Globalization of Indian Cement Industry

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The Globalization of Indian Cement Industry has helped the industry to restructure itself to coop up with the alterations in the global economic and trading system. The Indian cement industry is one of the oldest industries. It has been catering to India's cement requirements since its emergence during the British Raj in India. Though the majority of the players in the Indian cement industry were private sector organizations, the industry was highly regulated.

With the rapid growth rate of the Indian economy after the 1990s, the infrastructural developments within the country has been tremendous. The increase in the construction activities has led to the increase in the demand for updated quality building materials and other allied products. Cement being one of the major elements in the construction work, there is a growth in the cement industry in India. The consumption of cement has increased in India by nearly 7.5%. With the globalization of Indian cement industry many foreign cement manufacturers are engaging themselves in agreements and deals with their India counter parts to have a share of the growth.

Globalization of Indian Cement Industry includes several foreign companies engaging in mergers and acquisitions of Indian cement companies. For example,

  • Heidelberg Cement - Indorama Cement Ltd.
    Heidelberg Cement Company entered into an agreement for a 50% joint venture with the Indorama Cement Ltd., situated in Mumbai, originally possessed by the Indorama S P Lohia Group. Heidelberg Cement company is the leading German cement manufacturing company. The Heidelberg Cement was set up in 1873 and has a long and prosperous history. Being one of the best in the world the Heidelberg Cement Company has its bases in different countries. The Heidelberg Cement Company has two manufacturing units in India. A grinding plant in Mumbai and a cement terminal near Mumbai harbor. A clinker plant is coming up in the state on Gujarat.

  • Holcim Cement - Gujarat Ambuja Cements(GACL)
    Holcim Cement signed an agreement of 14.8% take over with the Gujarat Ambuja Cements (GACL). With new products, skilled personnel, superb management, and a outstanding market strategy gives this tie up good edge over the other competitors. Holcim Cement Company is among the leading cement manufacturing and supplying companies in the world. It is one of the major employers in the world, having a work force of 90,000.The Holcim Cement Company has units in excess of 70 countries all over the world.

  • Italcementi cement - Zuari Cement Limited
    Italcementi Cement Company with the help of the Ciments Français, a subsidiary for its global activities, has acquired shares of the famous Indian cement manufacturer - Zuari Cement Limited. The acquisition was of 50% shareholding and the deal was of about 100 million Euros. Italcementi Cement is the 5th largest cement manufacturing company in the world. The production capacity of the Italcementi cement company is about 70 million tons in a year. With the construction boom in India the company looks for a stable future. In 2001 the Italcementi cement entered the Indian market scenario. It took over the plant of the Zuari Cement Limited in Andhra Pradesh in southern India. The joint venture earned revenues of around 100 million Euros and an operating profit of 4 million Euros.

Lafarge India is the subsidiary of the Lafarge Cement Company of France. It was established in 1999 in India with the acquisition of the Tisco and the Raymond cement plants. Lafarge Cement presently has three cement manufacturing units in India. One of them is in Jharkhand which is used for the purpose of grinding and the other two are in Chhattisgarh used for manufacturing. The Lafarge Cement Company was set up in the year 1833 by Leon Pavin. Lafarge Cement Company situated in France is the leading cement producing company in the world. It has plans for increasing the cement production through technological innovations and maximization of the capacity of the plant. It has a large network of distributors in the eastern part of India. The Lafarge Cement Company is presently producing nearly 5.5 million tons of cement for the Indian cement market.

Last updated on 3/18/2011

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