All our products are GOTS certified: Ranka of RAN Chemicals
RAN Chemicals & RSA Industries, a manufacturer and exporter of specialty chemicals and polymers from Nagpur, has more than three decades of experience in developing and manufacturing next-generation speciality formulations for applications across textile, powder paint, paper, and care industries. The company’s expertise lies in manufacturing of water soluble polyester resin, carboxylated polyester resin for powder paint, low molecular weight water soluble polyesters and fatty acid esters and surfactant formulations.
Sanjay Ranka, Managing Director of Ran Chemicals & RSA Industries, said “We started manufacturing inverse emulsion polymers mainly for the oilfield industry. That time, the marker was not ready. So we came by mistake into the textile industry. Then that became a very popular product in the textile industry. In those days importing was prohibited. So we came out with printing thickener, which really became a very big success. RAN 5000 is a famous brand name established by us.”
The company’s product range includes sizing polymers, printing thickeners, wet processing chemicals, dyeing and printing additives and finishing softeners. “We offer a full range of textile chemicals. We have an entire range of products for sizing, dyeing, printing, etc. We have tried to do something different from the products that are commonly available in the market. We have always insisted that we create more value for the customer. We are unique so that we don’t have to fight the market for price. We want to create our own segment,” said Ranka.
He added, “All our products are GOTS certified. Sustainability and resource conservation are our priorities in the product development phase, along with a continuous performance comparison with products currently available in the market. We have given a lot of emphasis in seeing that we create a eco-friendly product. Our emphasis is to reduce the quantity required to do the job. Suppose the competitive product requirement is 1 kg, we will try to do something in 500 grams. Although, our face value is higher.”
Speaking further on the range of products offered by RAN Chemicals, Ranka said, “In softeners, we have cationic softener replacement. Around 1 kg can be replaced by 400 grams of our product. In sizing agent, 1 kg of sizing agent can be replaced by 1.8 kg of pva. Everywhere, we have ensured to reduce the doze of the chemicals. It is for the sustainability of the industry. This is our main motto.”
He added, “Our products are there for sizing, dyeing, printing, etc. We have created our different space. In washing chemicals, people give acrylic chemicals; whereas we have polyester-based chemical, which is more efficient and has good properties. In silicon too, we have made a sustainable additive to improve silicone and to improve cationic.”
On production capacity, he said: “We produce nearly 800 tonne per month of polyester and nearly 10,000 tonne per month of auxiliaries. Our share in polyester is nearly 25-30 per cent and the share in auxiliaries is not very big. We have just started in auxiliaries. Our group turnover is nearly Rs 20 million as of today. Expansion is an ongoing process, it happens every year. Our focus is on continuous improvements in products through R&D. We have a fully equipped research laboratory, strong team of qualified engineers, as well as pilot plant facilities, where most of our speciality formulations have been developed. We provide prompt technical support to our customers as required. We improve and upgrade our in-house systems to improve productivity and decrease downtime.”
Speaking on the global markets, Ranka had this to say: “Ultimately the textile sector is going to grow in India, Bangladesh, Indonesia and Pakistan. This is because China [slowly] is becoming a costlier place for textiles. Today they are very big and India will take a lot of time to overtake them. However, the future of Indian textile looks very good.”
RAN’s major export market is in Europe, South America and Indonesia. Ranka concludes by saying that the company exports its products to China too. Exporting to China is difficult, but we have been exporting.