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IICT opens its doors for industry

IICT opens its doors for industry
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Invites Indian vegetable oil industry and others to utilise the facilities at the Centre for Lipid Research

Invites Indian vegetable oil industry and others to utilise the facilities at the Centre for Lipid Research

Hyderabad: The Indian Institute of Chemical Technology (IICT) signed an agreement with Marico India Limited to transfer technology for refining rice bran wax. The Solvent Extractors Association of India too signed an MoU with the premier institute for making use of the facilities at the Centre for Lipid Research.

Dr USN Murthy, In-charge director, CSIR-IICT said that IICT has state-of-the-art facilities and is opening its door to the industry to make use of the facilities at nominal rates. Though the IICT had been inviting industries to utilise the facilities for a long time, the response has been far from satisfactory. But, recently the industry started approaching this research institute for technology transfer.

At present, the crude rice bran wax is used in cosmetics, candle making and boot polishing industry. The wax is imported and the research at the centre will help in reducing the imports by almost 50 per cent.

He has also complemented Solvent Extractors’ Association of India for signing MOU with IICT for making use of the facilities of Centre for Lipid Research. The Centre for Lipid Research has developed technologies in the field of processing, value addition to by- products, nutraceuticals, bio-lubricants and surfactants.

Dr B L A Prabhavathy Devi, principal scientist at Centre for Lipid Research said, “The centre has developed technologies related to vegetable oils for nutraceuticals and transferred the technology to 21 industries which help in refining and reducing consumption of water.

The IICT has been offering its services and facilities to the MSME sector at subsidised rates. Dr N V Satyanarayana says, “In the last 10 years, IICT has transferred at least 20 technologies to more than 50 industries all over the country.”

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