The Knowledge Hub

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   October 14, 2020
   Jay Patadia - Product Manager, MAX

Plasticizers Simplified

Sometimes we wonder, why a product made from PVC is rock hard and why another tends to bend and have flexibility like Rubber…right?

Well, the answer to this is simple...
PLASTICIZERS.
 
Plasticizers are Low in molecular weight and are added in synthetic polymers, commonly added to Plastics and Rubber, for multiple purposes, primary one of which is to increase the flexibili...

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   August 16, 2020
   Nrupika Solanki - Business Manager, ACE

TALC is more common than you think!

We all are familiar with the word TALC or TALCum Powder - a component used in many daily products, like cosmetics or makeup, soaps, paints & inks, in the foods we eat, rice and olive oil, paper for printing & writing and our household fixtures are also made up of TALC. However, most of us might not be aware of the fact that TALC is a mineral that emanates from different ores which can be blue, pale green, gray, pink, white, yellowish, or brownish-white to almost silver.

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   July 22, 2020
   Aishwarya Pillai - Associate Manager, ACE

Maize Starch & its Versatility

Maize Starch is one of the most versatile kitchen staples known to humankind. Even though it is used in the manufacturing process of most of the products used in our everyday routine, but it’s often under-utilized.
 
When talking about Maize Starch, it would be totally unfair if we don’t mention Mr. Thomas Kingsford. Thomas Kingsford invented Maize Starch in 1840 when he was working in a wheat starch factory owned by Colgate & Company in Jersey City. H...

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   July 18, 2020
   Shaunak Upadhyay - Head, Human Resource

Adding a new Career Dimension – Millennial Workforce

Organizations continuously grapple with the challenge of finding out ways and means by which they can keep the employees engaged in the workplace and help in making their careers more “fulfilling”. While monetary rewards are a product of employee achievement against the pre-decided goals, these days career discussions have started taking center stage. It needs to be emphasized that being “Fulfilled&rdquo...

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   July 14, 2020
   Vikram Bacha - Sr. Business Manager

What’s The Difference between Curcumin and Turmeric?

Ever wonder what is the difference between curcumin and turmeric? Both of them often accompany each other. Curcumin happens to be the most active ingredient in turmeric, and the many significant health benefits of turmeric are attributed to the presence of curcumin.
Turmeric is one of the most extensively used spices in South Asian cooking. It can be used for its color, flavor, and aroma. There is no doubt in its beneficial properties since it has been a part of various ancient medicin...

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   July 11, 2020
   Pramit Shah - Business Manager, ACE

SORBITOL TREND SETTER FOR REDUCING SUGAR

Popularity of eating healthy has increased immensely in las decade, giving birth to many different diets and many different “online health influencer “suggesting those diets.

As people look for effective ways to stay healthy or lose weight, the no-sugar diet has been trending and to cater this trend food and beverage industry are focusing heavily on the concept of “Low Sugar or Zero Sugar”. But are you aware what exactly goes in this food...

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   June 24, 2020
   Dhruval Upadhyay - Business Manager, MAX

An Outlook on Sunscreen Ingredients

When it comes to sun protection, the science is clear. Health experts agree that using sunscreen is important during outdoor summer activities to protect the skin from the sun’s damaging ultraviolet rays. Too much sun exposure can cause sunburns, premature skin aging and skin cancer.
A sunscreen labelled “broad spectrum” provides UV protection across both the UVB and UVA range. Most of the sunscreen manufacturers consider SPF (Sun Protection Factor) while formulating sun...

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   May 28, 2020
  

An essential raw material with varied applications: White Mineral Oil


It is always interesting to know who found White Mineral Oil for the first time which has become indispensable for many industries.
 
White oil is similar to petrolatum, which is better known by its brand name, Vaseline, a jellied mixture of solid and liquid hydrocarbons first manufactured out of Pennsylvania crude oil in 1872. Vaseline took the pharmaceutical world by storm after the 1876 Centennial Exposition, so much so that “Vaseline” is now virtually a...

