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...to carve a niche in the world of chemicals with a creative approach to chemistry, technology, and systems which will bring quantum and sustainable growth for us, our team members, and our stakeholders.

Aether Industries (based in Surat, Gujarat, India) is a leading manufacturer of advanced intermediates and active ingredients for the pharmaceutical, material science, agrochemical, electronic chemical, and fine / speciality chemical industries.

Production capacity of 4000’s MT is available in our state-of-art and DCS automated manufacturing facilities. Aether is also a leading CRAMS (contract research and manufacturing services) provider, built upon technology intensive and state-of-art R&D and pilot plant facilities. All of our R&D, pilot, CRAMS, and large scale manufacturing facilities are capable of switching between batch and continuous process technology.

Aether is based on a core competency model of cutting-edge chemistry and technology competencies.

Aether’s business models include large-scale manufacturing, contract / toll manufacturing, contract research, technology development, and FTE services. Please contact us for your inquiries.

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Aether’s Core Team

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  • Ashvin
    Ashvin Desai

    Founder,
    Chairman & Managing Director

    Founder,
    Chairman & Managing Director
    Ashvin has a Bachelors in Chemical Engineering from Institute of Chemical Technology (erstwhile UDCT, Mumbai, 1974). In 1976, he founded Anupam Rasayan India Limited (ARIL) in Surat, India and remained the Chairman and Managing Director till 2013. Ashvin was the visionary force behind ARIL’s technical and commercial growth; under his direction ARIL became a successful fine and speciality chemical manufacturing company with sales in 2013 of Rs. 150 crore (USD 20 million), production capacity of 4000 MT from two manufacturing units, an employee base of >400, and a mostly export oriented business with decades-long multi-national clientele. He was awarded the Diamond Alumni Entrepreneur Award by UDCT in 2010. In 2013, Ashvin sold his 50% stake in ARIL and founded Aether. What inspired me to do what I do Likes Slogan for life
  • Purnima
    Purnima Desai

    Co-Founder & Director

    Co-Founder & Director Purnima has a Bachelors in Commerce from Delhi University (1975). She has lived, studied, and worked all across India viz. Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, and Surat. In 1983, she left her successful career at United India Insurance Company where she worked for 8 years and joined Ashvin at Anupam Rasayan India Limited (ARIL) as the Director and Chief Financial Officer of the company. She spearheaded the accounts and finance department at ARIL, and was instrumental in all critical decision making at ARIL. In 2013, Purnima left ARIL and founded Aether along with Ashvin. What inspired me to do what I do Likes Slogan for life
  • Rohan
    Rohan Desai

    Co-Founder & Director

    Co-Founder & Director Rohan has a Bachelors in Commerce (2002), and a Diploma in Management and Business Administration. Rohan was the Founder and Chief Technology Officer at Web Wizards (1999-2002), a leading web services provider in Gujarat (India), with a clientele of >3000 clients. Rohan is an ex-Director at Anupam Rasayan India Limited (2002-2013), where he managed a number of portfolios including banking, finance, legislation, documentation, and strategic procurement, and was critically involved in all top management decision making. Rohan is a certified lead ISO auditor, and was the lead auditor at ARIL for ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 14001:2004. He also led the sourcing department at ARIL, with an annual average purchase portfolio of > Rs. 40 crores. In 2013, Rohan left ARIL and founded Aether along with Ashvin. What inspired me to do what I do Likes Slogan for life
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    Dr. Aman Desai

    Co-Founder & Director

    Co-Founder & Director Aman holds a Bachelors in Chemical Technology from Institute of Chemical Technology (erstwhile UDCT, Mumbai, 2005) and a PhD in Organic Chemistry from Michigan State University (USA, 2010). His doctoral research was featured in Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN, Sep. 2010). Aman was then a project leader in the Process Development group in Core R&D HQ at the Dow Chemical Company in Michigan, USA (2010-2012), working on projects for Dow AgroSciences, Electronic Materials, and Water Solutions businesses. He also initiated collaborations on process intensification with the Cambridge University (UK) and Georgia Institute of Technology (USA). At Dow, he was nominated for the 2011 Dow “Transformation in Action” award. Aman is a author/co-author of 24 publications in best-in-class international technical journals, 4 worldwide patents, 2 other USA patent applications, and 18 talks, invited lectures, and technical presentations. In 2012, Aman left Dow, returned to India, and founded Aether in 2013 along with Ashvin. What inspired me to do what I do Likes Slogan for life

Story Thus Far, Aether : 2013-2020

Ashvin leaves Anupam Rasayan India Limited, a company he founded in 1976 and nurtured for 36 years as Chairman and Managing Director.

