HeidelbergCement, AG entered India in 2006 with the acquisition of erstwhile Mysore Cement, Cochin Cement and a JV with Indorama Cement. Post the restructuring and expansion at its Central India plants, its installed capacity increased to 5.5 Million Tonnes from 2.3 Million Tonnes. Post-acquisition of Italcementi in 2016, the Group has more than doubled its presence in India. With 4 Integrated Cement plants, 4 Grinding Units and a Terminal, its installed capacity in India now stands at about 14 Million Tonnes. Currently cement is sold in 12 states where its brands are well accepted by its loyal customers.
Our customers, employees, shareholders as well as local partners across the globe have always been the core of our corporate governance. Our concern for environment has driven our actions towards sustainable development and therefore we obligated ourselves to build on the three pillars of ecology, economy and social responsibility.
One of the world's largest integrated manufacturers of building materials, HeidelbergCement Group made its foray into India in early 2006. The move was motivated by its pursuit for growth which emanated from the opportunities available in the growing markets of developing countries. As a part of its growth strategy, the Group acquired controlling stake in Mysore Cements Limited as well as Indorama Cement Limited Joint Venture, which in 2008 was converted into a complete acquisition.
After the merger of Indorama Cement with Mysore Cements, in 2009, Mysore Cements was renamed as HeidelbergCement India Ltd. Since then there has been no looking back. In 2009, the Company undertook a brownfield capacity expansion in Central India to increase its cement manufacturing capacity from 2.1 million tonnes per annum (MTPA) to 5.4 MTPA. Debottlenecking activities in last quarter of FY20 increased the grinding capacity at Imlai and Jhansi plants by 0.5 MTPA and 0.55 MTPA respectively. The aggregate cement grinding capacity of the Company now stands enhanced to 6.26 MTPA.
Focus on Quality and Customer Satisfaction
Being one of the India's preferred cement manufacturers with a legacy of almost 148 years, we have deep understanding of consumer needs. The cement we produce contributes towards enhancing quality of life – be it roads, buildings or bridges and therefore makes us conscious of the responsibility we shoulder which culminates into producing quality cement that surpasses the expectations of our customers.
Customer delight is paramount for us. We believe in providing the best product and services to our customers and this makes our marketing strategy customer centric. We communicate and connect with them on a regular basis to understand and address their needs.
HeidelbergCement India complies with the ISO standards 9000, 14000, 45000, 50000. The ISO 26000, 36000, 14046 will be received in FY22 making HCIL the only cement company in India having 7 quality standards. Quality assurance controls are checked by the independent experts from TUV SUD as a part of the extensive quality assurance programmes.
Emphasis on continuous improvement has helped the Company deliver high quality products using state-of-the-art technology. The road to excellence is often paved with stones of incremental improvement. In isolation, they may seem like fragmented acts; but when compounded together and seen as a larger picture, it reflects our philosophy behind the purpose driven change.
The Company has always focused on consistent upgradation of technology to ensure high quality at optimal cost. The objective is attained via Continuous Improvement Programs dedicated to on-board new ideas for improving process efficiencies and cost savings.