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   May 22, 2020
   Abhishek Tanna - Business Manager, ACE

Caustic Soda – A Basic Chemical with Versatile Applications

Caustic Soda also known as sodium hydroxide is a basic product that is widely used in a diverse range of industrial sectors, either as a raw material or as an auxiliary chemical. It is commercially sold in two forms: the first one is a solution (diluted) also known as lye, with various concentrations usually in the 30-32% & 48-50% range, and the second one is in the solid form as fla...

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   May 20, 2020
   Pramit Shah - Business Manager, ACE

Glycerin: A key raw material for Chemical Industry.


With more and more stringent environmental norms backed up by public awareness, the chemical industry is witnessing a revolution in every decade which has opened up avenues for researchers to find newer applications of products like Glycerin which is a building block for chemical industry.
 
Glycerol (also called glycerin or glycerin) is a simple polyol compound. Glycerin is the common term for Propane-1, 2, 3-triol. Glycerin is a sugar alcohol and the simplest tr...

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   May 11, 2020
   Sohil Parikh - Sr. Manager, International Business

Detergent – The Present and Future

Detergent – In simplest form it is a group of Chemicals which are used for cleaning.

Hygiene – It is an inerasable part of life which we as humans are playing in our day to day life. Humans the most civilized creatures on globe consciously or unconsciously are maintaining hygiene conditions. We humans have a tendency to live and believe in healthful living. When we term hygiene than it is closely linked to personal hygiene and the most commonly names c...

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   May 08, 2020
  

METHYLENE CHLORIDE – A SWEET SINISTER SOLVENT

Are you worried that your decaf coffee is contaminated? Or how are you supposed to remove the grease from the plant equipments without spillage?  The answer is here. Methylene Chloride is a colourless, non flammable, volatile, heavy liquid with a pleasant ethereal odour. Its outstanding solvent properties are the basis of its principal industrial interest. It ...

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   April 30, 2020
  

Sodium Sulphate - The Omni Present!

While staring out of that glass window with a cup of coffee in hand or ensuring the best of the care for your expensive clothes or feeling those amazing fabric dyed with eye catchy colors when you are on a shopping spree (irrespective of the gender) or while scribbling on to that paper in front of you, there is one thing that is in the DNA of the process for the production of these finished products and that Omni present component is Sodium Sulphate. Sodium sulphate (also known as Di sodium sulp...

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   April 27, 2020
   Jay Bhami - NPD

COVID-19 HELPED IPA TO GET A BOOM ALL OVER THE GLOBE

Since it was first registered in China last year, the Covid-19 coronavirus has spread across the world and has been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization. However, differences in testing mean that the number of cases may be underestimated for some countries. Till now more than 2,000,000 cases, more than 170,000 deaths occurred all over the globe. USA, Italy, Spain, France and many more countries were hit hard by this deadly virus. The virus originated in China, has now spread to a...

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   April 17, 2020
   Unnati Gala - Manager, CorpCom

New revolution of CSR – pertaining to the Indian context

In today’s scenario, voluntary organisations and activists have been incentivized to leverage more control over social issues that had so far been lacking due to corporate negligence. Local communities are glad to learn that corporates are now compelled to do something good for their vicinity; perhaps the government is also pleased with the thought that millions of rupees are flowing into the system in the guise of community development.

From what we − as citizens o...

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   April 06, 2020
   Dipen Bhatia - Head, International Business (ACE)

Impact of COVID-19 pandemic on Food & Beverage Industry World Wide

COVID-19, the disease spread by the novel coronavirus SARS-nCoV-2, has quickly spread to six continents and caused a public health emergency in more than 30 countries in Asia and Europe. On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the rapidly spreading coronavirus outbreak a pandemic and urged countries to plan their preparedness and response actions in line with the WHO Global Strategic Preparedness and Response Plan.

The impact of Coronavirus...

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   March 08, 2020
   Priya Patel - Business Manager, Int'nl Marketing

Benzaldehyde: Capturing the Right Essence

Benzaldehyde is simple chemical substance with bitter almond odor having a Benzene Ring attached to an Aldehyde group; however its simplicity is its key essence as it can react with variety of other molecules leading to formulation of complex and useful compounds.

Benzaldehyde is available in natural form and can also be manufactured synthetically.

In 1803, French Pharmaci...