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Godavari Biorefineries Ltd. inaugurated new Research and Development (R&D) Centre at Navi Mumbai

Feb 01, 2017

Godavari Biorefineries Limited (GBL) inaugurated new R&D laboratory at TTC Industrial state Mahape, Navi Mumbai. The new state-of-the-art facility center is in line with GBL’s strategy to focus on research and innovation to address the significant and growing demand for chemical products made from renewable feedstock.

This new facility covers area of 7500 sq. feet & will house 30 employees working on various research areas such as chemistry, biotechnology, microbiology and molecular biology. Padma Vibhushan Prof. M.M.Sharma ex-Director of ICT, Mumbai inaugurated the research center and provided insights of the chemical industry in India in his inaugural speech.

Mr. Samir Somaiya, Chairman & Managing Director marked the inauguration of the new lab as dream come true moment.

About Godavari Biorefineries Limited

Godavari Biorefineries Ltd is a leading biorefining company that produces sugar, other foods, biofuels, chemicals, power, compost, waxes, and related products, using sugarcane as the primary feedstock. Our aim is to engage in research and innovate by continuously making new products and entering new markets in order to derive the maximum value from our feedstock. Our research areas include sustainable farming, transformation of biomass (chemical, mechanical and biological), product development, and process optimization. Founded in 1939, we have been pioneers in the growing, processing, and utilization of biomass to make a wide variety of products.

We are now working on the next generation bagasse-based biorefinery and also the biotransformation of sugar to biopolymers.

Godavari Biorefineries Limited increases production capacity to 50 million litres per year of fuel grade ethanol up from 15 million litres currently

Mar 21, 2016

Godavari Biorefineries Limited has commissioned its expanded facility for dehydrated ethanol (fuel grade) manufacturing at Sameerwadi in Karnataka. With this expansion, the company has the capacity to make 50 million litres per year of fuel grade ethanol, up from 15 million litres currently. The expansion of the fully automated plant using Molecular Sieve Dehydration Technology was completed in 5 Months. The facility will use byproducts of their sugar manufacturing process as raw material.

Godavari Biorefineries Ltd. is a biorefining company producing sugar, biofuels, chemicals, power, compost, waxes, and related products, using sugarcane as the primary feedstock. The company has manufacturing plants at Sameerwadi, Bagalkot district in Karnataka and Sakarwadi, Ahmednagar district in Maharashtra.

Samir Somaiya, Chairman and Managing Director said, "The expansion, is an extension of our strategy to create more value from our renewable stocks. The expansion will help our greater participation in the blending Programme of the Government of India that mandates target of 5 percent blending of bio fuel with petrol.

The company had recently raised private equity from Mandala Capital, a part of which was for the setting up of this plant.

About Godavari Biorefineries Limited

Godavari Biorefineries Ltd., a member of the Somaiya Group, was established in 1939 and is one of the leading companies in the Indian sugar industry. It has sugar, power and chemical plants in Karnataka and Maharashtra. Godavari Biorefineries Ltd. expects a turnover exceeding Rs. 1,200 Crores for the year ended March 2016.

The company undertakes continuous research and innovates for making new products and entering new markets in order to derive maximum value from its feedstock. The company has been pioneers in the making of ethanol based chemicals and is now working on the utilisation of biomass to make a wider variety of products.

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Godavari Biorefineries Ltd. launches ‘Jivana Turmeric’

Jan 20, 2016

Godavari Biorefineries Ltd. has entered the spices category under its food brand ‘Jivana’.Godavari Biorefineries Ltd. launches Jivana Turmeric after their successful foray with Jivana Classic Sugar, and Jivana Refined Iodised Salt.

