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Sjt. Jaidayalji Dalmia, an industrialist of farsighted vision set up a cement plant at Rajgangpur during 1950 - 51 at the request of government of Odisha to manufacture super grade cement for use in the construction of Hirakud dam.

The origin of OCL was seeded in the time that signaled India's independence. A dream unleashed. A blue print of growth was drawn. Endeavors to reconstruct economy set in. Indian industry woke up to the key challenge of self- reliance. Agriculture took a turn to modernity with construction of dams across the country. Against such a bubbling background Sjt. Jaidayalji Dalmia, an industrialist of farsighted vision set up a cement plant at Rajgangpur during 1950 - 51 at the request of government of Odisha to manufacture super grade cement for use in the construction of Hirakud dam. The plant that went on steam as Orissa cement limited during 1952 transformed itself into OCL India Limited during 1996 to better reflect its multifarious activities.

From a modest 500 TPD capacity imported single wet process Kiln of FL Smidth make of Denmark, the house of 'Konark' brand cement has journeyed a long way. To cater the growing demand the company enhanced its installed capacity with addition of its second wet process 600 TPD kiln in 1957.

Keeping a steady progress with time and technology, OCL has produced the first clinker through modernized and fully Automated dry process plant in 1988 and further enhanced its installed capacity by adding its 2nd clinkerization unit in 2009.

In the early fifties OCL has installed four numbers of Ball mills of FL Smidth for cement grinding purpose. Later on, to keep pace with the technological advancement and facilitating manufacture of blended cement, three giant Vertical Roller Mills with combined and separate grinding systems were installed during the period of 1997 to 2005.

To ensure easy availability and timely supply of cement to the customers in the coastal area of Odisha, a split level cement grinding unit Kapilas Cement Works was set up near Cuttack in 2008 . The urge to modernize and continuously upgrade technology has gone beyond the plant and transformed OCL's limestone mines into one of totally mechanized operations from the earlier system of manual mining.

The drive for excellence through continuous technological up-gradation has resulted in many 'Firsts' for OCL. A few of them are, The first auto kiln control system based on fuzzy logic in India, The world's largest cement and slag grinding Vertical Roller Mill during 1997,The second such Cement Vertical Roller Mill during 2001, The third Cement Vertical Roller Mill again with 60% additional capacity and first in the world market in 2005.

The target centric investments in R&D and application specific product development have both enabled OCL to enlarge and include in its product range various grades of Ordinary Portland Cement(OPC) like 43 and 53 grades; 53S Grade cement for use in the manufacture of railway sleepers; Portland Slag Cement (PSC); Fly Ash based Portland Pozzolana Cement (PPC), Sulphate Resisting Portland Cement (SRPC); Masonry Cement.

For a brief spell OCL also ventured into manufacture of a wide range of cement allied products including spun pipes etc., in early sixties of the last millennium and became a prime source of high strength reinforced spun pipes and pre-stressed concrete poles. It was the first manufacturer of pre-stressed concrete railway sleepers. Decades later, the company still reigns supreme as a supplier of railway sleeper grade cement in India.

Industrial Research & Development had always been the backbone of OCL's product supremacy. Apart from harnessing the fruits of in-house research for direct application to product and process development related spheres, OCL regularly commissions the services of Dalmia Institute of Scientific and Industrial Research (DISIR) in carrying out application oriented specific research projects. This immensely helps OCL to draw upon the knowledge of scientific community as well and use it for the betterment of both the industry and the consumer to whom the benefits of such research ultimately reach.

A company is primarily known for the products it makes and the services it renders. In the ultimate count it is quality that holds the key.

'Konark' Brand cement of OCL has been extensively used in the construction of the prestigious Hirakud Dam in Odisha and in building some of India's largest roads, bridges and Industrial plants - including the Vidyasagar Setu in Kolkata ,the Gandhi Sagar Bridge in Patna , as well as in the construction of port facilities at Haldia and Paradip. OCL is proud that it was 'Konark' cement, which was exclusively used in essential restoration repairs by Archeological Survey of India in Lord Jagannath Temple at Puri. To name a few remarkable Projects where Konark Cement has been recently used are Modernisation of TISCO/Jamshedpur plant , 2.2 Million ton Integrated Steel plant of Electro Steel Integrated in Bokaro, Jharkhand , A 3 Million ton Integrated Steel Plant of Jindal Steel and Power at Angul, Odisha An all weather new private Port at Dhamara near Bhadrak in Odisha built jointly by TISCO and L&T placed confidence on Konark in using its cement. A first all concrete road connecting the busiest commercial town of Odisha with its only Port Paradip in underway with all its requirement met from Konark cement A 3 Million ton integrated steel plant of Bhushan Steel and Power alongwith 500mw of power plant placed its confidence on Konark for its vital installations and used maximum quantity for installation of BF and other systems. Vedanta Aluminium, Jharsuguda building a world class Aluminium Refinary and a 2400MW IPP is another testimony of the confidence placed in Konark. Besides these, numerous Large and medium projects of Irrigation, Power, Sponge Iron and Steel have used Konark cement in shaping up their dream which shows the confidence the brand enjoys in the minds of its consumers:

As on date Konark Brand Cement enjoys rock solid customer satisfaction across the country and is very popular in the state of Odisha where for the last almost 60 years it is the most demanded premier lead brand. It is a name 'Cemented to Quality'.

After its recent upgradation and enhancement of its capacity, Konark Cement has entered into the states of Bihar where it has been so well received that it commands a substantial market share immediately after its entry in the markets.

OCL is proud of its dedicated team of people - its employees, its ever-increasing list of satisfied customers, its dealers, its Bankers and Financial Institutions, its representatives and associates who have all immensely contributed to making what OCL is today.
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