GHCL LTD (formerly Gujarat Heavy Chemicals) was promoted in October 14th 1983 in the joint sector by the GIIC and the Dalmias through their companies - GTC Industries and Dalmia Dairy Corporation. The Company is engaged in primarily two business segments consisting of Inorganic Chemicals (mainly manufacture and sale of Soda Ash) and Home Textile division (comprising of yarn manufacturing weaving processing and cutting & sewing of home textiles products). The company also has presence in edible salt. GHCL is a leading Indian producer of soda ash. The company supplies soda ash to Hindustan Unilever Limited Ghari Group P&G Patanjali Ayurved Limited Fena Group HNG Group Gujarat Guardian Limited Gujarat Borosil Limited Piramal Glass Limited Gold Plus Glass Industries Limited and Phillips among others. The company's Soda Ash plant has a capacity of 9.75 lacs tpa.GHCL has integrated textile manufacturing facilities centring around Spinning on one hand with 1.76 Lakh spindles and 3320 rotors and Home Textiles (Weaving Processing and Cut & Sew of Bed Textiles) on the other. Its state-of-the art Home Textiles facility in Vapi Gujarat comprises of 190 Air Jet looms 45 million meter of wide width processing capacity 12 million meter of weaving capacity and 30 million meter of cut & sew. Home textile products of the company are primarily exported worldwide and some of the company's valued customers include Bed Bath & Beyond Kohl's J C Penney TJX Group QVC Casper Gerber Burts Bees Revman International and CHF Industries in the United States Hudson Bay in Canada House of Fraser The White Company and Miles Home Fashions in the UK and Myers Pillow Talk and Canningvale in Australia.GHCL set up a 1200-tpd plant to manufacture soda ash (both dense and Light) at Veraval Gujarat based on the technology provided by AKZO Noble BV Netherlands. Soda ash is a base alkali widely used in the manufacture of detergents glass sodium silicate dyes and intermediates paper etc. The company's soda ash manufacturing unit has obtained ISO 14001 and ISO 9002 certification awarded by Det Norske Veritas India in the year 2002-03 which is valid for three years. The company has salt refineries at Nagapattinam and Thiruporur in TamilNadu. Further the company has its textiles units at Madurai and Manaparai in TamilNadu and Valsad in Gujarat.The company came out with a public issue in Aug.'87 to part-finance the project. In 1998-99 it acquired two salt refinery plants from DCW Home Products LTDone at Thiruporur near Madras and the other at Palghar Maharashtra havinga production capacity of 1 lac tonne each per annum. GHCL entered into IT enabled services through wholly owned subsidiary Icon Data management Ltd. (IDML) in the year 2000-2001. Icon Data Management LTD was amalgamated with the company with prior approval from High Court of Gujarat in 2003. Consequent to this amalgamation M/s Colwell & Salmon Communications Inc. USA has become a direct subsidiary of the company. Further the company has acquired the entire equity capital of M/s. Colwell & Salmon Communications India Ltd comprising of 50500 equity shares of Rs.10 each thereby making it a wholly owned subsidiary of GHCL. BIFR has approved the scheme of amalgamation of Sree Meenakshi Mills Ltd with GHCL w.e.f April 2001.The name of the company was changed from Gujarat Heavy Chemicals Ltd to GHCL Ltd with effect from 21st November 2003.The company has completed its first phase of modernization at Paravai in the year 2002-03. In the year 2004-05 the company has completed the third phase of modernization at Paravai and the fourth phase which includes additional 10000 spindles is also expected to be completed by December 2005. During 2004-05 the company has augmented its installed capacity of Soda Ash and Yarn- Spindles by 75000 MT and 3236 Nos respectively. With this expansion the total installed capacity has mounted to 600000 MT and 64268 Nos respectively. Further the company has installed a new capacity of Detergent with a capacity of 24000 MT and Wind Turbine Generators with 8.40 MW per hour.During the financial year ended 31 March 2014 GHCL achieved highest domestic sales of Soda Ash i.e. 6.44 lacs MT and total sales of Soda Ash is 6.71 lacs MT including exports.The company's textiles division implemented new coal based steam boiler to control the gas price impact in October 2013. During the year GHCL's non-operating subsidiaries namely Colwell & Salmon Communications Inc. and Rosebys uK Limited were voluntarily dissolved. Another subsidiary of the company namely Teliforce