Ad Here  
August
September
October
November
December
January
 
 
The Gulf aviation boom Solar thermal shines… The why of tax incentives When TN politicians can emulate Kerala's Gay abandon in pricing Readers' Mail A professional at the helm of IRDA... Five star activism stalls development activity PPP mode for upgrading Corporation Hospitals Bihar – Nitish Kumar adopts the Lalu model The ‘Jayanthi Tax.’ ONGC at KG Basin Tribute – UCAL Selvan… When online building permits work…. TN-leverage strength of BHEL, NLC... There was flood of milk. Reason: no milk commissioner! Cleaning Ganga – relocate tanneries and install electric crematoria Building loyalty through the stomach Quality silica from Neyveli Infrastructure funding – lessons learnt Fortune 500 review Not just in-laws (and outlaws); they’ve renowned academics at the helm! A Grand Finale for SN’s MS centenary at the US… London, London Narayan F C Kohli - his concerns all embracing Tough task taking states together Things happen by accident and not by design... Moily’s bold thrust Shipping woes of Chennai companies Parliament in paralysis... Land reclamation from sea appears cheaper! Sweeter prospects for sugar Why this malaise in medical education? How Air-India loses customs... Music happens Padma Bhushan for A Ramakrishna A friendly business group Should we change the official year? The rise and fall of Annamalai University An enemy’s enemy is a friend Where is Rajaji? Tax agriculture Don’t seem to feel the pulse… Muffled voices for merit… Like Hinduism: many paths to reach God... The nuclear option GM Technology at last! EVM is tamper-proof Lesson from Chandrababu Naidu Small units prefers to remain small... Build close rapport with business leaders Modi and the lady B H Kothari - a tribute IAS invades NDDB... to the lack of interest on the part of these to focus on original research. This despite the much lower costs of such research in India. The industry which thrived on the protection of a closed economy and the advantage of a vast domestic market, has failed to organise its evolution on healthy lines Engineering seats go abegging Contrarian cousins He continues the focus on social amelioration Wanted: a second airport for Chennai Gas is the way forward Naidu will soon build a new Hyderabad Poor representation for Kerala and TN in Cabinet CII projects higher growth… For whom the MIDS bell tolls? Online not in line with brick and mortar businesses... A rich pool of talent not utilised…. Fall in crude prices help in oil sector reform Vibrant Gujarat Intellectual of rare qualities Cutting the nose to spite the face Secularism and anti-Hinduism Banning booze... This scant respect for Law A more liberated TN… Welcome changes that testify to Jayalalithaa’s return to health Make standards certification mandatory... Tribute – M V Murugappan The rise and rise of KCP No Maha Koottani in TN... Haul over the coal L&T: focus on infrastructure and more infrastructure… Polls and promises Pharma – overdose of copying S V Raju – a ‘good’ true liberal Sri Lanka votes for change A welcome initiative by the judiciary The sea- saw battle continues... Fuel for thought A think tank for Chennai TN – agglomerate land holdings without alienating ownership Making ‘my Amaravati’... Return to king coal for urea... Discoms deserve better… Welcome thrust on trade in Modi’s foreign visits... Where a state respects its litterateurs… A glass full of corruption He saved millions from starvation... Tihar, Puzhal not different from Parappana Agrahara TIAM turns a full cycle Delhi is distant Waning interest in public discussions… An inexplicable neglect The Ports’ Pasha expands into Tamil Nadu MHC should not return to its old indisciplined ways China invests in India Odisha: spectacular win by Naveen Patnaik Which side are you, Montek? Kinetic Karnataka New IT products of Ramco in the pipeline… Preserving for the future When Ratan Tata visited SRM Revive development banks... Funding the un-funded Sweet news for TN sugar mills For whom the bell tolls? Telangana in top gear… The few handicaps... Convulsions in The Hindu Liberal imports idling indigenous capacities Tribute – Manikam Ramaswami …and of a popular trade leader Plummeting profits of PSBs An informal presentation - analytical, forward locking... PC’s preference for professionals Editor's Says Kudos to NDTV... Limit foreign borrowings to hi-tech, export potential projects... All eyes on Sankara Nethralaya R Sridhar steps down as CEO of Shriram Capital IPL type auction for VCs? Reliance’s TV – 18 ready to launch Tamil News Channel Welcome focus on core competence Of course, Gujarat is vibrant The Swadeshi Trump Revving up the manufacturing sector Cement prices continue to rise… Come elections, come advertisements... Road development slows down The star of Spencers is no more Protest masters... No mega rail project for Tamil Nadu Paytm karo... Tatas moving out of urea production... Fortune for Indian Airlines Welcome GST Delhi is distant… CSR and CMI: promise of another Srinivasan Ramanujan... Wise Presidents More tributes to GR Naidu’s return augurs well for Seemandhra Rs.1600 crore paper board plant of TNPL Demise of a media baron... Varuna (rain) in 2015; Vaayu (air) in 2016. Chennai devastated Align crops to agro climate endowments… Silver Years of Madras Musings SoA @ 80 Permanent secretariat for TN GIM Measuring roof tops in terms of KW/MW Inflation: are we emulating Argentina and Brazil? Solar, solar everywhere … Towards speedy justice Strengthen the base... Diamond jubilee of Egmore Samskrt School Increasing non co-operation of state leaders CIPET hqrs to stay at Guindy – for the present? Delhi Chalo... The ‘Ayyo-yes’ is no more Colour-Chem’s colourful KRVS Poor quality of university VCs Mu Sigma – is no more Noble nonagenarians... Kulandai was a giant When nations steal growth from one another… WTO Meet: resolved to meet again Robber barons everywhere Dr C Rangarajan returns to Chennai When small is no larger beautiful.. Rahman at CIC Shaming of Tamils by Tamil farmers at Delhi Russi Mody – a tribute Modi storms Silicon Valley GNS - 100: our first subscriber When the President was rendered homeless… Valli, they are more marginalised Airlines in India: cost and space Editor's Notes More Shakthi to Das’ elbow Roaring Ro-Ro facility The balancing act Whistle-Stop Tour of Raghuram Rajan Lalu’s envy, India’s pride Recognition to role of NBFCs.... CRS, a jewel among managers, is no more. Mersal magnified Breaththrough in malaria control Chennai and Kolkata miss opportunity to grow as Delhi and Mumbai Eternal support for capitalisation of PS banks Boy, can you beat these? TELANGANA at last…BUT The brown list of Venkitaramanan Shale gas and its shallow future A yen for wastage… Tatas moving out of urea production... Computation of GDP – conundrums continue Insurance companies bleeding, yet no decision on increasing FDI limit! Auto components surge… West Bengal: mindless malignancy Excel Generators provide the vital back-up A C Muthiah – his munificent bequeaths to science Another Indian music maestro at the UN Streamlining mandatory third party cover Focus on quality of power - its only around 170-180V Marketing expert Balagopal is no more Adharma of opposition politics Put expensive assets created to use... Scientists urged to take up farmer-oriented research L&T- the specialty of special purpose vehicles Godspeed, Chief Minister JJ Nuclear power at the nucleus Adapt Vajpayee dinner diplomacy Quality education through the PPP mode Remembering Indira Sivasailam... TGS- The king storyteller Medical costs hit the roof... More Shakti to resource mobilisation... Bihar elections - the Rajaji formula worked Alexa – Talking Wikipedia Maximising the micro pricing … The power-full Hindujas Tribute Multi-faceted Venkat EEC at the National Media Centre Delhi returns to BJP Air Asia India will set new benchmarks for budget travel The Jan Dhan bonanza A Grand Finale for SN’s MS centenary at the US… Shanti and Sadhana through Music Why land prices zoom in TN? A proud Madrasi TN accounts for the largest recruits by the IT sector S Ramanathan – a versatile musician, musicologist No engine for this car IPL - no surprise this scam More heat than light
 
