Wax made in Assam on its way to Kenya

Wax made in Assam on its way to Kenya

 The first consignment comprising 60 MT Type-II Paraffin Wax was flagged off to Rok Industries in Kenya, from Numaligarh Refinery Marketing Terminal in Golghat district of Assam on Wednesday.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi dedicated NRL’s wax plant to the nation on February 5, this year, at a public function in Dibrugarh. The 50,000 metric tonnes (MT) wax plant commissioned in March 2015 at a cost of Rs 676 crore is the country’s largest wax producing unit with indigenous technology developed by IIP Dehradun, EIL and NRL.

Since commissioning of the wax plant, NRL has emerged as the largest manufacturer and marketer of wax in the country with a market share of more than 52% .

Leveraging on the inherent properties of wax-rich crude oil from the oil fields of Assam, the plant is designed to produce superior quality paraffin and microcrystalline wax and is a worthy manifestation of the ‘Make in India’ campaign of the government. Till now, a major part of the country’s annual demand for paraffin wax along with the entire demand for  microcrystalline wax was being met through imports. NRL’s wax plant has minimised the supply deficit in the domestic market substantially, thus reducing imports.

The utility of paraffin wax lies in making candles, tarpaulin sheets, food-grade wrappers and in PVC pipe manufacturing industries, while microcrystalline wax finds widespread application in the manufacture of tyres, rubber products, paints and polishes, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics.

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