Travancore Titanium Products Ltd. was incorporated on 18th of December 1946, to produce pigment grade Titanium dioxide from ilmenite which is abundantly available as placer deposits on beaches near Kollam, 65 Kms north of the capital city, Thiruvananthapuram in the coastal state of Kerala,India.The unit was promoted by the then princely state of Travancore in collaboration with the British Titan Products (BTP) Company Limited, U.K.(now known as Tioxide Group Limited).The administrative control of the company was with a managing agency, Indian Titan Products Company.
The Company which started production at a modest rate of 5 tonnes per day, increased its capacity in stages to the present level of 40-45 tonnes per day. Till recently, Travancore Titanium Products Ltd., was the only unit producing Anatase grade Titanium Dioxide pigment, in India.Travancore Titanium Products, became a State Public sector unit in 1960,with the Goverment of Kerala owning 80.94% of the shares.
Production of titanium dioxide commenced in the year 1951,and the capacity was raised to 10 tonnes per day in 1960, the year in which the management of the Company was taken over by the Govt. of Kerala. The Company also installed its own sulphuric acid plant to produce acid for captive consumption. In 1963 the capacity of Titanium Dioxide produced was further increased to 18 tonnes per day wuth a commensurate addition to the sulphuric acid production also.
Subsequently, a major expansion programme was undertaken and completed in 1973, increasing the realisable capacity to 45 tonnes per day of anatase grade TiO2. To meet the increased requirement of sulphuric acid, a third acid plant of 300 tonnes per day capacity was also put on stream.
Subsequently, a modern sulphuric acid plant was commissioned in 1996, which utilizes the tail gas recycling DCDA (Double Catalysis Double Absorption) technology. The alkali scrubbing system incorporated therein helps to keep sulphur dioxide emissions well within permissible limits and helps in maintaining a clean environment.
Almost six hundred tests a day are performed. Constant process monitoring is done at every stage of manufacture,to ensure the highest standards of quality.
From ilmenite, all raw materials and chemicals used in the production of Titanium Dioxide, are subjected to tests to ensure adherence to specifications. Strict quality control by monitoring the critical parameters at desired frequencies is maintained during all the stages of operation.
Sampling is carried out conforming to internationally approved methods. At every stage of the production, samples are taken at specified frequencies and analyzed to ensure strict adherence to specification.
The latest testing techniques are used and tests are conducted in a laboratory equipped with modern equipments, including:
Titanium Dioxide is versatile pigment with varied applications in defferent industries. Each end product requires a particular quality of Titanium Dioxide. Our technical service Department endeavours to understand customers' needs and strives to satisfy them by technological innovations. We are faced with the challenge of newer products and increasing applications of our pigment.In order to match the sophistication of the modern technology of our consumers, we are constantly in touch with them, trying to understand their problems and offering solutions for the betterment of quality.
RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT
Over the years, with extensive research, particularly in the optimisation of pigmentary properties of the product -titanium dioxide- the company's Research and Development Laboratories are devoted to finding newer and better methods of achieving the highest standards.
the technology we inherited from the British Titan Products and enriched by our experimentation over the past 50 years has given in competence and confidence to embark on new projects. A plant is under operation with facilities to produce products developed in the Research Laboratory including Potassium titanate, Sodium titanate and special grade Titanium Dioxide. Future programmes include the production of other titanium based products. Utilisation of valuable constituents in the effluent and recovery of basic material for future development are also envisaged for R & D programmes
The product is especially tested for opacity, brightness, particle size distribution and dispersion aimed at customer requirement and adherence to ISI standards laid down by the Bureau of Indian Standards is ensured.
With a view to improving efficiency, profitability, competitiveness and to maintain market leadership,TTP has proposals to expand its capacity to 27000 tonnes per
year,modernise and diversify in stages to produce both Anatase and Rutile grades of Titanium Dioxide pigment. Modernisation and revamping would be carried out with minimum interruption to the present production and the new plans to this connection will be launched during the current year .The total estimated cost of the project is Rs.150 crores.