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Going green

Green chemistry is gaining ground in India with alert companies following the global trend to make products from renewable feedstocks, reduce waste and energy consumption. Pradip Kadakia, Abhishek Nigam and Ashwin Rao of Tata Strategic Management Group (TSMG) say that Indian chemical companies are making good progress in lowering the industry’s environmental footprint by adopting […]

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Not so fine anymore?

News is slowly trickling in of Indian pharmaceutical and fine chemical companies shutting down facilities that were acquired with great zeal during the 2005-08 overseas acquisition drive. Shasun has decided to shut its facility at Newbie in Scotland and is reportedly shifting manufacturing to other locations in the US, the UK and India. The Newbie […]

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New brooms sweep clean

I should not be surprised that Maharashtra’s new chief minister is having second thoughts about Dow Chemical’s plans for a research centre at Chakan, near Pune. Unfortunately, I am. I fail to see how a research centre will increase pollution. Dow had signed an MoU with the government last August and construction had started when […]

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Dow forced to halt work at Chakan

In yet another blow to Dow Chemical’s plans for India the company has had to halt work on its new R&D centre at Chakan, near Pune, following instructions from the Maharashtra chief minister. The government’s directive was aimed at appeasing the local population which has been strongly protesting against Dow and had even forcibly entered […]

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Atul inks polymer additives deal with DSM

Atul has successfully secured a contract manufacturing deal with Stamicarbon and DSM Licensing Centre for phosgene-based polymer performance additives used in polyamides. Atul will manufacture the additives based on guidelines given by Stamicarbon with DSM marketing the product worldwide under its brand name. And this could just be the start as DSM has proposed to […]

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Struggling with Reach

Are Indian chemical companies ready for Reach? Apparently not, says this report in today’s Mint. The problem appears to be not only lack of awareness about the EU programme for registration, evaluation and authorisation of chemicals (Reach) but also a shortage of labs certified for good laboratory practices (GLP), a standard developed by the OECD. […]

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Projects and protests

I am back from my holiday and have discovered no earthshaking developments in the last few weeks. But the following news articles caught my eye. First, Dow Chemical’s European arm and GACL have agreed on a 50:50 joint venture to produce 200,000 tonnes/year of chloromethanes at Dahej, on the west coast of India. The plant […]

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R&D: India needs to do more

India is seeing a rapid growth in the outsourced R&D business but the country still trails behind China and much of the developed world in this sector. This was evident in the numbers presented by the science and technology minister to the parliament yesterday. India has 150,000 researchers compared with China’s 800,000-1m. The number of […]

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Adding value to waste

A new technology that converts plastic waste to fuel has impressed sections of the Indian government but extensive support will be needed for it to be commercialised. The technology, developed by Unique Plastic Waste Management & Research, allows fuel to be generated from plastic waste by rapid de-polymerisation of carbon chain using proprietary catalysts. More […]

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Protests hit Dow’s Chakan R&D centre

It looks like Dow Chemical will not be able to easily forget the Bhopal gas tragedy or rather India will not allow the company to move ahead. The latest is news of protests against Dow’s planned R&D centre at Chakan, near Pune. Led by NGOs, locals blocked access to the site of Dow’s proposed global […]

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