Interview with Mr Anjani Prasad

Mr Anjani Prasad
Mr Anjani Prasad
Country Head, Textiles-Leather & Paper Chemicals Division

Can you let us know more about AMicroS™ (Advanced Microbiological Services), and their applications in select industry?

We are currently exploring various possibilities of using Amicros for Textiles.

AMicroSTM Advanced Microbiological Services from Clariant

As a part of Clariant’s acquisition of BTP in 2000, the activities of Nipa laboratories were integrated into Division Functional Chemicals. More than 70 years of experience with preservatives and a broad range of different actives and blends were combined with Clariant’s wide range of performance chemicals, contributing to solve nearly every formulation problem a customer can imagine. With extensive experience of microbiology and biocides, Clariant offers an advanced service under the name AMicroSTM. AMicroSTM offers microbiological testing services for evaluating optimum dosage level of biocide for longer shelf life of the product for various industries, preservative system recommendations, Plant hygiene audits and microbiological problem solving. AmicroS Services in India are offered through Clariant’s Microbiology laboratory which is situated at Balkum, Thane.

AMicroSTM Products:

Microbiological test services & Preservative system recommendations-

Through our wealth of knowledge and expertise AmicroS offers an extensive range of microbiological testing e.g. In Can Challenge Test, Dry Film test, etc for different Industrial application areas ranging from Paint, Polymer, Metal working fluid, Leather, Paper, Concrete admixture, Guargum, Disinfectants etc.

The test methods include: 1. Industry recognized methods: In can and dry film challenge testing for a wide range of industrial applications. 2. BSEN ISO Standards: These include total viable count, disinfection testing etc. 3. Japanese standards: Unique methods for the testing of antimicrobial surfaces. 4. ASTM Methods: Includes diffusion tests and the testing of leather. 5. Testings as per customer request. AMicroSTM Plant Hygiene Audits-

Plant hygiene is of huge significance in maintaining product quality. It is essential that the hygiene status of a plant process is regularly monitored as it varies over the time. As part of a program to continuously improve product safety and integrity, a microbiology audit of your plant will identify problem areas with a rectification plan to optimise and control the hygiene of your plant. This will ensure that products received by your customers will be free from microbial contaminants.

Every Production Plant has Microbial Contamination that has many adverse affects on product quality; this can invariably lead to product failure, product recall and can also have potential human health issues.

AMicroSTM will monitor your plant, highlighting areas contaminated and give advice on the appropriate measures required to keep hygiene under control.


The audit includes sampling of various parts of the process, taking samples from pipe work, vessels and tanks. During an audit the following points will be addressed:

- Raw materials & process waters - Manufacturing process, hygiene and QA controls - Plant clean down procedures and their impact - Overall process / plant design and its influence on plant hygiene - Microbiological condition of the finished product

Detailed and annotated reports are provided following a plant audit. This will highlight any contaminated areas and include observations on aspects of plant design, working conditions and manufacturing / operator working practices, which may influence microbiological quality and hygiene.

Increase Employee Awareness-

On request AMicroSTM can also provide a comprehensive training guide to industrial plant hygiene prior to the audit. This aims to increase knowledge and awareness of the importance of good plant hygiene and how to maintain it.

Regular audits are essential in maintaining good plant hygiene. The primary audit is designed to provide a detailed initial hygiene report; this is recommended where no previous audit has been carried out in the last 12 months. A regular secondary audit should provide a tool to monitor and to maintain a good standard of hygiene in the plant.

How would you relate Clariant and EU REACH?

REACH is the new European Union (EU) Regulation on Registration, Evaluation and Authorization of Chemicals (REACH) with the main objectives of the protection of human health and the environment. REACH requires the registration of about 30,000 existing substances (industry-wide) in the following timeline:

•The registration process requires manufacturers and importers to generate data for all chemicals produced or imported into the EU above one ton per year. The registrants must also identify appropriate risk management measures and communicate them to the users.

•Clariant is well prepared for the implementation of REACH. The Clariant REACH organization comprises a high-level steering committee with members of the Clariant Main Board, an Operating Committee responsible for managing the REACH implementation process, and dedicated expert teams.

•Clariant supports actively the targets of REACH. Ensuring a high level of protection of human health and the environment is a clear obligation for Clariant.

Clariant cares for a close communication with their customers and suppliers to ensure the REACH Implementation.

What is the kind of growth the company expects in the years to come? Do you have any CapEx plans?

We have a state - of - art site at Roha. Apart from this, Kanchipuram is also being upgraded for synthesis of dyes. In coming years focus on growth is in co-relation to profitability.

We will exploit all the opportunities which the Indian market would provide. Clariant will take measures to improve the cost situation of the customers with innovative, effective and eco-friendly products and process packages. The investments will be made to fill-up any gaps and servicing their customer or harnessing their opportunities. We will definitely grow higher than the market growth. Clariant will provide the resources for improving the market share and will make all attempts to grow higher than the market growth.

Published on: 12/05/2008

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