JAMPRO to Promote Jamaica-made Castor Oil in Atlanta

Following its promotions of Jamaican cosmetics in London, the Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO) will lead a trade mission to the Bronner Brothers International Beauty Show in Atlanta, Georgia between August 19 and 21.castor-oil-800067

Eight Companies will be part of the delegation to the event, which hosts over 30,000 beauty professionals yearly who explore the newest and most exciting beauty trends and products.

Six of the companies will be focusing on the promotion of Jamaican Black Castor oil products, as JAMPRO strengthens its strategy to develop the castor oil sector. The Jamaica Manufacturers Association (JMA) will also join the mission to support the companies.


$62.7 million Sebacic Acid Project to come up in Duqm

A first-of-its-kind Sebacic acid production plant is planned to be built in DuqSebacic acidm Special Economic Zone with an investment of $62.7 million and the chairman of the Special Economic Zone Authority at Duqm (SEZAD) and the representatives of Sebacic Acid Oman Company have signed an agreement.

The plant will be spread over 400,000 square meters of land and will be the first-of-its-kind in the Middle East.


Castor Production in Brazil

Some key factoids on castor crop production in Brazil:

  • The castor-oil plant is an ideal crop for the extensive semi-arid region of northeast Brazil. It holds some four million hectares of appropriate land that could yield up to 6 million tons of seeds per year.
  • Brazil was a global leader in castor cultivation decades back. But there has been a significant reduction in castor cultivation in Brazil for some time. Now Brazil and China have started to show signs of expanding their production base. But the increases have not been significant enough.
  • Brazil has a National Biodiesel Strategy which proposes castor as one of the feedstocks for biodiesel production. Planting of castor is also being promoted especially in the north east.
  • Israel’s Evogene, which specializes in genetic modification of plants for industrial purposes, has signed a deal with Brazil’s Agricultural Research Corporation (Embrapa) in Oct 2014 to develop technologies for the advancement of castor cultivation in Brazil.
  • The cooperation will focus primarily on technologies for controlling castor-specific diseases as well as practices for castor cultivation in rotation with soybeans.

See this post for details on quantum of castor crop production and castor seed yields in Brazil.

Prominent Castor Companies in China

China is the second largest producer of castor seeds and castor oil, though admittedly, a distance second to India.

The below table provides details of most prominent companies in the castor oil industry in China and the products produced by them.

Company Products
TongliaoTongHua Castor Chemical Co., Ltd Castor oil basic grades, DCO, DCO, 12-HSA, Sebacic Acid, Sulphonated castor oil, Li, Mg, Al 12-HSA, Other stearate products and Dioctyl Stearate (DOS), etc
Zouping County Tianxing Chemical Industry Co., Ltd Castor oil basic grades, Sebacic acid, Dimethyl sebacate, Dibutyl Sebacate (DBS), 2-Octanol, 12-Hydroxy Stearic Acid, Castor Cake
Liaoyang Huaxing Chemical Co., Ltd Specialty chemicals from castor oil

Prominent Indian Companies in Castor Oil and Castor Oil Derivatives Production

This blog post provides a list of prominent companies in India producing castor oil and/or derivatives.

The major companies in castor oil and derivatives production are listed below.

Company Major Product
Jayant Agro Organics Castor Oil basic grades, Castor Oil Pale Pressed Grade, Castor Oil Neutralised Grade, Castor Oil Pharma Grade.
Gujarat Ambuja Exports Castor Oil and Castor Meal
NK Proteins All basic grades of castor oil, Ricinoleic acid, Hydrogenated Castor Oil (HCO), 12-HSA
RPK Agrotech Basic grades of castor oil, hydrogenated castor oil (HCO) and 12-HSA
Gokul Overseas Castor Oil basic grades , Hydrogenated Castor Oil, 12 HSA,Ricinoleic Acid
Adya Oil & Chemicals Ltd. Castor Oil basic grades, HCO, 12-HSA
Sree Rayalseema Alkalies & Chemicals Ltd. Castor Derivatives and Fatty Acids.
N.K. Industries Castor oil basic grades, Castor De Oiled Cake (D.O.C), Ricinoleic Acid (R.A.)
Amee Castor & Derivatives Hydroxyacetic Acid, 12 HSA, Cosmetic Grade 12 HSA, HCO,  Ricinoleic Acid


Brazil Castor Seed and Castor Oil Production, Castor Companies

While India leads the castor oil producing countries, being heads and shoulders above the rest, China and Brazil are two other countries that are (still) in the picture.

