Associated Cement Company (ACC)
ACC is India’s foremost manufacturer of cement and concrete with 14 factories, 19 ready mix concrete plants, 19 sales offices, and several zonal offices. ACC has a 3.52 metric tonnes per annum (mtpa) capacity plant at Gagal, Bilaspur district, the capacity of which was recently increased to 4.4 mtpa. Associated Cement Company is the largest cement producer in the country with an installed capacity of 16.1 million tonnes per annum and a turnover of more than USD 745 million. ACC is the country's first name in cement, concrete and refractories. The Superbrands Council of India named ACC as a 'Consumer Superbrand' making it the only cement company to achieve this status. The company plans to expand its current capacity from 2.8 million tonnes to 4.4 million tonnes at its Barmana plant with an investment of USD 38 million.
Cipla is one of the leading pharmaceuticals companies in the country. Established in 1898, the company has an excellent process R&D capability and local distribution network which helped the company strengthen its position in both domestic as well as global markets. The company has one of the largest product portfolios in the industry with over 1,000 products in the domestic market. It launched over 55 products in 2004 alone. Cipla's anti-asthma brand, Asthalin, is ranked seventh among the top 10 retail brands. Cipla has five manufacturing facilities for bulk drugs and formulations and plans to establish one at Baddi with about USD 1 1 million in 2005. Cipla recorded an annual total income of over USD 425.5 million in 2004.
Dabur India Ltd
Dabur India Ltd is the fourth largest FMCG company in the country with interests in healthcare, personal care and food products. Building on a legacy of quality and experience for over 100 years, Dabur has a turnover of USD 282.7 million with powerful brands like Dabur Amla, Dabur Chyawanprash, Vatika, Hajmola and Real. The company entered the specialised healthcare area of cancer treatment with its state-of-the-art oncology formulation plant at Baddi.
Dharampal Satyapal Group
Dharampal Satyapal Group is a diversified conglomerate with business leadership across a wide spectrum of products like chewing tobacco, food & beverages, hospitality and technology solutions. During 2000-03, the group's turnover surged by over 250 per cent. The company's brands include Rajnigandha and Pass Pass. The group has two plants at Baddi, Dharampal Satyapal Ltd and Dharampal Satyapal Ltd SRF.
Gabriel India Ltd
Gabriel India Ltd, a leading name in the Indian auto component industry, manufactures ride control products and engine bearings. It is the flagship company of the USD 400 million Anand Automotive Systems, a leading manufacturer and supplier of the widest range of automotive components and systems in the country. Gabriel India, with a turnover of over USD 94 million, is a major supplier to all segments of the market - OE, aftermarket and exports. The plant is equipped with an in-house chemicals and metallurgical laboratory, a non-ferrous powder foundry, sinter lines, semi-automatic presses, high-speed broaching machines, electroplating and sophisticated testing facilities. The state-of-the-art QS 9000 plant at Parwanoo has a manufacturing capacity of 20 million units per annum.
Himachal Futuristic Communications Ltd (HFCL)
Himachal Futuristic Communications Ltd is one of the leading telecom equipment manufacturers in the state. Established in 1987, the company has interests in manufacturing transmission equipment, optical fibre cable, accessories and terminal equipment. HFCL's reputation is built on its technological expertise and sophisticated manufacturing plants. The two sprawling units at Solan are accredited with ISO 9002 certification and produce the best in wireless and wireline technologies. Employing over 1,500 professionals, HFCL is the first Indian telecom company to have successfully subscribed its GDR issue. The company's well-equipped R&D facility is involved in exploration of new technologies and designing of radio & optical transmission equipment.
Malwa Cotton Spinning Mills Ltd
Malwa is among the top ten textile mills in the country. Malwa Cotton Spinning Mills Ltd, a subsidiary of VSO Group, has a facility at Paonta Sahib. The plant, which was set up in 1988, manufactures cotton, acrylic, polyester, viscose and other synthetic fibres. The Government of India awarded the group for consistent performance in exports and ISO 9002 for quality assurance.
Purolator India Ltd
Purolator, a joint venture between Anand Group and ArvinMeritor Inc, USA, a global provider of integrated automotive systems, modules and components for OEMs and the aftermarket with annual sales turnover of USD 7 billion approximately, is the largest manufacturer and exporter of filters in the country. Purolator has been manufacturing, marketing and distributing filters since 1923. The purolator brand includes more than 2,000 parts for automotive, light truck and heavy-duty applications. It manufactures air, oil, fuel and hydraulic filters for application in automotive, railways and aviation industries. All facilities of the company are QS 9000 certified and are now working towards ISO 14000. Purolator's Parwanoo plant is the largest filter facility in the country, established in 1976. Spread over an area of 9,000 sq mt, the plant primarily manufactures filter inserts for the domestic and export markets and also serves the defence and aviation segments. Parwanoo plant has the distinction of being the first filter facility in the country to be accredited with ISO 9001 certification.
Ranbaxy is the country's leading pharmaceuticals company with a strong international focus. The largest exporter of drugs from India, it has business operations in 40 countries and manufacturing facilities in 6 countries. The company's major strengths are in the therapeutic areas of anti-infective, dermatology, GI tract, orthopaedics and cardiovascular. The company with a strong R&D focus has a manufacturing facility in Paonta Sahib, where it produces tablets and soft gelatine capsules. The plant also has a state-of-the-art fermentation block. Ranbaxy has been exporting pharmaceuticals to USA and Europe, among other countries, from the Paonta Sahib plant for several years.
Torrent Pharmaceuticals Ltd
Torrent is one of the largest pharmaceutical players in the domestic market, manufacturing bulk drugs and formulations with about 6 in the top 250 products in the market. Established in 1973, the company has a market share of 5.4 per cent and 2 per cent in cardiovascular and anti-diabetic segments respectively. Torrent is one of the first pharmaceutical enterprises in the country to realise the vital role of research. The company has also set up its R&D facility at Baddi with an investment of USD 20 million and an employee strength of 160. It is involved in developing new formulations for the company. The facility at Baddi would enjoy fiscal benefits like zero excise, sales tax and income tax for the next 10 years and mainly caters to the domestic market.
Vardhman, a major integrated textile producer in the country, has a modern state-of-the-art manufacturing facility at Baddi with an installed capacity of over 80,000 spindles. The group was set-up in 1962 at Ludhiana in Punjab. Since then, the group has expanded manifold and is today, perhaps, the largest textile conglomerate in the country. The group recorded a turnover of USD 439 million in 2003-04. Its portfolio includes manufacturing and marketing of yarns, fabrics, sewing threads, fibre and alloy steel.