO, Mitsubishi Chemicals Holdings Corporation, Japan; Mukesh D Ambani, Chairman & Managing Director, Reliance Industries Ltd; M K Alagiri, the Union Minister for Chemicals & Fertilizers, GOI; Ujjal De, Sr Vice President & Head Marketing, Haldia Petrochemicals Ltd; and many others. The conference would cover a wide range of topics pertaining to current issues and opportunities in these sectors. It would serve as a unique platform for deliberation and discussion on a large number of issues having great importance to the chemical industry, including exchange of technology, export/import and strategic partnerships.

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EVENTS CALENDAR

National MUMBAI Concurrent Shows

PUNE

AHMEDABAD

INDORE

CHENNAI

Maharashtra Nov 19-22, 2010

Gujarat Dec 10-13, 2010

Madhya Pradesh Jan 7-10, 2011

Tamil Nadu Mar 11-13, 2011

Auto Cluster Exhibition Ctr, Chinchwad

Gujarat University Exhibition Hall

Maharaja Shivajirao School Grd, Chimanbaug

Chennai Trade Centre

India’s premier industrial trade fair on products and technologies related to Machine Tools, Hydraulics & Pneumactics, Process Machinery & Equipment, Automation Instrumentation, Packaging & Auxiliaries, IT Products, Electrical & Electronics, Material Handling and Safety Equipment.

For details Infomedia 18 Ltd, Ruby House, 1st Floor, J K Sawant Marg, Dadar (W), Mumbai 400 028. Tel: 022 3003 4651 Fax: 022 3003 4499 • Email: engexpo@infomedia18.in

Smart Logistics’ Leadership Series 2010 Smart Logistics presents Leadership Series 2010 on the theme ‘Competitive collaboration and collaborative partnership’; October 22, 2010; at Taj Lands End, Mumbai For details contact: Prachi Mutha Infomedia 18 Ltd Ruby House, 1st Floor J K Sawant Marg Dadar (W), Mumbai 400 028 Tel: 022-3003 4650 Fax: 022-3003 4499 Email: prachi.mutha@infomedia18.in

India Chem 2010 The 6th edition of this international exhibition will have on display a wide range of products, services & technologies concerning chemicals, petrochemicals, pharmaceuticals, process plant machinery and control & automation system; October 28-30, 2010; at Bombay Exhibition Centre, Mumbai For details contact: Manoj Mehta, Assistant Director Trade Fair Secretariat Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) Federation House Tansen Marg New Delhi 110 001 Tel: 011-2373 8760 Fax: 011-2335 9734 Email: manojmehta@ficci.com Website: www.indiachem.in

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PETROTECH 2010 An oil & gas conference and exhibition; October 31 – November 03, 2010; at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi For details contact: Petrotech Society Scope Complex, Core 8 3rd floor, 7 Institutional Area Lodhi Road, New Delhi 110 003 Tel: 011-2436 0872 Fax: 011-2436 0872 Email: info@petrotechsociety.org

Indian Petrochem Conference 2010 Annual petrochemicals conference providing an exclusive forum for interaction between the global petrochemical fraternity; November 1819, 2010, Renaissance Hotel, Mumbai For details contact: Elite Conferences Pvt Ltd 606, Bhagyalaxmi, Kennedy Bridge Mumbai 400 004 Tel: 022-2385 1430 Fax: 022-2385 1431 Email: info@eliteconferences.com

Maharashtra February 17-19, 2011 Bombay Exhibition Centre

One of the largest advanced design and manufacturing events in India featuring Machine Tools, Hydraulics & Pneumactics, Process Machinery & Equipment, Automation & Instrumentation, Packaging & Auxiliaries, IT Products, Electrical & Electronics, Material Handling and Safety Equipment.

