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Ambuja Cements Ltd. (ACL) is one of the leading cement manufacturing companies in India and commenced cement production in 1986. Initially called Gujarat Ambuja Cements Ltd, the Company later became Ambuja Cements Ltd.
ACL enjoys a reputation of being one of the most efficient cement manufacturers in the world. Its environment protection measures are considered to be on par with the finest in the country. It is also one of the most profitable and innovative cement companies in India.
Ambuja Cement - Company Highlights
- Startup Name-Ambuja Cements Limited
- Headquarters-Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
- Founders-Narotam Sekhsaria, Suresh Neotia
- CEO-Neeraj Akhoury
Ambuja Cement - About and How it Works?
Ambuja Cements Limited is an India-based holding company, which is engaged in the manufacture of clinkers and cement. The Company operates through Cement and cement related products segment. Initially called Gujarat Ambuja Cements Ltd, the Company later became Ambuja Cements Ltd. The Company has a range of products for the B2B and retail markets.
The Company's product, Ambuja Plus Roof Special, is suited for constructing roofs and slabs. It also offers install rooftop rainwater harvesting technology. Its products also include Ambuja Powercem, which caters the ready-mix (RMX) sector; Ambuja Railcem, which is designed for railways, and Ambuja Buildcem, which serves the requirements of the mass housing segment.
The Company also co-owns two brands in micro materials' category. These include Alccofine, which includes a range of micro slag materials, and Dirk Pozzocrete, which includes superfine fly ash. Alccofine Micro Materials are used in construction projects, such as metro rail, dams, roads, flyovers, bridges and tunnels.
Ambuja Cement - Logo and its Meaning
The Ambuja Cement logo consists of a man holding a building by its foundation which implies how the strong base of cement holds the whole building together.
Ambuja Cement - Founder and History
Ambuja Cement was founded in 1983 by Narotam Sekhsaria and Suresh Neotia, two traders with very little knowledge of cement or manufacturing. What made up for this lack was their far-sightedness: Anticipating that cement would be a critical resource for a developing economy like India, they invested in a state-of-the-art cement plant in Gujarat and went on to build a trusted cement brand that has become synonymous with quality and strength.
ACL has grown manifold over the past decade. Its current cement capacity is 27.25 million tonnes. The Company has 5 integrated cement manufacturing plants and 8 cement grinding units across the country. ACL enjoys a reputation of being one of the most efficient cement manufacturers in the world. Its environment protection measures are considered to be on par with the finest in the country. It is also one of the most profitable and innovative cement companies in India.
ACL is the first Indian cement manufacturer to build a captive port with three terminals along the country's western coastline to facilitate timely, cost-effective and environmentally cleaner shipments of bulk cement to its customers. The Company has its own fleet of ships. ACL has also pioneered the development of the multiple, bio-mass, co-fired technology for generating greener power in its captive plants.
Ambuja Cement - Mission
Ambuja Cement's mission statement says, "To be the most sustainable and competitive company in our industry."
Ambuja Cement - Partnership
The company has entered into a strategic partnership with Holcim, the second-largest cement manufacturer in the world from 2006. Holcim had, in January, bought a 14.8 percent promoters' stake in the GACL for INR 21.4 billion. Currently, Holcim holds 61.62% of shares in Ambuja Cements.
Ambuja Cement - Joint Ventures
Counto Microfine Products Private Limited
Wardha Valley Coal Field Private Limited
OneIndia BSC Private Limited
Ambuja Cement - Subsidiaries
Some Ambuja Cement subsidiaries are:
- Kakinada Cements Limited, India
- M.G.T. Cements Private Limited, India
- Chemical Limes Mundwa Private Limited, India
- Dang Cement Industries Private Limited, Nepal
- Dirk India Private Limited, India
- Cement Sustainability Initiative (CSI) of World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)
- Indian Business Biodiversity Initiative (IBBI)
- Leaders for Nature (LfN) India
The Global Compact Network India Ambuja is a member of the following industry associations: G4-16
- Confederation of Indian Industry (CII)
- Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI)
- The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM)
- Bombay Management Association (BMA)
- Indian Merchants’ Chamber (IMC)
- Bombay Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI)
Ambuja Cement - Business Model
The Ambuja Cement business model operates through Cement and Cement related products segment. The Company has a range of products for the business to business and retail markets. The Company's product, Ambuja Plus Roof Special, is suited for constructing roofs and slabs. It also offers install rooftop rainwater harvesting technology. Its products also include Ambuja Powercem, which caters the ready-mix (RMX) sector; Ambuja Railcem, which is designed for railways, and Ambuja Buildcem, which serves the requirements of the mass housing segment.
