Friday, October 30, 2020

Lubrizol and Grasim Industries Limited Partner for India’s Largest CPVC Resin Plant

VILAYAT, GUJARAT, INDIA Oct 30, 2020 – To meet growing demand for chlorinated polyvinyl

chloride (CPVC) pipe and fittings in India, Lubrizol Advanced Materials, a global specialty

chemical leader and the market leader for CPVC, and Grasim Industries Limited, a flagship

company of the Aditya Birla Group, have entered into a definitive agreement to manufacture and

supply CPVC resin in India.

Once commissioned, this near 100,000 metric-ton state-of-the-art CPVC plant at Grasim’s site

in Vilayat, Gujarat, will be the largest single-site capacity for CPVC resin production globally.

The project will take part in two phases, with the first phase of production expected to be

operational in late 2022. The CPVC resin produced at Vilayat will enable product sold under

Lubrizol’s FlowGuard® Plus, Corzan® and BlazeMaster® brands.

This collaboration, in support of the Government of India’s “Make in India” initiative, is expected

to bolster economic development in the state of Gujarat. To further support the local market,

Lubrizol will make additional investments in the coming years to expand its existing CPVC

compound plant in Dahej, Gujarat and establish a local innovation center as demand continues

to grow.

India is amongst the largest consumers of CPVC, primarily in the form of plumbing pipe and

fittings, and growing needs for clean water in all residential and commercial buildings will drive

continued growth. Lubrizol is the inventor and largest manufacturer of CPVC resin and CPVC

compounds worldwide. With billions of feet installed globally, Lubrizol’s CPVC solutions enable

long-lasting systems and reliable access to clean, safe drinking water to millions of homes, in

alignment with the company’s mission to help the world Live Better. To-date, Lubrizol products

have been instrumental in delivering safer water to some 200 million citizens in South Asia.

Lubrizol has plans to introduce other advanced water solutions in India in the near future.

With this investment to supply resin to its existing compounding plant in Dahej, Gujarat, Lubrizol

becomes the only company in India with end-to-end CPVC capability. In addition to its regional

manufacturing capabilities, Lubrizol continues to strengthen its customer network, collaborating

with local leaders like Ashirvad Pipes, an Aliaxis company, and Prince Pipes to ensure robust

distribution in India and South Asia. As part of its regional support, Lubrizol is also committed to

the ongoing development of plumbers in India, having trained nearly 100,000 local plumbers on

installation of advanced plumbing systems.

“This alliance will help Lubrizol better serve our customers in India and South Asia, as

well as support the Indian economy,” said Arnau Pano, Vice President, Lubrizol

Advanced Materials, South Asia. “Connecting with Grasim Industries Limited, a reputable

global conglomerate, who share our commitment to sustainable chemical production,

will allow us to provide our customers with increased, reliable CPVC supply and further

our goal of improving access to clean, safe drinking water for millions of global citizens

through the advantages offered by FlowGuard® Plus plumbing solutions.”

“This collaboration with Lubrizol Advanced Materials is part of our long-term direction to

bring in world-class technologies to India and additionally complements our growth

strategy in Chlor-Alkali and Derivatives platform,” said Kalyan Ram Madabhushi, CEO-

Global Chemicals & Group Business Head-Fertilisers & Insulators, Aditya Birla Group.


“The collaboration will support the ‘Make in India’ initiative and is expected to create

local jobs and downstream opportunities.”

This collaboration also will enable Aditya Birla Group and The Lubrizol Corporation to explore

collaboration opportunities across additional segments, such as water management,

construction, textiles, automotive and piping by leveraging the technologies and market

channels of both groups.

About Grasim Industries Limited (Aditya Birla Group)

Grasim Industries Limited, a flagship company of the Aditya Birla Group, ranks amongst the top

publicly listed companies in India. Incorporated in 1947, it started as a textiles manufacturer in

India. Today, it has evolved into a leading diversified player with leadership presence across

many sectors. It is a leading global producer of Viscose Staple Fibre, the largest Chlor-Alkali,

Linen and Insulators player in India. Through its subsidiaries, UltraTech Cement and Aditya

Birla Capital, it is also the India’s largest cement producer and a leading diversified financial

services player. At Grasim, there is an endeavor to create sustainable value for 24,000+

employees, 230,000+ shareholders, society and customers. The company reported

consolidated net revenue of over US$ 10.9 Billion and EBITDA of over US$ 1.9 Billion in FY

2020.

About The Lubrizol Corporation

The Lubrizol Corporation, a Berkshire Hathaway Company, leverages its unmatched science to

unlock immense possibilities at the molecular level, driving sustainable and measurable results

to help the world Move Cleaner, Create Smarter and Live better. Founded in 1928, Lubrizol

owns and operates more than 100 manufacturing facilities, sales and technical offices around

the world and has approximately 8,800 employees.


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