Plastic Pipes– Business Opportunity

Indian plastic pipes industry size is estimated at around 2.5 million tonnes per annum. There are around 600 manufacturers of pipes, with the top 20 players accounting for 60 per cent of the market, and small players for the remaining 40 per cent[1].

While large manufacturers make the pipes needed for all domestic, agricultural and industrial applications (such as casing pipes, bore well column pipes, electrical & telecom ducts, agricultural pipes), smaller one’s manufacture pipes needed for last mile connectivity. These include plumbing systems, irrigation systems, electrical conduits and conduit fittings, mostly made of HDPE, LLDPE and PPR as explained in the table below.

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The Government spend on agriculture sector and irrigation schemes continues to be the main driver of pipes. For instance, Mission Bhagiratha, Telangana government’s initiative to provide piped water supply to every household in the state has given impetus to the pipe industry here. Apart from the main trunk pipelines for about a length of 5,000 km, the mission requires secondary pipelines, stretching over 50,000 km. These secondary pipelines will carry water to tanks in villages from where a village-level pipeline network extending 75,000 km will supply water to households in the state. The village level pipelines specifically require HDPE pipes[2].

Market:

In value terms, the Indian plastic pipes market stands at INR 22,000 Crores[3] and is forecast to grow at a CAGR of 10%. The market is dominated by PVC pipes that account for more than 70% (see figure 1)

Figure 1: The figure below depicts the polymer share of plastic pipes and fittings industry

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Apart from national level players such as Astral Poly Technik Limited, Supreme group of companies, Finolex industries, there are a large number of local companies, as shown in the Table 2. The local companies have strong dealer network in their region.

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Process &Technology:

Manufacturing process can broadly be divided into: mixing, extrusion, pipe sizing and down streaming. The extrusion line is customised to users’ needs, and the most important parameter is pipes’ diameter and wall thickness. 

  1. Formulation & mixing: This is required for PVC but not for any of the above-mentioned material.
  2. Extrusion: Single screw (compulsory for HDPE and LLDPE) and Twin-screw extrusion (TSE). According to the experts, if quality is imperative, one must use TSE, as it can work even without the impact modifiers and flow promoters.
  3. Pipe sizing: This can be in two ways; a) Pressure sizing, which is suitable for higher diameter pipes and b) Vacuum sizing, which is suitable for lower diameter pipes.
  4. Down streaming: This includes a number of functions such as cooling the pipes, cutting the pipes, Socketing and printing. 

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Budget:

The entry level plant (One extrusion line for manufacturing pipes for construction and irrigation industry of capacity about 100 Kg per hour) can be set up in INR 3 Crores including land, building, and working capital. Requirements for working capital would be large due to large raw material inventory and dealer credit.

Table 3 gives typical cost of machinery, which may change according to the specifications such as wall thickness and diameter of the pipes.

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[1] Source: Finolex’s MD, Saurabh Dhanorkar interview with DNA – May, 2016

[2]Source; Livemint news article – August, 2016.

[3]Source: HDFC securities – initiative coverage –  May, 2017

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Business Opportunity: Pre-Stressed Concrete Sleepers

PSC sleeper refers to steel reinforced concrete sleeper, commonly used on railway tracks. Besides Indian Railways, power plants, refineries and cement plants also use sleepers for their rail tracks. Demand driver

Indian Railways has a network of over 65,000 kilometers encompassing length and breadth of the country.  The growing population and increasing economic activity has resulted in over-utilization of its existing network.  So much so that the trunk routes of the railways comprising merely 16% of the network carry about 50 percent of the work load. The Indian railways has been routinely upgrading its network (see Table 1), however the capacity upgradation has been far below the actual requirements and the network continues to remain congested.

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The pace of railway infrastructure upgradation has picked up over the past one year, driven by the government’s initiatives to improve quality and safety of Indian railways. The Railways has committed to building 7 kms of infrastructure per day in 2016-17, which will increase to 13 Kms per day in 2017-18 and 19 kms per day in 2018-19.  Railways have identified following priority projects (See table 2) to be taken up in the medium term.

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In addition to these, Indian Railways has also proposed to create a high speed corridor network of around 10,000 kilometers. In light of the above mentioned plans, the railways are likely to develop at least 5000-8000 kilometers of rail network per year, almost 30-40% more than in the past. Assuming that per kilomer of rail would need 1600 sleepers, these plans are likely to result in an annual demand of about 1.3 crore of sleepers.

