Milestones

The roots of the Aditya Birla Group can be traced back to 1857 in the tiny village of Pilani, Rajasthan, when Seth Shiv Narayan Birla ventured into cotton trading. Today, with operations across 35 countries, and revenues of US$44.3 billion, the Group is a leading player in aluminium, cement manufacturing, viscose staple fibre, carbon black, chemicals, copper, financial services, telecom, branded apparels, fertilisers, viscose staple yarn and insulators. We trace the highlights of this remarkable journey

2018

Binani Cement becomes a wholly-owned subsidiary of UltraTech. The Board of Directors of UltraTech approved a proposal to form Binani Cement Limited (BCL) into a wholly-owned subsidiary of UltraTech from the November 20.

Idea Cellular announces completion of sale of standalone tower business to ATC Telecom Infrastructure Private Limited.

Merger of Idea Cellular and Vodafone India completed to create India's largest telecom service provider - Vodafone Idea Limited.

Grasim Industries Limited wins the Dun & Bradstreet Corporate Award 2018 for its stellar performance in the Textile Sector.

Aditya Birla Group wins AON BEST EMPLOYER Award.

Aditya Birla Fashion and Retail Ltd. launches Style Up, the family store across tier III cities to make smart fashion accessible and affordable.

ABFRL enters into a store license and distribution agreement with Ralph Lauren Asia Pacific Limited (''RLAPL'').

2017

Birla Carbon inaugurates world-class energy positive greenfield plant, a 120,000 metric tonnes carbon black project, in Jining, Shandong province.

The merger of Idea Cellular with Vodafone's subsidiary Vodafone India (excluding its 42 % stake in Indus Towers) is announced. The merged entity will be the second largest telecom entity in the world.

UltraTech Cement completes acquisition of Jaiprakash Associates Limited cement plants — six integrated cement plants and five grinding units, spread across the states of Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Madhya Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh.

Aditya Birla Capital Limited (established after demerger and listing of the Financial Services Business) lists on stock exchanges.

Aditya Birla Fashion and Retail Ltd. enters into a multi-store retail and e-commerce license agreement with American Eagle Outfitters, Inc.

Aditya Birla Nuvo merges with Grasim to create a large combination of manufacturing and service businesses commanding leadership positions across cement, financial services, telecom, textiles and chemicals sectors.

2016

Aditya Birla Group logo is refreshed to become contemporary and reflect the Group's dynamic, vibrant, youthful culture.

Aditya Birla Fashion and Retail Ltd. signs international deals with global luxury brand 'Ted Baker' and British Designer Wear Brand 'Simon Carter'. An MOU with 'Forever 21' for India Business is also signed.

2015

Birla Cellulose launches the Liva brand, an innovative concept that offers 'Natural Fluid Fashion'.

Aditya Birla Nuvo Limited consolidates its Branded Apparels Businesses under listed subsidiary Pantaloons Fashion & Retail Limited (PFRL). PFRL is to be renamed as 'Aditya Birla Fashion & Retail Limited' ("ABFRL").

Grasim Industries Limited board approves the proposed merger of Aditya Birla Chemicals (India) Limited, an Aditya Birla Group company, with Grasim.

Aditya Birla Fashion and Retail Limited, ABFRL, is born after the consolidation of the Group’s branded apparel businesses of Madura F&L and Pantaloons.

2014

Aditya Birla Group is ranked number 1 in the Nielsen Corporate Image Monitor 2013-14, for the second year in a row, across the six pillars of corporate performance – products and services, vision and leadership, workplace environment, financial performance, operating style and social responsibility.

Aditya Birla Chemicals (India) Limited (ABCIL) acquires the chlor-alkali division of Jayshree Chemicals Limited in September.

Birla Sun Life Asset Management, joint venture between Aditya Birla Group and Sun Life Financial Inc., acquires Mutual Fund Assets of ING Investment.

2013

Aditya Birla Group tops Nielsen's Corporate Image Monitor 2012-13 that measures the reputation of 40 leading corporates in the country across sectors. The Group emerged 'Best in Class' across the six pillars of corporate image comprising product and service quality, vision and leadership, workplace management, financial performance, operating style and social responsibility.

Birla White cement, an UltraTech brand, completes 25 years of operations.

The Government of India releases a commemorative postage stamp honouring the visionary Mr. Aditya Vikram Birla as India's 'First Global Industrialist'. The special stamp is released by the President of India, Mr. Pranab Mukherjee, at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on 14th January.