This post provides some data and details on castor production in Brazil.

Poor Yields

The table below provides details for castor seed production in Brazil during the year 2011-12 and 2012-13.

Production (‘000/T) Area Harvested(‗000/Ha) Yield  (T/H)
25 141 128 219 0.19   0.64

As we can see from the above, the yields for Brazil appears really low – I mean, 200 Kg per hectare (for 2011-12) is a really poor number. The yield for 12-13 (640 Kg) is a far better number, hopefully this will be repeated for 13-14 and further.

Compare the above data with the average Indian yields, which are about 1000 kg/ha.

Now, there are folks who feel even 1 T / ha/year is fairly poor, so just imagine what they would say to the average yields in Brazil in the recent past.

(There are reports of some improved open-pollinated varieties in Brazil yielding 1,300 kg/ha, with reports of exceptional yields going up to 5,000 kg/ha, but then these are exceptions and not the rule).

Prominent Castor Oil & Derivatives Producers in Brazil

Company Location
Bom Brasil Salvador, BA
A.Azevedo Itupeva, SP
Enovel Bariri, SP

Evogene Subsidary and SLC Agricola Colloborate for Castor Bean Production in Brazil

Evogene Ltd., a  plant genomics company specializing in enhancing crop productivity for the food, feed and biofuel industries,  and SLC Agricola S.A., one of Brazil’s largest landowners and agriculture businesses,  have announced that they are signing of a collaboration agreement between SLC and  Evofuel Ltd., Evogene’s wholly-owned subsidiary, for the commercial production of Evofuel developed castor bean varieties in Brazil, expected to take place during 2016. Evofuel focuses on the development of high yielding castor bean seeds as a second-generation feedstock for the growing biofuel and other industrial markets.

Under the terms of the agreement, Evofuel will provide SLC with seeds of its proprietary castor bean varieties and SLC will be responsible for growing the crop on its farms in northeast Brazil. The resulting castor bean grain will be sold to local oil producers to address the industry need for castor oil.  The agreement provides for the allocation between SLC and Evofuel of revenues from sales of castor bean grain.

Commercial sales of castor bean grain under the agreement are expected to take place during 2016, prior to which the two companies will cooperate on scale up and pre-commercial activities for grain production, as well as development of best practices for agronomic management of castor bean in SLC’s commercial production units.

Source: http://www.twst.com/update/48022-evogene-ltd-evogene-subsidiary-and-slc-agricola-sign-collaboration-agreement-for-commercial-production-of-castor-bean-in-brazil

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Global Castor Conference, Feb 2014, Ahmedabad

Contributor: Narasimhan Santhanam, Cofounder & Director, CastorOil.in

The Global Castor Conference 2014 was held in Ahmedabad on 22nd Feb 2014. I on behalf of CastorOil.in attended the conference.

This conference is by far the largest and most prestigious castor congregation in the world, so it was a pleasure to be present there.

This is the first of a series of blog posts I plan to write on the conference.

In this post, I will provide an overview of what happened at the conference and following this up in the next few days with details and inputs from specific sessions at the conference, and also from my interactions with a number of experts present there.


The conference had about 450 industry professionals participating, from around the world. Pretty much every important entity in the world of castor was present physically or virtually (through video conference).

The conference itself was a fairly brief affair, just one day (Feb 22nd) and five sessions.

Brief details of each session presented in this post.

Inaugural Session

Welcome Address: Vijay Data, President SEA (Solvent Extractors Association)

Brief Overview of the Castor Industry – Abhay Udeshi, Chairman, SEA Castor Seed, SEA Castor Seed & Oil Promotion Council

Address by Guests of Honour

  • Samir Shah – MD, National Commodities & Derviatives Exchange (he was replaced by a lady from the same organization)
  • Suresh Kotak , Chairman, Kotak Group of Companies

Keynote Address

  • Bhakul Dholakia, Director, Adani Institute of Infra Management

Address by Chief Guest

  • Ramesh Abhishek. Chairman, Forward Market Commission

Vote of Thanks

  • Atul Chaturvedi, Co-chairman, SEA Castor Seed & Oil Promotion Council

Picture of Inagural Session

Picture of the Inaugural Session

Global Castor Oil Consumption Outlook & Emerging Trend

Moderator: G Chandrashekar, Commodities Editor, Hindu Business Line, Mumbai


  • India: Atul Chaturevedi, Adani Wilmar, Ahmedabad
  • Europe: Hans Boloney, Technical Oils, Nidera, Netherlands
  • China: Wu Zhidong, Kong Associate
  • World: Thomas Mielke, Iste Mielke GmbH (Video presentation)