Ambuja Cement - Revenue and Growth
On a standalone basis, Ambuja Cements, part of Swiss firm LafargeHolcim, reported an increase of 87.77 per cent in net profit at INR 440.53 crore as against INR 234.61 crore in the year-ago period. Revenue from operations was INR 2,852.46 crore, up 8.63 per cent as compared to the year-ago period.
Revenue from operations was up 1.51 per cent at INR 6,169.47 crore during the quarter as compared to INR 6,077.29 crore in July-September a year ago. Total expenses were at INR 5,144.38 crore, down from INR 5,400.94 crore a year ago. The consolidated results of Ambuja Cements also include the financial performance of its step-down firm ACC.
Ambuja Cement - Merger with ACC
Two of India's marquee cement companies, ACC and Ambuja, have been part of the same global cement group for a long time. The markets were also rife with speculation about the complete merger of ACC and Ambuja for a very long time now. Finally, that seems to be seeing the light of day. In early May 2017, both ACC and Ambuja independently announced that they will consider a possible merger.
Globally, one of the biggest mergers in the cement industry was between Holcim and Lafarge which created the world’s largest cement company in the world, Lafarge Holcim. Interestingly, this company is the holding company for ACC and Ambuja Cements in India.
ACC's Neeraj Akhoury replaced Bimlendra Jha who resigned as the MD and CEO of Ambuja Cements.
Ambuja Cement - Competitors
Top Competitors of Ambuja Cement are Aditya Birla's Ultratech, ACC, The India Cements Ltd, Dalmia, Holcim, AkzoNobel, JK Lakshmi, and Shree Cement.
Ambuja Cement - Challenges Faced
The growth in the industry has slowed down since 2019. ACC Ltd. and Ambuja Cements Ltd.—which are subsidiaries of Europe’s largest maker of construction material LafargeHolcim—said in their annual reports that the Indian cement industry’s growth, which was 9 percent in 2018, fell down to 7-8 percent in 2019.
The company flagged ongoing capacity expansion—which has led to an imbalance in total installed capacity against capacity utilization—as material risk for the cement industry.
In 2020, the coronavirus pandemic also caused a lot of harm to the growth of the company.
"The company is seeking necessary permissions/approvals from the relevant government authorities for resumption of operations at various locations, in a phased manner," said a spokesperson for Ambuja Cement.
The company is taking steps to adhere to the standard operating procedure for social distancing mandated by the government in the guidelines.
Ambuja Cement - Future Plans
The Sustainable Development Ambition 2030 provides a broad framework for the company’s strategies to meet the challenges in four broad thematic areas: Climate, Circular Economy, Water & Nature, and People & Communities. The 2030 Plan envisions a construction sector which will be innovative, climate neutral and circular in its use of resources. It will be respectful of water and nature, and inclusive – thus enhancing the quality of life.
"The company is optimistic about its future despite the COVID-19 situation. The recent initiatives by the government will help resurgence of rural demand and infrastructure projects, including affordable housing," said a spokesperson for Ambuja Cement.
Ambuja Cement - FAQs
What is Ambuja Cement grade?
Ambuja Cement OPC 53 Grade, Packaging Type: Bag
Who is the CEO of Ambuja Cement?
Neeraj Akhoury is the current CEO of Ambuja Cement.
How does Ambuja Cement make money?
The Company operates through Cement and cement related products segment.
Who's the top competitor of Ambuja Cement?
Ambuja Cement Ltd's Top Competitor is UltraTech Cement Ltd.