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

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A Many-Faceted Operation

A Many-Faceted Operation Hansavivek IDL CHEMICALS is setting up a new project at Bhiwandi near Bombay for manufacture of 1,440 tonnes of penta erythritol tetra nitrate (PETN) per annum at an estimated cost of Rs 3.49 crore. The letter of intent for the project has been converted into an industrial licence. 1CICI has sanctioned a foreign currency loan of Rs 67 lakh for the project. Among the company's joint-sector ventures, Rajasthan Explosives and Chemicals second phase of commercial manufacture of detonating fuse has already gone into production, and its products are in the market. This unit has started to implement the project for manufacture of explosives, which is expected to go on stream in the first half of 1983.. The project of the other joint venture, Eastern Explosives and Chemicals, promoted in association with West Bengal Industrial Development Corporation, for manufacture of explosives, is in an advanced stage of implementation. It is also likely to start production of slurry explosives in the first half of next year. ASTRA- IDL, another joint venture, set up in collaboration with Astra Pharmaceuticals of Sweden, is faring well. Its public issue, made early in 1982, had received overwhelming response. As a result of the R and D Division's efforts, a new type of slurry for underwater blasting by pneumatic charging has been developed for dredging operations. A break-through has been achieved in the field of new and safer initiators and detonators for gassy mines. A non-electric detonating system developed by the division has reached the stage of commercialisation. In electronics, a micro-processor based delay data logger system has been developed for use in manufacture of delay detonators. In technical services, new types of blasting, called vertical crater retreat blasting and large hole stoping, have been intro- dueed by the company for the first time in the country. In association with Nitro Nobel Sweden, the company has established a basic research institute styled as IDL-Nitro Nebel basic Research Institute (INBR) to carry on research in explosives and other fields of interest.

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