May 29, 2023, Chennai: Tamilnadu Petroproducts Limited (TPL), part of the petrochemicals division of Singapore-headquartered AM International Holdings (AMIH) and among India’s leading manufacturers of industrial intermediate chemicals, is the first company in the country to have it’s Linear Alkyl Benzene (LAB) certified under IS 12795: 2020. The company was recently honored for this feat at the prestigious All India First License – Award Ceremony in Chennai. The event was conducted by the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS).

As the National Standard Body of India, the BIS is the largest of all Indian certification bodies and plays a significant role in the country’s standardization, marking, and quality certification of goods. While the BIS certification is voluntary, compliance to these is made compulsory by the Central Government for select products under various considerations, viz. public interest, protection of human, animal, or plant health, the safety of the environment, prevention of unfair trade practices, and national security.

Congratulating the company on the recognition, Mr. Ashwin Muthiah, Vice Chairman of TPL and Founder-Chairman, of AM International, said, “At TPL, we take pride in being an industry leader committed to delivering high-quality products to our customers. The recognition by BIS demonstrates our unwavering commitment to the highest manufacturing standards and continuously investing in R&D and innovation. The team’s dedication and hard work have enabled us to serve our customers and build long-term relationships.”

LAB is one such product that requires compulsory compliance with the standards stipulated by the BIS. According to the provisions of The Linear Alkyl Benzene (Quality Control) Order, 2021, only LAB manufacturers with ISI 2795:2020 certification can sell their products in the Indian markets. The certificate is a means to provide a third-party guarantee of the quality, safety, and reliability of products to customers.

The demand for LAB is rising in India due to the growing awareness through government initiatives such as the Swachh Bharat Mission. Other factors include changing lifestyles due to a considerable increase in per capita disposable income. It has led to the detergent manufacturing industry’s growth, further boosting the demand for LAB in the country.

LAB is a crucial raw material for manufacturing synthetic detergents and industrial cleaners. TPL is India’s leading manufacturer of LAB and the only producer in South India. Around 40% of the fabric detergents used in Indian households constitute TPL’s products. Its ‘Superlab brand is among the most trusted LAB brands in the country today. The compliance under IS 12795: 2020 further establishes the company as the preferred partner for the industries having LAB applications.