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Godavari Biorefineries Plans to Expand its Sakarwadi Biochemical Unit

GBL's Sakarwadi plant uses ethanol and rectified spirits to produce specialty chemicals such as bio-ethyl acetate, MPO, 1,3 butylene glycol, crotonaldehyde and paraldehyde, as well as commodity chemical ethyl acetate.

Shivam Dwivedi
Godavari Biorefineries Plans to Expand its Sakarwadi Biochemical Unit (Pic Credit-The Hindu)
Godavari Biorefineries Plans to Expand its Sakarwadi Biochemical Unit (Pic Credit-The Hindu)

Godavari Biorefineries Ltd (GBL), a major producer of ethanol and ethanol-based chemicals, held a ground-breaking ceremony in Sakarwadi, Maharashtra, to expand its manufacturing facility. GBL also opened biochemical research and new product development laboratory.

The Sakarwadi facility produces bio-based chemicals for a variety of applications, while the research facility is equipped to conduct advanced biochemical research.

"We are overjoyed that the specialty chemicals facility and our expanded research laboratory will allow us to expand the bio-chemical industry," said Samir Somaiya, Chairman and Managing Director of GBL.

"India has increased its chemical product exports in recent years, and at Godavari Biorefineries, our vision is to make green chemicals that have a low environmental impact, a focus on biodiversity, and the prudent use of scarce resources." Globally, there is a growing demand for environmentally friendly and sustainable chemicals. "Our investments in research and development have been critical to our growth, and they are aimed at creating value while also optimizing resources and processes," he said.

GBL's Sakarwadi plant uses ethanol and rectified spirits to produce specialty chemicals such as bio-ethyl acetate, MPO, 1,3 butylene glycol, crotonaldehyde, and paraldehyde, as well as commodity chemical ethyl acetate. The company is currently expanding its capacity for existing products and introducing new ethanol-based chemicals.

Subhash Desai, Maharashtra's Minister of Industries, presided over the groundbreaking ceremony and unveiled the research laboratory, which will complement the state's pioneering work in biochemical research. "Advances in biochemical research and the introduction of new green products will propel the chemical industry to become a global manufacturing hub," Desai predicted.

About Godavari Biorefineries:

Godavari Biorefineries is one of India's largest ethanol producers and a pioneer in the production of ethanol-based chemicals. Bio-based chemicals, sugar, rectified spirits, ethanol, other grades of alcohol, and power are all part of our diverse product portfolio.

It has a diverse portfolio of bio-based products, as well as the world's largest manufacturer of MPO, one of only two manufacturers of natural 1,3 butylene glycol, the fourth largest manufacturer of ethyl acetate in India, and the only company in India to produce bio ethyl acetate.

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