ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Research-Based Growth

Hansavivek HINDUSTAN LEVER has completed its industrial phosphate project at Haldia in West Bengal ahead of schedule and well within the original budget with lower than expected dependence on long-term borrowings. After some teething troubles, especially with power supply, the plant is now working satisfactorily, The company is engaged in developing market for the products and in extending the product range. At the same time, investigations are in hand for other possible projects at the new sites at Taloja, Jammu and Haldia. As a result of research work carried out during the last four years, the company has developed a process to replace partially the putroleum based alkylbenzene used as the active chemical in synthetic detergents with a product based on derivatives of fatty acids from non- edible oils. This is being scaled up for commercial exploitation. A new catalyst system for further upgrading of sal fat has been discovered. This will enable the usage of larger quantities of sal fat in higher value products for export. A micro- porous catalyst which is more effective in the hydrogenation of fatty acids and high FFA oils has been developed and is in commercial production. Further field trials in AP and UP have confirmed again the effectiveness of the plant growth nutrient to raise cereal production by over 20 per cent. Facilities for manufacture of this product have been designed and installation on a commercial scale is awaiting industrial licensing procedures. Processes for manufacture of certain basic chemicals currently being imported for the drug industry have been developed and it is proposed to set up manufacturing facilities. Research work in inorganic chemicals is gathering momenturn. In addition to the seven research projects approved last year, Hindustan Lever Research Foundation has recom mended another 7 projects to be carried out at different universities for financial support by the company.

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