Godrej Industries Ltd is a diversified Indian company with business interests ranging from chemicals, personal care, processed foods and beverages, animal feeds, poultry, rural retailing, pest management services, property development, agri-products to branded tea, confectionery and household insecticides. The company largely operates in the business of oleo-chemicals, edible oils, fats, processed foods, finance & investments and estate management.
The Chemicals Division of the company is a leading manufacturer of oleochemicals like fatty acids, glycerin, fatty alcohols and surfactants. The Chemicals Division has manufacturing facilities at Vikhroli, Mumbai and Valia, Gujarat. The Veg Oils division of the company manufactures edible oils, vanaspati and bakery fats. The division has a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility at Wadala in Mumbai. The plant is equipped with the best of modern equipment for the processing and packaging of a wide variety of food products.
Godrej Industries Ltd was incorporated in the year 1988 as Gujarat-Godrej Innovative Chemical Ltd. Godrej Soaps Ltd was amalgamated with the company with effect from April 1, 1994 and the name was changed to Godrej Soaps Ltd.
During the year 1994-95, the company acquired majority stake holding in Transelektra Domestic Products Ltd, the largest manufacturer of mosquito mats in the world. In April 1995, they entered into a joint venture and technical assistance agreements with Siat SA, a Belgian company and formed Godrej Oil Palm Konkan Ltd for Oil Palm Plantations business.
During the year 1995-96, the company entered into an agreement with Sara Lee DE/NV for securing an equity participation of Sara Lee in Transelektra. They set up new ultra modern Toilet Soap finishing lines of 48 TPD capacity each at Vikhroli and Malanpur factories. Also, they set up sophisticated Fatty Acid Distillation Plant of 75 TPD capacity at Vikhroli factory.
During the year 1996-97, Ensemble Holdings & Finance Ltd became a subsidiary of the company. The distribution of consumer products was handed over to Godrej Hlcare Ltd, a subsidiary company with effect from September 16, 1996. In November 1996, they commissioned the new fatty acid complex at Malanpur factory. In March 1997, they sold their Oil Palm Plantations business to Godrej Agrovet Ltd, a subsidiary company.
During the year 1997-98, the company set up a factory at Silvassa for manufacturing of Hair Dye, which commenced production in November 1997. Godrej Hlcare Ltd ceased to be a subsidiary of the company with effect from July 7, 1997. The company commissioned the c Cogeneration plant for generation of electricity in December 1997 at Valia and in May 1998 at Vikhroli.
The consumer products division of the company has been de-merged and a new company was formed, namely Godrej Consumer Products Ltd with effect from April 1, 2001. As a part of the scheme of de-merger, the name of the company was changed form Godrej Soaps Ltd to Godrej Industries Ltd.
During the year 2001-02, the Foods Division ventured into products catering to the needs of bakeries through their Himgiri, Zesta Puff brands of bakery shortening and Margarine. During the year 2002-03, Godrej Tea Ltd, a new company co-promoted by the Godrej group in the branded Tea/ coffee business commenced their operations They launched 'Godrej Noble House' & 'Godrej Chai House' brands of tea during the year. They incorporated a new company, Godrej Global Solutions Limited, in the Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) and back office support areas.
During the year 2003-04, Godrej Agrovet Ltd, the subsidiary company GAVL formed a wholly owned subsidiary, namely Golden Feed Products Ltd to carry on the business of animal feeds. Godrej Consumer Products Ltd terminated the Processing Agreement with the company for manufacturing of soaps with effect from April 1, 2004 since they had expanded their own manufacturing facilities.
During the year 2004-05, Godrej Agrovet Ltd, a subsidiary company formed a 50:50 joint venture with ACI Ltd, Bangladesh for carrying on businesses of Poultry Feeds, rearing of poultry birds, etc. Also Godrej Agrovet Ltd acquired 26% stake each in Hyderabad based Creamline Dairy Products Ltd. and Creamline Nutrients Ltd, which are into milk and milk products.
During the year, Godrej Hicare Ltd, which is a service company in the Pest Management Business, became a subsidiary of the company. Also, the company entered into Share Purchase Agreement with Cbay Systems Ltd., USA (Cbay) for sale of 100% stake in Godrej Remote Services Ltd to Cbay.
During the year 2005-06, Export Oriented Unit (EOU) at Valia started commercial production. The factory also commissioned a 'Pastillation plant' to cater to the domestic and international demand for long chain fatty alcohol in pastille form. In March 2006, the company sold the food division to Godrej Tea Ltd. with effect from March 31, 2006.
During the year 2006-07, additional fractionation column was installed in existing Fatty Acid Fractionation plant at Valia for the production of Lauric Acid. Godrej Beverages & Foods Ltd ceased to be the subsidiary of the company with effect from May 08, 2006.
During the year 2007-08, the company entered into a MoU with Godrej Properties Ltd to develop and commercially exploit the lands leased to it by Godrej and Boyce Mfg Co Ltd. The company sold their Diagnostic division on slump sale basis to RFCL Limited, a leading life sciences and laboratory solutions company with effect from December 31, 2007.
In February 2008, the company launched a wide range of mattresses under the brand name of `Godrej mattress` in Orissa market in a bid to achieve the leadership position in this industry. Also, they entered into a joint venture with Malaysian firm IJM Plantations for developing palm estates and palm oil mills in India. In June 2008, Godrej Agrovet Ltd, a subsidiary of Godrej Industries Ltd transferred their poultry business to Godrej Foods Ltd.
During the year 2009-10, Godrej Agrovet Ltd (GAVL) transferred their entire shareholding in Natures Basket Ltd (NBL) to the company. The company sold their entire stake in Compass BPO Ltd. Godrej Hygiene Care Ltd (GHCL) (formerly known as Godrej Hygiene Care Pvt Ltd), 100% subsidiary of the company, was merged with Godrej Consumer Products Ltd (GCPL) with effect from June 1, 2009. The company's subsidiary, Godrej Properties Ltd successfully completed its IPO and listed on BSE and NSE.
During the year 2010-11, the company produced new products, C20-90%, C22-98% Fatty Alcohols and Emulsifying Wax on commercial scale. Also, they commissioned new spray dryer plant for the production of SLS powder and needles. The company incorporated a separate R&D Centre, catering exclusively to the Chemicals business. The GIL Research Centre will soon be a recognized In-House R&D Unit, post their approval from the DSIR.
The company acquired 17 acres of Industrial land at Additional Ambernath MIDC. The project involves expansion (and relocation of some of the existing facilities from Vikhroli) at Additional Ambernath Industrial Area, Thane district with a modern plant with state of the art technology. The proposed manufacturing facilities at Ambernath will have suitable energy efficient technologies to reduce specific energy consumption. In continuation of the environment friendly initiatives, the company has additionally acquired 4 acres of land for GREEN BELT development.