“GSFC IS A MULTI-DIMENSIONAL COMPANY WITH A DIFFERENCE”
– DR. S.K. NANDA, IAS,
Chairman & Managing Director, GSFC
any years ago, in a school in India, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru
the fi rst Prime Minister of India, was the chief guest. As he
walked towards the dais, from where he was to address the
students, one boy walked out of his place in the students’ line
and requested ‘Chacha Nehru’ to lift him up. When Nehru did
no, the student offered him a rose. This was out of script: the
programme did not have this student offering Pandit Jawaharlal
Nehru the rose – teachers were livid, but Nehru smiled
and said he was proud of India’s children who set their goals
– and then implemented them. That student, from so many
years ago, is today the CMD of Gujarat State Fertilizers and
Chemicals Limited (GSFC). Dr S K Nanda is today as committed
to his goals and achieving them – at GSFC. In this
interview, he shares his plans for GSFC’s future and how he
ensures that it remains an industrial giant – but with a difference.
BUSINESS BARONS: What prompted you, years ago, to
step out of line and offer the rose to then Prime Minister
of India, Pandit Nehru?
DR. S.K. NANDA: I was the monitor, it was my responsibility
to handle various tasks when the school held various events; when the Prime Minister of the country came visiting,
I had to be the one to offer him the rose on behalf of all students of my school.
BB: Your memories of what followed?
Dr. Nanda: Teachers were angry, but Panditji was tickled pink – he liked that I had set my goal – and then implemented
the same. No punishment, as I recall, just Panditji’s soft voice saying, “Well done”.
BB: From the past to the present: let us start with your defi nition of GSFC.
Dr. Nanda: The Gujarat State Fertilizers and Chemicals Limited (GSFC) is a joint venture enterprise of the Gujarat
Government. It was established in 1962. It has its registered offi ce at Fertilizernagar, Vadodara. It manufactures
the ‘Sardar’ brand chemical fertilizers and various other chemicals and industrial products. GSFC’s mission
is to become a world-class, multi-product, eco-friendly global company contributing to the nation’s economic
growth as well as contributing to the welfare of society at large.
BB: Still from the past to the present, if you had to describe GSFC’s goals in one line, what would it be?
Dr. Nanda: GSFC is committed to enrich farmers’ lives by providing them much needed quality nutrients for their
crops and by helping them to adopt scientifi c farming techniques for achieving higher productivity.
BB: How would you describe GSFC’s consumers? Could you share some information about your product mix?
Dr. Nanda: GSFC’s consumers span across the spectrum, from the household consumer to the core industrial
consumer. GSFC has a product mix which includes more than 24 brands of fertilizers, petrochemicals, chemicals,
industrial gases, plastics, fi bers and other products.
PROFILE: DR. S.K. NANDA, IAS
Chairman & Managing Director of GSFC
Winner of Subhash Chandra Bose National Award for Excellence, an award recognized
by UNESCO and Communal Harmony Award, Dr S.K.Nanda is an IAS offi cer (1978
batch). At the fi eld level, he has worked as Collector in districts of Dangs, Baroda, Panchmahals,
Banaskantha and Junagadh in Gujarat. Known as the Man of Management, Dr.
Nanda has been instrumental in managing various socio-political and natural crises in the
State for last 35 years of his service as an administrator. He has received FFI leadership award
for Nutritional Global Leadership during a seminar on “Wheat and Wheat Products – Moving
Towards Food Nutrition and Security”. He is recognized for his remarkable contribution
towards promoting fl our fortifi cation in Gujarat. He was the fi rst person in India to enforce
quasi-mandatory fortifi cation of wheat fl our distributed in the open market. He brought together
all roller fl our millers and health and nutrition experts representing international and
government agencies under one platform to implement a public-private strategy. In the year
2001 after Gujarat Earthquake, Dr Nanda was a temporary consultant for WHO and handled
the entire work of relief, rehabilitation and restoration of the health infrastructures.
As Deputy Secretary, Health Department (1987-88), he worked as Programme Coordinator
for newly launched mission on Universal Immunization. He has given his services for
Department of Tourism (1983-84) Secretary – Information and Broadcasting (1997), Managing
Director – Gujarat State Financial Corporation (1999-2001), Secretary – Youth Services
& Culture (2001), Principal Secretary – Health Department (2001-2003), Principal Secretary
– Food & Civil Supplies Department (2004-2007), Principal Secretary – Forests & Environment
Department (2007-2012), Additional Chief Secretary, Home Department (2012-14) of
Government of Gujarat and currently positioned as Chairman and Managing Director of Gujarat
State Fertilizers & Chemicals Ltd.
