INDIA: International Convention on Colorants 2007 organised on Feb 7-9

MUMBAI: The 2nd International Convention on Colorants 2007 was jointly organised by Dyestuff Technology Department of Institute of Chemical Technology (ICT) and The Dyestuff Manufacturers Association of India (DMAI) at Hotel Leela Kempenski in Mumbai. The event was inaugurated on 7 th Feb 2007. The business session was on 8th and 9 th February at the same venue. 
This convention, inaugurated by Dr R A Mashelkar, President, Indian National Science Academy & Global Research Alliance, focuses on latest advancements in dyestuff applications.
It was attended by experts representing different fields of industries using dyestuffs / colorants / pigments. It is also supported by the Gujarat Dyestuff Manufacturer's Association of India.
International Convention on Colorants (COC) 2007 is an ideal platform for corporates to discuss and deliberate on the current trends of the colorants in the international arena and issues affecting the growth of Indian dye stuff industry.
Speakers from leading multinational companies and research institutes presented, dwelled upon the latest innovation in the field of dyestuffs and their non conventional applications, including the safety parameters which will benefit the manufacturers and users of dyestuffs.
Shri Janak Mehta, President, DMAI (Dyestuff Manufacturers Association of India) said “On the occasion that one of the most crucial areas of development for the colorant industry, which includes dyestuffs, pigments, optical brighteners and their intermediates, is Technology. Whether in terms of synthesis or application, colorants are becoming more sophisticated than ever. Besides their wide application in the textile field, colorants are now finding diverse application in the non-textile arena.’
The aim of COC-07 is multifold. The conventions will conceptually sketch the current and anticipated trends and developments in color chemistry and allied field in years to come. The presentations will cover environment friendly colorants and processes, colorants in home, clothing, personal care, polymers and life sciences, colorants for energy conversion and conversation, colorants in the world of electronics and opto- electronics and nanotechnology in colorants.
Colorants provide innovative material for a wide spectrum of industries, markets and applications, ranging from colors for the green industrial society, through smart colors for the high tech world of electronics and opto-electronics, to colors for home care, personal care and life sciences. 
A total of 18 speakers including Prof Dr Vinod Kanetkar, Dyestuff Technology Department, ICT (Challenges in functional colorants synthesis); Prof Dr He Tian, East China University of Science & Technology, P R China (Photochromic materials for fluorescent switch and data storage); Dr Jean-Marie Adam, Rosenau, France (Innovation in hair dyes chemistry) and Dr Abool Iqbal, the reputed Bangladesh born scientist who is credited with being the inventor of a Red pigment made presentations on various aspects of colorants.

The Dyestuffs Manufacturers' Association of India (DMAI), established in 1950, is the oldest and the only Association in the Colorants Industry having members from all over the country, covering all sectors, from small scale units to multi-nationals operating in India.

Government authorities have recognized DMAI as an apex body representing Dyestuffs, Pigments, Optical Brighteners and Dye intermediate manufacturers. The Association has been in regular dialogue with various ministries and government agencies to address issues concerning the Industry.
The Indian Colorants Industry has over the years emerged as one of India's leading foreign exchange earners. Whereas India’s share in global trade is less than 1%, Indian Colorants Industry accounts for almost 7.5% of total global trade.
The outstanding research work carried out in the department has created permanent global impact on dyestuffs and allied industries especially the Indian Colorants Industry.

Publications of popular informative volumes, over 1000 publications of National and International repute, have led the progress of the department.
Dyestuff Technology Department is a unique centre of learning which offers a very advanced curriculum which produces new generation of talented color technologists. The curriculum as well as ongoing research synchronizes with the latest industrial and academic developments leading to a high quality of industry-academia relations for better technology and products.
The UICT is the only Institute in the world to offer a four year course on dyestuff chemistry.

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Added: February 8, 2007 Source: BT news bureau
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