Mr Pramod Chaudhari, executive chairman, Praj Industries
In a recent interaction with the BioSpectrum, Mr Pramod Chaudhari, executive chairman, Praj Industries spoke on company's unique operations and future outlook.
Q: What are the offerings of your company in the bioindustrial space?
Praj is a knowledge-based company with expertise and experience in bioprocesses and engineering. It delivers know-how, license, engineering design, plant and equipment, project management, commissioning and customer care, and turnkey projects. The company offers technology, equipment and plants for brewery as well as water and wastewater treatment systems and critical process equipment for various industrial applications. The biobased products like fermentation performance enhancers and livestock health and nutrition products too form a part of its offerings. With over 500 references across five continents, we are a leading ethanol technology and plant supplier with a strong focus on 2nd generation bioethanol process development.
Q: Please update us on the developments at Praj Industries in the last few years?
Praj has achieved great experience and expertise in sugar based feedstock where fermentation is a key parameter followed by bioprocessing chemical engineering and other separation technologies. Building further on our strength, we have attained expertise in hydrolysis. Generally fermentation is very commonly used terminology in pharma but here I would like to talk here more in context of industrial biotechnology, the area where we have been now recognized both in India as well as globally. In that direction, we in 2008 established the world class research and development centre called the Praj Matrix in a 5 acre area at Pune. At this innovation center, we have multiple agenda. First step was involving the 1st generation technologies mainly making ethanol from molasses and feedstock. The second focus has been on the 2nd generation biofuels from cellulosic biomass and agri-residues. Now the 2nd generation commercial demo plant will lay the foundation of cellulosic ethanol technologyfollowed by biorefinery which will produce myriad biochemicals and bioproducts.