Found an article in the web about the distillation process. Please find it attached.
Summarizing the inputs, catalysts and outputs:
Inputs: Alpha-pinene, Beta-pinene
Main catalysts: Titanium Dioxide (TiO2), Sulphuric Acid (H2SO4), Sodium Hydroxide (NaOH)…
Ponomarev.pdf (218.1 KB)
Throwing some questions for people to ponder about:
- Where do we source those pinenes from? Are those imported? Do we have enough pine trees in India? Who cuts those trees and sells the pinenes to us? What is our bargaining power with them?
- We didn’t really research much about our interaction with the customers yet. Looking up SCL’s website (India’s largest camphor player as claimed by them). It is indeed some pharmaceutical and beauty product companies. What is our bargaining power with these guys? Given camphor is a commoditized product, I believe there is very less scope for value-addition, but I’m not sure.
- I believe the catalysts mentioned are cheaply available as they are widely used chemicals. Any comments?