Aditya Birla Chemicals (India) Limited (formerly Bihar Caustic and Chemicals Limited) was incorporated as a joint venture of the Aditya Birla Group and the Bihar State Industrial Development Corporation. The unit was set up with the objective of catering to the caustic soda requirements of Hindalco Industries Limited, and to contribute towards the economic development of the backward region of Palamu district in Jharkhand.
Commissioned in 1984 with an initial caustic soda capacity of 33,000tpa, the company has since grown to become the leading caustic soda producer in the eastern region of the country. The company had commissioned a 30mw captive power plant in the year 2000 and simultaneously, the caustic plant capacity was enhanced to 51,048tpa. In the year 2006, the capacity was increased to 78,750tpa by converting the mercury cell technology to the more environment-friendly membrane cell technology supplied by world-renowned technology supplier UHDENORA, Germany. Presently, the installed capacity stands at 105,000tpa.
For value addition and effective utilisation of chlorine, the company has commissioned a 12,000tpa aluminium chloride plant in the year 2007 and a 17,500tpa stable bleaching powder (SBP) plant in 2008. SBP is marketed under the brand name Shaktiman. Aluminium chloride is the principal catalyst used in the Friedel Craft reaction and widely used in pharmaceuticals, chemical intermediates, agrochemicals, dyestuffs and pigments, hydrocarbon resins, flavours and fragrances. SBP is used in textile mills for bleaching, sanitation, sewage systems, tanning process, organic synthesis and other applications.
The company acquired its major competitor unit in the eastern region, the chloro chemicals division of Kanoria Chemicals based in Renukoot, in May 2011 to enrich the portfolio of the Aditya Birla Chemical business. With the addition of this unit, named Renukoot Chemical Division (RCD), the Aditya Birla Chemical business ranks as one of the leading players in the chlor-alkali segment in India.
This acquisition added about 115,000tpa to the existing 105,000tpa caustic capacity of the company. With the already existing captive power production capacity of MWh at RCD, the company has finalised brownfield expansion by additional 150tpd of caustic soda capacity.
RCD utilises the chlorine available in its value-added products like SBP, Poly Aluminium Chloride (PAC), Aluminium Chloride (AlCl3) and Chlorinated Paraffin Wax (CPW).
The first in the chlor-alkali sector of India to be accredited with certifications of ISO 9001, 14001, OHSAS 18001 and SA 8000, the company has been the recipient of several awards.
A US $41 billion corporation, the Aditya Birla Group is in the League of Fortune 500. It is anchored by an extraordinary force of over 120,000 employees, belonging to 42 different nationalities.
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