Speciality chemicals maker Dorf Ketal Chemicals India Pvt Ltd has acquired Thane-based Filtra Catalysts and Chemicals Ltd for an undisclosed amount. In a separate deal, Hyderabad-based Bulbul Apps, which develops apps for pre-schoolers, has received $2000 in funding from over 60 backers on global crowdfunding platform Kickstarter to promote its ‘TukTuk goes to Hyderabad’ travel app for kids.
Dorf Ketal Chemicals acquires Filtra Catalysts
Filtra, with sales of $11 million, is a specialty chemicals company with approximately 200 employees in research, manufacturing, sales and administrative facilities operating out of different locations in India. The company’s products are used in the electrical, fertilizer, petrochemical and refinery, steel and other core industries of the economy, as per its website.
The acquisition of Filtra Catalysts will give Dorf Ketal a larger share in the catalyst and specialty process chemical in the refining and petrochemical markets, the report said.
Dorf Ketal is the largest producer of organometallic titanates, a crucial chemical used in deep sea drilling to extract crude oil. In 2010, the company had acquired the specialty catalysts business of DuPont Chemicals and Fluoro products through a new LLC company in the USA.
Bulbul Apps secures $2000 funding on Kickstarter
Hyderabad-based Bulbul Apps, which develops apps for pre-schoolers, has received $2000 in funding from over 60 backers on global crowdfunding platform Kickstarter to promote its ‘TukTuk goes to Hyderabad’ travel app for kids, according to a statement.
The target on crowd funding site Kickstarter was reached in just 25 days, Bulbul Apps founder Prakash Dantuluri said in the statement. The funds will be used to pay writers, illustrators, animators, voice-over artists, musicians and towards app development, testing and listing.
TukTuk is a smartphone travel app designed for kids to help them discover his or her city with TukTuk (a 3-wheeler automobile), in a visual and interactive manner.
Bulbul Apps had launched TukTuk goes to Mumbai in October where it saw tremendous response from parents. The startup now plans to enter other locations including New York, London, Dubai, Hong Kong and Tokyo with its app in the next six months.