Elkay Chemicals team member, Dr. Bilson Shukla, attended the 6th Agrochemicals Conference 2016 on 19th July 2016 at FICCI, New Delhi. Role of crop protection chemicals was the theme based on the statement of Shri Narendra Modi, Hon’ble Prime Minister of India. He said that “My dream is to see farmers double their income by 2022, when the country completes 75 years of independence”.
India is fourth largest producer of agrochemicals worldwide. The Indian agrochemical industry is valued at $4.76 billion in 2015 and is estimated to grow at CAGR of 12% to reach $8.38 billion by 2019. Use of crop protection chemicals i.e. insecticides, fungicides, herbicides can increase crop productivity by 25-50% by mitigating crop loss due to pest attacks.
Elkay manufacturers agricultural adjuvants to increase the efficiency of crop protection chemicals and crop fertilization chemicals. An adjuvant is compound that is added to a pesticide formulation or tank mix applications to enhance its effectiveness. Adjuvants enhance the penetration of pesticides into plants by ensuring adequate spray coverage and keeping pesticides in contact with plant tissues, or by increasing rates of penetration. Elkay is a leading manufacturer of silicone superspreading adjuvants which find extensive use in such applications.
This conference was organized by FICCI in association with the Department of Agriculture Cooperation & Farmers Welfare and the Department of Chemicals and Petrochemicals, Government of India.
Elkay Silicones showcased its silicone products and solutions at Chemspec 2016, Mumbai
At Chemspec 2016, Elkay presented its entire range of silicone products and solutions. Catering to several industries and sectors, Elkays products generated a deep interest across several sectors: textile, pharmaceuticals, agriculture, petrochemicals, personal care, construction, rubber & tyre and others.
The Elkay team spent 2 exciting days, in discussion with Indian as well as global visitors. Our stall was visited by 350-400 visitors – including our long-standing customers, fortune 500 customers, vendors and new customers.
Elkay will be participating in Chemspec India 2016 in Mumbai on 7th – 8th April 2016
We are always looking to enhance lives using our highly flexible silicone chemistry. We at Elkay, are excited to talk about our silicone products in a wide range of applications from Agriculture to Petrochemicals. It is always a pleasure to interact with our current and future customers. The Elkay team looks forward to welcoming you in Mumbai!
Elkay participated in the Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), Pune organized Farmers Day on 19 Oct 2015.
Over 100 key farmers from Maharashtra and other states of India attended the event.
Silicone adjuvants are used as super spreaders, super wetting agents and penetrating agents for agricultural applications. They increase the efficiency of pesticides, insecticides and herbicides and improve the efficiency of foliar spray by mixing with micronutrients to increase the yield of Vegetables, Fruits, Flowers and other crops. Dr. S K Sharma, Director, IARI Pune; Dr. J P Sharma, Joint Director, IARI New Delhi; Dr. N G Hegde, Trustee, BAIF Pune , Dr. Prasad, Directorate of floriculture, Pune and various scientists from NRC Grapes, NRC Onion & Garlic and college of agriculture were present during this presentation.
Silicone adjuvants application benefits at AgriTech 2015 in Bangalore
Elkay participated in AgriTech 2015, India’s largest Agriculture Business exhibition in Bangalore held from 21 August-23 August 2015.
Elkay Silicones representatives talked with a huge number of visitors about the benefits of silicone adjuvants/surfactants in terms of super spreading, super wetting, penetration, and their excellent success in foliar spraying.
Silicone adjuvants can be used for yield enhancement of various agriculture and horticulture crops by mixing it with micronutrients & liquid fertilizers. AG100 silicone surfactant is used to enhance the activity & efficacy of pesticide sprays such as herbicides, insecticides and fungicides to control or eliminate unwanted pests on fruits, flowers, vegetables and other cash crops.
Adding silicone adjuvants to the solution of micronutrients and liquid fertilizers maximizes performance and enhances quality. Plants need NPK – nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium. The best way to provide these nutrients is through foliar sprays.According to the scientists, a plant can transport minerals from its leaves all the way down to its roots in just 1 hour. Compared to root feeding, foliar spray is considered a more effective tool. As silicone adjuvants have high penetration abilities they enable the plant to absorb these nutrients in the most efficient manner.