Jivana turmeric is hygienic, pure, and rich in colour, flavor and texture with freshness intact.It stimulates protein digestion, and is an excellent blood purifier. The packages are available in 50gms, 100gms, 200gmsto cater to the demands of various segments. It will be available in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Rajasthan and Karnataka.The turmeric is finely packed in high quality packaging material such that it maintains its freshness and nutritional value.
Jivana turmeric is manufactured and packed in Bisnal Village, Bagalkot

Speaking on the launch`Jivana Turmeric', “Mr. Samir Somaiya,CMD Godavari Biorefineries, said the company has come out with two productsJivana Sugar, andJivana refined iodised salt which are the two most basic ingredients used by the Indian housewives in their cooking.The company has gained valuable experience in the foods segment after the launch of `Jivana Salt and Jivana Sugar' and the entry into spices segment was a natural extension of the foray into the market”

About Godavari Biorefineries Ltd
Godavari Biorefineries Ltd is one of India’s leading and sustainable company producing sugar, other foods, biofuels, chemicals, power, compost, waxes, and related products, using sugarcane as the primary feedstock. Our aim is to engage in research and innovate by continuously making new products and entering new markets in order to derive the maximum value from our feedstock. Our research areas include sustainable farming, transformation of biomass (chemical, mechanical and biological), product development, and process optimization. Founded in 1939, we have been pioneers in the growing, processing, and utilization of biomass to make a wide variety of products.

We are now working on the next generation bagasse-based bio refinery and also the biotransformation of sugar to biopolymers.

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K. J. Somaiya Centre for Buddhist Studies inaugurated its rural outreach program Jetavan, at Sakarwadi, Kopargoan, Maharashtra.

Jan 07, 2016

K. J. Somaiya Centre for Buddhist Studies, a Somaiya Vidyavihar institute, announced the launch of Jetavan, a non-sectarian centre for spiritual practice and holistic development at Sakarwadi, Kopergaon.

Jetavan is an outreach project of the K. J. Somaiya Centre for Buddhist Studies. The project is inspired by the compassion of Ven. Dhammadipa, a Buddhist monk from the Czech Republic and built in partnership Godavari Biorefineries Ltd, the flagship company of the Somaiya group,

Jetavan will be a non-sectarian centre that will encourage spiritual practice and physical wellness among the local community at Sakarwadi. In addition, vocational training programmes will also be conducted to assist youngsters develop livelihood skills and achieve financial independence. Jetavan reflects our commitment at Somaiya Vidyavihar to underscore citizenship and community service, even as we provide avenues for career building to young students.

Jetavan, with an aim to contribute towards the development of the community at Sakarwadi, will host a variety of programs and gatherings - from diverse spiritual teachings to vocational training workshops.  The program will be managed by K J Somaiya Centre for Buddhist Studies and implemented together with the various institutes of Somaiya Vidyavihar including its institutes teaching Sanskrit, Jainism, Yoga, and Vocational Training. Programs will be conducted under the guidance of academic experts.

Godavari Biorefineries Limited, the flagship company of the Somaiya Group, has provided land and funds for development of Jetavan and will continue to support the project as part of its community development program.  GBL has supported the Buddhist community in the area by providing space for a library and earmarking a compound for community gatherings. Godavari Biorefineries has been engaged in community outreach at its locations in Maharashtra and Karnataka from inception and this experience will be invaluable in programming at Jetavan.

Says Samir Somaiya, President Somaiya Vidyavihar “For us, Jetavan, is our way of giving back to Society.  Both GBL and Somaiya Vidyavihar have been working with the community in various ways. The aim of this initiative is to respond to the twin needs of the community at Sakarwadi – that of spiritual guidance and the need to improve economic well being.  Education in spiritual knowledge and human values provides people of all backgrounds an opportunity to inculcate positive thoughts and attitudes.   The spirit of inclusiveness, co-operation and warmth at Jetavan will make a qualitative change in their lives.  At Somaiya Vidyavihar, we have education institutions that teach the academic study of Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism in an inclusive and progressive manner.  We are very happy to make this available to the people in and around Sakarwadi.   The construction and architecture represents our commitment to the environment.”

