Innovation at Tata Chemicals is focused on delivering value to the customer. Though we began as a chemicals company, we have been able to integrate chemicals with other sciences. At present, we have five centres for innovation and advancement in India.
The innovation thrust aims at developing products and services positioned at the intersection of physics and chemistry (nanotechnology) and biology and chemistry (biotechnology). Our focus areas are food and fuel, energy and environment, and water and wellness (FEW).
Tata Chemicals Centre for Agrisolutions and Technology, Aligarh
The centre, also known as CAT, was set up to advise farmers on farming practices in general and crop nutrition solutions in particular. The laboratory is approved by DSIR and is involved in R&D on crop nutrition.
Rallis Innovation Chemistry Hub (RICH), Bengaluru
RICH is the Rallis hub for R&D. Recognised by DSIR, RICH works on developing new molecules, formulations and products which can be commercialised not only in India but also in international markets. Apart from new product pipelines, it focuses on developing innovative and safer formulations for eco-friendly water-based products, and scalable green technology.
Metahelix Life Sciences, Bengaluru
Metahelix is an agricultural biotechnology company focusing on developing traits and technologies for crop protection and improved productivity. Metahelix also provides customised research to select companies using its proprietary technologies in crop transformation and functional genomics.
Tata Chemicals Innovation Centre, Pune
The Innovation Centre was set up in 2004 to seed new businesses using principles of sustainability and green chemistry. Our current biotechnology-based nutritional solutions, food ingredients and exploratory efforts in nano-materials are outcomes of this process.
The Department of Science and Industrial Research (DSIR)-approved centre focuses on five technology verticals: food formulations, microbial biotechnology, separation and purification, emerging materials and agri-formulations. The centre aims to evolve into a self-reliant, inter-disciplinary unit that will meet application technology needs for Tata Chemicals and other Tata Group companies.
Tata Chemicals R&D Centre, Mithapur
The Mithapur R&D centre was recognised by DSIR in 1974 for its path-breaking industrial research. Over the years, it has forged innovative solutions to resolve critical plant and production issues, such as pioneering iodised vacuum-dried salt in India, use of effluent solids for cement manufacture, seawater-based cooling towers for Mithapur (which is a water-deficient region), use of seawater for brine preparation for soda ash manufacture, use of undersized limestone and boiler fly ash for cement manufacture, bromine dehydration and dechlorination, manufacture of double-fortified salt and sulphate of potash, among others.