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Birla Corporation announces 30 million t capacity target by 2027

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Birla Corporation Limited (MP Birla Group) will increase its annual cement production capacity to 30 million t (mt) by 2027, said Shri Harsh V Lodha, Chairman of the MP Birla Group, at the annual general meeting of the company recently. This is a new target set for the company which had earlier said it would raise its production capacity to 25 mt by 2025.

Birla Corporation Limited's current production capacity is 15 .6 mt, which will go up to almost 20 mt by the end of the current fiscal year, when its greenfield 3.9 mt plant at Mukutban, near Nagpur, is commissioned. "Plans are afoot to reach a target of 30 mt by 2027," Mr Lodha told shareholders, adding that details of the plans are to be announced when they are firmed up and approved by the Board of Directors. The aggressive expansion plan is reflective of the company's improving profitability and cash flow.

Birla Corporation Limited will expand in markets where the company has an edge over competition and demand for cement is projected to get stronger, Mr Lodha said. Compared with legacy assets of the company, new plants are going to be more efficient and profitable. Mr Lodha said the plants of RCCPL Pvt. Ltd (the erstwhile Reliance Cement Co. Pvt. Ltd which was acquired in 2016), subsidiary of Birla Corporation Limited, are among the best in India judged by operating parameters.

Even as it seeks to grow aggressively and faster than the industry average in the past few years, Birla Corporation Limited will "as a policy, remain conservative" on borrowings, Mr Lodha said. Talking about raw materials, Mr Arvind Pathak, the company's newly appointed Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, said Birla Corporation Limited has enough limestone reserves to last decades at its current scale of operations.

Answering shareholders, Mr Pathak said the company's plan to expand the capacity of its Kundanganj unit to 3 mt from 2 mt remains unchanged; "Only the capex (capital expenditure) has reduced.” The company has recently concluded a project to expand capacity of its New Chanderia Cement Works in Rajasthan by close to half- a-million t.

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