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Cement Companies in India List – Lull after the Boom

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In the past ten years, cement consumption in India grew by approximately 7.5% per year. The building industry developed very dynamically, driven by the strong growth of population and the quick expansion of infrastructure. In 2005, India was after China the second largest cement consumer with around 135 million tonnes.India’s Construction Companies have enjoyed a massive boom times in the last 5 years but they too are facing rough times with the slowdown in investment,corruption charges and rise in interest rates.


  1. Ordinary Portland cement is the most commonly used cement for a wide range of applications. These applications cover dry-lean mixes, general-purpose ready-mixes, and even high strength pre-cast and pre-stressed concrete.
  2. Bulk Cement, an alternative to bagged cement, which is of particular advantage to large consumers of cement. Internationally, the trend is to move cement more and more in loose form rather than bagged. In fact, over 90 percent cement in the USA, and other European countries is transported and sold in bulk, unlike in India, where only one percent is transported in bulk.
  3. Ready Mix Concrete, or RMX as it is popularly called, refers to concrete that is specifically manufactured for delivery to the customer’s construction site in a freshly mix and plastic or unhardened state.
  4. Portland blast-furnace slag cement contains up to 70 per cent of finely ground, granulated blast-furnace slag, a nonmetallic product consisting essentially of silicates and alumino-silicates of calcium.
  5. Portland pozzolana cement is ordinary portland cement blended with pozzolanic materials (power-station fly ash, burnt clays, ash from burnt plant material or silicious earths), either together or separately.


1) ACC Ltd. – Established in 1936, ACC Limited is India’s foremost cement manufacturer. Among the first companies in India to include commitment to environment protection as a corporate objective. ACC is now part of the worldwide Holcim Group. It is a trend-setter in cement and concrete technology. The company has a wide network of Sales Units, Area Offices, and warehouses. This is backed by a vast distribution network of over 9,000 dealers & sub-dealers. The company has supplied to some of India’s most admired projects. It is essentially a people’s brand of cement. Its customer base represents the masses of India – individual homebuilders in small towns, rural and semi-urban India. The net profit for the quarter ended June 2011 was around Rs.32K crores (unaudited). ACC manufactures the various kinds of Portland Cement for general construction and special applications.
ACC manufactures:
Ordinary Portland Cement – 43 & 53 grade cement
Bulk Cement – ACC Bulk
Blended cement – Fly-ash based Portland Pozzolana cement, Portland slag cement Ready Mix Concrete – ACC             Concrete
It is the only cement company that figures in the list of Consumer SuperBrands of India. The Net Profit for Quarter ended Sep 30, 2009 was Rs.41,550.89 lakhs.
2) ULTRATECH CEMENT – is a part of the Aditya Birla Group. The Aditya Birla Group is among the top ten cement producers globally. Ultratech cement was incorporated in 2000 as L&T Cement Ltd. The management control was acquired by Grasim in July 2004. Together with Grasim, it is one of the largest cement producers in India. The name of the company was changed to UltraTech Cement Limited with effect from 14 October 2004. The company’s Net Profit for the year 2008-09 was Rs. 97,700 lakhs. With an annual capacity of 52 million tonnes, the company manufactures and markets

  • Ordinary Portland Cement
  • Portland Blast Furnace Slag Cement
  • Portland Pozzalana Cement
  • Ready mix concrete (RMC).

The company exports over 2.5 million tonnes per annum, which is about 30 per cent of the country’s total exports. The company has eleven integrated plants, one white cement plant, one clinkerisation plant in UAE, fifteen grinding units out of which eleven are in India, two in UAE, one in Bahrain and Bangladesh each and and five terminals, four in India and one in Sri Lanka. It is India’s largest exporter of cement clinker. It’s subsidiaries include Dakshin Cements Limited, Harish Cements Limited, UltraTech Ceylinco (P) Limited and UltraTech Cement Middle East Investments Limited.
3) GUJARAT AMBUJA CEMENT Ltd. – popularly known as Ambuja Cement Ltd is amongst the largest players in Indian Cement industry. It manufactures & markets cement & clinker both for domestic demand & exports. 50% shares of the company are held by the world’s second largest cement producing company, HOLCIM. Ambuja Cement Ltd has an installed capacity of 25 million tons. The Net Profit for Quarter ended on Sep 30, 2009 was Rs.31,848 lakhs. It has five cement manufacturing plants along with eight grinding units in the country & subsidiaries located in India, Sri Lanka & Mauritius.
4) JK CEMENT – Founded in 1975, today, J. K. Cement Ltd. is one of the largest cement manufacturers in Northern India. It is the second largest white cement manufacturer in India by production capacity. The Net Profit of the company in 2008-09 was Rs.14,234.40 lakhs. The company produces:

  • Grey Cement
  • White Cement
  • JK Water proof is another product from JK Cements Ltd.
  • JK Wall Putty is a White Cement based putty for cement plastered walls and ceilings, used to fill the uneven surfaces of walls and concrete walls, which provides a smooth and strong finish.

