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Catechu

Black Catechu, Katha

600 M.T.

Cutch

Vegetable Tanninc

1200 M.T.

Catechins

Flavanols, cyanidols

300 M.T.

 

Catechu

(A.1.) Manufacturing Process: Good quality of Khair Tree (Acacia Catechu) is procured from various parts of India. Each log is manually stripped & made free from Sapwood. The heartwood is mechanically chipped into small pieces and cooked under pressure. The liquor obtained contains Catechu which is concentrated in multistage evaporator. On chilling the concentrated liquor crystals of Catechu are produced. Crystals are carefully filtered in controlled conditions. The filtered mass is mashed and cut into Biscuits and slowly dried at low temperatures.

(A.2.) Specifications: Commercially the Catechu (Katha) is valued on the basis of its texture, paste value (8-10 times) and smell. However, detailed analysis of a typical sample is given below:

a) loss on drying

% by weight,

14 – 16

b) Catechin

% by weight,

 

c) Matter insoluble in rectified spirit,

% by weight,

10 – 15

d) Total Ash

% by weight Max.

2.0

e) Acid insoluble ash

% by weight Max.

0.5

f) Paste value

(in terms of water retention)

9 times

 

(A.3.) Uses of Catechu: It is traditionally being used as mouth freshener with Betel quid in India. The new generation of mouth fresheners, like Pan Masala deploys Catechu as chief ingredient with Areca nuts and sometimes with chewing tobacco. Catechu is an astringent and has distinct bitterness followed by cool-sweetness. It also finds use as flavoring agent in condiments, ice-creams, candy, beverages etc. Since ages, the medicinal uses of catechu are well known. It finds major use in treatment of diarrhea, dysentery, ailments of mouth, gums, tonsils etc. Many new uses of catechins (which are the natural chief ingredients of catechu) like antioxidant, skin care, anti-diabetic, anti-inflamatory are reported.

 

(A.4.)

Packings

Primary

Secondary

Pouch Box

100 gm./each.

1kg./each

10 kg. Corrugated Box

20 kg. "

Pan Paste (ready to use) powder

100 gm./each

50 gm./each in Metal Container

10 kg. "

10 kg. "

Power (Bulk)

20 kg

20 kgs. "

Cutch

(B.1.) Manufacturing Process: The supernatant liquor obtained on filtration of Catechu is concentrated in multiple effect evaporator till the semi solid condition is achieved. It is directly packed in suitable packings.

(B.2.) Specification: The cutch has dark colour and rich in Vegetable Tannins. A typical analysis is given below:

 

W / W %

a. Moisture, max

12

b. Tannins, min

60

c. Catechins, min

30

d. Insoluble in boiling water, max

05

 

(B.3.) Uses: Cutch is a natural source for Tannins (for tanning of leather). It creates variety of colors with metals and are useful as dyeing agent for natural fibers. It is also used as a mouth freshener. Medicinal uses similar to catechu are also known. It has application in Oil-drilling, Printing ink-pigments, adhesives etc.

(B.4)

Packings Primary Secondary
Block 50 kgs 50 kgs in Wooden Case wrapped in hessian bag
Slab 3.125 kgs 25 kgs in wooden case wrapped in hessian bag

Catechins

(C.1) Manufacturing Process : We offer Epi-catechins (L & DL type) from Acacia Catechu and D-Catechins by solvent Extraction of Gambier. We can also offer Gambier –alkaloids (like Gambir Tannine, Oxo-gambir tannine etc.) Shortly we shall introduce Tea-catechins (Epi-gallo Catechins).

(C.2) Specification : In view of rapid transformation of L-Epi catechin to its isomers, at present we can offer limited quantity of 85% pure Epicatechins (L&DL). High purity (99%+) D-Catechins (Hy-drate), are being used by local manufacturers of mouth-freshener.

(C.3) Uses : Both Epicatechins & D-Catechins have demonstrated uses as Antioxidant. It has also proved efficacy in treatment of Acute viral hepatities, and as Anti-diabetic, Anti – inflamatory, Anti-Dirrhoea, Anti-dysentry, Chemo-preventor etc. It is also traditionally used for treatment of Gums & Tooth and skin ailments.





 
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