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|Founder||Seth Shiv Narayan Birla|
|Headquarters||Mumbai, Maharashtra, India|
|Kumar Mangalam Birla (Chairman)|
|Revenue||US$41 billion (2015)|
Number of employees
|Subsidiaries||List of subsidiaries|
The Aditya Birla Group is an Indian multinational conglomerate, headquartered in Worli, Mumbai, India. It operates in 40 countries with more than 120,000 employees worldwide. The group was founded by Seth Shiv Narayan Birla in 1857. The group interests in sectors such as viscose staple fibre, metals, cement (largest in India), viscose filament yarn, branded apparel, carbonblack, chemicals, fertilisers, insulators, financial services, telecom, BPO and IT services.
The group had a revenue of approximately US$41 billion in year 2015. It is the third-largest Indian private sector conglomerate behind Tata Group with revenue of just over US$100 billion and RIL with revenue of US$74 billion.
The Group's non-ferrous metals are under Hindalco Industries. Its manufacturing locations are primarily in India and it owns mines in Great Sandy Desert, Australia near Nifty Airport called Birla Nifty Copper Operation. On 11 February 2007, the company entered into an agreement to acquire the Canadian company Novelis for US$6 billion, making the combined entity the world's largest rolled-aluminium producer. On 15 May 2007, the acquisition was completed with Novelis shareholders receiving $44.93 per outstanding share of common stock. The Group plans to close a part of its aluminium foil making mill in UK and shift that to its plant near Nagpur.
Hindalco makes alumina chemicals, primary aluminium, rolled products, alloy wheels, roofing sheets, wire rods, cast copper rods, copper cathodes and several other products.
The Group's cement business was earlier under Grasim Industries and UltraTech Cement. The two entities have now been merged into UltraTech Cement to form India's largest cement company. UltraTech Cement was acquired from L&T in 2004.
The Aditya Birla Group is the world's largest producer of Viscose staple fibre. It operates from India, Laos, Thailand, Malaysia and China. It owns the Birla Cellulose brand. Apart from viscose staple fibre, the group also owns acrylic fibre businesses in Egypt and Thailand, viscose filament yarn businesses and spinning mills in India and South East Asia. The group has pulp and plantation interests in Canada and Laos. Its two companies i.e. Aditya Birla Nuvo Ltd and Grasim Bhiwani Textiles Ltd which is a subsidiary of Grasim Industries are in textile business.
Aditya Birla Group sells in-house and other branded apparel via brick-and-mortar and online stores. The group's firm Aditya Birla Fashion & Retail Ltd sells in-house brands such as Louis Philippe, Van Heusen, Allen Solly, Peter England and People via their individual brand stores and through other multi brand outlets. It also operates a multi brand fashion retail chain Pantaloons.
Aditya Birla Group is the majority shareholder of Idea Cellular. Idea Cellular was started as a joint venture with the AT&T and the Tata Group. After an IPO on the Indian stock markets, Idea Cellular now accounts for a third of the group's market capitalisation. The company is headquartered in Mumbai.
Aditya Birla Financial Services Group (ABFSG)
Aditya Birla Financial Services Group (ABFSG) is the umbrella brand for all the financial services business of The Aditya Birla Group. ABFSG ranks among the top 5 fund managers in India (including LIC) with an AUM of US$23 billion. Having a strong presence across the life insurance, asset management, lending (excluding Housing), housing finance, equity & commodity broking, wealth management and distribution, online money management portal—Aditya Birla Money MyUniverse, general insurance advisory and private equity and health insurance businesses. ABFSG is committed to serve the end-to-end financial services needs of its retail and corporate customers. In FY 2013–14, ABFSG reported consolidated revenue from these businesses at just under ₹70 billion (US$1.1 billion) and profits of about ₹7.5 billion (US$120 million). Anchored by over 14,000 employees and trusted by over 6 million customers, ABFSG has a nationwide reach through 1,500 points of presence and about 130,000 agents/channel partners. The financial services arm of the group is currently headed by Ajay Srinivasan.
The group's philanthropic activities are looked after by Mrs Rajashree Birla. The group also runs 45 schools and 18 hospitals.
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