09.2012

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Ashvin envisions a new, leading, global chemical manufacturing company along with Purnima, Rohan, and Aman. Naming and registration formalities are completed. Aether is born.

01.2013

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Aether moves into its first site (S1). Aether inherits the empty civil structure, and sets about assembling the Aether core team and setting up state-of- art R&D, analytical sciences, and pilot plant / CRAMS facilities.

06.2013

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Aether starts its research and development department (R&D) and analytical sciences department (site S1), focusing on exciting and cutting-edge chemistry competencies and never before manufactured products in India.

08.2013

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Aether’s state-of-art and DCS automated pilot plant / CRAMS facility starts (site S1), showcasing a vast array of cutting-edge technology competencies. Process equipment capable of switching between batch and continuous reaction technology enables rapid scale-up of products developed in R&D. Contract manufacturing capacity is 120 MT per year. Aether team grows to 50.

01.2014

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Aether commissions a brand-new and DCS automated large scale manufacturing plant (site S1) focused on its core chemistry competency of hydrogenation, with a manufacturing capacity of 300 MT per year. Products are manufactured for the first time in India, fruits of Aether’s intensive R&D and pilot plant efforts.

09.2014

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Aether breaks ground for the new site (S2) spanning 10,000 sq. m., and plans world-class large scale manufacturing facilities for numerous products.

04.2015

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Aether commissions a brand-new and DCS automated large scale manufacturing plant (site S1) focused on its core chemistry competency of heterogeneous catalysis and core technology competency of continuous gas phase reaction technology in fixed bed reactors. The products are developed for the first time in India, from scratch in Aether’s R&D and pilot plant and subsequently designed for manufacture. Manufacturing capacity is 300 MT per year. Aether team grows to 100.

12.2015

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Aether continues expanding its R&D centre in site S1, increasing the strength to over 40 PhD and Masters scientists and 24 fume hoods / walk-in hoods.

08.2016

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Aether launches two large scale manufacturing plants (site S2), designed initially for 7 products with a combined manufacturing capacity of >5000 MT. Cutting-edge technology and engineering designs, comprehensive DCS automation, inherent process safety, and a thorough approach to EHS and sustainable manufacturing form the fundamentals of these facilities. All products are manufactured for the first time in India, again developed from scratch in Aether’s R&D and pilot plant, and feature intricate chemistry and technology competencies such as tandem Grignard and ethylene oxide chemistry, isobutylene chemistry, hydrogenation chemistry, etherification chemistry, continuous liquid phase reaction technology, and high vacuum distillation technology. Aether team grows to 200.

09.2016

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Both production plants and all 7 products, made for the first time in India, in site S2 are stabilised and fully operational, with a combined production capacity of >4000 MT per year. Aether’s innovative chemistry and technology competencies are executed routinely in fully automated DCS production trains. Aether team grows to 300.

09.2017

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The second production plant based on continuous gas phase / continuous liquid phase chemistry over solid supported catalysts (manufactured in-house) in fixed bed reactors is launched in the site S1. The production capacity is 300 MT per year or 1 MT per day, products are made for the first time in India, and the plant is fully DCS automated.

04.2018

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An extension of the plant building in site S2 is designed, erected, installed, and commissioned in only 6 months. The new plant consists of 18 new reactors with 200 m3 reactor capacity and is built exclusively for a multinational client to manufacture an advanced intermediate. Manufactured for the first time in India, the product involves trademark Aether competencies such as Grignard chemistry, high pressure CO2 chemistry, thionyl chloride chemistry, and high vacuum fractional distillation in an automated DCS production train. Aether team grows to 400.

08.2019

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Start of the construction of 2 new production plants and 1 new utility building in site S2 (simulation pictured). Targeted for completion in 4Q-2020, these new production plants will add reaction capacity in excess of 4000 MT per year and will manufacture products being developed and scaled-up in Aether’s R&D and pilot plant facilities for the last 2 years. Like all Aether products, these also will be manufactured for the first time in India. The new production plants will feature state-of-art engineering and technology, will showcase Aether’s innovative and trademark chemistry and technology competencies, and will be inherently safe and fully DCS automated.

01.2020

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Aether’s Mission Statement

Aether is in existence to manufacture great products that fall under our core chemistry and technology competencies, whilst taking the utmost care for safety, health, and environment.

We continuously innovate in a way our competitors cannot, we control the primary technologies behind the products we manufacture, and we participate only in the markets where we can make a significant contribution.

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Eastmond- Sukel street no. 62, 79540 Hanga Roa, Easter Island

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Jaquelinee Wrate
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