|The Alkali Manufacturer’s Association of India (AMAI) recently held a seminar on ‘Emerging technologies related to chlor-alkali industry’ in Goa. A mini-exhibition of select vendor and a vendor meet was also organized concurrently with the 2-day event. The show brought together technology and process experts, consultants, and eminent speakers from related vendors, suppliers, technology licensors and representatives from the entire India chlor-alkali industry, to discuss emerging technologies related to the Chlor-alkali industry. Delivering the theme address, BS Gilra, Chairman Technical Committee & Post President, AMAI said, “We need to be constantly working on adopting new methods and process technologies to be able to sustain ourselves in the industry. Continuous innovation and development is pre-requisite to sustainability.” The first day of the event underlined the recent developments in technology, energy efficiency, processes, brine purification for the chlor-alkali industry and the chlorine downstream industry. The second day saw eminent speakers discuss new developments in technology and equipment related to chlor-alkali and innovations by chlor-alkali industry.A number of eminent speakers deliberated on topical issues related to the domestic and global chlor-alkali market. Dr. Derek Armstrong, Head of Sales & Marketing, INEOS technologies, put forth his views on the most likely scenario on the chlor-alkali markets in the next 5 years. His colleague, John Hughes, Regional Licensing Manager, INEOS Technologies, presented an overview of INEOS’ current Bipolar electrolyser demonstrating the key features and developments that makes it the most cost effective and safe electrolyser for the production of chlor-alkali products. Dr. Armstrong also spoke on coatings for the chlor-alkali industry. Dr. Martin Grantham, Head of Indian operations, Dr. M Filter Technology Pvt Ltd, spoke of new brine treatment concepts and presented a comparison between traditional versus innovative concepts. Other speakers at the seminar included Dr. Sanjay Jain (Geist Research Pvt. Ltd.), Akilesh Singh (Orient Paper Mills), Chinmay Bhatt (Chemical Environment Technology Ltd), Stephan Misrachi (Techlink International Process Engineers Pvt. Ltd.), Atsushi Nakajima (Asahi Kasei Chemicals Corporation), Dr. Marta Millaruelo Boira (Bayer Material Science AG), Dr. Lukas Lueke (ThyssenKrupp Electrolysis GmBH) among others.
AMAI promoting co-operation among members
Speaking to Chemical Industry Digest at the seminar, Subash Tandon, Executive Vice President, DCW Ltd, Sahupuram and Chairman of the AMAI Safety, Health and Environment Committee said that AMAI’s Chlorine Emergency Response Network (CERN) has been widely appreciated by member companies. “AMAI has been instrumental in facilitating good cooperation between members and the initiatives undertaken by the association in terms of addressing safety and environmental concerns have received encouraging response from,” he informed. He said such seminars not only provide members with an opportunity to exchange valuable information but also helps in forging better ties among members during an emergency.
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