Innovation and sustainability has always been at the heart of Tata Chemicals' endeavours, striking a fine balance between delivering value to the consumers and fostering corporate-community bonding
Part of the $100-billion Tata group, Tata Chemicals Limited (TCL) is a global company with interest in businesses that focus on Living, Industrial and Farm Essentials (LIFE). In line with its mission, ‘Serving society through science’, the company applies its expertise in sciences to develop sustainable products.
Through its Living Essentials portfolio, the company has positively impacted millions of Indian lives. Tata Salt brand is a market leader in India’s branded edible salt category and is a part of everyday life of over 600 million consumers. This brand has two other variants: Tata Salt Lite (low sodium salt) and Tata Salt Plus (iron fortified iodised salt). With the introduction of Tata Swach, an innovative, low-cost and nanotechnology-based water purifier, TCL provides affordable and safe drinking water to the people. Tata Swach offers complete water purification solutions through its range of non-electric, UV and RO purifiers. Extending its portfolio from salt to other food products in 2010, TCL unveiled India’s first national brand of pulses, Tata Sampann. Through this brand, the company aims to provide a wholesome farm-fresh source of daily protein to the Indian household. In 2015, spices were added to the product offerings with the launch of Tata Sampann Spices.
Under the umbrella of Industry Essentials, TCL produces products which serve as essential inputs to diverse industries such as glass, detergents, sodium silicate, textiles, food, feed, mining and chemical processing. TCL is the world’s second-largest producer of soda ash, with a global capacity of 4.3 MMT per annum with manufacturing operations in India, USA, UK and Kenya. The company also manufactures sodium bicarbonate at Mithapur, India, and in the UK which is used by industries such as pharmaceuticals, food, feed, dyes, flue gas treatment and textiles. TCL is the fourth-largest producer of sodium bicarbonate, with a combined capacity of about 0.2 MMT per annum. The allied chemicals manufactured by the company include caustic soda, liquid chlorine, liquid bromine and gypsum. TCL manufactures various grades of industrial salt at its UK facility. Its various grades include undried vacuum salt, pure dried vacuum salt, water-softening products, de-icing salt products and bespoke products. The cement plant at Mithapur, India was set up to consume solid waste generated from the manufacture of soda ash. This plant has an installed capacity of 1,500 tonnes per day and produces two varieties of cement – OPC grade 53 and masonry cement, under Tata Shudh brand.
TCL has carved out a strong position in India as a provider of agri solutions. Under Farm Essentials segment, the company offers farm inputs, such as fertilisers, pesticides, specialty nutrients, seeds and agro services, which are required to improve crop health and productivity. TCL is one of the leading manufacturers of Urea and Phosphatic fertilisers, and is a key player in the growing segment of specialty fertilisers. The fertiliser range is marketed under the flagship brand of Tata Paras, which enjoys highest brand equity in its core geographies. TCL also produces customised fertilisers that provide balanced nutrition to the soil. These are sold under the Paras Farmoola brand. TCL’s agri products are produced at its Indian facilities (Babrala and Haldia), having a capacity of 1.3 MMT. Through the Tata Kisan Sansar (TKS) network, TCL offers special services to farmers, such as information on new and improved agronomic practices and use of agricultural inputs. TKS is a network of more than 900 farmer resource centres that caters to more than 2.6 million farmers across 26,000 villages in the northern and eastern parts of India.
Innovation at TCL is focused on delivering value to the customer. Tata Chemicals’ Innovation Centre at Pune, inaugurated in 2014, is home to world-class R&D capabilities. The innovation thrust aims at developing products and services positioned at the intersection of physics, chemistry and biology (i.e. nanotechnology and biotechnology). The focus areas are food and fuel; energy and environment; water and wellness (FEW).
TCL’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programmes engage with and support key communities, directly and indirectly, through various organisations that the company supports. Among them are Tata Chemicals Society for Rural Development, Uday Foundation, Okhai Centre for Empowerment, Tata Chemicals Golden Jubilee Foundation and Magadi Soda Foundation. The company has a special focus on socially and economically backward communities, women empowerment and farming communities. TCL’s three manufacturing facilities in India, at Mithapur (in Gujarat), Babrala (in Uttar Pradesh) and Haldia (in West Bengal), are unique examples of corporate-community bonding.