The Fertilisers and Chemicals Travancore Limited
(or FACT Ltd), a fertiliser
manufacturing company in Kochi
, was incorporated in 1943, by Maharajah Sree Chithira Thirunal Balarama Varma
. In 1947 FACT started production of ammonium sulphate with an installed capacity of 50,000 MT per annum at Udyogamandal near Cochin. It is the first fertiliser manufacturing company in independent India and also the largest Central public Sector Undertaking (CPSU) in the State of Kerala. The company has 2 production units - Udyogamandal Complex (UC) at Eloor, Udyogamandal, and Cochin Division (CD)at Ambalamedu. The Caprolactam plant in Udyogamandal was commissioned in 1990. Main products of the company include Ammonia,Sulphuric Acid, Ammonium Phosphate-Sulphate (FACTAMFOS), Ammonium Sulphate, Zincated Ammonium Phosphate, Caprolactam, and also complex fertilizers. Gypsum, Nitric acid, Soda Ash and coloured Ammonium Sulphate are major by-products.