Modern manufacturing facilities with a focus on ‘green’ chemistry processes

Our Company operates through two of our manufacturing facilities situated at Ankleshwar and Dahej. Our manufacturing facilities are strategically located close to the Hazira port thereby enabling our export and import operations and providing us a cost and logistics advantage. The Ankleshwar Manufacturing Facility and Dahej Manufacturing Facility, which was established in 1996 and 2017 respectively comprises reactors, Assembly Lines, ANFDs, centrifuges, and RCVDs, with the necessary supporting infrastructure and utilities. We have also employed the latest available technology such as ANFDs which has helped improve our productivity and the quality of the products manufactured by us. These Manufacturing Facilities employ advanced analytical equipment that indicate impurities up to PPM levels, which enable us to certify our products as ‘ultra-pure’ grade. In addition, we continuously strive to improve our processes and infrastructure and help reduce our impact on the environment. In this regard, we undertake various ‘green’ chemistry processes such as electrolysis. Our ‘green’ chemistry are based on the principles of clean chemistry, minimum requirement of auxiliary substances, minimum waste and by-products and safe chemistry. For instance, in our electrolysis process, apart from the single starting raw material, the process largely uses only water and electricity to produce the target product. Since we do not use any additional solvents or other chemicals in this process to make the target product, we do not generate any additional waste or by-products. Typically, we measure ‘green’ chemistry processes based on the principle of process mass intensity, which is expressed as a ratio of the weights of all raw materials (water, organic solvents, raw materials, reagents, process aids) used, to the weight of the product manufactured. By deploying electrolysis for the manufacture of our products, we believe we achieve the lowest possible process mass intensity. In addition, we have successfully converted our Ankleshwar Manufacturing Facility into a ‘zero liquid effluent discharge’ facility from January 2020. We have achieved this through various means, which includes recovering all the waste water generated by the facility and reusing it as required. Our effluent treatment plant and multi-effect evaporators, supported by a reverse osmosis effluent treatment plant also helped the Ankleshwar Manufacturing Facility achieve the ‘zero liquid effluent discharge’ status. We also use PNG as the boiler fuel at Ankleshwar Manufacturing Facility, and law sulphur LDO as boiler fuel at Dahej Manufacturing Facility. Our Company, over the years, has focused on sustainable supply chain solutions by managing the entire value chain. Its sustainability performance as audited by Ecovadis has been above the industry average score on their sustainability performance towards the environment and procurement. (Source: F&S Report)

We have also made and expect to continue making capital expenditure in maintaining and growing our existing infrastructure, purchase equipment, and develop and implement new processes and technologies in our manufacturing facilities. In the nine months ended December 31, 2020 and the Fiscals 2020, 2019 and 2018, our capital expenditure was ₹ 106.37 million, ₹ 481.72 million, ₹ 97.86 million and ₹ 304.61 million, respectively. In addition, our facilities are designed to allow a level of flexibility enabling us to manufacture a diverse range of products and provide us with the ability to modify and customize our product portfolio to address the changing requirements of customers. Our aggregate manufacturing capacity as on March 31, 2020 and as of the nine months ended December 31, 2020, comprised an aggregate reactor capacity of 280 KL and 13 Assembly Lines. As on date, each of our manufacturing facilities have accreditations including the ISO 14001:2015 and ISO 9001:2015 certifications for quality management, environment and health & safety systems.

Our integrated model that includes our manufacturing infrastructure, complex chemical processes and R&D capabilities has allowed us to develop insights across the entire value chain right from process innovation and process development to performing manufacturing services for our customers. The forward integration in our operations enables us to innovate processes, customize products and broaden our product offering to meet the needs of our customers.