Manufacturing of Castor Oil

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Castor Oil flow chart

Castor oil is extracted either my hot pressing or cold pressing to extract the initial oil content. The remaining oil content is extracted using a solvent extraction technique typically involving n-hexane as the solvent. The oil is refined and packed for dispatch in liquid form. The leftover extracted solid is known as de-oiled cake.

Castor Oil Characteristics

Chemical Composition
Castor oil is a triglyceride of fatty acids. It is unique in that it contains 85-90% of Ricinoleic Acid (12-hydroxyoctadec-9-enoic acid), a rare source of 18 carbon hydroxylated fatty acid with 1 double bond.

Grades of Castor Oil:

  • Commercial
  • First Special (FSG)
  • Pale Pressed (PP)
  • Pharmaceutical

Castor Oil Applications:

  • Engineering Plastics: Used to make monomers for nylon 6,10; nylon 10,10; nylon 11.
  • Surfactants: Surfactants made from castor oil are used in textiles, agrochemical formulations, pharmaceuticals and paints.
  • Cosmetics: Lipsticks, glosses, nail polish lacquers, eye mascara, rouge and skin creams.
  • Pharmaceutical: Excipients, laxatives.
  • Coatings: Used in polyurethane systems and alkyd based resins.
  • Adhesives: Used in polyurethane adhesives, rubber-based adhesives and binders.
  • Electrical: Used as a dielectric liquid impregnant for capacitors.

De-Oiled Castor Meal Applications.

  • Fertilizer: Used as an organic fertilizer due to its excellent blend of N:P:K (4:1:1) with micronutrients such as Zinc, Manganese and Copper. This nourishes the soil over longer periods of time. Used for tea, coffee, sugarcane, potato, tobacco, vegetables, fruits and pulses.
  • Fuel: Used as a renewable fuel due to its comparable calorific value with coal.

Producers:

  • Jayant Agro-Organics Ltd.
  • Adani Wilmar
  • N.K. Proteins Pvt. Ltd.
  • Gokul Agro Resources Ltd.
  • Gokul Agri International Ltd.
  • Kandla Agro