Albright and Wilson Chemicals India (AWCIL), incorporated on September 25, 1965, started operations in 1967 as a manufacturer of phosphate chemicals. Since then, and now a part of the Rhodia Group, its portfolio has grown by servicing home care, personal care, industrial and agrochemical formulations with inorganic phosphates and surfactants. It has two ISO 9001-2000 certified plants near Mumbai, manufacturing industrial phosphates and surfactants.
AWCIL is listed on the Bombay Stock Exchange and has staff strength of 25 in its Mumbai office. At Roha, located 140 km south-east of Mumbai, is the site making sulphuric acid and surfactants. Spread over 0.75 million square feet (8 hectares) and employing 120 people, it houses sulphuric acid, hexameta phosphate, sulphonation and sulphation units. This site also has the capability to produce solid surfactants. The manufacturing unit is located in the Raigad district of Maharashtra. The shareholders gave their nod late in 2007 to sell the phosphate business along with the loss-making and closed company unit in the Thane district of Maharashtra. This is in line with its strategy to increase its presence in the home and personal care business. The company embarked on a four-fold expansion of capacity for the manufacture of surfactants at Roha. This new plant is expected to contribute towards future profits from 2008 onwards.
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The company manufactures and distributes acids and industrial phosphates, including sodium tripoly phosphate and active sulphonates; processing of linear alkyl benzene sulphonic acid.