Aditya Birla Chemicals (India) Limited (ABCIL), formerly Bihar Caustic and Chemicals Limited, was incorporated as a joint venture between the Aditya Birla Group and the Bihar State Industrial Development Corporation Limited. The unit was set up in Palamu district of Bihar (now in Jharkhand) with the prime objective of catering to Hindalco's caustic soda requirements and contributing towards the economic development of the backward region. The company began commercial production in September 1984 when it was inaugurated by the then Prime Minister, Late Indira Gandhi, in the presence of Aditya Birla Group Chairman, Late Aditya Vikram Birla. Click here to see company history.
ABCIL has since then grown to become the leading caustic soda producer in the northern and eastern regions of the country. It has set a benchmark as the lowest mercury consuming caustic soda plant in India with its cell efficiency comparable to the best in world. In 2000, the company commissioned a 30 MW captive power plant. The capacity of the caustic plant accordingly increased from 100 TPD to 300 TPD. Its mercury cell technology has also been converted to state-of-the-art, environment-friendly membrane cell technology supplied by UHDE.
In 2011, ABCIL acquired the chloro chemicals division of Kanoria Chemicals, a company based in Renukoot, Uttar Pradesh. This was renamed the Renukoot Chemical Division. ABCIL also completed brownfield expansion by 165 TPD soon after the acquisition. The transaction has propelled the company on a higher growth trajectory — Aditya Birla's chemical business now tops the chlor-alkali segment in India.
ABCIL acquired the chlor-alkali and phosphoric acid divisions of Solaris Chemtech Industries Limited in 2013. The acquisition has allowed the company to penetrate the south Indian market and has also helped add phosphoric acid to its product portfolio. Both the caustic soda manufacturing facility and phosphoric acid plant are located in Karwar, Karnataka. ABCIL also has 3,000 acres of salt works in Gujarat.
In 2014, the company added a 30 MW power plant at the Jharkhand factory.
Over the last 10 years, ABCIL has grown from one manufacturing site to four, including its own salt field. It has also grown almost 10 times in revenue from Rs. 124.83 crore in 2004-05 to Rs. 1182.42 in 2013-14.
CAGR of 25% in topline and 18% in PBDIT over the last 10 years
Set up as a JV between Aditya Birla Group and Bihar State Industrial Development Corporation in 1984
Won FICCI Award for Family Welfare in 2003-04
Becomes a subsidiary of Hindalco Industries in 2003