Key suppliers

The sleeper industry is dominated by a few players who are present across the country. The current capacity of the industry is around 1 crore sleepers per annum. More details on the players are provided below.

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Given the expected increase in demand by 30% to 40%, there seems to be enough room for new capacities to come up. However, one needs to analyze the regional demand and supply balance carefully.

Govt approvals and Budget

Setting up a railway sleeper unit would require approvals from Railway RDSO (Research Design and Standards Organization) as well as the Zonal Railway office.

The process of manufacturing the PSC entails strengthening of concrete, casting it into pre-defined mould and curing it. There are two popular technologies: Long line and Short bench manufacturing, with short bench manufacturing being more popular in India.

The budget requirements for a capacity of 3-4 lakh sleepers per annum could be upwards of Rs. 15 crore. Further, one needs to consider the cost of the land, the sleeper plant would need to be located in the vicinity of a railway station for the ease of transport of sleepers.

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Business Opportunity: Organic Fertilizers

Organic fertilizer is a mixture of decayed organic matter. It is usually made by gathering plant material such as leaves, grass clippings, and vegetable peels and animal waste into a pile or bin and letting it decompose with the help of earthworms, fungi or bacteria. Organic compost contains essential macro and micro nutrients for plants, often absent in synthetic fertilizers. Compost releases nutrients slowly over the cultivation period, which helps plants soak those nutrients better and make a healthy food in our plates.

The demand for organic fertilizers is rising in India as well as internationally due to increasing awareness of organic farming and sustainable agricultural practices. The market size for organic fertilizers in India stands at 2547 lakh metric tonnes as of FY 2015-16.[1]

The major consumers of organic fertilizers are horticulture farmers, farmers of export oriented crops, farmers of crops such as ginger and turmeric and urban households that use compost for their home gardens.

What are different types of organic Fertilizers?

As per the Fertiliser Control order, 1985, the organic fertilisers can be divided into three categories:

Vermin compost: Most popular form of organic fertiliser, made by decomposing the organic material with the help of Vermi, FCO has specified guideline in terms of nutrient percentage, moisture levels etc

City compost: The compost made from city waste, including household waste, municipal waste etc.

Organic manure: Compost made from animal and plant waste (including the vermi and city compost). Manure typically has higher organic content vis a vis other organic fertilisers.

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What is the market?

The market has two segments:

Horticulture farmers: Farmers growing fruits and vegetable crops use compost to reduce chemicals residue from their crops. Further, these crops are relatively more profitable vis a vis traditional field crops such as paddy, cotton and hence can afford to purchase organic compost. This segment is dominated by large fertiliser companies who have the dealer network and sales force required to reach the farmers. Below are the large players in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.

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Nurseries: This segment has a lot of small and medium enterprises. Here the product packaging is important. Some of the players in this segment also sell only through online network.

How to get started with manufacturing of organic compost?

One needs to have a detailed understanding of the processes involved in manufacturing, marketing and selling the compost.

It’s not a very capital intensive business and hence capital requirements are not very large. One does not need many plants and equipment’s except for pits /wilgrows to dump the waste, shredder and a palletising machine. The main cost of establishing will be land and labour. A unit of capacity to process 20-30 tonnes of waste per day can be set up within a budget of INR 50 Lakhs.

The compost is also made as a by-product of a biogas plant. The biogas plant converts the organic waste into bio gas through anaerobic digestion and produces a slurry, which can be dried and used as compost.

Government incentives

There are a number of incentives available to manufacturers and farmers. It can broadly be categorized as incentives for farmers and incentives for entrepreneurs as given below.

Farmers are offered organic fertilizers at a subsidized cost

Entrepreneurs are offered incentives to set up compost manufacturing facility. For example, under National Program for organic farming, manufacturers of compost from vegetable waste are offered a subsidy of 33% of the cost of project.

Challenges
  • The market is still in its formative stage and awareness of the benefits of organic compost has just begun to spread across farmers and farmer groups.
  • Reliable Data on organic input market is not present.
  • Organic system of farming is far more expensive than doing farming using chemical fertilisers
  • The economics depend on the waste procurement cost, so those have to be tightly controlled

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  • Market viability assessment
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  • Project execution support.