The Chief Guest Ven. Dhammadipa conducted the inauguration ceremony which featured recitation of Buddhist chants, blessings by priests of various faiths amongst songs by children. Many of the community members and devotees joyfully and enthusiastically took part in the proceedings.

Says Ven. Dhammadipa, Jetavan is the result of the kindness and generosity of several people from India, China, Taiwan, Spain, USA, Germany and Czech. They have opened their hearts for the benefit of the community at Sakarwadi for the practice of the Dharma. I hope that the community in turn opens their hearts to receive this gift and make the project a success.

Jetavan has been designed by Sameep Padora and Associates an internationally awarded architectural firm from Mumbai.  The complex was built by artisans from Hunnarshala Foundation from Bhuj in collaboration with the local construction teams.  It has been constructed using natural materials and waste materials, so as to reduce the carbon footprint to the barest minimum possible. The constructions materials represent several innovations – such as use of quarry dust and fly ash (which is waste from the factory) to build the walls.  16 tons of old, used wood from the ship-breaking yard at Alang, Gujarat was used for the roof under-structure, over which mud-rolls have been placed. Old, used Mangalore tiles were then placed on top. The mud-rolls will ensure comfort in terms of temperature in the interiors. The roof is inverted, so that light comes in at an angle from the top and those inside the building can only see tree tops and the sky outside.

Activities planned at Jetavan

  1. A large hall will serve for meditation practice and for religious ceremonies. Ven Dhammadipa will travel to Sakarwadi once every couple of years to personally guide meditation practice and deliver teachings from Buddhist texts. K J Somaiya Centre for Buddhist Studies will draw upon its connections in diverse Buddhist traditions to invite members of the Sangha to Jetavan for Dharma teachings.
  2. Buddhist Centre faculty and students from the various courses will help conduct courses on Pali language and texts as also introductory courses on Buddhism that explain the history and philosophical aspects of this great Indian tradition.
  3. Faculty and students from K J Somaiya Bhartiya Sanskriti Peetham and the K J Somaiya Centre for Studies in Jainism will read and explain texts and encourage discussion and debate on spiritual development in a supportive environment.
  4. Recognising that economic growth is a primary concern, Somaiya Vidyavihar will support training programs for local youth in vocational skills –such as carpentry. There will also be training provided in matters of simple hygiene and health care.

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Godavari Biorefineries Ltd. Launches ‘Jivana Iodised Salt’

Oct 02, 2015

Homemakers can now benefit from both Jivana sugar and Jivana salt.

After the success of the Jivana Classic Sugar, Godavari Biorefineries Ltd. has launched Jivana Refined Iodised Salt. Both Jivana salt & sugar are certified under Food Safety Standard Authority India (FSSAI)

Jivana Iodised salt comes from Kutch and is harvested from saltpans using safe & natural solar evaporation methods that help retain the required goodness of iodine. It is also enriched with macro minerals like magnesium and calcium that are vital for physical and mental health.

The salt is available in one kg packs across the states of Maharashtra and Gujarat and expanding.

Jivana Classic Sugar, is hygienic, unadulterated, pure sugar, manufactured using automated production processes. The medium-­‐sized sugar crystals are extracted from the first and best juice of each stalk of cane, guaranteeing the right amount of sweetness each time. It comes from Godavari Biorefineries Ltd., a sugar refinery in Karnataka operating for over 75 years.

Jivana Classic sugar is available in one kg and five kg packs in 1600 stores across Mumbai, Bangalore, Ahmedabad, Surat, Rajkot, Udaipur, and few other towns of Rajasthan.

The food division of the group will focus on branded food products and food additives.

About Godavari Biorefineries Ltd

Godavari Biorefineries Ltd is one of India’s leading and sustainable manufacturer of foods, biofuels, specialty chemicals, power, compost, waxes, and related products, using sugarcane as the primary feedstock.