While the grey cement is primarily sold in the northern India market, the white cement has demand in the export market including countries like South Africa, Nigeria, Singapore, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Tanzania, UAE and Nepal. The Grey cement consists of Ordinary Portland Cement (53-grade, 43-grade and 33-grade) and Portland Pozzolana Cement. The cement products are marketed under the brand names J.K. Cement and Sarvashaktiman for OPC products, J.K. Super for PPC products and J.K. White and Camel for white cement products.
5 ) JAYPEE CEMENT – part of the JP Group which has a diversified business model and increasing market share in the cement business. JP Group is a real estate, power, construction conglomerate. The company’s listed subsidiary Jaypee Infratech is building a massive highway cum real estate development passing near the capital of India Noida. Jaypee Cement is the 3rd largest cement producer in the country. Its cement facilities are located in the Satna, U.P. The group produces special blend of Portland Pozzolana Cement under the brand name ‘Jaypee Cement’. Its cement division has an aggregate installed capacity of 26.20 MnTPA. The company is in the midst of capacity expansion of its cement business throughout the country with an expected increased capacity around 35.90 MnTPA by FY12.
6) CENTURY CEMENT – The installed capacity of Century Cement is 2.10 Million TPA. Apart from this, company has two more cement plants namely Maihar Cement at Sarlanagar, MP with an installed capacity of 3.80 Million TPA and Manikgarh Cement in Maharashtra with an installed capacity of 1.90 Million TPA. The combined Capacity of all cement plants taken altogether is 7.80 Million TPA. By Dec-2011 the group capacity will touch 8.5 MTPA. A Grinding Unit of 1.50 Million TPA at Sagar Dighi, WB is under erection and will be completed by Oct-2012. The group capacity by 2012-2013 will reach a new land mark of 12.8 MTPA. The company produces 100% blended cement – Portland Pozzolana Cement & Portland Slag Cement. The company sells its cement under the mega brand – Birla Gold.
7) INDIA CEMENTS – established in 1946 in Tamilnadu, the company has grown in to seven plants spread over Tamilnadu and Andhra Pradesh. The Company is the largest producer of cement in South India, with a market share 28%. The capacities as on March 2010 have reached 14.05 MTPA. The company’s Net Profit for 2008-09 was Rs.43,218 lakhs. The company manufactures:

  • Ordinary Portland Cement – 53 grade under the brand name of Coromandel King, Sankar Sakthi and Raasi Gold & 43 grade cement under the brand name of Coromandel, Sankar and Raasi. The production of 43 grade OPC is nearly 50% of the total production of cement in the country.
  • Blended Cement – Coromandel Super Power, Sankar Super Power and Raasi Super Power are the premium blended cements.
  • Sulphate Resisting Portland Cement – Sankar SRC
  • Ready Mix Concrete.

8) GRASIM CEMENT – 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. Grasim Cement is a flagship company of the Aditya Birla Group. The consolidated net profit (before extraordinary items) was Rs.27.6 billion (FY2010). In July 2004, Grasim acquired a majority stake and management control in UltraTech & has a capacity of 52 million TPA. As a part of the restructuring process, the cement business has been consolidated with its subsidiary UltraTech Cement Limited. Grasim’s cement operations through its subsidiary UltraTech, span the length and breadth of India, with 11 composite plants, 11split grinding units, five bulk terminals and 74 ready-mix concrete plants.
9) JK LAKSHMI CEMENT – is a part of the JK Group, which has a diversified business ranging from Tyres, Paper, Cement & Agri products (sugar). Its cement manufacturing facility located in Sirohi (Rajasthan) has an annual production capacity of 3.5 million tonnes. With a split location grinding unit at Kalol (Gujarat), the combined capacity of the Company today stands at 4.75 Mn MT per annum. JK Lakshmi has been a part of some of the nation’s important projects like IGNP, Sardar Sarvorar Dam and major corporations like L&T, Reliance, Essar and Airport Authority of India. The different types of cement manufactured are:

  • Blended Cement – JK Lakshmi Cement 53
  • Ordinary Portland Cement – 53 grade & 43 grade
  • Ready Mix Concrete
  • Plaster of Paris – JK Lakshmiplast.

