India is world’s 2nd largest cement market, both in production and consumption.
Concrete, the basis of which is cement is the backbone of our cities, be it in the infrastructure or its buildings.
There are several different types of cement but the most commonly used one is Ordinary Portland cement, which is suitable for all general concrete construction.
The other popular cement is Portland Pozzolana cement which is prepared by grinding pozzolanic clinker with Portland cement.
It is also produced by adding pozzolana with the addition of gypsum or calcium sulfate or by intimately and uniformly blending portland cement and fine pozzolana.
This cement has high resistance to various chemical attacks on concrete compared with ordinary portland cement and thus is widely used.
Another popularly used cement for construction is Ready-mix concrete that is manufactured in a batch plant, according to a set engineered mix design.
Ready-mix concrete is normally delivered in a plastic state to the site in a barrel truck or in–transit mixers. There is also a white cement which is usually used for exterior decorations and interiors.
Here is a list of top 10 cement companies in India.
1. ACC Limited
ACC Limited is one of the largest producers of cement in India and the first name that comes to one’s mind when they think of cement and ready mixed concrete.
They have a countrywide network of factories totalling to 17 in number across the country, and marketing offices with their registered office in Mumbai called the Cement House.
They also have about 72 ready-mixed concrete plants and the stock price of the company contributes in calculating BSE Sensex.
The management control of the company was taken over by Swiss cement major Holcim in 2004.
2. Ambuja Cement
Formerly known as Gujarat Ambuja Cement Limited, Ambuja Cement is a major manufacturer and marketer of cement and clinker in India.
Their products are used for both domestic and export markets and their world-class products, pioneering initiatives and sustainable practices make the brand almost synonymous with cement in India.
They are also a part of the global conglomerate LafargeHolcim.
3. Binani CementLimited
A global manufacturer and supplier of high quality cement with an annual production capacity of 11.25 million tons from factories in India,
Binani Cement is the flagship subsidiary of Binani Industries Limited (BIL), representing the Braj Binani Group.
Its production capacity in India is currently placed at 6.25 MTPA and 70 MW captive power plants, and they manufacture and market “Ordinary Portland Cement” (OPC) and Pozzolana Portland Cement (PPC).
Besides India, the company has a major market share in international markets such as UAE, Sudan, South Africa, Tanzania, Madagascar and Namibia.
The brand’s television advertisements featuring Amitabh Bachchan were once the talk of town.
4. Birla Cement
Founded in 1919, the MP Birla Group is amongst the largest industrial houses in India and the company leads the scene in the cement industry.
With strong presence in Northern, Central and Eastern India, the cement is marketed under the brand names MP Birla Cement Perfect, Ultimate, Unique, Chetak, PSC, Samrat, Multicem & Concrecem.
The company also acquired 100% shares of Reliance Cement Company Private Limited (Reliance Cement) making them the sole owners of all the three plants previously owned by RIL.
From the Aditya Birla Group, Ultratech Cement is one of the largest manufacturers of grey cement, Ready Mix Concrete (RMC) and white cement in India.
It is also one of the leading cement producers globally and India’s largest exporter of cement reaching out to meet the demand in countries around the Indian Ocean and the Middle East.
It has an installed capacity of 96.5 Million Tonnes Per Annum (MTPA) of grey cement coming from 19 integrated plants, 1 clinkerisation plant, 25 grinding units and 7 bulk terminals.
Its operations span across India, UAE, Bahrain, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.
6. JK Cement
One of the pioneers of the cement industry in India, JK Lakshmi Cement has a strong network of about 4000+ cement dealers spread across the states of Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Delhi, Haryana, Jammu & Kashmir, Maharashtra, Odisha and West Bengal.
They have a cement factory in Durg, Chhattisgarh, in accordance with the government’s ‘Make in India’ campaign, and another cement plant in Sirohi, Rajasthan and two split location grinding units – at Kalol, Gujarat, and at Jhamri, district Jhajjhar, Haryana.
The combined capacity of these units and factories makes them one of the leading cement producing companies in India with clients including the Airport Authority of India and infrastructure and real estate giants like Larsen & Toubro.
7. HeidelbergCement India
A German building materials company, HeidelbergCement has an Indian counterpart that emerged following the merger with Indorama Cement and Mysore Cements in 2008.
Called HeidelbergCement India (HCIL) the company’s presence was further strengthened in India with the acquisition of Italcementi in the second half of 2016.
HeidelbergCement Group has production facilities at Damoh (State of Madhya Pradesh), Jhansi (State of Uttar Pradesh), Ammasandra (State of Karnataka), Yerraguntla (State of Andhra Pradesh), Sitapuram (State of Telangana), Sholapur (State of Maharashtra), Chennai (State of Tamil Nadu), and Cochin (State of Kerala – 2 locations including a grinding plant and a bulk terminal), and markets its products across all regions of India under the brand names Mycem and Zuari.
8. India Cement
Rated as one of the best cement companies in India, India Cement headquartered in Chennai is founded by former International Cricket Council chairman N. Srinivasan.
A market leader in the South, India Cements is the company behind leading brands such as Sankar Super Power which is in the market since six decades, Coromandel King, a value for money brand and Raasi Gold, a three decade old brand.
9. Saurashtra Cement
Saurashtra Cement Limited (SCL) is the flagship company of The Mehta Group, formed in 1956 known for its cement brand Hathi Cement.
One of the leading players in the Indian cement industry, manufacturing Portland Pozzolana Cement (PPC), Ordinary Portland Cement (OPC) and Portland Slag Cement (PSC), SCL’s plant at Ranavav, located in Gujarat state has a capacity of 1.5 MTPA.
Besides India, more so in the West, cement manufactured at the SCL factory is exported to large export markets in the Africa, Middle East countries, Sri Lanka etc. through the economical sea route.
10. Shree Cement
Shree Cement founded in Beawar in the Ajmer district of Rajasthan in the year 1979 is now headquartered in Kolkata and is one of the biggest cement makers in Northern India.
It has a production capacity of 37.9 MPTA and has the largest waste heat recovery based power plants (WHRP) in the global Cement Industry excluding China.
It has manufacturing units in Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, UP, Harayana, Bihar and Chhattisgarh.