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Industry Welcomes ĎChemtechí to South
Dr K Rosaiah, His Excellency, Governor of Tamil Nadu inaugurated ChemTECH South 2013 on 10th October 2013 at Chennai Trade Centre which was attended by over 300 industry professionals from the chemicals, petrochemicals, EPC, industry automation, water, process equipment manufacturing & fabrication and allied sectors.

Dr Rosaiah congratulated Jasu Shah, Founder & Chairman Chemtech Foundation and applauded Chemtech s initiative to organise the international exhibition & conferences in South at a time when the region is witnessing a surge in investments in chemicals & petrochemicals sectors. He added that during the mid-90s the Southern region of the country was projected as the 2nd fastest growing region in India and attracted lot of international attention. After a brief hiatus, this region is once again gearing up for promising growth with the announcement of a PCPIR in Cuddalore, existing refineries like CPCL in Chennai, MRPL in Mangalore, HPCL s refinery in Vizag and BPCL s Kochi refinery, which is currently undergoing a major expansion that will offer ample opportunities to the allied service sectors and open multitude of avenues for the downstream manufacturing segments.

P Thangamani, Honorable Minister for Industries, State Government of Tamil Nadu, Dr Shailesh Nayak, Secretary, Ministry of Earth Sciences, Govt of India, A B Pandya, Member Central Water Commission, Govt of India, B Narayan, Group President (Procurement & Projects), Reliance Industries & P D Samudra, Executive Director ?? Sales & Member of Board, Uhde India attended the inauguration of the event.

Maulik Jasubhai, Group CEO, Jasubhai Group & Chemtech Foundation said, "We are glad to organise the South edition of Chemtech s series of international exhibitions & conferences once again as this region is getting ready to enter a new phase of growth with multiple projects and huge investments lined up across the key industrial sectors of refining, petrochemicals, infrastructure, power, food processing, which will provide immense opportunities across the manufacturing industries and allied sectors."

He added, "ChemTECH South 2013 will bring entire ecosystem for the chemicals downstream processing industry and the allied service sectors for exchange of ideas in the realms of technology management and quality of life facilitating proximate interactions between academia, research bodies, industrial and end users, and will continue doing so as we march into the fifth decade."

B Narayan delved upon ample opportunities that the growing manufacturing industry would open for the engineering contracting service providers and the allied sectors. He admired Chemtech s initiative to organise the exhibition & conference in Chennai. A B Pandya further emphasised on the need of implementation of innovative ways and technologies to meet the growing demand of water in the country through Reduce, Recycle, Reuse, Recharge, and Rehabilitate & Regulate to meet the water challenge.

Dr Shailesh Nayak advocated the need of sustainable management of water resources including providing adequate supply of potable water, irrigation, industrial use, ecosystem and flood protection is a major challenge.

In his concluding remarks, P D Samudra shared that though the outlook for the economy continued to be gloomy, he emphasised this as the right time to invest. Elaborating on the proposed PCPIR complex in Cuddalore, he added that Tamil Nadu should think of setting up cracker unit to produce ethylene from naphtha from the refinery in the PCPIR that would further create avenues for the downstream units and value additions and open many avenues for entrepreneurs to enter the petrochemicals sector.

Over the three days, 4280 visitors came to see the display of latest technologies and services by 160 exhibitors during the three-day meet in Chennai. More than 50 speakers & 200 delegates engaged in discussions on topical issues during focused conferences viz. EPC, WaterEX & Industry Automation & Control. Over 60 students from various colleges attended the conferences.