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Everything About Water Expo 2010 An international exhibition and conference on water & wastewater management; January 06-08, 2011; at Bombay Exhibition Centre, Mumbai For details contact: Aarti Chopra EA Water Pvt Ltd A1/152, IGNOU Road, Neb Sarai New Delhi 110 030 Tel: 011-4310 0500 Fax: 011-4310 0599 Email: aarti@ewgroup.in

PVC - PUMPS VALVES & COMPRESSORS EXPO 2011

IPVS 2010

The event will display the latest innovations in PVC pumps, valves and compressors for various industries; May 06-08, 2011; at Bombay Exhibition Centre, Mumbai

Industrial trade fair for pumps, valves and systems; December 09 –11, 2010; at Chennai Trade & Convention Centre, Chennai For details contact: Orbit Tours & Trade Fairs 201, Navyug Industrial Estate T J Road, Sewri (W) Mumbai 400 015

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: conventions@mtnl.net.in


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International CHEM-MED 2011 The exhibition will showcase products, technologies, processes & equipment for the chemical industry, and will offer a platform to discuss latest trends in chemical & pharmaceutical raw materials; October 26-28, 2010; at Fiera Milano City, Milano For details contact: Fiera Milano Tech Via Gattamelata 34 20149 Milano MI, Italy Tel: +39 (0)2.3264282 Fax: +39 (0)2.3264284 Email: segreteria@fieramilanotech.it

DYE+CHEM Asia International Expo 2010 An exclusive international exhibition on all kinds of dyes and fine & specialty chemicals for the South & South-East Asian industry; November 10-13, 2010; at Singapore Expo, Singapore For details contact: CEMS India Pvt Ltd 74, Satya Niketan, Ground Floor New Delhi 110 021 Tel: 011-2410 5201-4 Fax: 011-2410 5205 Email: cems@cemsindia.com

CIL Indonesia 2010 An exhibition showcasing new trends in chemical & process engineering, instrumentation and laboratory equipment; December 01-04, 2010; at Jakarta International Expo, Indonesia 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: info@oesallworld.com

Iran Chem Tech 2011 An exhibition devoted to materials and equipment & machinery for the chemical industry; February 07-10, 2011; at Tehran Permanent Fairground, Tehran

For details contact: Gohargodaz No.28 Sharifi alley North Razan st. Mirdamad blvd Tehran 19119 Iran Tel: +98 21 22 22 52 05/22 92 30 88 Fax: +98 21 22 92 26 83 Email: info@gohargodaz.com

InformexUSA 2011 An expo that provides a meeting point for buyers and sellers of high-value chemicals; February 07-10, 2011; Charlotte Convention Center, Charlotte, The US For details contact: United Business Media Industrieweg 54, PO Box 200 3600 AE Maarssen The Netherlands Tel: +31 34 65 59 444 Fax: +44 (0) 20 7921 8059 Email: jblack@cmpinformation.com

ISRACHEM 2011

Chembio Finland 2011 An event showcasing latest trends in laboratory products, biotechnology and chemical industry; March 22-24, 2011; at Helsinki Fair Centre, Finland For details contact: Suomen Messut Messuaukio 1 PO Box 21, FIN-00521 Helsinki, Finland Tel: +358 9 150 91, Fax: +358 9 142 358 Email: info@finnexpo.fi

Analytica Vietnam 2011 A trade fair and conference for analytical instrumentation, biotechnology, laboratory technology and services; April 07-09, 2011; at Ho chi Minh, Vietnam For details contact: Imag Am Messesee 2 81829 Munich, Germany Tel: +49 (0) 89 949 22 0 Fax: +49 (0) 89 949 22 350 Email: info@imag.de

An exhibition on industrial processing, chemical engineering, measurement control and instrumentation; February 22-24, 2011; Israel Trade Fairs Center, Tel Aviv

SCHĂœTTGUT 2011

For details contact: Stier Group Ltd 12, Tversky Street Tel Aviv 67210, Israel Tel: +972 (0)3 5626090 Fax: +972 (0)3 5615463 Email: expo@stier.co.il

For details contact: easyFairs - Brussels Rue Saint Lambert, 135 B-1200 Brussels, Belgium Tel: +32 (0)2 740 10 70 Fax: +32 (0)2 740 10 75 Email: europe@easyfairs.com

CIPPE 2011

Oil and Gas Asia 2011

An exhibition for petroleum & petrochemical technology and equipment; March 22-24, 2011, N e w China International Exhibition Center, Beijing, China

Asian oil, gas and petrochemical engineering exhibition; June 01-03, 2011; at Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Malaysia

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: enquiry@ite-exhibitions.com

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: info@oesallworld.com

Industry forum for manufacturers of powder, granules and bulk solids; May 18-19, 2011; at Exhibition Centre Westfallenhalle Dortmund, Germany

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Sample preparation products

Sliding bearing supports/expansion bearings

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. Phospholipids have been cited as a major cause of matrix effects in the LC/MS analysis of biological samples. Ostro, with its proprietary, patentpending design, is 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.

