The Genesis of NCL Industries Limited can be traced to the Golden Era of entrepreneurial development in Andhra Pradesh (pre-bifurcation) of the early 1980’s. This period marked the emergence of a number of individual entrepreneurs whose fledgling enterprises evolved into well-established industrial groups.
Nagarjuna Cement Limited, as the Company was known then, established a mini cement plant at Mattapalli in Nalgonda (now Suryapet) District to augment the supply of scarce cement with relatively low investment. This turned out to be a resounding success. The cement produced under the brand name ‘Nagarjuna’ established a premium image in the coastal districts of Andhra Pradesh. The company expanded the capacity of the cement plant in stages. Starting with a modest capacity of 200 TPD, the company has now grown to a level of >8000 TPD, spread over two locations.
The product range of Cement Division includes Portland Pozzolana Cement (PPC), Ordinary Portland Cement (OPC) and Special Cement for manufacture of Railway Sleepers.
NCL also has a Ready Mix Concrete Division, which supplies ready mix concrete of dependable quality, using ‘Nagarjuna’ cement, and ensuring reliable quality. The total number of RMC units now stands at four – two each in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, catering to markets adjacent to the cities of Hyderabad and Visakhapatnam.
Cement to Building Materials – a natural progression
The Founder of the Group was the first to recognise that cement is only one component of a building or structure. The dream of giving the Group a distinct image as a building materials group started taking shape in the early 1990’s. The first step in realising this dream was setting up a Plant to manufacture cement bonded particle Boards to be used as partitions, roofs and panels. This was started in collaboration with Bison Werke of Germany, the world leaders in particle board technology. In house research and development brought about several improvements and additional features in the product. Bison Panels now have several features that provided flexibility and adaptability to suit varying requirements.
Bison Panels progressed from market acceptability to popularity. To meet the growing demand of the product, the capacity also was increased from the initial 30,000 TPA. A new plant with similar capacity was set up in Paonta Saheb, Himachal Pradesh in 2007 to cater to the North Indian market. Yet another plant at Mattapalli was commissioned in 2018. Now the total Boards capacity stands at 90,000 TPA.
The Group added to its product portfolio other products like pre-painted steel profiles for windows and partitions, paints, putties and emulsions, UPVC windows and AAC Bricks. These are all manufactured by its sister concern, NCL BUILDTEK LTD, (Formerly known as NCL ALLTEK & SECCOLOR LTD).
The Company is now in the process of setting up a state of the art ready-made doors plant, which is drawing attention of leading builders and architects.
NCL also has an Energy Division consisting of two small hydro power plants viz. 7.50 MW project on right main canal of Srisailam dam and 8.25 MW on right high level canal of Tungabhadra dam. Both the Plants have Power Purchase Agreements with respective State DISCOMs. These two projects augment the company’s revenues.
Cement and Boards are certified under ISO 9001 : 2015. NCL Industries is also a member of the Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) under the category, Manufacturing / Product Suppliers.