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Many-Sided Expansion

Many-Sided Expansion Hansavivek HINDUSTAN LEVER is going ahead with its new projects. Its 10.000-tonne synthetic detergent plant, at Chhindwara in MP. has already been commissioned. Detergent bar manufacturing facilities, at Jammu. are being expanded and engineering work there is in progress, Erection of soap and personal products manufacturing plant, in the Kandia F;ree Trade Zone, has been completed. A garment manufacturing unit has also been commissioned at Kandia, Work on a complex fertiliser project, at Haldia, is progressing satisfactorily and the plant is expected to be commissioned next year. A new fine chemicals unit, at Jammu. has been commissioned. Drug intermediate project is scheduled to be completed later this year. An export-oriented herbicides project is being set up at Kandia. in technical collaboration with Velsicol Chemical Corporation, USA. The plant is due to be commissioned this year. The company continues to devote a great deal of attention to R and D. While trials as to efficacy of Plant Growth.Nutrient (PGN) in increasing yields of paddy, vegetables, potatoes and other crops art1 continuing on 1,90,000 acres, production facilities are being set up at Jammu. Co-ordinated trials conducted by ICAR regional stations and agricultural universities support company's own research findings and ICAR has recommended issue of manu facturing licence by the appropriate ministries. Newer compounds were discovered which increase the photo-synthetic efficiency of plants. Investigation on production of propionic, butyric and lactic acids by fermentation from molasses, field trials on different biological fertilisers for groundnut, arhar. moong. urad and Bengal gram, and production of prawn frys at the Muthukadu farm near Madras, are all progressing satisfactorily. Several new fine chemicals, an efficient hydrogenation catalyst based on locally' developed special carrier, and development of a process for utilising by-product fluorine from STPP plant, are high points of research effort in chemicals. Most of teething ''difficulties in the operation of the sal upgrading plant at Taloja have been overcome:' A new de tergen (active based on renewable raw materials has been found to be acceptable. Novel efforts in biotechnology, such as plant tissue culture, recombinant DNA work to produce single cell oil. and use of monoclonal and hybridoma techniques to develop im- munodiagnostics. arc under way. Management hopes that some of these new, concepts, will bolster technology and blossom into new business, A total of 19 schemes, funded by the Hindustan Lever Research Foundation (9 on agriculture. 2 on animal husbandry and 8 on industrial chemicals), arc on stream. Another 10 schemes recommended by the Foundation (8 on agriculture and 2 on animal husbandry)

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