Aditya Birla Chemicals (Thailand) Limited acquires 100 % equity stake in two epoxy companies based in Germany, i.e., Chemicals & Technologies for Polymers (CTP GmbH) and 50 % equity stake in Chemicals & Technologies for Polymers Advanced Materials (CTP AM GmbH) in Germany through its 100 % owned German subsidiary Aditya Birla Chemicals (Europe) GmbH.

UltraTech Cement acquires the Gujarat Cement Unit of Jaypee Cement Corporation.

Aditya Birla Chemicals (India) Limited acquires the chlor-alkali and phosphoric acid divisions of Solaris Chemtech Industries. The acquisition makes ABCIL the largest producer of chlor-alkali in India.

The Group acquires 'Pantaloons' which is also voted as 'India's No. 1 Trusted Apparel Retailer for 2013' in the Brand Equity Survey of The Economic Times.

UltraTech Cement acquires integrated unit in Sewagram and grinding unit in Wanakbori, Gujarat from Jaiprakash Associates.

2012

Aditya Birla Group makes a financial investment of 27.5 % in Living Media India Limited (India Today Group).

Aditya Birla Group acquires Terrace Bay Pulp Mill in North Western Ontario in July 2012. Terrace Bay is considered an anchor mill due to its location and its significant consumption of residual chips produced by regional sawmills.

Aditya Birla Nuvo Limited (ABNL), largest manufacturer of linen fabric in India, acquires Future Group's Pantaloon format, a part of Pantaloon Retail (India) Limited (PRIL). The acquisition is in line with the Group's strategic intent to create the largest integrated branded fashion player in the country.

Madura Fashion & Lifestyle enters into a joint venture with 'Hackett London', a sponsor of the British Army Polo Team Force India F1 Team and Aston Martin Racing.

2011

Aditya Birla Group is ranked No.4 in the list of global top companies for leaders and No.1 in Asia Pacific for 2011 in a study conducted by Aon Hewitt, Fortune magazine and RBL, a strategic HR and leadership advisory firm.

Aditya Birla Group acquires Domsjö Fabriker, a leading Swedish speciality pulp and biorefinery company. Domsjö, with its cutting-edge technology and production process coupled with a state-of-the-art biorefinery, adds significant value to the Group's pulp and fibre operations.

Birla Carbon, a manufacturer and supplier of high-quality carbon black, acquires Atlanta-headquartered Columbian Chemicals Company, thereby becoming the world's largest carbon black manufacturer by volume.

ABCIL acquires the Chloro Chemicals Division (CCD) of Kanoria Chemicals & Industries Limited in April. The acquisition strengthens Aditya Birla Group's position as the country's largest producer of chlor-alkali.

2010

UltraTech Cement acquires a majority stake and management control in Dubai-based Star Cement Company, LLC (Star Cement). Star Cement owns cement plants in UAE, Bahrain and Bangladesh with a total capacity of three million tonnes annually. This acquisition gives the Aditya Birla Group a strong foothold in the Middle East.

Madura Garments is re-christened as 'Madura Fashion & Lifestyle'.

2009

Aditya Birla Financial Services Group (ABFSG acquires Apollo Sindhoori Capital, a leading brokerage firm in India.

2008

Aditya Birla Group acquires a 100% stake in Birla Jingwei Fibres Company Limited.

Aditya Birla Group acquires Spice Communications.

2007

Hindalco acquires Atlanta-headquartered Novelis Inc. With the addition of Novelis, Hindalco becomes the world's largest aluminium rolling company, one of the biggest producers of primary aluminium in Asia and a leading copper producer in India.

Aditya Birla Group acquires a majority shareholding in Trinethra Superretail Limited.

2006

Hindalco enters into a joint venture with Almex USA Inc.

Grasim, India, Thai Rayon Public Company Limited, Thailand, and P.T. Indo Bharat Rayon, Indonesia, form a joint venture with Hubei Jing Wei Chemical Fibre Company, China, for manufacturing viscose staple fibre.

TransWorks Information Services, a subsidiary of Aditya Birla Nuvo Limited, acquires Canada's leading BPO provider, Minacs Worldwide.

2005

Indian Rayon is re-christened Aditya Birla Nuvo.

Aditya Birla Group sets up a world-class aluminium project in Orissa.

