Hindalco Industries Ltd is one of the leading producers of aluminium and copper. The company's aluminium units across the globe encompass the entire gamut of operations, from bauxite mining, alumina refining and aluminium smelting to downstream rolling, extrusions, foils, along with captive power plants and coal mines. Their copper unit, Birla Copper, produces copper cathodes, continuous cast copper rods and other by-products, such as gold, silver and DAP fertilisers. It is a company of the Aditya Birla Group
The company's units are ISO 9001:2000, ISO 14001:2004 and OHSAS 18001 certified. Several units have gone a step further with an integrated management system (IMS), combining ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 into one business excellence model. We have been accorded the Star Trading House status in India. The company's aluminium metal is accepted for delivery under the High Grade Aluminium Contract on the London Metal Exchange (LME). Their copper quality standards are also internationally recognised and registered on the LME with Grade A accreditation.
Hindalco Industries Ltd was incorporated in the year 1958. In the year 1962, the company commenced production with an initial capacity of 20,000 mtpa of aluminium metal and 40,000 mtpa of alumina at Renukoot (Uttar Pradesh). In the year 1965, they commissioned downstream capacities in Rolling and Extrusion Mills at Renukoot. In the year 1968, the company commissioned Renusagar Power Plant.
In the year 1994, the company made a huge expansion, modernisation and diversification programme in their working areas. In the year 1998, foil plant of the company came to existence at Silvassa. Also, the company attained ISO 14001 EMS certification during the year. In the year 1999, the company commenced aluminium alloy wheels production at Silvassa. Also, they expanded the metal capacity at Renukoot to 242,000 tpa.
In the year 2000, the company acquired the controlling stake in Indian Aluminium Company Ltd (Indal) with 74.6 per cent equity holding. The company entered 'The Asia Top 25' list of the CFO Asia Annual Report Survey, the only Indian company in 2001.
In the year 2002, the company commissioned the ninth potline at an outlay of Rs 1, 800 crore. They made a major corporate restructuring to create a non-ferrous metals powerhouse. During the year, Indo Gulf Corporation Ltd's copper business, Birla Copper, was amalgamated with the company with effect from April 1, 2002.
In the year 2003, the company through Aditya Birla Minerals Ltd (ABML) acquired Nifty Copper Mine. Also, in November 2003, ABML acquired the Mt Gordon copper mines. The company divested 8.6% holding in Indo Gulf Fertilizers Ltd. Also, they made brownfield expansion of aluminium smelter at Renukoot to 345,000 tpa.
In the year 2004, the company expanded the copper smelter to 250,000 tpa. In the year 2005, all business of Indal, expect for the Kollu Foil plant in Andhra Pradesh, merged with the company. They commissioned copper III expansion, taking total capacity to 500,000 tpa. Also, the company signed an MoU with state governments of Orissa and Jharkhand for setting up Greenfield alumina, refining, smelting and power plants.
In the year 2006, the company made a joint venture with Almex USA for manufacture of high strength aluminium alloys. The company singed an MoU with government of Madhya Pradesh for a Greenfield aluminium smelter in Siddhi. In March 2006, the company acquired an aluminium rolling mill and wire rods facility situated at Mauda (Nagpur), from Asset Reconstruction Company (India) Ltd (ARCIL), belonging to Pennar Aluminium Company Ltd. In May 2006, the company entered into a joint venture with Essar Power (M.P.) Ltd to develop and operate mines at Mahan, Madhya Pradesh.
In May 2007, Novelis became a subsidiary company with the completion of acquisition process. The company acquired Alcon's 45% equity stake in Utkal Alumina project, makes the company, the 100% project owner. In the year 2008, the company expanded the alumina at Muri.
During the year 2009-10, the company completed the Muri Alumina Refinery from 110,000 tpa to 450,000 tpa. They completed the expansion Hirakud smelter from 143,000 tpa to 155,000 tpa. In October 5, 2009, the company incorporated a wholly-owned subsidiary by the name Mauda Energy Ltd for generation of power to be used captively. During the year 2010-11, the company completed the Smelter expansion at Hirakud from 155 KTPA to 161 KTPA. In March 4, 2011, the company dissolved the Indal Exports Ltd. Also, A V Aluminium in Canada was merged with Novelis Inc.
The smelter expansion from 161 KTPA to 213 KTPA, along with a 100 MW Captive Power Plant [CPP] in Hirakud Smelter will be completed in early 2012. The next phase of expansion of the Smelter from the proposed 213 KTPA to 360 KTPA, with a corresponding increase in CPP capacity from 467.5 MW to 967.5 MW is under evaluation. The expansion of 359 KTPA Aluminium Smelter, along with 900 MW CPP, is coming up in Bargwan, Madhya Pradesh.
The expansion of 359 ktpa, Aluminium smelter along with a 900 MW captive power plant, identical to the Mahan Project, is coming up in Orissa. The project has received stage 2 forest clearance in January 2011 and the construction work has started. Now theproject is slated for completion in 2013. Aslo, the expansion of 1.5 Million TPA Alumina Refinery along with a 90 MW cogen plant, replica of the Utkal Alumina refinery is coming up in Orissa. The preliminary cost estimate is in the order of magnitude is Rs. 6,000 Crores without financing cost. It is planned for commissioning in FY14.
The expansion of 359 ktpa, Aluminium smelter along with a 900 MW captive power plant is coming up in Sonahatu, Jharkhand. The land acquisition process has already begun. The process for obtaining environmental clearance has begun. For this project the Tubed coal mine has been allotted to the project jointly with Tata Power.