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Aditya Birla Group is one of India's largest private sector organizations with diverse interests. Here is a brief profile and history of Aditya Birla Group.

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Aditya Birla Group is India's first truly multinational corporation. The group has an annual turnover of US$ 24 billion, market capitalisation of US$ 23 billion, and has over 100,000 employees belonging to over 25 different nationalities on its rolls. Aditya Birla Group has presence in 20 countries - India, Thailand, Laos, Indonesia, Philippines, Egypt, Canada, Australia, China, USA, UK, Germany, Hungary, Brazil, Italy, France, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Malayasia and Korea. The group has diversified business interests and is dominant player in all the sectors in which it operates such as viscose staple fibre, metals, cement, viscose filament yarn, branded apparel, carbon black, chemicals, fertilisers, insulators, financial services, telecom, BPO and IT services.

The origins of Aditya Birla Group can be traced back to the 19th century when Seth Shiv Narayan Birla started trading in cotton in the town of Pilani, Rajasthan. In the early part of the 20th century, Group's founding father, Ghanshyamdas Birla, expanded the group and set up industries in critical sectors such as textiles and fibre, aluminium, cement and chemicals. In 1969, Aditya Birla, the then Chairman of the Group, put the group on the global map. He set up 19 companies outside India, in Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines and Egypt. Under Aditya Birla's leadership, the group attained new heights and it became world's largest producer of viscose staple fibre, the largest refiner of palm oil, the third largest producer of insulators and the sixth largest producer of carbon black. After Aditya Birla's demise his son Kumar Mangalam Birla took over the charge of the group and under his leadership the group has sustained the numero uno position in the sectors in which it operates.

Group Companies of Aditya Birla Group

Grasim: Grasim Industries Limited was established as a textiles manufacturer in 1948. Today, Grasim deals in Viscose Staple Fibre (VSF), Cement, Sponge Iron, Chemicals and Textiles.

Hindalco: Established in 1958, Hindalco deals in Aluminium and Copper and is an industry leader in both. Hindalco is the world's largest aluminium rolling company and one of the biggest producers of primary aluminium in Asia. Its copper smelter is today the world's largest custom smelter at a single location. In 2007, Hindalco acquired Novelis and in the process became the world's largest aluminium rolling company and one of the biggest producers of primary aluminium in Asia, as well as India's leading copper producer.

Aditya Birla Nuvo: Aditya Birla Nuvo is a diversified business conglomerate with interests in viscose filament yarn (VFY), carbon black, branded garments, fertilisers, textiles and insulators. Aditya Birla Nuvo, through its subsidiaries and joint ventures has made forays into life insurance, telecom, business process outsourcing (BPO), IT services, asset management and other financial services.

Ultra Tech Cement: Ultra Tech Cement manufactures and markets Ordinary Portland Cement, Portland Blast Furnace Slag Cement and Portland Pozzolana Cement. It is the country's largest exporter of cement clinker. Its export market include countries around the Indian Ocean, Africa, Europe and the Middle East.

Apart from the Group companies, other companies of the Aditya Birla Group are:

Indian companies
  • PSI Data Systems
  • 894
  • TransWorks
  • Essel Mining & Industries Ltd
  • Shree Digvijay Cement Ltd
  • Idea Cellular Ltd.
  • Aditya Birla Insulators Limited
  • Aditya Birla Retail
  • Bihar Caustic and Chemicals Ltd.
International companies

Thailand
  • Thai Rayon
  • Indo Thai Synthetics
  • Thai Acrylic Fibre
  • Thai Carbon Black
  • Aditya Birla Chemicals (Thailand) Ltd.
  • Thai Peroxide
Philippines
  • Indo Phil Textile Mills
  • Indo Phil Cotton Mills
  • Indo Phil Acrylic Mfg. Corp.
Indonesia
  • PT Indo Bharat Rayon
  • PT Elegant Textile Industry
  • PT Sunrise Bumi Textiles
  • PT Indo Liberty Textiles
  • PT Indo Raya Kimia
Egypt
  • Alexandria Carbon Black Company S.A.E
  • Alexandria Fiber Company
China
  • Liaoning Birla Carbon
Canada
  • AV Cell Inc
  • AV Nackawic Inc
Australia
  • Aditya Birla Minerals Ltd.
Laos
  • Birla Laos Pulp and Paper Plantation Company Ltd.
Joint ventures
  • Birla Sun Life Insurance
  • Birla Sun Life Asset Management Company Ltd.
  • Birla Sun Life Distribution Company Ltd.
  • Tanfac Industries Ltd.
Major Achievements of Aditya Birla Group
  • Largest aluminium rolling company
  • Largest single location copper smelter
  • No.1 in viscose staple fibre
  • The third largest producer of insulators
  • The fourth largest producer of carbon black
  • The eleventh largest cement producer and the second largest in India
  • Among the best energy efficient fertiliser plants
  • Among the world's top 15 and India's top three BPO companies
Note: The above information was last updated on 21-07-2007