Gujarat Heavy Chemicals Limited (GHCL) Ltd is a well-diversified publicly-trading multinational company.It has a formidable presence in three industries — chemicals, textiles, and information technology outsourcing. Incorporated in 1983, it is a flagship company of the Dalmia Group.
Headquartered in India, the company has to its credit a dedicated workforce of 7,000 employees working in Asia, the US, the United Kingdom, Eastern Europe, and Cambodia. GHCL manufactures Soda Ash (Anhydrous Sodium Carbonate)—a major raw material used in detergents, glass industries, and sodium bicarbonate (baking soda).Its textile operations include spinning of fiber (yarn), weaving, dyeing, and printing the finished products like sheets and duvets.
The Chairman, Mr
Sanjay Dalmia,has always been keen on the effective industrial growth of our
country with his new ventures. As a part of GHCL’s expansion plan, he has also
forayed in consumer products operation. Under the aegis of Mr Dalmia, the
company has earned itself the name of a leader in manufacturing and selling
edible salt, industrial grade salt, and honey.
On being asked about what helps GHCL to combat the competition, especially from low cost markets, Mr Sanjay Dalmia said, “GHCL is present in the entire value chain from organic cotton to Fiber to Fashion. We are already present & have exclusive vendor relationships in low cost markets in terms of products.” He added, “We also have extreme leverage in creating sourcing hubs through large volume relationship that allows us to be cost competitive. Even in the Indian market where we have our own manufacturing presence we compete with the existing vendors & are more competitive than peers in certain avenues.”
Further explaining about the way GHCL Group epitomizes on dictum “Leadership through quality”, Mr Dalmia said, “To the GHCL group leadership through quality does not only hold meaning at the manufacturing or a process-driven environment where standards such as ISO, OHSAS, GOTS (global organic textiles standards), Organic exchange 100 guidelines etc exist. It has a broader meaning here, top management tries to create leadership abilities to the manager’s below & empower the future leaders of the company to challenge conventional thinking.”
He further explains, “Leadership through quality in GHCL is about creating new standards that can be replicated at front level operations to deliver products/ solutions & a lifestyle environment to customers and others stake holders on a daily basis.”
Estimating how the synergies would bode for GHCL’s international identity, Mr Dalmia said, “GHCL’s international identity as a local player within India has transformed to a global sourcerand a global retailer employing over 7000 people.”