Ambuja Cements Limited was earlier known as Gujarat Ambuja Cements Limited (GACL). The company was set up in 1986. In this short span Ambuja Cements has achieved massive growth and presently, the total cement capacity of the company is 16 million tonnes. The company has three subsidiaries, viz, Ambuja Cement Rajasthan Limited (ACRL), Ambuja Cement Eastern Limited (ACEL) and Ambuja Cement India Limited (ACIL). Ambuja also has a strategic investment in ACC through its subsidiary (ACIL).
Ambuja Cements is the most profitable cement company in India, and the lowest cost producer of cement in the world. One of the major reasons that Ambuja Cements is the lowest cost producer of cement in the world is its emphasis on efficiency. Power consists over 40% of the production cost of cement. The company improved efficiency of its kilns to get more output for less power. Thereafter Ambuja Cements set up a captive power plant at a substantially lower cost than the national grid. The company sourced a cheaper and higher quality coal from South Africa, and a better furnace oil from the Middle East. As a result, today, the company is in a position to sell its excess power to the local state government.
Ambuja cement is the first company to introduce the concept of bulk cement movement by sea in India. This resulted in speedier transportation and brought many coastal markets within easy reach. Ambuja Cements has a port terminal at Muldwarka, Gujarat. It is an all weather port that handles ships with 40,000 DWT. The port has a fleet of seven ships with a capacity of 20500 DWT to ferry bulk cement to the packaging units. The company has bulk cement terminals at Surat, Panvel, and Galle. The Surat terminal has a storage capacity of 15,000 tonnes and Panvel terminal has a storage capacity of 17,500 tonnes. Both the terminals have bulk cement unloading facility. The port at Galle, 120 km from Colombo, Sri Lanka, handles million tonnes of cement annually.
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