Fertilisers and Chemicals Travancore

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Fertilisers and Chemicals Travancore (or FACT), is a fertiliser and chemical manufacturing company in Kochi, Kerala, India was incorporated in 1943, by Maharajah Sree Chithira Thirunal Balarama Varma.[1] In 1947 FACT started production of Ammonium Sulphate with an installed capacity of 50,000 MT per annum at Udyogamandal near Cochin. It is one of the largest chemical manufacturing facilities in Kerala. The company has 2 production units - Udyogamandal Division (UD) and Cochin Division (CD) .The Caprolactam plant was commissioned in 1990. Main products of the company are Factomfos, Ultraphos, Ammonium Sulphate, Ammonium Phosphate, Caprolactum, Sulphuric Acid, Ammonia and other complex fertilizers. Gypsum, Nitric acid and Soda ash are major byproducts.

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The factory commence production of ammonium sulphate in 1947 at the dawn of Indian independence using wood as the raw material for production of ammonia. With the efflux of time,wood gasification became uneconomic and was replaced with naphtha reforming process.Through a series of expansion programmes,FACT soon became the producer of the widest range of fertilizers suited for all crops and all soil types in India.It became a Kerala State public sector enterprise in 1960 and in 1962,it came under the Government of India. Diversification to full-fledged engineering services(FEW)in the fertilizer field and allied areas followed. The next major step forward was the diversification of petrochemicals,an important milestone in the growth of the company. FACT has formed a Joint Venture Company with Rashtriya Chemicals & Fertilizers Limited for manufacturing load bearing panels and other building products using phosphogypsum.[1]

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