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Downstream Problems

Downstream Problems Hansavivek POLYCHEM is still awaiting Governments decision on its application for an industrial licence to set up a merchant styrene plant and other plants for sty- rene based polymers at Koyali. Being one of the downstream units in the Koyali petrochemicals complex, the project is tied up with several of the other projects including the naphtha cracker. The letter of intent' received by the company for establishing ABS resins plant in Bombay has been cancelled by Government 3 years after submission of the company's proposals. Folychem, however, has made a fresh application for inclusion of this plant in its Koyali project. The potable liquor plant is expected to be commissioned early next year and the divinylbenzene monomer plant is to commence trial operations shortly. The company has made good progress in its research and development efforts. It has built a continuous vacuum forming machine, which is fully automatic and whose performance can com pare with an imported one. Disposable articles in polystyrene, such as icecream cups, coffee cups, trays, etc, can be made in this machine. The company has also implemented another research project in which the Defence Department is keenly interested. Ram- das Kilachand, chairman, suggests that sponsors should be allowed to utilise fruits of their efforts to provide them with an incentive to continue and diversify research and development activity. Moreover, a small amount of foreign exchange for importing speciality instrument and chemicals should be allowed freely for purposes of research.

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