Economy & Market
Sanghi Industries: Cruising ahead
Sanghi Industries has focused on quality innovation and providing the customer with best products and services. With a perseverant outlook and focus on modern production practices, the company has emerged as a major cement player in western India in the last few years.
Sanghi Industries was formed in the year 1985. The company was started initially with the aim of manufacturing PVC foam leather cloth. Following this, the company extended its portfolio to BOPP self adhesive tapes & PVC insulation tapes, hard leather, tarpaulins, stock labels and rigid PVC sheeting. Consolidating its expansion further, the company also entered cement production.
The company established a cement plant in the village Motiber, Abdasa taluka of Kutch district in Gujarat in 2003. This plant has a production capacity of 3 million tonnes per annum and is ranked as the second largest cement plant at one location in India. It is equipped with state-of-the-art technology from Fuller International, USA and is automated with the latest quality control system. This is the first plant in India to install cross belt analyser for micro analysis of limestone for ensuring consistently superior quality of cement. The company also pioneered the installation of a stacker and reclaimer for uniform homogenizing of raw materials at the plant. This is also the first cement plant in India to have an alkali bypass system for ensuring low alkali content in cement. This has led to the elimination of alkali aggregate reactions to safeguard against cracks in the cement paste. The plant is the first in India to have 100 per cent robotic control systems. Sanghi Industries also has the distinction of achieving Export House status in the first eight months of commencement of operations. It is also the first company in India to have a comprehensive infrastructure such as a 63 MW captive power plant, desalination plant and road network. The company has built an all weather captive jetty with high capacity loading arrangement. Cement is transported by the company through sea which has led to a lowering of its logistics cost. The company also has a large captive desalination plant and its own road network. It sells 60 per cent of its products to the retail sector/wholesale outlets while 40 per cent sales are made to institutional customers.
Environmental and safety concerns
The company has always been in the forefront of environmental protection through the implementation of scientific means. It is particular about its concern for controlling the generation and liberation of fugitive dust at various sources in the mines and cement plant. Sanghi Industries has adopted the use of surface miner for limestone mining, bag filters at all potential dust emission points and reverse air bag filter for raw mill and kiln gases. From the date of commissioning the plant, the company has been particular about producing high quality clinker for manufacturing superior quality of 53 grade portland cement. The company maintains high C3S in clinker with values exceeding 55 per cent. Sanghi Industries is also the first company in India to use 100 per cent lignite as fuel. High surface moisture content in lignite as run of mines was countered by sun-drying of lignite up to a level of 20 per cent of total moisture. In order to avoid fire hazards, inertisation system was used in the process of grinding and storage of lignite. A strict oxygen level of 9 per cent is maintained in the lignite mill circuit. A strict control is exerted on generation of carbon monoxide through effective regulation of pyro section as gases for lignite mill operation are taken through preheater. Various auto purging points are identified for the purging of inert gases in the system whenever any abnormality is observed. It is in practice to purge raw mix powder into the mill at the time of starting and stopping of lignite mill.
The company has always believed in empowering its customers through providing technical and logistical assistance. It has formed a team of experienced civil engineers for sharing their knowledge and provides technical guidance to all its members, thereby assisting them in building strong and lasting structures. This team of specialist engineers makes site visits, assists and guides the masons, laborers and contractors on how to optimize the cement usage and thus save valuable time and energy. The customers are also updated on the latest methods and technologies that can be applied for superior construction.
Sanghi Industries has also been instrumental in developing first of its kind consumer care centres (CCC) especially for the people related to the construction industry. This has been a unique initiative towards empowering the customer. The company's CCCs are present in all of Gujarat's districts. Consultancy and information on everything related to the construction industry is provided by these centers. Sanghi Industries has also introduced Shakti Raths which are ultramodern mobile concrete testing laboratories having all the necessary equipment and facilities for onsite concrete testing. It is the first company in India for providing such a mobile technical guidance and services by trained engineers. The company has deployed 25 such Shakti Raths. The concrete tested can be evaluated and certified by customers in terms of strength and quality.
Awards and Certifications
Sanghi Industries has bagged Greentech Environment Excellence Gold Award 2008 for outstanding performance in environment management. The company has been awarded first prize for last four consecutive years for best mining operations, on various aspects of mining operations, from Indian Bureau of Mines & directors of Mines Safety, Government of India. It has also received special awards from CAPAXIL for years 2002-03, 2003-04 & 2005-06, in recognition for outstanding performance in export of cement & clinker.
The company has also been awarded several certificates for its achievements. It has received the trading house certificate from the office of the Joint Director General of Foreign Trade, Government of India. It is also the recipient of SA 8000:2001 from DET NORSKE VERITAS, for the social accountability system which makes Sanghi Industries as the one and only five star certified organization in the Indian cement industry. Sanghi Industries has become the 217th company in the country which has implemented the systems effectively. The company has also received ISO 9001:2000 management system certificate from DET NORSKE VERITAS for quality management system for manufacture of clinker and cement. DET NORSKE VERITAS has also awarded the ISO 14001:2004 management system certificate for manufacturing and supply of clinker and cement to the company (for conforming to Environmental Management System Standard). Sanghi Industries has also received OHSAS 18001:2007 management system certificate from DET NORSKE VERITAS for manufacturing and supply of clinker and cement (for conforming to Occupational Health and Safety Management System Standard). It has also received the ISO/IEC 17025:2005 from National Accreditation Board for testing and calibration laboratories (NABL) for general requirement for the competence of testing & calibration laboratories in the field of mechanical and chemical testing.
Corporate Social Responsibility
Sanghi Industries has always maintained the credo that it is part of a community and has expended a considerable part of its resources towards serving and empowering the community within which it exists and operates. As part of its corporate social responsibility initiative, the company has actively promoted several measures over the past few years. A full-fledged hospital, Sarvodaya Health Centre, has been set up by the company at Sanghipuram, for catering to the medical needs of the local population. The hospital is staffed by two highly experienced medical officers, staff nurses and para-medical staff, for rendering services. Free medical aid is offered to people in 15 nearby villages and an ambulance is available for emergency services to the villagers and people working at site.
The company has also been instrumental in ensuring that water requirements in the area are met for different horticultural and agricultural activities. In order to deal with the acute water scarcity in the area, the company has constructed two check dams near the plant location. The water from the dams is used by people from the nearby villages for different purposes like irrigation and domestic consumption. A desalination plant of 5500 m3/day has been installed by the company out of which around 2000 m3/day excellent quality drinking water is supplied to the Gujarat Water and Sewage Board for providing drinking water in the surrounding 83 villages of Abdasa & Lakhpat talukas.
Sanghi Industries has also installed a mechanism for treating sewage waste. The company has deployed Root Zone Technology System (RZTS) for the collection and treatment of sewage generated from the residential colony, administrative building and other places of Sanghi Industries. The water which is treated is reutilized for gardening, developing green belts and cultivating vegetables. The system has been adapted to treat 250 m3 of domestic wastewater and has been acknowledged by various private and government bodies like the Gujarat Pollution Control Board (GPCB).
Customer Centric Approach
Professional work ethics and a customer centric work approach have ensured that Sanghi Industries remain one of India's top cement producers in India. Apart from professional excellence, the company is also actively involved in fulfilling its various social obligations. With modern technlogy, the company is set to be a top player in the Indian cement industry.