Rollon Bearings offers TB line sliding bearing supports/expansion bearings. These are used to eliminate damage at pipe crossing caused due to the lateral or linear movement of pipes and are ideal for use between pipe & pipe supporting structures or at pipe crossings. They also find applications as bearing supports for boilers, pressure vessels, air pre-heaters etc. These sliding supports permit unrestricted movements, owing to the change in temperatures or during loading and unloading.

Waters India Pvt Ltd Bengaluru - Karnataka Tel: 080-2837 1900-04, Fax: 080-2839 2157 Email: dayamani_santosh@waters.com

Ultrasonic cleaning chemicals Ashok Industry offers ‘Asfoclean-AD20’ series of ultrasonic cleaning chemicals. These are used in various types of ultrasonic cleaning equipment to remove different types of soils and contaminants such as oils, grease, lubricants, dirt, rust, scale etc, from metal and non-metal surfaces. Usually, a 2-10 per cent solution of ‘Asfoclean-AD20’ with water is suitable to clean the surfaces at 25-50oC. It is available in two standard packing of 10 and 30 ltr. Ashok Industry Mumbai - Maharashtra Tel: 022-6150 4150, Fax: 022-6150 4151 Email: sales@ashokindustry.com

Rollon Bearings Pvt Ltd Bengaluru - Karnataka Tel: 080-2226 6928, Fax: 080-2225 0319 Email: rollon@rollonbearings.com

Pumps BEDA Flow Systems offers external & internal gear pumps and highpressure radial piston pumps from Beinlich for customer specific applications. The viscosity range covers from 0.6 to 1,000,000 cPs and pressures between 3 and 320 bar, depending on the application. External gear pumps are available in range of 0.1-2,900 cc/rev, while internal gear pumps are offered in range 0.1-207 cc/rev, and radial piston pumps 0.7-42.9 cc/rev. BEDA Flow Systems Pvt Ltd Noida - Uttar Pradesh Tel: 0120-432 9990, Fax: 0120-408 0022 Email: info@bedaflow.com

Hydraulic couplings

Supremo Line & Control offers the fluoropolymer FEP, PFA, PTFE lined SGI/WCB/SS pipes, valves and fittings using technical know-how and raw material for appropriate application of the resin for successful results with international quality for chemical industry. Important features include: low coefficient of friction, chemical inertness, non-toxic, non inflammable, self-sealant, good weathering resistant and zero water absorption.

Dixon (Asia Pacific) offers ‘H’ series hydraulic couplings. These are fully compliant with the parameters outlined in ISO 7241 Series B. A wide variety of body and seal materials are available to maximise compatibility in various applications. Large diameter heavyduty knurled sleeves are designed to resist brinelling and maximise performance under impulse conditions. Wide selections of thread configurations are available to ensure compatibility in a variety of installations.

Supremo Line & Control Ahmedabad - Gujarat Tel: 079-2220 5282, Fax: 079-2220 5181 Email: supremoproduct@gmail.com

Dixon (Asia Pacific) Pvt Ltd Mumbai - Maharashtra Tel: 022-4093 1555, Fax: 022-2685 4748 Email: salesindia@dixonvalve.com.au

