French multinational company Imerys recently launched commercial operations from its new calcium aluminate plant in Vizag.
A world leader in mineral-based specialty solutions for industry, Imerys delivers high value-added, functional solutions to diversified set of industrial sectors, from processing industries to consumer goods.
With €3.8 billion revenue and 16,400 employees in 2020, the group has invested Rs. 350 crores in this new facility in Vizag, which will supply the refractory as well as the construction market with SECAR®70V, a calcium aluminate binder with controlled chemistry and optimised mineralogy for conventional castable applications, and SECAR® 68V, a calcium aluminate binder dedicated to growing demand in low-cement castables.
These products have been developed by Imerys scientists to meet the specific needs of the Indian refractory and construction industries and adapted to the climate of the sub-continent stated an official release from the company to Vizag Industrial Scan.
“The opening of this new plant is a major milestone for Imerys. It is another proof that the Group continues to invest in growing markets and geographies. The fully remote commissioning, caused by the perduring pandemic, has been an incredible achievement. Our local teams have been simply great, commented Mr. Alessan dro DAZZA, Imerys Chief Executive Officer.”
Imerys India today employs 800 people, located in 16 industrial sites and 8 sales offices. In addition to the production of calcium aluminate binders, the Group produces speciality solutions for ceramics, plastics, polymers and refractory products.
- To also have the potential for exports to South East Asia
- Employment to 100 people
- End Clients: Refractory producers & Construction chemical producers
For the Vizag plant, the company has hired 100 people from local communities, who have been trained gradually as the commissioning of the plant was progressing.
“Our Vizag plant helps Imerys to be closer to our customers, in addition to subscribing to the “Make in India” drive by the Government of India to promote self-sufficiency and save foreign exchange through import substitution” said Mr. Segi P. Idicula, Director of Imerys Vizag.
Speaking to Vizag Industrial Scan Mr Idicula further informed that the Vizag plant will also have the potential for exports to South East Asia. In addition he said that the plant will also serve as a distribution center of imported ready-to-use mortars and bentonite solutions to serve the fast growing infrastructure sector, in particular for applications such as waste water, tunneling and civil engineering in general.