[1] Source: National Centre for Organic Farming

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HOW TO SELECT RIGHT PACKAGING FOR YOUR READY TO EAT PRODUCTS

For ready to eat products, packaging plays a vital role in preserving the quality of food, extending its shelf life and making it look attractive. With the upsurge in demand for ready to eat foods, the packaging technology is continuously evolving to facilitate customer convenience, minimize processing and keeping the product as natural as possible. This blog discusses different packaging technologies and their suitability to your product as well as budget.

Packaging Technology:

The choice of packaging technology depends on the nature of food (Acidity level, moisture content), expected shelf life (few weeks, months, years) and the conditions in which it would be stored (Room temperature, frozen).  As such the packaging technology for ready to eat foods can broadly be divided into three categories.

Thermal Heating: Food is packed in pouches/containers and heated to high temperature. The thermal heating can be done through different technologies including Retort, MATS and Hot fill & pasteurization.

MAP (Modified Atmosphere Packaging):  Filled and packaged product is exposed to UV and then MAP sealed. MAP sealing refers to removing the air from the pack and replacing it with a combination of nitrogen and carbon dioxide that can extend the shelf life of the food.

ASEPTIC: The product and package/container are sterilized separately first and then product is packed and sealed in sterile conditions.

More details on the packaging technology are available in picture 1.

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Source: Printpack Packaging Supplies (India) Pvt Ltd.

Costs

The cost of packaging   has two elements; fixed cost of the equipment and cost of the packaging material (cups/pouches). The fixed cost varies significantly across technologies as can be seen below.

Pic 2: Cost of packaging Technology

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The cost of packaging material depends on the shape and weight of the packaging container. As such the cost of packaging material does not depend on the technology that is being used for packaging.

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Business Opportunity in Ginger Processing

Ginger, one of the most important spice crops in India, is known for its aromatic and medicinal properties. Ginger is used as a flavouring agent in many food items.  Ginger powder and oil are extensively used in herbal medicines.

India is the largest ginger producer in the world, accounting for nearly 40 per cent of world’s production. In India, Assam is the largest cultivator, followed by Gujarat and Karnataka.  In Telangana, ginger grows in Medak district. India produces 3.85 Lakh tonnes[1] of ginger per annum and most of which is domestically consumed.

Pic 1: State wise breakup for ginger production in India 
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NOTE: Other states include Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Sikkim, Orissa, Mizoram, West Bengal, Uttaranchal, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.

Ginger Processing Technology

Ginger can be processed into three products; ginger powder, paste and ginger oil. The ginger oil manufacturing is typically not taken up by small businesses as it requires large capital investment towards oil distillation and oleoresin extraction plant. The ginger processing machinery is explained below.

Pic 2: Ginger processing Machinery 

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Key Players in Telangana

Ginger paste and powder: There are a number of manufacturers including national players such as Priya, Aachi, Mother’s, Smith & Jones, Hommade, and Eastern as well as local manufacturers. Some of the local brands include Capital, Red Boss, Mega Rose, Mayuri, MSR, Surya etc. These products are available in packing sizes of 50 grams to 1 kg.

Ginger oil: There are not many local players. Ginger oil manufacturers are largely based in Kerala. 

Budget

The capital requirements for ginger processing plants is discussed below.

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[1] http://agriexchange.apeda.gov.in/Market%20Profile/one/GINGER.aspx

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Fruits & Spices Processing Industry: Opportunities In AP & Telangana

The fruits and spices processing industry in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana is poised for a significant growth.  Bountiful availability of raw material along with positive policy environment that will build supply chain infrastructure is likely to create many new enterprises. This blog discusses the new opportunities, policy initiatives and funding availability for the industry.

What are the opportunities?

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Enabling environment 
Pic: 1 –  Food Processing Industry: Government Policy

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Note: Enclosed is a link to the Food Processing Policy of AP
Creation of Infrastructure for Food Processing Industry

GOI as part of its Mega food park scheme has sanctioned four food processing parks in Telangana. The details are as under

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Andhra Pradesh has SRINI Food Park in Chittoor, which is operational. Further, the state government has proposed to set up 8 mega food parks. Five of these parks will be located in the coastal districts of Srikakulam, Vizianagaram, Visakhapatnam and East Godavari. Three more parks are proposed in the Rayalaseema in Chittoor, Kurnool and Anantapur.

