A BRIEF PROFILE OF ZUARI INDUSTRIES LIMITEDABOUT LATE DR. K.K. BIRLA, FOUNDER CHAIRMAN OF THE COMPANY
Late Dr. Krishna Kumar Birla Chairman belonged to one of the most illustrious families thathave contributed towards growth of modern India, both in the Industrial and the SocialSectors. Continuing the family legacy of building a new Nation, Dr. Birla, a visionary,nurtured the KK Birla Group into one of the most respected Business Houses in India. TheGroup, covers a wide canvas with interest in Fertilisers, Media, Textiles, Sugar, Shipping,Engineering, Engineering Services, Financial Services, Furniture, Information Technology,Chemicals and the Infrastructure sectors.
Mr. Saroj Kumar Poddar, 62 years, a gold medalist in B. Com (Hons) from CalcuttaUniversity, is the Chairman of the Company. Mr. Poddar is also chairman of Poddar HeritageEnterprises. Under Mr. Poddar, the Poddar Heritage group has promoted variousnew projects including several joint ventures with leading international corporations. Themost notable of these ventures are Gillette India Limited, Indian furniture Products Limitedetc., He is also on the Boards of various Public and Private Limited companies, and otherorganizations.
The Zuari-Chambal-Paradeep (Z-C-P) Combine is a part of the K K Birla Group having aturnover of over Rs.50 billion. Three and a half decades back, late Dr. K.K. Birla promotedZuari Industries Limited (ZIL) and entered the Indian Corporate scene by investment infertilizer plant in Zuarinagar, Goa. Subsequently, ZIL promoted Chambal Fertilizers andChemicals Limited (Chambal). Chambal commenced the commercial production of Urea atGadepan I in Rajasthan in January, 1994 and at Gadepan II in October, 1999. In the year2002, Government of India divested 74% of its stake in Paradeep Phosphates Limited (PPL)in favour of Zuari Maroc Phosphates Ltd. (ZMPL). ZMPL is a 50:50 Joint Venture of ZuariIndustries Limited and Maroc Phosphore S.A., a wholly-owned subsidiary of fertilizer major,OCP of Morocco.Over the years, the aforesaid three Companies have established a formidable presence inthe fertilizer sector and today, Z-C-P Combine is one of the larges fertilizer conglomerate inIndia.