For more information, email at: consumercare@somaiya.com or call on: 022-61702111

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Godavari Biorefineries Ltd. Raises $15 Million (Rs. 90 Crore) From Mandala Capital

May 12, 2015

Godavari Biorefineries Ltd, (“Godavari”), one of India’s leading and sustainable manufacturers of foods, biofuels, specialty chemicals, power and related products, using sugarcane as the primary feedstock, today announced that it has raised $ 15 million (Rs 90 Crore) in equity, from funds managed by Mandala Capital.

This investment in research and innovation to address the Global needs for Green products and Chemicals is part of Godavari’s strategy to enhance returns by strengthening the portfolio of higher-­‐margin products to address the significant and growing demand for chemical products made from renewable feedstock. Godavari’s strength in manufacturing and expertise in renewable feedstock provides high yields and low conversion costs.

In recent years, Godavari has been following a strategy focused on creating higher value than its peers globally from every unit of its feedstock, be it sugarcane, molasses, ethyl alcohol, bagasse, or, in the future, any other biomass. In pursuit of its vision to increase the current level of extracted value, Godavari has been investing heavily in innovation, research and collaboration in the production of sugar, power and ethanol and in the manufacture of value added, complex chemicals derived from ethanol as well as the waste products of the sugar refining process.

The funds invested by Mandala Capital will be used for Phase I of this strategy, which involves a new manufacturing plant for specialty chemicals, an increased capacity for ethanol production, debottlenecking of existing plants and strengthening the company’s utility infrastructure. It will also fund an expanded facility for research and development.

Godavari has a current capacity to manufacture over 70 million liters of ethanol (ethyl alcohol) and is among the larger producers of ethanol in India. It is a pioneer in the use of ethanol as a feedstock for the production of chemicals and is among a handful globally, to make and sell chemicals from ethanol. Some of the chemicals it manufactures currently include acetaldehyde, ethyl acetate, crotonaldehyde, MPO, paraldehyde, and other specialty chemicals, often providing an alternative, renewable source of supply to oil-­‐based petrochemicals. Godavari’s products find applications in paints, printing inks, pharmaceuticals, flexible packaging, fragrances and cosmetics. Godavari is a preferred supplier to a wide number of Indian companies, and global multinationals such as Hindustan Coca-­‐Cola Beverages Limited, BASF and others including some of the world’s leading companies in the beverage, confectionery, pharmaceuticals, fragrances and chemicals sectors.

Samir Somaiya, Chairman, Godavari Biorefineries Ltd. said, “Research and sustainability is at the core of all that we do. Our focus is on developing new production processes to manufacture specialty and high performance chemicals using biomass as raw materials within the value chain. For us, innovation in green chemistry is a source of growth and expansion for the company as well as our commitment to the triple bottom line of social, ecological and financial gain.”

Uday Garg, CEO of Mandala Capital said, “We have followed the progress of Mr. Samir Somaiya and his team at Godavari for several years and witnessed firsthand the transformation of the Company from a traditional sugar business into an integrated bio refinery. The “more value per ton” strategy is ambitious and innovative. Early successes in supplying complex chemicals to the exacting requirements of global players demonstrate the viability of the process chemistry being developed by Godavari, its impact to the bottom line and the ability of the team to innovate sustainable solutions for customers on a commercial basis.”

Godavari Biorefineries Ltd. a member of the Somaiya Group, was established in 1939 and is one of the leading companies in the Indian Sugar Industry. It has sugar, ethanol, power and chemical plants in Karnataka and Maharashtra. Godavari expects a turnover exceeding Rs. 1,200 crores for the year ended March 2016.

Godavari believes in pursuing the triple bottom line in its approach to doing business. All of this is powered by innovation. The company is working with its farmers to ensure soil health, water use efficiency, and intercropping, to enable the farmer to earn better returns while at the same time, keep the earth healthy for the long term. Godavari also works by creating social infrastructure for education in the area that it serves.

Mandala Capital Ltd. manages private equity funds that invest in companies focused on the agribusiness sector in the Indian subcontinent.