Fluoropolymer-lined valves & pipe fittings

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Air heater blower Sasmith Engineering Corporation offers air heater blower units of various capacities. The equipment is available for different capacity range starting from 500 to 50,000 cfm of airflow. The temperature of the air can be raised from ambient temperature to 120oC in normal cases. Higher capacities are available on request. Air heaters are also available with hot water or thermic fluid oil. The heater section is being pressure-tested hydrostatically for leak-free operation. Various types of extended surface tubes are being used as heat transfer elements, depending on the temperature and pressure of the application. The material of construction is carbon steel or stainless steel. The airside flanges can be made suitable for online connection with duct flange in circular or rectangular shape as per customer needs. The impeller of the blowers is statically and dynamically balanced for vibration-free operation. The shaft cooling is provided for high temperature application. The data like airflow rate, air pressure, air temperature, heat source etc, are required for design purpose. Accessories like blowers, electric motor, airflow control valves, air filters, temperature indicators, steam trap, steam flow valve etc, are provided as optional components. Sasmith Engineering Corporation Thane - Maharashtra Tel: 022-2173 1355, Fax: 022-2173 1356 Email: sasmith@mtnl.net.in

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Lab oven Litel Infrared Systems offers smart lab oven for producers of eco-friendly and water-based specialty materials. The lab oven can be programmed to establish drying and curing schedules for water-based coatings, adhesives, paints, powders and inks. It has a unique combination of infrared (IR) and convection heating. Provision to operate both of these features independently or together is provided. Optimal combination of IR and convection is found to offer drastic energy savings and faster curing schedules than conventional methods. Salient features include: touch-screen automated controls, non-contact temperature sensing and safety interlocks. Litel Infrared Systems Pvt Ltd Pune - Maharashtra Tel: 020-6630 0636/37, Fax: 020-2712 1086 Email: exim@litelir.com

Paint accumulator Ashok Industry offers paint accumulator, a chemical additive that keeps the paint in the form of individual non-adhering, non-coagulating droplets. In paint spray booths having water curtain, the oversprayed paint flows with the water as a viscous liquid. This paint tends to adhere to pumps, pipes, nozzles etc, causing it to clog. It also gets through to the exhaust fans, where it coats the fan blades and ducts. The paint accumulator overcomes all these problems. Advantages include: prevents clogging and build-up of over-sprayed paints, simplifies cleaning operations and reduces maintenance costs. Ashok Industry Mumbai - Maharashtra Tel: 022-6150 4150, Fax: 022-6150 4151 Email: sales@ashokindustry.com

Electric chain hoist Hafa Hoists offers streamlined, compact electric chain hoists of capacity 125 and 250 kg. These chain hoists are offered with conical rotor motor. The specialised conical rotor motor makes the hoist compact, lightweight, and eliminates brake problems, thus offering a troublefree performance. The alloy steel load chain ensures safe lifting and longer life. Specially designed safety clutch protects hoist from overloading and over hoisting. Hafa Hoists Pvt Ltd Navi Mumbai - Maharashtra Tel: 022-2769 4837-39, Fax: 022–2769 4572 Email: hafa@vsnl.net

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Chemical transfer pumps Taha Pumps & Valves offers ‘CFP’ series pumps in SS 316 material for handling mild corrosive chemicals and various other liquids in different industries like chemical, petrochemical, steel plants, printing houses, pharmaceuticals, food processing etc. The main features of these pumps are high efficiency, good performance and reliability. These pumps are available from 0.25 to 10 hp in different capacities in monoblock and bare pump design. All the wetted parts are made of graded SS 316 material. The sealing is by mechanical seal of different face combination of carbon, ceramic, GFT, silicon, tungsten etc. Pumps can be used for high temperature application up to 250oC. Special pumps are also available with casing steam jacketing and with flameproof motors. Taha Pumps & Valves Surendranagar - Gujarat Tel: 02752-240 233 Fax: 02752-240 908 Email: tahapv@yahoo.co.in

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Single-screw air compressor Deep Pneumatics offers a new technology of single-screw air compressor from Shanghai Feihe Industrial Group Co Ltd, Shanghai. With its unique structure & new technology of air end, singlescrew air compressor can help the customers to minimise the maintenance cost, save energy and increase the value better than double-screw and reciprocating compressors. The single-screw air compressors is available between the range of 15-100 hp, pressure range from 7 to 12 bar, capacity range from 55 to 490 cfm, air-cooled & water-cooled. The company is also to offer compressors of up to 480 hp with 2,275 cfm, 7 to 12 bar pressure, for air-cooled and up to 1,220 hp with 5,470 cfm, 7 to 12 bar pressure, water-cooled (electric & diesel engine driven, portable). Longer durability, highly efficient and energy saving, low maintenance cost, low noise, trivial vibration, reasonable structure, ideal balanced forces, high level of reliability, compact & simple construction etc, are the advantages of single screw than twin screw compressors. Deep Pneumatics Pvt Ltd Ahmedabad - Gujarat Tel: 079-2280 3684, Fax: 079-2280 3684 Email: deeppneumatics@hotmail.com