Elkay demoed silicone defoamers for agricultural applications. LK- 675 is a modified silicone based highly potent anti-foam emulsion formulated specifically for agricultural applications. This product shows extremely fast foam destruction. It has excellent compatibility in other formulation components such as surfactant concentrates – it is especially suited for glyphosate formulations. The product is designed to retain efficacy in a wide range of pH and extreme conditions.
Silicones are to construction what medicines are to humans – giving an incredible increase in both the quality and life of the construction. By protecting buildings from the elements, silicones have proven to be invaluable in surface protections, stain protection, water repellency and sealing. Silicones have also opened up new possibilities for material usage – allowing next-generation drywall for quick lightweight construction and new architectural styles using glass. Green buildings with long lives, superior aesthetics and lower material usage are possible with silicones and are required for our future smart cities. Elkay Chemicals provides a number of these solutions such as LK-Ceraguard products for stone and tile sealing, LK Aqua EM290 and LK-RX-22 for drywall applications and LK-Seal 100 and LK-Seal 290RTU for water repellency.
Elkay was presented the Golden Maharashtra MSME award for innovation by minister of industries for Maharashtra – Subhash Desai.
Golden Maharashtra MSME Awards recognize and reward Maharashtra’s entrepreneurs and micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs). The award celebrates the strong culture of manufacturing, innovation and its achievers. With the Prime Minister’s clarion call of MAKE IN INDIA, it strives to put MSMEs in the forefront of manufacturing.
The mission of this award is to recognize MSMEs that exhibit impeccable leadership, robust financial strength, employment generation, transparency and creating wealth for its stakeholders.
At Elkay – Innovation is everyone’s business
In an ever dynamic market, innovation becomes the crux of a successful industry. At Elkay we have always believed in the power of discovery & innovation.
Since the conception of Elkay at Bhosari, Pune, Research & Development has been the strength of our company. We have leveraged the Indian technical talent and imbued in them our culture of looking for something new & better. Elkay has gone to the global market with 75 silicone products in the past 20 years. A large number of these products have been one of a kind in the Indian market resulting in them becoming import substitutes. With 7 patents, 5 technical publications and a long list of trade secrets, we have a position of being the sole manufacturer in India for 27% of our portfolio- Thereby creating a huge business footprint in the global silicone industry.
To evolve into an innovation centric organization, Elkay has created a cross functional team called ‘New Business Development’. This team has talented and passionate individuals with a thirst for the new and a drive for success. Witha perfect blend of R&D, engineering and marketing these individuals have the know-how to understand the market needs, the technical capabilities to develop products to meet them and a strategy to commercialize them in as short a duration as possible. Weekly meetings with the MD keep the pace going. This has seen a tremendous success.
Elkay values its employees and imbibes in them an ethos of ‘search for knowledge’. Management encourages open technical communications across all levels and has developed a culture of “Respect to each individual, enhancing our products and tolerance to failure”. As every employee works towards making innovation happen – at Elkay, Innovation becomes everyone’s business.
At Elkay, we are always working on new exciting products and applications. Upcoming for the first part of 2015 are great new additions to our agricultural adjuvant series and to our textiles portfolio.
AG-200 – we shall begin trialing our new pH stable agricultural adjuvant this month – unlike AG-100 that starts to degrade below a pH of 5.5, these will remain stable to a pH of 4. This will enable the incredible spreading of AG-100 in formulations that remain on the acidic side.
LK-Primasoft Light – an exciting new silicone softener emulsion that gives a unique touch and feel to any fabric. This is ideal for knits, polyester and denims. The main feature is excellent surface smoothness making fabric with a light and airy feel, giving the wearer wonderful comfort. This 55% solids also boasts of no fabric yellowing, easy dilutability and excellent durability. The product is ready to trial as of January 1st 2015.
Elkay presents AG100 a silicone based sticker and spreader at Kisan, Pune
Elkay provided live demos, awareness sessions and information leaflets about Elkay’s AG100 – A technical spreader and sticker product. Elkay’s stall was a huge success. We had more than 15,000 visitors who showed interest in our product which is a growing need in the agricultural industry.
AG100 is a silicone based adjuvant. This silicone super wetter provides more effective use of agro-chemicals. It enables larger coverage & lower spray volumes. Using Elkay’s AG products during fertilizer application has shown increased marigold flower yields by 40% (no surfactant) and 20% (NP surfactant).
About Elkay: For 24 years Elkay has been manufacturing world class silicone based products. Elkay is a cost-effective and technology driven manufacturer.