Quality silica from Neyveli

For glass, the base raw material is silica. The head of the largest glass manufacturer, Saint Gobain Glass India, B Santhanam, recently pointed to such high quality material available at the Neyveli lignite mines.

At Neyveli, the lignite seam is reached after removing the over-burden of different types of earthen materials at a depth of around 100 meters. Santhanam said that the layer above the lignite seam is of high quality silica suitable for the manufacture of glass. Research efforts are directed at  maximising the yield of such material. Saint-Gobain is setting up its third glass float line at Sriperumbudur which is emerging the largest such facility at a single location. The company could breathe easy for meeting its raw material needs nearly.

Neyveli Lignite Corporation Ltd (NLC), set up during the second plan, started as the largest integrated mining cum power producer in the country. Presently, Neyveli mines with capacity of 30 million tonne of lignite, support power generation of 3253 MW. For mining each ton of lignite mine, NLC has to remove 11 tonnes of overburden.

The clay of certain characteristic was also considered to be excellent material for the manufacture of ceramic products. The Seshasayee group of companies set up the Seshasayee Industries and Neyveli Ceramic Industries at nearby Vadalur and later a ceramic tiles unit in Puducherry. There were expectations of a large number of ceramic and chemical units to flourish with the giant NLCs support. Unfortunately, there was not much coordinated effort between the Central PSU and the state government to exploit the potential of this highly successful unit. I hope a better business orientation on the part of NLC and a closer involvement of the state and the Centre would help NLC draw its full potential.

One needs to compare the strident growth recorded by NTPC that was set up two decades after NLC. NTPC has installed a capacity of 45,798 MW, revenues of Rs 73,543 crore and net profit of Rs 10,291 crore as for 2014-15. Piyush Goyal, Minister of State for Power, Coal and Renewable Energy, has brought about a spectacular transformation of the power sector, reviving lot of latent capacity as also better coordination between coal and power ministries. He would do well to look at the enormous potential of Neyveli to excel also by the utilisation of its several by products.

 

Author :
Reported On :
Sector :
Shoulder :
RELATED NEWS
ABOUT IE
IE, the business magazine from south was launched in 1968 and pioneered business journalism in south. Through the 45 years IE has been focusing on well-presented and well-researched articles. When giants in the industry stumbled to keep pace with the digital revolution, IE stayed affixed embracing technology.
Read more
 
PRIVACY POLICY
Economist Communications Ltd is committed to ensuring that your privacy is protected.
Read more
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
You agree that your use of this Website and the purchase of the magazine will be governed by these terms and conditions.
Read more
 
CONTACT US
S-15, Industrial Estate,
Guindy,
Chennai - 600 032.
PHONE: +91 44 22501236
EMAIL: indecom1968@gmail.com