Gujarat Alkalies & Chemical (GACL), incorporated in 1973, is engaged in business of manufacturing basic chemicals such as sodium cyanide, sodium ferrocyanide, chloromethanes, hydrochloric acid, caustic potash, potassium carbonate, phosphoric acid (85%) and hydrogen peroxide.
The company started manufacturing custic soda with initial capacity of 37,425 TPA. Today, Gujarat Alkalies & Chemicals is the single largest producer of caustic soda in India that has a production capacity of 3,58,760 TPA. The company owns two manufacturing units located at Vadodara and Dahej in Gujarat.
GACL exports its products to countries including USA, Europe, Australia, Africa, Far & Middle East countries, China & South Asian markets.
As part of its CSR initiative to ‘Go Green’ the company has planted more than 1,00,000 plants. The company’s manufacturing facilities have been accredited with ISO 9001:2000, ISO 14001:1996 and IS 18001:2000 certification for quality management
The company has set up an in-house R&D centre, which is well equipped and has received recognition from Department of Science and Technology and Government of India. This facility focuses on developing new and safer processes/ technologies, value added products and import substitutes.
GACL has received 'National Energy Conservation Award' by Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), ministry of power and government of India for three consecutive years since 2004.
The company has received acknowledgement from Chemtech Foundation for developing a process for manufacturing Sodium Ferrocyanide from the waste stream Sodium Cyanide process.
1973- Gujarat Alkalies and Chemicals (GACL) was incorporated by Gujarat Industrial Investment Corporation (GIIC). It became wholly-owned company of the government of Gujarat, which is the major promoter.
1976- The company started operations with initial capacity of 37,425 MTPA of caustic soda. This plant is located in Vadodara.
1981- GACL expanded the manufacturing capacity of its caustic soda plant to 70,425 MTPA.
1982- It diversified by producing 2000 MTPA of sodium cyanide
1984- The company further expanded its caustic soda plant capacity to 103,425 MTPA. The same year it undertook the diversification project for manufacture of 10,560 MTPA of Chloromethanes.
1985- The company collaborated with GSFC, Petrofils Co-operative and Gujarat Electricity Board to set up a gas based power unit in Vadodara under the name of Gujarat Industrial Power Company (GIPCL). Due to this GACL’s power needs were met by GIPCL.
1989- The company converted one of its cell houses producing caustic soda from Mercury Cell Technology to environment friendly Membrane Cell Technology, thereby eliminating the use of mercury. The capacity of caustic soda was also increased to 132000 MTA.
1991- The production capacity of Chloromethanes was doubled.
1994- The conversion of second Mercury Cell to Membrane Cell was carried out leading to elimination of the total use of mercury from the complex for production of caustic soda and increasing the capacity of plant along with this conversion to 170000 MTA including potassium hydroxide facility.
The company established a new facility for manufacturing of 16500 MTA of potassium hydroxide Lye based on Membrane Cell. The company also set up a facility that converted Caustic Potash Lye into Potassium Carbonate with a capacity of 13200 MTA.
1995- GACL established a plant for manufacturing Technical Grade Phosphoric Acid with capacity of 26400 MTA (85% Phosphoric Acid) at a new location at Dahej, District Bharuch. The company commissioned Membrane Cell based grass root Caustic-Chlorine Unit with a capacity of 100000 MTA at Dahej. It set up a 90 MW captive power plant.
1996- The company commenced manufacturing facility for production of hydrogen peroxide (100%) at the Vadodara complex with a capacity of 11000 MTA.
The state-promoted Gujarat Alkalies and Chemicals (GACL) is planning to raise in around Rs 100 billion in joint sector with other public sector undertakings (PSUs) in order to manufacture a wide range of products for the plastic industry in the next three years.
The company has also entered into a MoU with Gujarat State Fertilizers and Chemicals (GSFC) and Gujarat Narmada Valley Fertilizer Company (GNFC) at Vibrant Gujarat Global Investors` Summit (VGGIL), 2009. This joint venture will manufacture phenol, bisphenol and polycarbonate products for use in industries such as synthetic rubber, PVC and EDC (ethylene dichloride).