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Level gauge Chemical & Industrial Engineers offers a wide range of level gauges, tubular, reflex and transparent with auto shut off ball check valves. Gauges are used to measure and observe liquid level under difficult or hazardous conditions. The gauges are constructed from solid cooled rolled bar stock material for medium pressure and temperature. For high pressure and temperature applications, forged steel is used. Recessed smooth finished gasket seats prevent gasket movement and insure leakfree service. Tempered borosilicate glass resistant to thermal and mechanical shock is used for temperature up to 200oC. A sharp prisms-cut in the reflex glasses gives a maximum reflexability. Gauges are manufactured in different materials such as SS-304/316, carbon steel, A-105, aluminium etc, and with flanged or screwed process connections for a maximum length of 10 ft (3 m) and pressure of 10 kg/cm2 to 250 kg/cm2. For corrosive applications the gauges are manufactured in rubber-lined/lead-lined, PVC, PP etc, materials. For sub-zero temperature, non-frosting shield is used. To meet the special process conditions, heating/cooling jackets are also provided. Chemical & Industrial Engineers Mumbai - Maharashtra Tel: 022-2882 2740, Fax: 022-2889 4849 Email: cie1@rediffmail.com

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Portable gas detector Kusam Electrical Industries offers a multi-purpose gas detector, ‘KM-5480’. This device uses high-speed low power consumption semiconductor processor, characterised by high sensitivity strong interference resistance and intelligence simulation. It has three (red, yellow & green) LED displays. This gas detector detects R11, R113, R134A, R409A, R410A, Freon, alcohol, toluene and acetone gases. Startup preheating time is 60 sec. Operating temperature is 20°C~70°C with <90 per cent RH. ‘KM 5480’ gas detector is widely used for the detection of halogen gases in industrial & civil workplaces. It is widely used in generation & storage of Freon, alcohol, toluene and acetone in refrigeration; automobile refrigerating, chemical engineering & pharmaceutical industries; and repair, maintenance, refilling & leakage detection of civil use products such as air-conditioners, refrigerators and automobiles. Kusam Electrical Industries Ltd Mumbai - Maharashtra Tel: 022-2412 4540, Fax: 022-2414 9659 Email: response@kusamelectrical.com

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Digital temperature indicator MRK Engineers offers digital thermometers (â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;TC48-NDâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; series). These small-size (48 x 48 mm) digital thermometers are suitable for thermocouples K, J and RTD PT 100 sensors. These have built-in ambient temperature compensation. Automatic wire resistance compensation is also provided. Sensor break indication is also provided via LED on front panel of the instrument. These instruments can be operated from 110 or 220 V AC. These can be used in ambient temperature from â&#x20AC;&#x201C;10 to 55oC. Housed in strong plastic enclosures, these instruments have maximum weight of only 235 g. These instruments require less panel space. Front panel bezel size is 48 x 48 mm and panel cutout is 45 x 45 mm. MRK Engineers Chennai - Tamil Nadu Tel: 044-2478 0314 Email: ramakrishnan25@hotmail.com