Aditya Birla Group signs a framework agreement to acquire St Anne Nackawic Pulp Mill, Canada.

Aditya Birla Group acquires Philippines-based Pan Century Surfactants in September.

2004

Aditya Birla Group Board is reconstituted with Mr. Kumar Mangalam Birla taking over as Chairman.

A scheme of arrangement is announced to merge Indal with Hindalco.

Indian Rayon completes its brownfield expansion of 40,000 tpa at Hi-Tech Carbon, Gummidipundi, taking its total capacity to 1,60,000 tpa.

The process of demerging L&T's cement business is completed. Grasim acquires a controlling stake in the newly-formed company — UltraTech.

2003

Aditya Birla Group Board is reconstituted with Mr. Kumar Mangalam Birla taking over as Chairman.

Liaoning Birla Carbon, Aditya Birla Group's first carbon black company in China, is incorporated.

Indian Rayon launches a joint venture with Japan-based NGK Insulators Limited christening it 'Birla NGK Insulators Private Limited'.

Birla Copper, a strategic business unit of Hindalco, is accorded London Metal Exchange (LME) registration. Its copper cathodes are approved as 'Grade A' by LME.

Aditya Birla Group acquires Indonesia-based P.T. Indo Raya Kimia in January.

Aditya Birla Group acquires the Mount Gordon Copper mines in Australia, another strategic step in becoming a globally competitive copper player.

Indian Rayon acquires TransWorks, a leading Indian ITES / BPO company.

Aditya Birla Group divests its entire 37.38 % equity stake in Mangalore Refineries and Petrochemicals Limited (MRPL) to the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation.

Birla Copper acquires Nifty Copper Mines in Australia as part of a strategic plan to make the company an integrated copper producer, and source raw material for its copper smelter at Dahej, Gujarat.

2002

Grasim board approves an open offer for purchase up to 20 % of L&T's equity in accordance with the provisions and guidelines issued by the Securities & Exchange Board of India Regulations, 1997.

Grasim increases its stake in L&T to 14.15 % (351.84 lakh shares).

Aditya Birla Group undertakes corporate restructuring of Hindalco and Indo Gulf. The fertiliser business of Indo Gulf is demerged into a separate company called Indo Gulf Fertilisers. Indo Gulf's copper business is merged with Hindalco, creating a non-ferrous metals powerhouse.

Grasim divests its Gwalior unit to Melodeon Exports Limited, and consolidates its textile operations at a single location in Bhiwani, MP, to manufacture both 'Grasim' and 'Graviera' brands.

PSI Data Systems acquires Birla Technologies Limited, bringing the Group IT services business under one umbrella.

Indal acquires a controlling stake in Anapurna Foils Limited (AFL) to augment its position in the foil and packaging sectors. Subsequently AFL is merged with Indal.

2001

Grasim acquires 2.50 crore shares – representing just over 10 % of the equity – in L&T from Reliance Industries Limited.

Birla Consultancy & Software Services is spun off into a separate entity called Birla Technologies Limited.

Indian Rayon acquires a stake in PSI Data Systems in one of the largest cash transactions in the Indian technology sector.

Grasim closes its pulp plant at Mavoor, Kerala as part of its restructuring initiatives.

The Group acquires ‘Madura Garments and also launches 'Planet Fashion' a multi-brand retail format for the new age Indian male shopper.

2000

Indian Rayon acquires Madura Garments and selected overseas brand rights, taking the Aditya Birla Group to the top of the league in the branded apparels sector.

The Group forays into e-business through a strategic alliance of its software arm — Birla Consultancy Software and Services (BCSS) with Lawson Software (USA).

'Gyanodaya', the Institute of Management Learning of the Aditya Birla Group, is inaugurated.

Hindalco acquires Indal. Indal's board is reconstituted with Mr. Kumar Mangalam Birla as the new Chairman. The Group holding goes up to 74.6 %.

The Insurance Regulatory Development Authority (IRDA) grants registration in principle to Birla Sun Life Insurance Company.

Indian Rayon acquires major world rights for international apparel brands Louis Philippe, Allen Solly and Peter England.

The merger of Birla AT&T and Tata Cellular is completed.

The Group consolidates its textiles and apparel business.

1999

Aditya Birla Group inks a joint venture with Canada-based financial services major Sun Life as part of the overall restructuring of the Group's financial services business.

1998

Aditya Birla Group forms a 50:50 joint venture company with Canada-based Tembec Inc. called A.V. Cell Inc to supply pulp for the Group's VSF operations.

