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Cement is a necessary constituent of infrastructure development and a key raw material for the construction industry. As late as the 70’s, the State of Kerala was virtually starving for cement. The state lacked a portland cement factory in either private or government Sector. In 1961-62, the Geological Survey of India located a limestone deposit in the Pandarethu valley of the Walayar region on the northern side of the Palakkad gap. Located in dense forest area, the hilly terrain was required heavy investment to mine. The State Govt. ventured to put up a Cement factory in the region.
The feasibility study conducted revealed that the construction of a 1200 tpd dry process cement plant using the Pandarethu limestone is feasible. KSIDC obtained an Industrial License for the manufacture of cement in November 1976 and decided to go ahead with the project and formed “Malabar Cements Limited” to set up, own and operate the proposed cement plant. The plant was successfully commissioned in 1984 and the commercial cement production started on 1984.
Now, The Company is all equipped to set precedence among public sector units in the state. The launch of two Superior quality products under the brand name ‘Malabar Super’ and ‘Malabar Classic’, in the year 1994-95 gave a boost to the market presence. Various modifications carried out since 1995 have improved production and productivity of Malabar Cements. A 2.5 MW multi-fuel power plant was commissioned in June 1998 to complement 25% of the total power requirement for the Walayar plant operations. As part of expansion, the company has commissioned a 600 tpd Grinding Unit at Cherthala in August 2003. The modernization of Cement Mill, completed in December 2004, helped to increase the cement production.
The company has upgraded the plant with state-of-the-art technology; Belt bucket elevators, Kiln automation, modification of cement mill internals etc, are few to mention. The 0.42 million tones capacity is less than 10% of the cement consumption in Kerala and expansion will alow the company to harness the markets beyond its core segment.