About Castor

CASTOR – Finest Product From Nature

about_castor_aura_refoils_india_1Castor oil is one of the most versatile plant oils. Castor oil is a vegetable oil obtained from the castor bean (castor seed). Castor oil is a colorless to very pale yellow liquid with mild or no odor or taste. Castor is cultivated around the world because of the commercial importance of its oil. Its unique chemical structure makes it useful in a wide number of industries and applications.

India is the world’s largest producer with over 60 % share, followed by China and Brazil with about 20% and 10 % respectively. Because of its unlimited industrial applications, castor oil enjoys tremendous demand world-wide, India is also the biggest exporter of castor oil holding about 70% share of the international trade in this commodity. ”

about_castor_aura_refoils_india_2Castor seed is obtained from a tropical and subtropical plant.Castor seed size varies from 15 to 20 mm in length and 5 to 12 mm in width. Seeds are covered with a shiny brown- red hull which can be easily separated from the kernel. The hull represents 20 to 30% of the seed by weight. Whole seed contains oil from 47% to 51% in hybrid varieties. Castor seeds are processed for extraction of oil.

about_castor_aura_refoils_india_3Castor is grown under tropical conditions. It loves heat and humidity and does best in regions where both are ample. India, gifted with an ideal climatic condition, has recorded a produce of close to 1200,000 tons of castor seed. This accounts for 75.6% of the world production. Gujarat produces 86% of the total castor seeds in India followed by Andhra Pradesh and Rajasthan.

We,Aura Refoilshave adapted CASTOR OIL & its DERIVATIVES as its prime range for the simple reason that Aura Refoils is located in the center of Global CASTOR Seed Production Hub Gujarat.

Castor Market Influencing Factors

  • Production and acreage variations
  • Monsoon and rainfall level
  • Size of the yield level of other countries
  • Prices of other competitive oils
  • Demand of the importing countries and domestic demand
  • Seasonal price variations
  • Hoarding and black-marketing
  • Carryover stocks
  • Development of new uses of the oil

CASTOR CHEMICAL PROPERTIES

Free Fatty Acid 1.0 % Max
Acid Value 2.0 Max
Hydroxyl Value 160-168
Acetyl Value 143 Min
Saponification Value 177-185
Iodine Value 82-89
Moisture & Volatile 0.25% Max
Appearance Clear & Free from Suspended Matter
Color on 5 ¼ “ Lavibond Cell Scale Yellow : 20 Max, Red : 2 Max

APPLICATION OF CASTOR OIL AND ITS DERIVATIVES

Food

  • Surfactants
  • Viscosity Reducing Additives
  • Flavorings
  • Food Packaging
Textile Chemicals

  • Textile Finishing Materials
  • Dyeing Aids
  • Nylon, Synthetic Fibers & Resins
  • Synthetic Detergents
  • Surfactants, Pigment Wetting Agents
Plastics & Rubber

  • Polyamide 11 (Nylon 11)
  • Plastic Films
  • Adhesives
  • Synthetic Resins
  • Plasticizers
  • Coupling Agents
  • Polyols
Cosmetics & Perfumeries

  • Perfumery Products
  • Lipsticks
  • Hair Tonics
  • Shampoos
  • Polishes
  • Emulsifiers
  • Deodorants Textile Finishing Materials
Pharmaceuticals

  • Anthelmintic
  • Antidandruff
  • Cathartic
  • Emollient
  • Emulsifiers
  • Encapsulates
  • Expectorant
  • Laxatives & Purgative Surfactants
Lubricants

  • Lubricating Grease
  • Aircraft Lubricants
  • Jet Engine Lubricants
  • Racing Car Lubricants
  • Hydraulic Fluids
  • Heavy Duty Automotive Greases
  • Fuel Additives
  • Corrosion Inhibitors
Paints, Inks & Additives

  • Inks
  • Plasticizer for Coatings
  • Varnishes
  • Lacquers
  • Paint Strippers
  • Adhesive Removers
  • Wetting & Dispersing Additives
  • Finishing Materials
Electronics & Telecommunications

  • Polymers for Electronics & Telecommunications
  • Polyurethanes
  • Insulation Materials
Paper

  • Flypapers
  • Defoamer
  • Water Proofing Additives