Dr S.K.Nanda has also served as Guardian Secretary of Dangs District, a remote and fully
tribal pocket, for restoration of harmony and initiating development for peace and prosperity
for last 15 years. The Dangs District which was one of the most backward districts among top
20 in India, was transformed during Dr. Nanda’s guardianship to become the Horticulture and
Vegetable belt for urban markets assuring good quality of life to the Tribals.
His Coffee Table Book “Dang The Little Known Paradise of India” is recently released
by Hon’ble Chief Minister of Gujarat. Earlier he authored 3 books out of which one happens
to be his poetry collection called “Feelings”, his other titles include “Tribal Migration” which
is a reference guide for many researchers and subject enthusiasts and “Earthquake Refl ections”
which he wrote for National Institute of Disaster Management (NIDM), Government
of India, New Delhi.
A Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Rural Economics, Dr.Nanda holds degrees of LLM,
LLB and Masters of Arts in Political Science.
BB: The perception among many is that
GSFC is largely about fertilizers. What
would be your comments on this perception?
Dr. Nanda: GSFC is one of India’s highperformance
companies in the manufacture
of fertilizers, industrial intermediates,
polymers and fi bres. Let me specify that it
is not just fertilizers. Each of the product
lines that GSFC is into are critical to the
Indian economy. The name may suggest
fertilizers as playing a leading role, but in
reality GSFC is into many different product
lines. Most important, it plays a major
role in empowering farmers and by helping
boost India’s agriculture plays a vital role
in the economic growth story of India.
BB: Could you elaborate on GSFC’s
contribution to agriculture?
Dr. Nanda: GSFC is not just a business conglomerate,
but a multi-dimensional entity. It
is a fact that GSFC has played a stellar role in
boosting agricultural growth with its ‘Sardar’
Brand of plant nutrients as also by leveraging
relevant technologies and talent and the
accumulated experience of its employees.
From a time when we were mainly into production
of one line of fertilizers, today we
are an integrated services package supplier
to farmers: we have the set-up to test the soil
and advise the farmer on what sort of fertilizer
mix will help him get optimum yield.
We promote drip irrigation and solar powered
water pumps. We are changing — for the
positive — the way Indian farmers optimize
yields from their fi elds.
BB: While helping India’s agriculture
sector grow, GSFC has also grown into
an industrial giant.
Dr. Nanda: Yes, it is a fact — these attributes
have enabled GSFC to be acknowledged
among India’s top 500 companies. We are not
just an ‘industrial giant’ but an environmentfriendly
business organization. GSFC is focused
on developing solutions for sustainable
agriculture and industrial growth through environmentally
safe manufacturing processes.
BB: It is an industrial giant but with a
Dr. Nanda: Yes, we are not just looking
at profi ts, as many companies do. What
makes GSFC an industrial giant with a difference
is that it also focuses on renewable
energy generation and conservation. GSFC
has always kept farmers as its focus. Doing
business ethically has been our hallmark.
GSFC believes in being a company that is
ever ready to deliver ‘total satisfaction’ to
its customers, which makes GSFC an ‘industrial
giant with a difference’.
BB: Please share with our readers one
such instance – the Neem Coated Urea?
Dr. Nanda: Yes, this is apt to explain how
GSFC is an ‘industrial giant with a difference’:
we’ve merged an eco-friendly
product with fertilizer. The technology that
creates Neem coated Urea is a purely inhouse
development by the GSFC team, and
the best part is that it comes at a nominal
capital cost. Let me explain the positives:
due to Neem coating, Urea will have the
added value of being a fertilizer with an
eco-friendly natural fungicide in soil over
and above nitrogen nutrients which will be
benefi cial for high yield of crops. Simultaneously
it will also prevent the misuse of
Urea for industrial purpose down the line as
Neem coated Urea creates foam and odour.
So it is a win-win for all – the farmer gains,
the environment gains, and the nation gains,
as Urea will not get misused for industrial
use – and GSFC adds another feather to its
cap by creating something unique.
BB: GSFC has won the FAI Environment
Protection Award for the third time
in a row. your comments?
Dr. Nanda: I ended the previous answer by
saying, “GSFC adds another feather to its
cap by creating something unique”. Let me
take that statement to its logical next stage:
GSFC’s aim is to be ‘unique’. In keeping with
this, I take pride in sharing with you the fact
that Fertilizer Association of India (FAI), a
premier Fertilizers Manufacturers Consortium,
awarded GSFC’s Sikka Facility (near
Jamnagar) the FAI Environmental Protection
Award for the third consecutive year. This
award is in recognition of GSFC’s pioneering
efforts in producing vital agro-inputs in an
environmental friendly way for the NP/NPK
Complex Fertilizer Category.
