CASTOR – Finest Product From Nature
Castor 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. ”
Castor 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.
Castor 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|
|Acetyl Value||143 Min|
|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
|Plastics & Rubber
||Cosmetics & Perfumeries
|Paints, Inks & Additives
||Electronics & Telecommunications