Holding India Ltd. has been put for voluntary liquidation on January 29 2014.During the financial year ended 31 March 2015 GHCL achieved highest domestic sales of Soda Ash i.e. 6.74 lacs MT against 6.44 lacs MT in previous year and total sales of Soda Ash is 6.86 lacs MT including exports against 6.71 lacs MT in previous year.Rosebys Interiors India Limited (RIIL) a subsidiary of the company is under liquidation with effect from 15 July 2014. Another subsidiary of the company namely Indian England NV has been put under voluntary liquidation on March 10 2015. During the year GHCL's non-operating step down subsidiary namely Indian Wales NV was voluntarily dissolved.During the financial year 31 March 2016 GHCL made the highest ever production of 7.49 lac tons and the highest sale of 7.01 lac tons of Soda Ash.During the year 2015-16 GHCL embarked upon Soda Ash Expansion program at the project cost of Rs 375 crore. The company successfully tied up Term Loan for Rs 275 crore for a period of 10 years including moratorium period of 2 years at an average interest rate of 11.25% p.a. During the year non-operating subsidiaries of the company namely Teliforce Holding India Ltd. has been voluntarily dissolved with effect from April 28 2015 and Indian England NV has been liquidated with effect from August 14 2015.During the year ended 31 March 2017 GHCL achieved highest domestic sales of Soda Ash i.e. 7.40 lacs tons. During the year under review GHCL completed Soda Ash Expansion program at the project cost of Rs. 375 crore.GHCL's new edible salt plant at Thiruporur became operational during March 2017 with a capacity of approximately1 lacs metric tons per annum. During the year under review GHCL's Consumer Products Division (CPD) launched i-FLO spices (in sachets) and i-FLO Spices Combo in the market.During the year under review GHCL successfully converted some of high cost Rupee term loans carrying interest rate at 12.50% p.a. into Foreign Currency Loan at an average rate of 4.40% with average maturity of 3 to 4 years.During the year ended 31 March 2018 GHCL achieved highest domestic sales of Soda Ash i.e. 8.47 lacs tons.GHCL has doubled the capacity of Bi-Carbonate to 60000 MTPA which has been completed in January 2018.The company's Consumer Products Division (CPD) ventured into the Premium Honey Category by pioneering the entry of Jujube Honey into Indian market shelves as i-FLO Indian Jujube Honey. Under powdered spices category Turmeric Chilli Coriander & Black Pepper Powder SKUs were introduced.The Board of Directors of GHCL Limited in their meeting held on January 31 2017 had given their approval for Buy Back of the company's fully paid-up equity shares of Rs. 10/- each from the Open Market through Stock Exchange route at a Maximum Buyback price of Rs. 315/- per Equity Share excluding transaction costs for an aggregate amount of Rs. 80 crores. In line with the said approval since starting of buyback process the company had bought back 3156000 equity shares and extinguished the same. Out of which 573438 equity shares were bought back and 546550 equity shares were extinguished in Financial Year 2016-17 and balance 2582562 equity shares were bought back and 2609450 equity shares were extinguished during financial year 2017-18. The highest and lowest price at which equity shares were bought back was Rs. 277 and Rs. 233.50 per equity share respectively. The average price (excluding brokerage and other charges) at which the equity shares have been bought back is Rs. 252.04 per equity share and the total amount deployed in the Buyback is Rs. 79.54 crores which represents 99.43% of the Maximum Buyback Offer Size (excluding transaction cost)During the financial year ended 31 March 2018 GHCL successfully converted some of high cost Rupee term loans carrying interest rate at 10% p.a. into Foreign Currency Loan at an average rate of 3.8%.Due to efficient cash flow management and timely repayment of interest and principal to various banks CARE (Credit Analysis & Research Ltd) has upgraded rating from CARE A- to CARE A for long term facilities and from CARE A2+ to CARE A1 for short term facilities of the company.During the year the company successfully completed its Brownfield Soda Ash capacity expansion and the current capacity at its Soda Ash plant stood at 1.10 Million tons as at March 31 2019.During the financial year 2018-19 the company produced 9.72 lacs tons soda ash. The Company also achieved highest domestic sales i.e. 8.82 lacs tons and total sales of Soda Ash is 8.93 lacs tons including exports.