National Research Development Corporation (NRDC), an enterprise of the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research, Ministry of Science and Technology is wholly dedicated to the promotion of new technologies. Their basic charter involves technology commercialization needed for closing gaps in the “innovation chain”.
Photoluminescent materials with long afterglow was developed as a base for non-radioactive luminescent paints used for various signs and directions, wall painting, in art and polygraphy, office and shop window decoration, as well as a filler for plastics, films, artificial fibres, leathers, rubbers, textiles, ceramics and various articles on their base. Surprisingly, LAP has now found its new place in varied areas like Defence and Medical sectors.
After a detailed desk research which included the study of journals and magazines, encyclopaedias, periodicals and many more product related books/reports for Long Afterglow Phosphor, MIC did a field survey.
MIC found that although there is an already existing retail market which operates on imports, there can be very fast paced market development if its full potential is tapped.
There is an urgent need to start domestic production to go forward with this technology as it offers not only technological solutions but also social development.