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Acoustic hoods........................................... 55 Agitator seals................................................... 33 Air blowers ...................................................... 55 Air breathing apparatus................................... 74 Air chiller ......................................................... 39 Air heater blower............................................. 73 Air pollution control equipment.................69, 77 Air receiver ...................................................... 69 Air-cooled heat exchanger ................................. 8 Air-cooled steam condensers ............................. 8 Aluma coat..................................................... BIC Alumina balls..................................................... 6 Aluminium oxide ceramic composite............... BIC Analytical instruments...................................... 37 Antistatic lined pipes ....................................... 14 Automatic filter press....................................... 13 Ball valves - Teflon-lined.............................. 9 Batching system............................................... 87 Bed limiter ......................................................... 6 Bellows & dip-pipes ........................................... 9 Blowers......................................................55, 75 Booster gear pump.......................................... 71 Bubble cap trays ................................................ 6 Bulk solid cooling and heating technology ........ 7 Butterfly valves - Teflon-lined ............................. 9 Carbon raschig rings.................................... 6 Ceramic adhesive cement................................ BIC Ceramic electrical heater parts ........................ BIC Ceramic packing ................................................ 6 Ceramic plates ................................................. 13 Check valves - Teflon-lined................................. 9 Chemical directory ........................................... 77 Chemical dosing pump .................................... 74 Chemical transfer pumps ................................. 75 Chlorination plant............................................ 74 Chlorine gas cylinder........................................ 74 Chlorine gas mask ........................................... 74 Chloroscope..................................................... 74 Cold form C & Z purlins................................... 25 Colour measuring instruments ......................... 87 Columns & chemistries..................................... 37 Condensers ...................................................... 69 Cone screw mixer ............................................ 69 Conical screw dryers .......................................... 5 Cooling towers ............................................8, 39 Couplings ................................................. FIC, 73 Crystallisers ...................................................... 77 Dairy equipment ........................................ 69 Dampers .......................................................... 69 De-superheaters ............................................... 77 Digital temperature indicator ........................... 80 Dip pipes ......................................................... 14 Drawer magnet................................................ 73 Drives .............................................................. 15 Electric chain hoist..................................... 74 Electronic balance............................................ 87 EPC.................................................................. 61 Exhausters........................................................ 75 Exhibition: Engineering Expo......... 29, 30, 63, 64 Extrusion pump ............................................... 71 Feed water heaters .................................... 77 Fertilisers............................................................ 7 Filter plates ...................................................... 13 Filter press ....................................................... 13 Filter press terminology.................................... 13 Fine chemicals ................................................ 11 Finishing machines........................................... 73 Fittings and valves ........................................... 14 Fluid ................................................................ 89 Fluoropolymer-lined pipe ................................. 14 Fluoropolymer-lined valves ............................... 77 Fluoropolymer-lined valves & pipe fittings........ 72 Fractionation trays ............................................. 6 Gas conditioning and fire protection ....... 21

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Gas detectors................................................... 79 Gauze packing................................................... 6 Gear ................................................................ 89 Gear motor...................................................... 89 Gearbox........................................................... 89 Geared & flexible couplings ............................. 89 Geared motor .................................................. 41 GMP heat exchangers ........................................ 5 GMP reactors..................................................... 5 Grinding media............................................... BIC Heat exchangers............................ 19, 23, 69 Heavy industrial steel building ......................... 25 Helical gearbox ................................................ 41 High pressure bellows...................................... 14 High-alumina wear-resistant ceramic tiles ....... BIC High-flow regulators ........................................ 51 Hoses.............................................................. FIC HPLC................................................................ 37 HRC fuse bodies ............................................. BIC Hydraulic couplings.......................................... 72 Hydraulic filter press ........................................ 13 Hydrogenator/autoclaves.................................... 5 Import express worldwide.........................BC Industrial ceramic ........................................... BIC Industrial inkjet printers ................................... 87 Industrial pumps.............................................. 73 Industrial regulators ......................................... 51 Industrial state directory .................................. 10 Informatics ...................................................... 37 Infrared heating solutions ................................ 45 Inkjet marking & coding ............................... COC Inline magnetic seprator .................................. 73 Lab oven...............................................45, 74 Lab spray dryer ................................................ 87 Laboratory products......................................... 51 Level gauge ..................................................... 77 Lined valves & pipe fittings ................................ 9 Liquid distributor ............................................... 6 Liquid filling system ......................................... 87 Loading arms................................................... 73 Magnetic drum pully ................................. 73 Magnetic separator.......................................... 73 Magnetic separator, over band-type ............... 73 Magnetic separator - drum-type ...................... 73 Manual filter press........................................... 13 Marine air conditioning ................................... 39 Mechanical seals .............................................. 33 Mechanical vacuum boosters ........................... 75 Mechanical vibratory feeder ............................. 73 Membrane filter plates..................................... 13 Membrane filter press...................................... 13 Metal detector on-line check weigher .............. 87 Micro milling beads ........................................ BIC Mill lining blocks............................................. BIC Moisture analyser............................................. 87 Multi-desk vibrating screening machine ........... 73 Multi-level car park .......................................... 25 Multiple effect evaporators .............................. 77 Non-return valves......................................... 9 Nozzles ............................................................ 73 Packed tower ............................................... 6 Paint accumulator............................................ 74 Pallet scale....................................................... 87 pH meter ......................................................... 74 Photoelectric sensor ......................................... 77 Plastic saddles.................................................... 6 Plate & filter plates .......................................... 13 Pollution monitoring machines ........................ 79 Poly gear pumps.............................................. 71 Polycarbonate sheets ....................................... 25 Polymers ............................................................ 7 Portable gas detector....................................... 78 Power plant condensing packages ................... 77 Pre-engineered steel building ........................... 25

