The Orissa cement industry is on a roll. Driven by a booming housing sector, global demand and increased activity in infrastructure development such as state and national highways, the cement industry has outpaced itself, ramping up production capacity, attracting the top cement companies in the world, and sparking off a spate of mergers and acquisitions to spur growth.
Cement grade limestone and clay are the two important raw materials for the cement industry. The relevence for Orissa is that the limestone deposits in the state are only in the region of about 2.224 billion tons. However, there will be substantial production of BF slag and Fly Ash which in turn can produce quality blended cement.
The major cement units in Orissa are ACC – IDCOL, Ultra Tech – Grasim, Shiva Cement, Chariot Cement, Sita Cement, OCL India, etc. Besides, a few proposals of Grasim, ASO Cement besides the expansion of Chariot Cement, ACC, etc are the project developments in the region. The State is getting import of cement from other states of the country.
Three MOUs have been signed for 5 mtpa capacity addition in cement making utilizing flyash and blast furnace slag through greenfield projects by Grasim & ASO Cement & brownfield expansion by Orissa Cement Limited.