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