As an international chemical group, Solvay assists industries in finding and implementing ever more responsible and value-creating solutions
A balanced geographic presence
As an international chemical group, Solvay assists industries in finding and implementing ever more responsible and value-creating solutions. The Group is firmly committed to sustainable development and focused on innovation and operational excellence. Solvay serves diversified markets, generating 90% of its turnover in activities where it is one of the top three worldwide. The group is headquartered in Brussels, employs about 29,000 people in 55 countries and generated 12.4 billion euros in net sales in 2012.
Rhodia in India
Active in India for more than 70 years, Rhodia offers its innovative range of specialty chemicals products and services to Indian customers from a wide range of markets.
Rhodia has three companies in India:
Rhodia Specialty Chemicals India Ltd. (formerly: Albright & Wilson Chemicals India Ltd.), acquired in 2000
Rhodia Polymers & Specialties India Pvt. Ltd, acquired in 2011
Hindustan Gum & Chemicals (HICHEM) - a joint venture with one of India’s largest conglomerates, the M.P. Birla Group, since 1962.
Rhodia Specialty Chemicals is related to Rhodia’s Novecare business, serving markets in home & personal care, industrial formulations, paints and coatings as well as oilfield chemicals.
Rhodia Specialty Chemicals operates a plant at Roha (Maharastra), located 140 km south-east of Mumbai, producing surfactants for the home care, personal care and agrochemical markets. Employing about 130 people, it has sulfonation, sulfation and sulfuric acid units.
The Roha site was recently expanded. The new facility, that came on stream in 2009, increases sulfation capacity on this site and produces surfactants for the domestic and export markets. Its state of the art technology will assure high quality products and support Rhodia’s growth in the region.
Rhodia Specialty Chemicals is certified by Bureau Veritas for its QMS System (ISO 9001-2000).
Rhodia Polymers & Specialties is part of Rhodia’s Engineering Plastics activity. Acquired from PI Industries in 2011, Rhodia Polymers & Specialties serves the automotive and electric/electronic appliances industries with custom made and innovative engineering polymers.
The manufacturing site, located in Panoli (Gujarat) is located 400 km north-west of Mumbai and employs about 60 people. It will be expanded over the coming years to cater for the fast growing Indian market and to introduce the range of Rhodia’s Technyl® products.
HICHEM manufactures and exports guar gum across the world from units located at Bhiwani in Haryana, Viramgam in Gujarat and Jodhpur in Rajasthan. The company was awarded the ISO 9002 certificate in 1995 and has received many awards for excellence in product development.
Rhodia sold its shares in Rhodia Chemicals India Pvt. Ltd. (RCI) to Brenntag, a world leader in chemical distribution,on October 1, 2008. As part of this transaction, a “partnership” between Rhodia and Brenntag India was formed. Brenntag India is now distributing Rhodia’s innovative range of specialty chemicals to Indian customers in markets such as flavors & fragrances, automotive, pharmaceutical, electronics, catalysts and tire.