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Pre-fab shelter ................................................. 25 Pressure & flow control instruments ................ 76 Pressure control solutions ................................ 51 Process heat exchangers .................................... 5 Process reactors ................................................. 5 PTFE-lined valves & pipe fittings......................... 9 Pump seals ...................................................... 33 Pumps .......................................................72, 77 Reactors...................................................... 69 Receptacles ...................................................... 73 Recessed chamber filter plates ......................... 13 Re-crystallised alumina tubes .......................... BIC Residential steel house..................................... 25 Roof vent......................................................... 25 Roofing & cladding sheet ................................ 25 Rotary vacuum dryers ........................................ 5 Rotocone dryers................................................. 5 Sample preparation products.................... 72 Sampling valves - Teflon-lined............................ 9 Self-adhesive tapes .......................................... 75 Service control valves ....................................... 77 Sieve trays.......................................................... 6 Sight flow indicator ......................................... 14 Sight flow meters ............................................ 73 Silicone carbide heat exchangers........................ 5 Single/twin igniting electrodes ........................ BIC Single-screw air compressor............................. 76 Sliding bearing supports/expansion bearings.... 72 Special lined pipes ........................................... 14 Spherical paddle chopper dryers ........................ 5 Spiral-cum-helical gearbox ............................... 89 Spray analysis .................................................. 21 Spray control ................................................... 21 Spray dryer project........................................... 69 Spray fabrication.............................................. 21 Spray nozzle ...................................................... 6 Spray nozzles and accessories .......................... 21 SS/MS Teflon-lined flexible hose pipe............... 14 Steam jet ejector vacuum systems ................... 77 Strainers - Teflon-lined....................................... 9 Structural floor decking sheet .......................... 25 Structured packing........................................... 14 Summit............................................................ 12 Support plates ................................................... 6 Suspension magnet ......................................... 73 Swivels............................................................. 73 Tank weighing............................................ 87 Technical ceramic............................................ BIC Teflon sparger.................................................. 14 Teflon-lined pipes ............................................ 14 Teflon-lined valves ........................................... 14 Teflon-lined valves & pipe fittings ...................... 9 Temperature freezer, ultra-deep....................... 39 Thermometer pocket........................................ 14 Tower trays........................................................ 6 Trap magnet.................................................... 73 Tri-lobe roots blowers ...................................... 75 Turbidity meter ................................................ 74 Turbine bypass valves....................................... 77 Turnkey projects ................................................ 5 Turnkey systems for dust suppression .............. 21 Twin-lobe roots blowers .................................. 75 Ultrasonic cleaning chemicals ................... 72 UPLC................................................................ 37 Valve tray ..................................................... 6 Vapour distributor ............................................. 6 Ventilators ....................................................... 75 Vibration motor ............................................... 73 Viscometer....................................................... 87 Water/brine/hydraulic oil/chilling plant ..... 39 Weigh bridge................................................... 87 Weigh scales.................................................... 87 Worm gear ...................................................... 89 X-ray inspection system............................. 87 Zirconia polycrystal ceramic .....................BIC

BC - Back Cover, BIC - Back Inside Cover, FIC - Front Inside Cover, COC - Cover on cover

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