Chemical industry creates a variety of products which impact every aspect of one’s life, virtually. With increasing competition worldwide, innovation remains crucial in finding new ways for the industry to satisfy its increasingly sophisticated, demanding, and environment conscious consumers.
One such organization established in 1967 is KLJ Group. KLJ is one of the largest manufacturers and the market leaders in Plasticizers and Polymer compounds in South Asia. The company has advanced manufacturing facilities at Silvassa and Bharuch in India and at Rayong in Thailand. It is equipped with state-of-the-art-technology, producing a wide range of products to meet its customers’ requirements.
KLJ is a multi-product and multi-locational business conglomerate, with a turnover of INR 40 billion (approx. USD 630 million) and with a manufacturing capacity of 490,000 TPA, a fourteen hundred strong workforce working with persistent efforts towards growth and development. It has now established itself as the second largest supplier of Benz products from India. Moreover, the Group has a trading arm namely KLJ Resources Limited, which is mainly into trading and distribution of Chemicals & Petrochemicals and is also into real estate and infrastructure development, which has so far delivered over 4 million sq. ft. of space.
A Dream of an Instrumental Economic Growth
The vision of KLJ Group is to achieve a well balanced growth in all the businesses that they are into and make an impact on the industry strictly through ethical business practices, thereby building performance that is built on trust of all its stakeholders. The Group is on a mission to be significantly instrumental to the nation’s economic growth, while maintaining its uniqueness in whatever business it undertakes.
Humble and Resilient Leader
Shri Kanhaiya Lal Jain, Founder and Chairman of KLJ Group, was born in Rajasthan and completed his education in Punjab and Delhi. He made a humble beginning, about fifty years ago, as an individual with a proprietorship firm and struggled with limited means, but with determination, devotion and passion has conquered all odds. He has now risen to the status of becoming a well-known and respected industrialist having multiple offices at different locations in India and abroad. He is the driving force who turned KLJ Group from India centric business house to a global business house with the support of three talented, energetic, and growth oriented sons; Hemant, Kamal and Pushp.
He believes that nothing is more powerful and prevailing than reinventing oneself against an ever changing dynamic competitive environment, global growth, variability in business conditions and sustainability.
Inspiring Journey of KLJ Group
In 1967, KLJ Group made a humble beginning with PVC Compounding plant in Delhi in the name & style of Kundalia Industries. The 21st century marked the company’s diversification into manufacturing of TPR/TPE, EVA, PP, Anti Fab, XLPE, Semicon, EPR, ZHFR, PO Compounds, etc. PVC Compound at Silvassa has brought KLJ Group among the top Indian Polymer Compounders with a total capacity in excess of 100,000 TPA. Throughout its span of fifty years, the company has not looked back and has added numerous feathers to its cap. The most recent advancement has been the opening of an overseas office in Dubai to represent the Group for its various marketing activities abroad.
Distinct Products Range and Striking Infrastructure Development
KLJ Group provides total solutions to user industries. Besides this, it is the largest manufacturer of Chlorinated Paraffins in the world. The company’s wide range of generic as well as customized grades in each segment ensures that the customer gets value-added one-stop solutions for their various needs.
The company is also one of the largest importer and distributor of a wide range of Chemicals and Petrochemicals like Base Oils, Paraffins, Linear Alkyl Benzene, Glycol Ethers, Oxo-Alcohols, Aromatics, Ketones, Monomers, Esters & Amines, to name a few.
KLJ Group’s corporate goal of infrastructure development and economic progress is achieved through its real estate division. It is engaged in the development of IT, ITES projects of global standards, followed by next generation commercial space, super luxury residences, etc. To name a few- Park Centra-Gurgaon, KLJ Tower-North Delhi, Noida One-Noida, KLJ Greens and KLJ Pinnacle-Faridabad are the projects successfully completed by the Group.
Awards and Appreciations
The company has received many awards and accolades throughout its journey that speak leaps and bounds of its success:
- Swatantra Swaran Jayanti Udyog Award in 1999.
- State level appreciation by the Govt. of Rajasthan for his services in the field of education as Bhamashah educational institutions in 1997.
- Yuvak Ratan Award in 1992 (Highest Honorary Award of Akhil Bhartiya Terapanth Yuva Parishad) Rashtriya Samman conferred by Govt. of India, Ministry of Finance on June 21, 2000.
- AIMO Best Productivity Award in 1986
- Udyog Vibhushan Award in 1986
- Udyog Patra Award in 1982 as self-made man.
- Best productivity award from All India Plastic Industries Association for three consecutive years.
- Outstanding Achievement Award at 3rd International PVC & Chlor Alkali Conference during Vinyl India – 2013.
- Award for “Product Innovator of the Year in Petrochemicals”. The award was conferred by FICCI on 4th Oct, at Mumbai, during India Chem-2018.
Insights about the Research & Development Facility
The company has a devoted research and development facility in each of its manufacturing units. This state-of-the-art R&D facility spans over a landscape of total of 55,000 sq. ft. This enables it to be at the forefront of the latest Development & Product Innovation. Its clear focus on R&D keeps the Group ahead of competition and in providing customized solutions to their customers.
KLJ Group has not only dedicated pilot plants of various capacities, FTIR, UV, GCs, Autoclaves, Rheometer etc., but also has application plants for wire, sole, foam sole, film, tubing, injection molding, flammability, and high voltage testing.
Tackling Day-to-Day Challenges through Unified Efforts
KLJ Group believes that, “Our people are the most valuable assets and key to our achievements, its mission of quality, and customer satisfaction.” The trust on its strong dedicated workforce helps it tackle the day-to-day challenges that come in its way by providing the best possible solution.
Leveraging Technology to Build a Sustainable Environment
Speaking of the technology revolution, the founder asserts, “New Technology has brought in tremendous change in Chemical Industry.” KLJ Group has already brought in resource optimization at its plants, which has resulted in more than 30% energy saving in one of the product.
The firm pays special attention towards sustainability of its processes. Not only does this help the company in cost saving, but also helps against global warming. Continuous development of new products, customization as per customers’ requirement is also a step in this direction. Its new plant for manufacturing of Benz products is based on a new technology, which has resulted in better yield and quality.
Bright and Sustainable Future of the Company
The entire team of KLJ Group work towards maintaining its leadership position in each segment of business that it steps into, by providing the best cost-effective solutions in a transparent manner to all its stakeholders. KLJ is at an advanced stage of setting up a state-of-the-art Chlor Alkali Plant in Qatar, which is likely to be commissioned towards the end of 2018. The Group has also diversified into the chemistry of Benzyl Alcohol, Benzaldehyde, and its derivatives. The project was commissioned in Jhagadia, Gujarat about 2 years ago.
There are a few new projects under its active consideration.
- Capacity expansion of Benz products from 15 KT to 40KT per annum.
- Greenfield project for manufacturing of Calcium Chloride.
- Greenfield project for manufacturing of primary plasticizers at a new location.
- Other greenfield/acquisition projects both in India and abroad are under active consideration.