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Reliance Technology Centre

Reliance Industries Limited, the largest private sector company in India and the second largest manufacturer of polyester in the world, set up an in-house research and development centre to achieve ‘global leadership’ in polymer and fibre business, through innovative research and technology development in materials, processes, products and applications. Thus the Reliance Technology Center came into existence at Thane, in 1997.

With a small team of 4 scientists and with chemical laboratory, analytical instrument and process engineering facilities, this centre has demonstrated a working model for carrying out business plan based on R&D with technological focus.

To know more about this state-of-the-art Technology Centre of ours, please choose below:

Why RTC
  • In-house research & technology base to maintain international competitiveness.
  • Restricted access to novel technologies due to RIL's growing size and global market reach.
  • Unique opportunity for product innovations based on understanding of special needs of developing economies.
  • Cost effectiveness


Motto

‘Science’ as a means to ‘Technology Up-gradation and Development’

Invent -> Perfect -> Implement



Vision
  • To establish a centre of excellence for Research & Development in PET homo and co-polymer fibres and resins through disciplined, motivated and time bound execution of projects.
  • To create an environment conducive to intellectual growth, efficient flow of information and accountability in order to achieve a productive and sustained phase of research activities.
  • To closely interact with the business group companies and technical groups for short, medium and long-term quality and process issues.
  • To thrive to become a catalyst to the growth of company's polyester business.
  • To leverage synergy between Reliance's PET, Polymers and Fibre intermediate businesses.
  • To create, maintain and pursue strategic research alliance for top end research activities.


Mission

Achieve 'Global leadership in Polymers, Fibres and Resin businesses' through innovative Research and Technology Development in materials, processes, products and applications through efficient, disciplined, target oriented and cost effective Research and Development activities.



Activities
  • New product development in fibres, filaments and resins.
  • Needs analysis / applications research.
  • Novel process technology development.
  • Technology monitoring & forecasting.
  • Scientific support to operations in the form of:
    • Technology selection & absorption.
    • Process technology optimisation & up-gradation.
    • Product benchmarking & quality improvement.
    • Cost reduction.
    • Trouble-shooting.


Achievements
  • Commercialisation of CP based slurry route process technology for superior quality dope dyed black polyester staple fibres (25,000 tpa IPL plant).
  • Development & commercialisation of indigenous finish system resulting in cost savings.
  • Applications research & development with short cut polyester staple fibres (SCPSF).
  • Technical feasibility demonstration.
  • 'Novel fabrics' with 'ultra-microdenier' FDY/POY through bi-component filaments.
  • Flame retardant polyester.
  • Dope dyed 'grey' staple fibres.


Status
  • R & T activities initiated in 1997 with a core group of scientists in Thane.
  • Analytical instrument facilities established for chemical & physical structure characterisation of polymers & fibres.
  • Polymerisation synthesis facilities established at bench scale (1 kg), laboratory scale (10 kg) & pilot scale (50 kg).
  • Successful model for 'Innovation from Concept' to 'Commercialisation' demonstrated
  • Technological focus with scientific approach.
  • Approach to the problem: 'know-how' with 'Know-Why'


The Team

RTC functions as the primary think-tank of the company because of its quality human resources. The current intellectual capital base at RTC includes scientists, specialists and technicians supported by engineers.