BB: Could you elaborate on the ‘environmental
friendly way’ aspect?
Dr. Nanda: It represents the philosophy
DR. NANDA’S GLORIOUS AWARDS JOURNEY CONTINUES...
1. Mahadhan Award 2013-14.
This award was received by Mr. S. P. Yadav,
General Manager (Marketing), in the august
presence of Dr. S. K. Nanda, IAS, Chairman
and Managing Director of GSFC, through
the hands of Mr. Shailesh Mehta, Chairman of
FAI-WR. e Gujarat State Fertilizers & Chemicals
Limited has bagged the Fertilizer Association
of India - Western Region (FAI-WR).
Mahadhan Award for Excellence in Crop
improvement and productivity for the year
2013-14. The award was conferred at a grand
function during FAI-WR Review Meeting
held at Pune on 25th November, 2014.
As a part of its agro extension efforts,
GSFC had organized demonstration plots
across India helping farmers to adopt a package
of best practices to achieve high productivity.
At a demonstration plot in Maharashtra,
a farmer produced 21% more maize,
adopting GSFC practice and was adjudged
the best amongst the plots of other fertilizer
Companies by the Jury.
2. FAI Environmental Protection in the NP / NPK fertilizer plants – Sikka Unit for the
Shri Ananth Kumar, Union Cabinet Minister for Chemicals & Fertilizers and Shri Hansraj
Aahir, MoS for Chemicals and Fertilizers, GoI presented this award to Dr. S K Nanda, IAS,
Chairman & Managing Director, GSFC during the Annual Seminar of FAI at New Delhi on
December 10, 2014.
The Fertilizer Association of India (FAI) a premier Fertilizers Manufacturers Consortium
has honored Gujarat State Fertilizers & Chemicals Limited’s Sikka Facility, near Jamnagar;
Gujarat with the FAI Environmental Protection Award, for the third consecutive year. This
award is in recognition of GSFC’s pioneering efforts in producing vital agro-inputs in an
environmental friendly way for the NP/NPK Complex Fertilizer Category.
At GSFC Sikka plant, 99% raw material consumption effi ciency is obtained with one of
the best pollution control systems embedded into the basic plant design with Zero Discharge
of Effl uents. There is no solid waste generation during the process. Entire liquid effl uents
generated are recycled to conserve water. Even in the case of gaseous emissions, it is much
below the pollution control norms.
3. Golden Peacock Award
Mrs. Rajashree Birla, Chairperson, Aditya Birla Centre for Community Initiatives and Rural
Development and Rt. Hon. Baroness Verma, Minister, Energy & Climate Change, Govt. of
UK presented this award to Dr. S K Nanda, IAS, Chairman & Managing Director, GSFC during
‘9th International Conference on Corporate Social Responsibility’ on January 19, 2015
GSFC has been declared the National Winner of ‘Golden Peacock Award for Corporate
Social Responsibility’ for the year 2014 by Institute Of Directors, New Delhi, India. This
Golden Peacock Award, instituted in 1991, is regarded as a benchmark of Corporate Excellence
worldwide. Today Golden Peacock Awards Secretariat receives over 1,000 entries per
year for various awards, from over 25 countries worldwide. The achievement of the Golden
Peacock Award is the most powerful way of brand building. The Winners are eligible to use
the Golden Peacock Awards logo on all printed and promotional materials for next one year,
which proclaims to all its customers and suppliers the highest accolade conferred upon the
company. This award provides not only worldwide recognition and prestige, but also gives
edge in driving business in this tumultuous world.
4. INDIA CEO Awards’15
The award will be conferred in the Grand Award Ceremony in presence of some of the dignitaries
including the Chief Ministers, Cabinet Ministers & High Commissioners/ Diplomats.
Chairman & MD - GSFC, Dr. S K Nanda, IAS won the prestigious INDIA CEO AWARDS'15
which is awarded to the select top 100 CEOs across India. This award is being conferred under
the aegis of ALL INDIA CEO NETWORK, a voluntary organization.. This kind of award
is the fi rst of its kind happening in the world. CMD will also be addressing the gathering at
the award ceremony and will share on "His success journey highlighting accomplishments &
that GSFC follows. The Sikka Plant of
GSFC works in a manner wherein it gets
99 per cent raw material consumption effi -
ciency; it has one of the best pollution control
systems embedded into the basic plant
design with zero discharge of effl uent. Effectively
there is no solid waste generation
during the process; the entire liquid effl uent
generated gets recycled, thus conserving
water. Even in the case of gaseous emissions,
it is much below pollution control
norms. This is part of GSFC’s commitment
to enrich farmers’ lives, providing them
much needed quality nutrients for their
crops as also helping them adopt scientifi c
farming techniques to achieve higher productivity
– by producing vital agro-inputs
in an environment-friendly way.