Grasim acquires Dharani Cement and Shree Digvijay Cement to consolidate the Group's leadership position in cement.

The cement businesses of Indian Rayon and Grasim are consolidated into a single division of Grasim – the biggest restructuring ever by any corporate entity in India.

The Group forays into copper with the commissioning of Indo Gulf's copper smelter – the largest of its kind in India.

Thai Organic Chemicals begins commercial operations of chlor-alkali and epichlorohydrin.

1997

'Peter England' is launched in India and it goes to become the largest selling brand in the country.

1996

Aditya Birla Group launches a new corporate logo – Aditya, the rising sun – to honour the memory of the late Aditya Birla.

All Group companies are consolidated under the umbrella of the Aditya Birla Group, led by Mr. Kumar Mangalam Birla.

P.T. Indo Liberty Textiles is incorporated to manufacture yarn in Indonesia.

1995

Aditya Birla Group enters the telecommunications sector through a joint venture with AT&T (USA).

Thai Sulphites & Chemicals is incorporated to manufacture sodium sulphite and sodium metabisulphite.

1994

The Birla Growth Fund is renamed Birla Global Finance Limited as its span of operations expands.

Alexandria Carbon Black, the Group's first joint venture with the Egyptian government, is established.

1993

With the launch of 'Allen Solly', Indians are introduced to a new category of clothes - smart casuals.

1992

Thai Epoxy and Allied Products commences production of epoxy resins in Thailand.

1991

Pan Century Oleo chemicals commences production of fatty acids and glycerine in Malaysia.

1990

Mr. Kumar Mangalam Birla gets actively involved in the Group's operations.

'Van Heusen' is launched in India to revolutionise workwear. The brand gives a new meaning to the term ‘Power Dressing’.

1989

Thai Peroxide commences manufacturing of hydrogen peroxide solutions in Thailand.

'Louis Philippe' is launched in India to become the maker of finest menswear in the country.

1988

The government liberalises the petroleum industry. Aditya Birla Group enters into a joint venture with Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited to set up a three million tonne refinery Mangalore Refineries and Petrochemicals Limited in Mangalore, Karnataka.

'Madura Garments' is established. It becomes India’s first national-level business to focus on fashion and retail.

1987

Indian Rayon is renamed Indian Rayon and Industries Limited (IRIL) to reflect its wide span of activities.

Thai Acrylic Fibre is incorporated to produce fibre and tow.

1986

Birla Growth Fund is set up to finance industrial equipment, plants and machinery, and consumer durables, as well as for stock market operations.

1985

India's first gas-based fertiliser plant in the private sector – Indo Gulf – goes on stream at Jagdishpur, UP.

1984

Thai Polyphosphates and Chemicals commences production of sodium phosphates in Thailand.

1982

P.T. Indo Bharat Rayon is established. It is the first producer of viscose staple fibres in Indonesia.

1978

Thai Carbon Black, the Group's first carbon black company, is incorporated in Thailand.

1977

Pan Century Edible Oils is incorporated in Malaysia. The company goes on to become the world's largest single-location palm oil refinery.

1975

Indo Phil Group of Companies, the first Indo-Filipino joint venture, commences production of spun yarn.

1974

Thai Rayon, the Group's viscose rayon staple fibre business, is incorporated in Thailand.

1973

P.T. Elegant Textiles is established to manufacture spun yarn. It marks the Group's first venture in Indonesia.

1969

Mr. Aditya Birla sets up Indo Thai Synthetics Company Limited, the Group's first overseas company.

1967

Hindalco sets up a captive power plant at Renusagar, UP – a significant strategic move.

1966

Indian Rayon Corporation Limited is acquired.

1965

Mr. Aditya Birla starts the Eastern Spinning Mills & Industries.

1962

Hindalco commences production at its aluminium complex in Renukoot, UP.

1958

Hindalco is incorporated.

1947

Grasim is incorporated. The company commences its operations with a small rayon weaving unit at Gwalior, MP.

1919

Mr. Ghanshyam Das Birla, grandson of Mr. Shiv Narayan Birla, sets up the first Birla jute mill, marking his entry into the manufacturing sector. Rapid business expansion follows.

1857

The foundation of the Birla Group of Companies is laid by Mr. Seth Shiv Narayan Birla – cotton trading operations commences at Pilani, Rajasthan.