Grasim ventured into cement production in the mid 1980s, setting up its first cement plant at Jawad in Madhya Pradesh and since then has grown to become a leading cement company in India. In July 2004, Grasim acquired a majority stake and management control in UltraTech. One of the largest of its kind in the cement sector, this acquisition catapulted the Aditya Birla Group as one of the top cement manufacturers in India.
As a part of the restructuring process, the cement business has been consolidated with its subsidiary UltraTech Cement Limited. In the first phase, Grasim's cement business was demerged into Samruddhi Cement Limited, a subsidiary of Grasim. In the second phase, Samruddhi Cement Limited has been amalgamated with UltraTech Cement Limited w.e.f. 1 July 2010. The merger has created the largest cement company in India and has provided a platform for pursuing aggressive growth going forward. With a total capacity of 52 million tpa, UltraTech Cement is a leading player in the cement industry in India.
Grasim's subsidiary UltraTech Cement has 11 integrated plants, 15 grinding units, five bulk terminals and 101 ready mix concrete (RMC) plants – spanning India, UAE, Bahrain, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. All the plants are located close to sizeable limestone mines and are fully automated to ensure consistent quality. All units use state-of-the-art equipment and technology and are certified with ISO 9001 for quality systems and ISO 14001 for environment management systems.
UltraTech is a leading RMC manufacturer in India. UltraTech is also the largest producer of white cement in India, with a capacity of 560,000 tpa. Branded as Birla White, the white cement division manufactures world-class white cement in a variety of textures and finishes.
UltraTech is a voluntary member of the Cement Sustainability Initiative (CSI), which is the apex for the cement industry globally to establish common measures, share best practices and exchange data relating to environmental impact.
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