Funding for Food Processing Industry

A fund of Rs. 2000 crore has been created under NABARD to fund the term loan for food processing industry. The fund is available for food parks as well as units that are located in food parks. Key features of loan are as under:

  1. The loan is available to food processing units located in designated food parks[1]
  2. The list of activities that would be funded include fruits/vegetable/dairy/meat/aqua/herbs/nutraceutical/food flavours, colours, detailed list is available in the link here
  3. Maximum 75% of the project cost would be funded through term loan. Project cost would include site development/machinery/consultancy charges/capitalised working capital/pre-operative interest etc. If the individual is purchasing land (not leasing), 10 % of the land cost would also be included
  4. Term loan would be for a period of 7 years, The rate of interest would be linked to the prevailing interest
  5. Collateral would be required
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[1] Food parks and mega food parks promoted by Ministry of food processing, food parks/food processing industrial estates promoted by State governments, Food processing SEZ, Any other area that has related infrastructure and has been designated as food park, the MOFPI has provided a list of such entities

 

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Business opportunity: PET recycling

Ever thought about what happens to the cold drink/juice/mineral water bottle after we have discarded it. About 70 per cent of PET bottles are recycled and reused in textile and packaging industry.

India is one of the largest recyclers of PET in the world, next only to China. The industry is growing at a rate of more than 25 per cent per annum. India consumes around 800,000 tonnes of PET resins annually, around 70 per cent of which is collected and recycled. PET recycling business has a turnover of Rs 3,500 crore[1].

PET recycling business is concentrated in Maharashtra and Gujarat, textile and packaging hubs of the country. There are not many PET recycling units in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. Given that both Telangana and Andhra Pradesh are bountiful in cotton and have identified textile as a focus sector, PET recycling can be an attractive opportunity.

PET Recycling Process

PET bottles are collected by rag pickers and eventually find their way in the recycling factories. Here the bottles are crushed to make PET flakes that are cleaned, cleared of other polymers, hot washed and dried. These flakes can be further processed into fibres (for textile) or injection moulded/ blow moulded for other applications.  The quality of PET is measured in terms of its purity (PPM, particle per million of impurities) and its hardness (Intrinsic viscosity, IV).  The quality of PET flakes is dependent on the input as well efficiency of the washing process.

Market

In India recycled PET (R PET) is not allowed for packaging of food items. The key end use applications of RPET include textiles, PET straps and home furnishing. Nearly 70-80 per cent of R pet is consumed in textile industry.

Products can be made from PET Flakes

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The industry players are of two types, PET flakes manufacturers and integrated players who process the flakes into fibre or other products. The table below describes some of the integrated players.

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Budget

A PET flakes manufacturing unit (comprising PET grinder and washing line) of a capacity of 300 kg per hour can be set up within a budget of Rs. 1 crore.  The land requirement would be around 1000 sft. One also needs to develop a strong network of/chain to collect PET waste.

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[1] Source: http://www.petrecycling.in/ and Reliance industries presentation in

ASSOCHAM’s 4th National Conference on ‘Waste to Wealth

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Business Opportunity: Candy Manufacturing

Candy is a confectionery made with sugar or chocolate and flavored with fruits and nuts. Candies are popular with adults and children alike and constitute a large market of around Rs. 6,000 crore[1] which is growing at a CAGR of 14 per cent.   The market is broadly divided into two segments: Hard boiled segment (Mango bite) and soft toffee (Éclair). Hard boiled segment accounts for nearly 30 per cent of the market and is growing at 24 per cent.

While the market has a large number of national players (such as Nestle, Parle etc), smaller/local companies have also been able to grow as they are able to offer differentiated product and sell locally. Some of the Hyderabad based players are as under.

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Candy is manufactured by dissolving sugar in the water or milk to make syrup, the syrup is boiled until it reaches desired concentration. The syrup is then cooled and molded into different shapes. The hard boiled candy is boiled for longer time vis a vis soft candy.