10) BINANI CEMENT – Binani Cement Limited is the flagship subsidiary of Binani Industries Limited, representing the Braj Binani Group. The Braj Binani Group is a multidimensional business conglomerate, with a Net Global Asset Value of $521 million, Net Income of $ 603 million and a workforce of 1700 professionals. The Binani Group is a diversified, business house with interests in zinc, cement, glass fibre, composites, project management services, construction. The cement business started operations in 1997. The company has operations in India, China, Africa and Dubai. The annual capacity together with the split-grinding unit in India is around 6.25 MTPA. The manufacturing plant is situated in Sirohi, Rajasthan. The Company’s product portfolio includes:

  • Ordinary Portland Cement – 43 grade & 53 grade
  • Pozzolona Portland Cement and
  • Ground Granulated Blast furnace Slag

11) PRISM CEMENT – The production range includes cement, ready-mixed concrete, tiles, bath products to kitchens. It operates one of the largest single kiln cement plants in the country at Satna, Madhya Pradesh. Currently it sells over 3 MTPA of cement and clinker to markets of UP, MP and Bihar. It has proposed a cement capacity of 3.6 MTPA by 2010-2011. It is also in the process of setting up a 4.8 MTPA capacity cement plant in Andhra Pradesh by 2013-2014. This will take its overall capacity above 11 MTPA. It manufactures:

  • Portland Pozzollana Cement with the brand name ‘Champion’
  • Ordinary Portland Cement – 33 grade, 43 grade & 53 grade
  • Ready Mix Concrete

12) SHREE CEMENT – Shree is ranked among the top five cement manufacturing groups in the country and is the largest cement manufacturer in North India. The turnover of the company for 2010-11 was Rs. 3512 crores and net profit was Rs. 210 crores. The present cement capacity is 13.5 MT per annum. It’s various cement plants are located at Beawar, Ras, Khushkhera, Jobner and Suratgarh in Rajasthan and Laksar (Roorkee) in Uttarakhand. It enjoys the largest market share in Rajasthan, Delhi and Haryana. The popular brands under which the company sells its products are:

  • Shree Ultra – Shree Ultra OPC and Shree Ultra Jung Rodhak Cement
  • Bangur Cement
  • Rockstrong Cement – youngest brand from the Shree, sustaining highest year on year growth.

13) HEIDELBERG CEMENT – HeidelbergCement is the global market leader in aggregates and a prominent player in the fields of cement, concrete and other downstream activities. With a consolidated turnover of EUR 11.8 billion in 2010, HeidelbergCement is one of the world’s leading producers of building materials. The company employs around 53,400 people at 2,500 locations in more than 40 countries. The company made its entry in India through a joint venture with Indorama Cement Ltd, in Mumbai. Both the companies have a 50% stake each. The cement capacity is 750,000 tonnes. Indorama is the only producer of high quality slag cement on the Mumbai market. The product range includes ready-mixed concrete & concrete products.
14) MADRAS CEMENTS – Madras Cements Ltd is the flag ship company of Ramco Group. Ramco Supergrade is the most popular cement brand in South India. Madras Cement is the fifth largest cement producer in the country. Based in Chennai, it has a cement capacity of 10.49 MT per annum. The main product of the company is Portland Cement. The company also produces Ready Mix Concrete and Dry Mortar products. The Net Profit of the company for 2008-09 was Rs.49,081 lakhs.
15) BIRLA CEMENT -It  is a division of Birla Corporation Limited, which is a flagship company of the M.P. Birla Group. Birla Corporation Limited has products ranging from cement to jute goods, PVC floor covering, as well as auto trims & iron and steel castings. Birla Cement has seven plants, two each at Satna (M.P.), Chanderia (Rajasthan), Durgapur (W.B.) & Raebareli (U.P.). The Net Profit in the year 2008-09 was Rs.9,061 lakhs. The cement is marketed under the brand names of Birla Cement SAMRAT, Birla Cement KHAJURAHO, Birla Cement CHETAK and Birla Premium Cement. They manufacture varieties of cement like:

  • Ordinary Portland Cement – 43 & 53 grades, under the brand names of Birla Cement KHAJURAHO & Birla Cement CHETAK.
  • Portland Pozzolana Cement – under the brand name of Birla Cement SAMRAT.
  • Fly Ash – based PPC,
  • Low Alkali Portland Cement,
  • Portland Slag Cement – under the brand name of Birla Premium Cement & Birla Cement
  • Low Heat Cement and
  • Sulphate Resistant Cement.

Ordinary Portland cement


Abhishek Shah

2 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Ramakant Sahoo, Konark Cement, Orissa

    This is good article on Indian cement industry. I would have liked my company OCL India Ltd. featured in this list, although we are a regional player, still we have a strong hold for the last 60 years in the state of Orissa. We are in the mode of expansion, going to challenge the other established brands in other states :)

  2. rishabh bramhecha

    dear ramakant, i would like more details of your company. please mail the same on i am from maharashtra, expecting your earliest feedback.