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Godavari Biorefineries Limited Launched its New Chemical Plant

Godavari Biorefineries Limited inaugurated its new MPO plant with a capacity of 4,000 tons per annum, at Sakarwadi in Maharashtra. 

Godavari Biorefineries Ltd. is a biorefining company producing sugar, biofuels, chemicals, power, compost, waxes, and related products, using sugarcane as the primary feedstock.  The company has manufacturing plants at Sameerwadi, Bagalkot district in Karnataka and Sakarwadi, Ahmednagar district in Maharashtra.

Inaugurating the plant, Shri Prakash Mehta, Minister of Housing, Labour & Mines, Guardian Minister of Raigad District, Government of Maharashtra, said, “The development of this plant will contribute to the socio-economic development of the area. The commitment of the company for this region began with Karamshibhai Somaiya when he founded the company here and this became his Karmabhoomi. From the past 76 years, the company has worked for the development of this area”.

Samir Somaiya, Chairman and Managing Director said, “The new unit will allow us to offer customized chemicals and solutions for the global markets. It is part of our strategy to meet the growing demand for chemicals manufactured from renewable feedstocks using sustainable practices”.

The company had recently raised private equity from Mandala Capital, a part of which was for the setting up of this plant.

About Godavari Biorefineries Limited

Godavari Biorefineries Ltd., a member of the Somaiya Group, was established in 1939 and is one of the leading companies in the Indian sugar industry.  It has sugar, power and chemical plants in Karnataka and Maharashtra. Godavari Biorefineries Ltd. expects a turnover exceeding Rs. 1,200 Crores for the year ended March 2016.

The company undertakes continuous research and innovates for making new products and entering new markets in order to derive maximum value from its feedstock. The company has been pioneers in the making of ethanol based chemicals and is now working on the utilisation of biomass to make a wider variety of products.

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Somaiya Vidyavihar School Children from Ahmednagar Participate in Robotic Competition in Mumbai

Mumbai, Economic Times | Jul 15, 2015

School children from Sharda English Medium School, Kopargaon; Somaiya Vidya Mandir, Lakshmiwadi & Somaiya Vidya Mandir, Sakarwadi participated in an exciting robotic competition organized by K. J. Somaiya Institute of Engineering and Information Technology, Mumbai.

This initiative by Somaiya Vidyavihar was done to ensure that Robotics that is part of the education system in the international schools in high schools globally and in cities in India is made available to the children in all their schools. Says, Dr. Dilip R. Pangavhane, Principal of K. J. Somaiya Institute of Engineering and Information Technology (KJSIEIT) “ Working with robots is a great way for encouraging interest in Science and Math. It inspires innovation, encourages creativity and analytical ability. At Somaiya Vidyavihar, we have a culture of sharing knowledge amongst all our institutions. We were thus very keen to ensure that the students of schools of Somaiya Vidyavihar, including the ones in rural areas also get the opportunity to learn robotics. We have been amazed at the level of interest, and talent that the children have shown”.

In June, KJSIEIT college students had visited the schools in Kopergaon and held a workshop to train the students in the most exciting field of Robotics.

Animesh Kukade, a class 9 student from Sharda English Medium School, Kopargaon said, “Robotics is fun. We have to coordinate many things at the same time, like the timing & speed of the robotic car, going over the obstructions, tracking the penalties and operating it. It is an amazing experience. The college students taught us everything in a simple manner and made us understand the basics very clearly. "

A Quality education initiative for rural children by Godavari Biorefineries Limited in association with Somaiya Vidyavihar -­‐Sharda English Medium School, Kopargaon, Somaiya Vidya Mandir Laxmiwadi, and Somaiya Vidya Mandir, Sakarwadi.

Teachers, students from Somaiya Vidyavihar, Mumbai as well as guests from international colleges often visit the schools to share their knowledge. The success of the various initiatives has seen the children show great interest in their studies. The success of the efforts can be seen by the fact that each of the schools achieved over 90% results in SSC.

Somaiya Vidyavihar has over 34 educational institutions across Maharashtra and Karnataka.

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