Production Process
Picture: 1 – Stages Involved in Candy Production Line

Candy production line

Picture: 2 – Candy Making Unit

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Budget

Machinery with capacity 2 Ton per day around Rs. 20 Lakhs and the total cost including Land, Labor and machinery cost will not exceed Rs. 40 Lakhs. The minimum land required to put this plant is about 3000 sqft and the area requirement will increase with increase in machinery capacity.

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[1] Source: http://brandequity.economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/business-of-brands/ds-groups-pulse-candy-the-sweet-that-has-set-the-candy-markets-pulse-racing/51888159

 

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T- PRIDE: Promoting Entrepreneurship among Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribes

The Telangana State Program for Rapid Incubation of Dalit Entrepreneurs (T-PRIDE) aims to develop entrepreneurship among Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribes. The scheme, which covers both manufacturing and service sector establishments offers a number of incentives to start a new enterprise or expand an existing business. This blog discusses key features of the scheme and its contribution to Dalit entrepreneurship.

Picture 1: Key incentives for Micro and Small enterprises under T- PRIDE

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What type of enterprises are eligible?

In order to claim incentives under T-PRIDE, an enterprise

  • Should be 100 percent owned by SC or ST entrepreneur or both together in case of a joint venture.
  • Should commence operation on or after 1st January 2015 and before 31st March 2019.
  • Can be manufacturing or a service sector unit. For manufacturing units, certain sectors are considered ineligible (list included). For service sector, the government has specified a list of industries that are eligible (list attached).
  • Can be set up anywhere in the state, manufacturing enterprises if set up under GHMC limit, should be set up in the existing industrial estates[1], service enterprises can be set up anywhere
  • Can be a new or an existing enterprises that is expanding or diversifying its business, as shown in the table below.
Picture 2:  Eligibility parameters for existing and new enterprises

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When are these incentives given?

Generally, these incentives are given as reimbursements within 6 months of starting commercial production.  However in some cases, investment subsidy can be claimed before start of commercial production, provided the bank loan has been sanctioned.

How do I arrange finance for my project?

The finance for these projects can be obtained under Stand up India scheme, a scheme that aims to increase capital availability to SC/ST enterprises. In order to read more about Stand up India, please click here.

How many units have benefited thus far?

Based on our analysis of proposals sanctioned by SLC (State level investment committee of Commissioner of Industries, Telangana) during last two years, around 1100 enterprises have obtained approvals for incentives under T-PRIDE.  As can be seen in the picture below, transport and construction sector together account for around 60 per cent of incentive claims. Others, include hospitality, hospitals, mining, and engineering. In terms of geography, Warrangal accounts for highest number of claims, followed by Nalgonda and Karimnagar.

As such, there is a need to promote formation of new enterprises in manufacturing, agri related sectors as these boost employment and lead to development of district economy.

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[1] The manufacturing units established in Sanathnagar, Azamabad, Chandulal Baradari and Kattedan Industrial Estates of Hyderabad and Ranga Reddy Districts are not eligible for any incentives/concessions.

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Business Opportunity: Animal Feed Manufacturing

India’s animal feed industry, currently valued at around $ 15 billion[1] is expected to double in the next five years.  The feed consumption is estimated to be 21.5 million tonnes, of which cattle feed accounts for 7.5 million tonnes, aqua feed 1 million tonne and poultry feed around 13 Million tonnes.

The state of Telangana and AP contribute to a large chunk of Indian feed consumption, as can be seen in the table below. Given the large size of the industry and its growth, it presents an attractive opportunity for small and medium enterprises.

Animal feed industry in AP and Telangana

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Competitive landscape of the Industry

The industry is competitive, with international, national and regional companies vying for the market share.  The table below provides information on important players in AP and Telangana.

Animal feed companies in AP and Telangana

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Manufacturing process and budget

The feed manufacturing operations comprise four steps; raw material preparation, mixing and grinding the feed, palletisation and packaging. The plant capacity typically starts from 2-3 tonnes per hour to 15 tonnes per hour.

Animal feed manufacturing process

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An automated plant with a capacity of 3- 5 tonnes per hour can cost up to Rs. 40 lakhs. Considering the machines and raw material inventory and infrastructure required to store the raw material, the budget requirement for the unit could be up to Rs. 1 crore.

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[1] As per Yes Bank report on The Indian Feed Industry – Revitalising Nutritional Security

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