Industry Structure and Development
FACT, India's first large scale fertiliser unit was set up in 1943. In 1947, FACT Udyogamandal started production of Ammonium Sulphate with an installed capacity of 10,000 MT Nitrogen. FACT became a Kerala State Public Sector Enterprise on 15th August 1960 and 21st November 1962, the Government of India became the major shareholder.
The 2nd stage of expansion of FACT was completed in 1962. The 3rd stage of expansion of FACT was completed in 1965 with setting up of a new Ammonium Sulphate Plant.
FACT Engineering and Design Organisation was set up on 24th July 1965 to meet the emerging need for indigenous capabilities in vital areas of Engineering, Design and Consultancy for establishing large and modern fertiliser plants. FEDO has since then diversified into Chemicals, Petrochemicals, Hydrometallurgy, Pharmaceutical and other areas. FEDO offers services from project identification and evaluation stage to plant design, procurement, project management, site supervision and commissioning of new plants as well as revamping and modernisation of old plants.
FACT Engineering Works was established on 13th April 1966 as a unit to fabricate and install equipments for fertiliser plants. Over the years FEW developed capabilities in the fabrication of pressure vessels and heat exchangers. FEW has also undertaken laying of cross country piping and fabrication and installation of large penstocks of hydel projects.
The Cochin Division of FACT, the 2nd production Unit was set up at Ambalamedu and the 1st phase was commissioned in 1973. The 2nd phase of FACT Cochin Division was commissioned in 1976.
As a diversification plans from the traditional field of Fertilisers and Chemicals, 50000 TPA Caprolactam Plant at Udyogamandal was commissioned in 1990.
FACT set up 900 TPD Ammonia Plant at Udyogamandal at a cost of 638 Crores following an order of the High Court of Kerala in February 1994 on a Public Interest Litigation, to decommission the existing imported Ammonia storage and handling facility at Willington Island (Cochin Port). The Ammonia plant was commissioned in 1998.
The company's main business is manufacture and marketing of -
(b) Caprolactam and Engineering Consultancy and Fabrication of Equipment.
|15-08-1960||FACT came under Public Sector|
|21-11-1962||Govt. of India major share holder|
|1959-1960||UD 2nd stage expansion completed|
|1962||UD 2nd stage expansion completed|
|16-03-1964||ICMA Award for utilizing byproduct gypsum|
|15-10-1966||UD 3rd stage expansion completed|
|1971||ICMA Award for technology transfer|
|01-10-1971||UD 4th stage Ammonia Plant|
|01-10-1973||UD 4th stage 150TPD Ammonium Phosphate|
|24-07-1965||FACT Engineering and Design Organisation|
|13-04-1966||FACT Engineering Works|
|07-06-1966||CD Phase-I License issued|
|27-04-1973||CD I Urea Plant commissioned|
|10-11-1976||CD II Sulphuric Acid Plant commissioned|
|10-12-1976||CD II Phosphoric Acid Plant commissioned|
|10-01-1977||CD II NPK trial run started|
|01-04-1976||CD II NPK commercial production started|
|18-05-1984||PD Caprolactam technical collaboration agreement|
|14-09-1984||PD Zero date of ASCL Project|
|06-08-1985||PD Caprolactam License issued|
|13-12-1989||FEW shifted to Palluruthy|
|26-07-1989||Award for excellence in performance 1986/7 from the PM of India|
|20-12-1990||CD-12MW Captive Power Plant|
|01-03-1991||PD Caprolactam commercial production started|
|25-09-1993||Foundation stone - 900 TPD Ammonia Plant|
|23-03-1998||900 TPD Ammonia plant commercial production started|
|05-10-2013||Online change over from Naphtha to RLNG was successfully completed|
|January 2020||Ammonia complex was awarded ISO 50001:2018|
Luminaries who had visited FACT
|Dr. M. Viswesarayya (world famous Engineer) visited FACT Udyogmandal in 1951 at the age of 94.||"Four Former Prime Ministers together" - Jawaharlal Nehru with Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi and Lal Bahadur Shashri
(Partially seen behind Nehru) visited FACT in 1952.
|Shri Chithira Thirunal Maharaja of Travancore with Shri Seshasayee (Founder Chairman) and Pattam Thanu Pillai, Chief Minister (extreme right) at FACT -1948.||Nobel Prize Laureate Dr. C.V. Raman, being received at FACT Udyogmandal - 1950.|
| Dr. Rajendra Prasad, President of India, inaugurates
Ammonium Sulphate Plant of FACT Udyogmandal - 1948.