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The Fertiliser Draw

The Fertiliser Draw Hansavivek ATUL PRODUCTS has decided to enter the field of fertilisers as a major diversification. It has applied to the Central government for a licence to manufacture di-ammonium phosphate (DAP) with an installed capacity of 3,60,000 tonnes per annum. As per the preliminery estimate, the project will cost around Rs 57 crore. This decision has been influenced by the fact that, in spite of diversification in the field of inorganic chemicals, pharmaceuticals, and agrochemicals, the company is still basically a dyes-oriented unit and faces problems when the textile market is adversely affected. Meanwhile, the company expects to complete the installation of the effluent treatment plant costing about Rs 1.25 crore in the current year. Conscious of its social obligations, the company is planning to take stringent measures to reduce pollution. It intends to create facilities for catalytic hydrogenation in place of some existing conventional processes of hydrogenation by iron and hydrochloric acid which, though economic and less complicated technologically in operation, are more prone to increase pollution problems. The company commissioned, last year, the third generation computer costing Rs 41.5 lakh and the expanded capacity of dicalcium phosphate. The project for expansion of 625 tonnes per annum dyes intermediates was partially completed last year. Expansion in the capacity of chlorosulphonic acid from 4,000 tonnes to 4,500 tonnes per annum and the company's 66 KV sub-station are under implementation and are expected to be commissioned during the current year. The projects tor manufacture of Diuron, Nitrofen, Tetradifon, and disperse dye intermediates are at the designing stage. The modernisation and capacity expansion of naphthol plant, to cater to the increase in demand of export market, is under consideration. The company is also considering a proposal for expansion of its capacity for dical- cium phosphate, from 1,500 tonnes to 4,000 tonnes per annum.

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