|Type||Public BSE: 532538|
|Headquarters||Mumbai, Maharashtra, India|
|Key people||O P Puranmalka, Director|
|Revenue||US$3.7 billion (2011–12)|
|Profit||US$450 million (2011–12)|
UltraTech Cement Limited (BSE: 532538) is India's biggest cement company and India’s largest exporter of cement clinker based in Mumbai, India. The company is part of the Aditya Birla Group and division of Grasim Industries. It has an annual capacity of 62 million tonnes. UltraTech cement has been awarded the Superbrand status.
It manufactures and markets ordinary Portland cement, Portland blast furnace slag cement, white cement and Portland Pozzolana cement. It also manufactures ready-mix concrete (RMC) and Autoclaved Aerated Concrete Blocks(AAC Blocks) with brand name Ultratech Xtralite. The export markets span countries around the Indian Ocean, Africa, Europe and the Middle East. UltraTech is India's largest exporter of cement clinker. The company's production facilities are spread across eleven integrated plants, one white cement plant, one clinkerisation plant in UAE, fifteen grinding units, and five terminals — four in India and one in Sri Lanka. Most of the plants have ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 certification. In addition, two plants have received ISO 27001 certification and four have received SA 8000 certification. The process is currently underway for the remaining plants. The company exports over 2.5 million tonnes per annum, which is about 30 per cent of the country's total exports. The export market consists of countries around the Indian Ocean, Africa, Europe and the Middle East. Export is a thrust area in the company's strategy for growth.
UltraTech's products include Ordinary Portland cement, Portland Pozzolana cement and Portland blast furnace slag cement.
Ordinary Portland cement Portland blast furnace slag cement Portland Pozzolana cement Cement to European and Sri Lankan norms
Ordinary Portland cement Ordinary Portland cement is the most commonly used cement for a wide range of applications. These applications cover dry-lean mixes, general-purpose ready-mixes, and even high strength pre-cast and pre-stressed concrete.
Portland blast furnace slag cement Portland blast-furnace slag cement contains up to 70 per cent of finely ground, granulated blast-furnace slag, a nonmetallic product consisting essentially of silicates and alumino-silicates of calcium. Slag brings with it the advantage of the energy invested in the slag making. Grinding slag for cement replacement takes only 25 per cent of the energy needed to manufacture Portland cement. Using slag cement to replace a portion of Portland cement in a concrete mixture is a useful method to make concrete better and more consistent. Portland blast-furnace slag cement has a lighter colour, better concrete workability, easier finishability, higher compressive and flexural strength, lower permeability, improved resistance to aggressive chemicals and more consistent plastic and hardened consistency.
Portland Pozzolana cement Portland pozzolana cement is ordinary Portland cement blended with pozzolanic materials (power-station fly ash, burnt clays, ash from burnt plant material or silicious earths), either together or separately. Portland clinker is ground with gypsum and pozzolanic materials which, though they do not have cementing properties in themselves, combine chemically with Portland cement in the presence of water to form extra strong cementing material which resists wet cracking, thermal cracking and has a high degree of cohesion and workability in concrete and mortar.
UltraTech’s presence along with its subsidiaries is recorded at 12 composite plants, one white cement plant, two wall care putty plants, one clinkerisation plant in UAE, 16 grinding units; 12 in India, 2 in UAE, 1 in Bahrain and Bangladesh each, 6 bulk terminals; 5 in India and 1 in Sri Lanka and 101 concrete plants as per the company website. These facilities gradually came up over the years, as indicated below:
2011 :: UltraTech Cement Middle East Investments Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Company has acquired management control of ETA Star Cement together with its operations in the UAE, Bahrain and Bangladesh
- The cement business of Grasim demerged and vested in Samruddhi Cement Limited in May, 2010. Subsequently, Samruddhi Cement Limited amalgamated with UltraTech Cement Limited in July 2010.
2006 :: Narmada Cement Company Limited amalgamated with UltraTech pursuant to a Scheme of Amalgamation being approved by the Board for Industrial & Financial Reconstruction (BIFR) in terms of the provision of Sick Industrial Companies Act (Special Provisions)
2004 :: Completion of the implementation process to demerge the cement business of L&T and completion of open offer by Grasim, with the latter acquiring controlling stake in the newly formed company UltraTech
2003 :: The board of Larsen & Toubro Ltd (L&T) decides to demerge its cement business into a separate cement company (CemCo). Grasim decides to acquire an 8.5 per cent equity stake from L&T and then make an open offer for 30 per cent of the equity of CemCo, to acquire management control of the company.
2002 :: The Grasim Board approves an open offer for purchase of up to 20 per cent of the equity shares of Larsen & Toubro Ltd (L&T), in accordance with the provisions and guidelines issued as per Securities & Exchange Board of India (SEBI) Regulations, 1997.
- Grasim increases its stake in L&T to 14.15 per cent
- Arakkonam grinding unit
2001 :: Grasim acquires 10 per cent stake in L&T. Subsequently increases stake to 15.3 per cent by October 2002
- Durgapur grinding unit
1998-2000 :: Bulk cement terminals at Mangalore, Navi Mumbai and Colombo
1999 :: Narmada Cement Company Limited acquired
1998 :: Gujarat Cement Works Plant II
1996 :: Gujarat Cement Works Plant I
1994 :: Hirmi Cement Works
1993 :: Jharsuguda grinding unit
1987 :: Awarpur Cement Works Plant II
1983 :: Awarpur Cement Works Plant I
UltraTech Ready Mix Concrete