Thomas_Video Conference

Pic from the above session – L-r – Hans,
Chandrashekar, Atul, Wu. Thomas was thru video conference

Indian Castor Seed & Oil Scenario & Expectation

  • Moderator – Haresh Vyas, Royal Castor Products
  • Vikram Udeshi (Jayant Agro Organics) – Industry perspective
  • Pankaj Kumar (Adani Wilmar) – Industry perspective
  • Manoj Agarwal, Kedarnath Corp, Palanpur, Trader – Trader’s perspective
  • Alok Agarwal, Babulal Bajragnglal, Sumerpur, Trader – Trader’s perspective
  • Prahlad Singh Champavat, Farmer, Aravali Dist – Farmer’s perspective
  • Maganbhai Patel, Farmer, Palanpur – Farmer’s perspective
  • Abhisek Govilkar, Vice President. NCDEX – Exchange perspective

Pic from the castor seed & oil scenario expectation session

Pic from the castor seed & oil scenario expectation session

 Indian Castor Crop Survey (2013-14)

Naresh pednekar & Suresh Sawant – Nielsen (India)

Castor Oil Price Forecast

Nagraj Meda – Transgraph Consulting, Hyderabad

Castor Oil Price Outlook 2014 – Panel Discussion

Moderator: Shvetal Vakil from Mumbai


  • Atul Chaturvedi, Adani Wilmar
  • Abhay Udeshi, Jayant Agro Organics
  • Kanubhai Thakkar, Gokul Refoils & Solvents
  • Hans Bolomey, Technical Oils, Nidera, Netherlands
  • T. Tantiponganant, Thai Castor Industries, Bangkok
  • James Bray, Fuerst Day Lawson, London
  • Timm Wiegmann, Alberdingki Boley GmbH, Germany

L – r – Atul Chaturvedi (Adani Wilmar), Timm Wiegmann (Alberdingki Boley GmbH), James Bray (Fuerst Day Lawson), T. Tantiponganant (Thai Castor Oil), Shvetal Vakil, , Hans Bolomey (Technical Oils, Nidera, Netherlands), Kanubhai Thakkar (Gokul Refoils & Solvents), Abhay Udeshi (Jayant Agro Organics)

A Pic of the Global Castor Constellation – the global big shots all at one place


And finally, the not so big shots :-) – Me (right) and Rajiv Ram who had come from LMC, UK


This post was written by Narasimhan Santhanam, Cofounder & Director, CastorOil.in

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Bioplastics in the Automotive Market

The recent high cost of petro-based feedstock and polymers coupled with advances in new technologies like biotechnology, nanotechnology, green chemistry and material science have set the pace rolling for the revival of bio-based materials.Now, automotive companies are making a major effort to reintroduce plant-based plastics as a way of reducing their reliance on foreign oil and improving their environmental footprint.

Lightweighting’ is a hot topic for the automotive industry and the main reason why plastics have continuously been used to substitute heavier materials such as metals. Beyond the benefits of reduced weight, the future lies in choosing the most resource efficient plastics, i.e. bioplastics. Besides these evident advantages, e.g. biobased performance polymers (biobased polyesters/biobased polyamides) feature all the performance criteria important to high quality car components.

Prominent companies  and their efforts in bioplastic automotive car parts manufacturing

  • A front-runner in adopting bioplastics is Japanese car manufacturer Toyota which uses bioplastics such as biobased polyesters, biobased PET, and PLA-blends in its production process
  • Italian manufacturer Fiat is another major player in the automotive industry relying on biobased plastics. Fiat used castor oil-derived long chain polyamides to replace their fossil based equivalent in more than one million vehicles; the company plans to further increase this number.
  • Faurecia and Mitsubishi Chemical have announced a joint programme for developing a bioplastic based on biobased PBS that can be used in mass-production for automotive interior parts, such as door panels, trim and strip, structural instrument panels, air ducts, door panel and console inserts.
  • In 2011, BASF and Ford teamed up to develop a sustainable, plant-sourced castor oil-based foam product for the 2012 Ford Focus instrument panel


Read more : http://en.european-bioplastics.org/blog/2013/09/09/bioplastics-going-strong-in-automotive-sector/

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