UltraTech Cement Ltd., an Indian cement company and subsidiary of Indian multinational conglomerate, Aditya Birla Group, has announced plans for investment worth Rs. 5,477 crore towards capacity expansion.
On 3rd December 2020 board of directors of the company approved addition of 12.8 Million Tonnes Per Annum (MTPA) to UltraTech’s annual capacity. Upon completion UltraTech’s capacity will grow to 136.25 MTPA which shall make it third largest cement company in the World, outside China.
Ultratech’s Capacity Expansion Plan
As per company’s statement dated 3rd December 2020, plan includes both brown field and green field expansions. It includes existing approval for cement plant at Pali in Rajasthan with the capacity to produce 6.1 MTPA.
Further it includes 6.7 MTPA capacity expansion in Uttar Pradesh, Odisha, Bihar and West Bengal which is underway and is expected to get commissioned in phased manner by FY22.
Also, commercial production from all said new capacities is expected to go on stream in a phased manner, by final quarter of FY23.
Commenting on the expansion, Mr. Kumar Mangalam Birla, Chairman, Aditya Birla Group said “The cement industry has been witnessing healthy volumes post relaxation of lockdown, on the back of the Government’s thrust on infrastructure, underlying demand from the rural economy and individual home builders. Given its pan-India presence which will be further strengthened by the capacity expansion, UltraTech will be well positioned to support the rising demand for cement in the country”, mentioned in press release of Aditya Birla Group dated 3rd December 2020.
The company plans to achieve 160 MTPA by 2030. This expansion is in line with that vision.
About UltraTech Cement Ltd.: UltraTech Cement Ltd is the largest manufacturer of grey cement, ready mix concrete (RMC) and white cement in India. It is headquartered in Mumbai and has 23 integrated plants, 1 clinkerisation plant, 26 grinding units and 7 bulk terminals. Ultratech’s operations span across India, UAE, Bahrain and Sri Lanka.