The Legacy

Formerly known as Gujarat Ambuja Cements Limited, this Company has been a story of pioneering entrepreneurship.

A cotton trader from Mumbai and a reputed trading family from Kolkata came together to float a cement company. They knew very little about cement manufacturing. Both, however, recognised the inherent strengths of the business: cement was a core industry and would play a crucial role in a developing country like India. Moreover, there was little technological obsolescence and the product would never go out of fashion.

Founded in 1983 by Narotam Sekhsaria in partnership with Suresh Neotia, Ambuja Cement’s rich legacy is a testimony to the development of the nation and its belief in sustainability and concern for both the environment as well as people. Today, it is a part of the global conglomerate Holcim, one of the world’s leading suppliers of cement and aggregates.

Ambuja has always met tough challenges and seized opportunities that have come its way. It has nurtured a spirit of enterprise and sought cutting-edge technology in its operations. With its innovative and dynamic approach it has emerged as a benchmark for the cement industry in India.

This Spirit makes Ambuja Cement a product that embodies Giant Strength.

  • Sets up its first cement manufacturing plant at Ambujanagar, Gujarat with a capacity of 0.7 million tons.

  • Installs a new generation high-efficiency air separator which close-circuits the operation of the cement mill. With this the Company achieved significant energy efficiency in its kilns bringing down power costs and also reducing stabilising time from upto 18 months to a mere three months, a critical time line for a cement plant.

  • Undertakes the Van-Vihar project to convert a mined area into an environmentally restored and scenic location.

  • Introduces an innovative concept of bulk transportation in the country. Sets up a port and orders and commissions three ships specially designed for the purpose. Adopts Kodinar Taluka in Junagadh district, Gujarat for all-round development at a time when Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) was not common currency. It marks the unveiling of the ‘human face’ of Ambuja.

  • Sets up a new unit of 9.4 lakh ton, Gajambuja Cement, at the existing premises of Ambujanagar, Gujarat. Sets up a one-million ton cement plant at Suli, Himachal Pradesh. Commissions’ clinkerisation facility in Suli (Himachal Pradesh) and Ropar (Punjab). Sets up the third one-million tonne plant at Ambujanagar.

  • Achieves highest-ever export by an Indian cement company: 5.33 lakh tons of cement and clinker are exported.

  • Increases power generation capacity to the extent of 40 MW at Ambujanagar’s power plant. Sets up a new 12MW power plant at Himachal Pradesh. Undertakes environment protection measures at Kashlog mines in Himachal Pradesh as a part of its commitment to being a responsible corporate citizen.

  • Amalgamates wholly-owned subsidiary Maratha Cements Ltd with itself.

  • Makes a foray outside India by setting up a cement terminal in Sri Lanka.

  • Commences work on a 2 million ton capacity plant at Maratha Cement Works, Chandrapur, Maharashtra. Carries out rehabilitation work at Gujarat as part its CSR activity after an earthquake devastates many areas of the state. The rehabilitation campaign becomes a model for relevance and community involvement.

  • Achieves 100% capacity utilization in Maratha Cement Works’ Chandrapur plant in the very first year of production.

  • The erstwhile Ambuja Cements Eastern Limited is amalgamated with the Company. Holcim enters into a strategic alliance with Gujarat Ambuja Cements to participate in the growth market of India, making a public purchase offer to the shareholders of The Associated Cement Companies (ACC) and Ambuja Cement Eastern. In the same year, Ambuja Cement Eastern Ltd is amalgamated with the Company.

  • Adopts a new sustainable rural marketing model providing technical support in building rural infrastructure and imparting training skills to villagers. Government of India confers Padma Bhushan award to company Chairman, Suresh K Neotia for his contribution to Indian business and industry.

  • Adopts a goal of “Zero Harm” working environment. Allocates resources to strengthen the OH&S Management system.

  • Launches Ambuja’s knowledge initiative program – Ambuja Knowledge Center – to enable industry professionals to get a first-hand feel of the world of cement and concrete. During the year, three centers became operational in the cities of Jaipur, Ahmedabad and Kolkata.

  • Commissions two grinding units of 1.5 million tonnes – Dadri (Uttar Pradesh) and Nalagarh (Himachal Pradesh). Dadri Grinding Unit in its very first year of operation receives the Integrated Management System (IMS) Certification, including ISO 9001:2008, ISO 14001:2004, and OHSAS 18001:2007 by BSI (U.K.).

  • Completes 25 years of operation. Acquires stake in Dirk India Private Ltd, Counto Microfine Products Ltd and Nepal-based Dang Cement. Achieves water-positive status, as certified by an independent foundation, Det Norske Veritas. Commissions two cement mills – one each at Bhatapara (Chattisgarh) and Maratha Cement Works (Maharashtra), increasing the total grinding capacity of the Company to 27.35 million tons. Commissions five wind turbine generators with a total capacity of 7.5 MW at Kutch, Gujarat.

  • Announces the expansion of capacity at grinding unit Sankrail, West Bengal, increasing the capacity from 1.5 MTPA to 2.4 MTPA Wins CII Sustainability Award 2012 – presented by the President of India

  • Board approves a proposal to acquire Holderind Investments Ltd, Mauritius (Holcim), followed by a merger of Holcim India into Ambuja. Commences work on the Marwar Mundwa project, a cement grinding unit at Rajasthan.