Tata Chemicals Limited is an Indian global company with interests in chemicals, crop nutrition and consumer products. It is headquartered in Mumbai, India, and is one of the largest chemical companies in India with significant operations in India and Africa. Tata Chemicals is a subsidiary of Tata Group conglomerate.
Tata Chemicals has the second largest soda ash production capacity plant in India. It also owns and runs the second ever soda ash plant built in India and started operating in 1944. The township Mithapur, derives its name from “Mitha” which means salt in Gujarati language. Since 2006 Tata Chemicals has owned Brunner Mond, a United Kingdom-based chemical company with operations in Magadi (Kenya) and General Chemicals, in United States of America.
In March 2008, Tata Chemicals Ltd acquired full stake in the US-based General Chemical Industrial Products Inc (GCIP) to become the world’s second largest maker of soda ash. With all its acquisitions, combined capacity of production today is at around 5.17 million tons of soda ash.
Tata Chemicals also owns stake in ammonia-urea fertilizer complex in Gabon. Recently, Tata Chemicals sold its urea business to Pune-based Yara India, part of the Norwegian chemical company, Yara International.
The company has its Research and Development Center, Tata Chemicals Innovation Center, located at Pune, Maharashtra. At this R&D centre, scientists work on innovation in the areas of Food Science & Technology, Advanced Materials, Green Chemistry, Biochemicals, Metabolites, and Nutraceuticals.
Tata Chemicals has a varied product range including spices; chemicals such as Soda ash, Sodium Bicarbonate, Caustic soda, Chlorine, Liquid Bromine, Gypsum, Phosphoric acid and Sulphuric acids; fertilizers such as Urea, Sodium Tripolyphosphate (STPP), Di-ammonium phosphate (DAP), NPK complexes and single super phosphate (SSP); consumer products such as salt, rock salt, cooking soda and pulses; biofuels such as bioethanol, biodiesel; and nutritional products such as prebiotics and healthier alternatives to regular sugar.
Tata Nx is Tata Chemicals’ foray into Indian nutraceuticals for the retail sector.