Grasim Industries Limited, a flagship company of the Aditya Birla Group, ranks among India's largest private sector companies, with consolidated net revenue of Rs.202 billion and a consolidated net profit (before extraordinary items) of Rs.27.6 billion (FY2010).
Starting as a textiles manufacturer in 1948, today Grasim's businesses comprise viscose staple fibre (VSF), cement, chemicals and textiles. Its core businesses are VSF and cement, which contribute to over 90 per cent of its revenues and operating profits.
The Aditya Birla Group is the world’s largest producer of VSF, commanding a 21 per cent global market share. Grasim, with an aggregate capacity of 333,975 tpa has a global market share of 10 per cent. It is also the second largest producer of caustic soda (which is used in the production of VSF) in India.
In cement, Grasim through its subsidiary UltraTech Cement Limited ("UltraTech") has a capacity of 52 million tpa and is a leading player in India. In July 2004, Grasim acquired a majority stake and management control in UltraTech. One of the largest of its kind in the cement sector, this acquisition catapulted the Aditya Birla Group to the top of the league in India.
The amalgamation of Samruddhi Cement Limited (SCL) with UltraTech w.e.f. 1 July 2010 completed the restructuring of the cement business. Earlier, Grasim's cement business was demerged into SCL.The merger has created the largest cement company in India, providing a platform that will help in pursuing aggressive growth going forward.