HeidelbergCement India Limited formerly known as Mysore Cements Limited (MCL) operates three plants located at Damoh (Madhya Pradesh) Jhansi (Uttar Pradesh) and Ammasandra (Karnataka) with an installed cement manufacturing capacity of 5.4 MTPA. The company's flagship cement brand is mycem.Mysore Cements Limited (MCL) a HeidelbergCement Group Company was promoted in 1958 as a public limited company by a Karnataka based industrialist in technical and financial collaboration with Kaisers of USA. HeidelbergCement with its core products being cement ready mixed concrete aggregates and related activities is one of the leading producers of building materials worldwide. The first one lac ton per annum dry process cement plant with an investment of Rs.220 lacs at Ammasandra Dist. Tumkur Karnataka was commissioned in 1962. Immediately thereafter an expansion was planned which doubled MCL's capacity to 2 lac tpa in 1966 at an investment of Rs.170 lacs Kaisers subsequently took control of the company. During the year 1974 the mining lease was acquired for limestone deposits in the area. The second hand power plant was purchased from Madhya Pradesh Electricity Board to meet 50% of the requirements of Damoh unit. MCL made steady progress and increased the capacity at Ammasandra to 6 Lac tpa with an investment of other Rs.230 lacs in 1978. Damoh in Madhya Pradesh a 5 lac tpa green-field cement plant was commissioned its production in the year 1983 which was set up at an investment of Rs.2950 lacs. MCL also modernised its Ammasandra unit at an investment of Rs.3600 lacs which was successfully completed in January 1989 and also in the same year commissioned state of art 6 stage preheater Kiln at an investment of Rs.8000 lacs. The Company received a letter of intent in the year 1990 for establishing a new cement plant in Raipur district of Madhya Pradesh with a capacity of 1.4 million tonnes per annum. The Damoh unit of the company had started to export slag cement to Bangladesh since 1992. MCL had concluded power projects in the year of 1998 to become self-sufficient in power at its three plants across the country. During the year 1999 the company made a joint venture with Nesher Israel Cement Enterprises of Israel to set up worth of Rs 600-crore 1.5-million-tonne cement plant at Gulbarga in Karnataka. MCL had shelved its plan to sell off its plants at Jhansi Damoh and Narsingarh in the year of 2002. During the year 2003-04 in caution of loss in cement business the company had entered into production of sponge iron in idle Kiln at Ammasandra. After a year an induction furnace was added which went in to production in March of the year 2005. The sponge division of the company was discontinued in its entirety in the year 2006. A joint venture relationship was created with Heidelberg Cements Group in July of the same year 2006. During the year 2007 the company had launched 'Mycem' brand cement in the market. The BOD approved the amalgamation of Indorama Cement and Heidelberg Cement India with Mysore Cements in May of the year 2008.The name of the company was changed from Mysore Cements Limited to HeidelbergCement India Limited w.e.f. April 16 2009 consequent to the issue of fresh Certificate of Incorporation by the Registrar of Companies Karnataka.HeidelbergCement India changed its financial year from January-December to April-March to comply with the provisions of Section 2(41) of the Companies Act 2013. Therefore the accounting year for FY 2015 was for a period of 15 months from 1 January 2014 to 31 March 2015. During the fifteen months period ended 31 March 2015 the company's new plants at Damoh and Jhansi were stabilized. The company took a major decision to set-up an eco-efficient Waste Heat Recovery based Power Generation Plant at its clinkerisation unit at Narsingarh District Damoh (M.P.). The proposed plant envisages production of approximately 12 MW of power for captive consumption from the waste heat generated from all three clinkerisation lines at Narsingarh. It will substitute grid power thus reducing power cost per ton of clinker.The company successfully increased its market share in Central India and penetrated new areas bringing new channel partners to its fold. Cement under a new brand name Mycem power was also launched in Southern India.The company sold its Raigad unit as a going concern to JSW Steel Limited on a slump sale basis with effect from the close of business hours on 3 January 2014. The entire sale consideration for the same aggregating to Rs 1660 million has been received during the fifteen months period ended 31 March 2015. The aforesaid sale transaction has resulted into net gain of Rs 603.1 million. Despite all odds faced by the cement industry and intense competition during the year ended 31 March 2016 HeidelbergCement India successfully increased its market share in Central India which led to a 5.11% increase in its sales volume over the previous year (on an annualized basis). The bond with the channel partners and customers was further strengthened through the innovative concept of CADS (Channel Authorization Digital Signage) an electronic digital display at the dealers' shops.During the year the credit rating in respect of the company's Non-Convertible Debentures has been upgraded to Ind AA (with stable outlook) from IND AA- by India Ratings and Research Pvt. Ltd. a credit rating agency.During the year ended 31 March 2017 HeidelbergCement India's 12000 Tonnes Fly-ash Silo Project was commissioned at Imlai plant which will secure fly-ash inventory for sustained production. The company's Waste Heat Recovery Power Generation Project (WHRPG) which was commissioned in Q4F Y 2016 at Narsingarh (MP) attained generation stability during FY 2017.While the power tariff was increased in MP and Karnataka last year - tariff was further increased in MP from April 2017. Better consumption parameters improved fuel-mix and savings from WHRPG helped the company to overcome the impact of higher fuel and power costs during the year.During the year under review the credit rating in respect of the company's Non-Convertible Debentures has been upgraded by one notch to IND AA+ (with stable outlook) from IND AA by India Ratings and Research Pvt. Ltd. a credit rating agency.During the financial year ended 31 March 2018 HeidelbergCement India reported its highest ever production and sales volume sales revenue and EBITDA. Modifications and improvisations across pyro processes and milling operations resulted in reduced thermal and electrical energy consumption. Owing to various modifications de-bottlenecking process optimisation and equipment upgradation the company secured an increased kiln and mill throughput. The clinker manufacturing plants of the company viz. Narsingarh and Ammasandra Plants were enrolled by the Bureau of Energy Efficiency(BEE) under `Perform Achieve and Trade Scheme'(PAT) which aims at enhancing energy efficiency of the industrial units. Both the plants were able to achieve the targets set by BEE for reducing specific energy consumption under PAT Cycle 1(target year 2014-15 against energy consumption in baseline year 2009-10).Brand visibility enabled the company to increase sales volume by 4% despite the challenging demand supply situation owing to shortage of sand in Uttar Pradesh.During FY 2018 the company has received third tranche of interest-free loan of Rs 693.9 million from the Government of Uttar Pradesh.