BB: In line with promoting drip irrigation,
GSFC has introduced water soluble
Dr. Nanda: Yes, GSFC has introduced
fi ve grades of FCO approved ‘Water Soluble
Fertilizers’ under the brand ‘Sardar
Nutrisol’ for application through drip and
sprinkler irrigation and foliar spray. These
can be used as chemical fertilizers in drip
and sprinkler irrigation systems and also as
foliar spray to augment yield and improve
quality of a variety of crops like fruits, vegetables,
oil seeds, pulses, cereals, cotton,
tobacco, sugarcane, tea, etc.
BB: Could you share details about GSFC’s
initiative — liquid bio-fertilizers?
Dr. Nanda: This is in keeping with ecofriendly
measures to boost farm produce.
Bio-fertilizers are ‘live Fertilizers’ of biological
origin. GSFC is one of the leading
manufacturers of Bio-fertilizers since 1984
under the brand name ‘Sardar Bio-fertilizers’.
GSFC envisaged the demand of time
and decided to switch over from carrier
based Bio-fertilizers and provide ‘liquid
Bio-fertilizers’ to the farming community
BB: From producing vital agro-inputs
in an environmental friendly way to
winning the national ‘Golden Peacock
Award for Corporate Social Responsibility’
– is it part of the same road-map?
Dr. Nanda: GSFC has received the national
‘Golden Peacock Award for Corporate
Social Responsibility’ for the year 2014. It
is among a string of National and International
Awards, but at GSFC, let me say this:
‘total customer satisfaction’ is the ‘most
valued award’. To come back to the ‘Golden
Peacock Award: it is a prestigious award
instituted by the Institute of Directors, New
Delhi. The Golden Peacock Award is re-garded as a benchmark of corporate excellence
worldwide and is regarded as being
among the most powerful ways of brand
This award provides not only
global recognition and prestige, but also
defi nes GSFC’s edge in driving business
with focus on CSR.
BB: Could you elaborate a bit?
Dr. Nanda: As I mentioned earlier, GSFC is
committed to enriching farmers’ lives — and
not just by providing them quality nutrients
for their crops and helping them to adopt scientifi
c farming techniques, but also because
of the efforts to improve the living standards
of farmers. It is primarily about improving the
‘Human Development Index’ (HDI).
BB: And this has been an on-going process?
Dr. Nanda: Oh, very much so. If GSFC has
won the national ‘Golden Peacock Award
for Corporate Social Responsibility’ in the
present day, it is the result of dedicated CSR
Activities done by GSFC since its inception
in 1962. GSFC has developed CSR in a
very special way as a concept to promote the
overall development, progress and betterment
of people belonging to weaker sections
of society with a view to improving the Human
Development Index in core areas like
education, environment, health and sanitation,
nutrition, support to NGOs, rural development
(social and infrastructural), industryacademic
interface, support during natural
calamities and various in-house projects.
BB: From CSR to business growth: can
you share some information about the
Foundation Stone of New Plant at GSFC’s
Dr. Nanda: The foundation stone for
GSFC’s new plant at Sikka in Jamnagar
district for the manufacture of Phosphatic
fertilizers was laid by me in February this
year. The project is being set up with an
investment of Rs 900 crore. The Sikka
Complex is spread over in 776 acres land at
Motikhavdi in Jamnagar district and manufactures
Di-Ammonium Phosphate (DAP),
Ammonium Phosphate Sulphate, NPK, etc.
It has an aggregate production capacity of
2520 tonnes per day or 7.22 lakh tonnes per
year. With the commencement of this new
plant, which is the fourth unit to come up at
the complex at Sikka, the production capacity
would increase by 5.44 lakh tonnes annually,
taking GSFC’s aggregate manufacturing capacity
to 12.66 lakh tones every year.
BB: What makes this an important step
in GSFC’s growth story?
Dr. Nanda: Let me explain why this is so.
In India, we have largely followed a ‘one
medicine for all illness’ approach when it
comes to fertilizers, especially in relation
to Urea. There is a need to create awareness
among farmers that, other than Urea,
there are fertilizers which may be required
to get best results. Among the alternatives
is Phosphatic fertilizers for which we used
to get raw material from the neighbouring
state of Rajasthan. Now we want to ramp
up production and will need a huge quantity
of phosphoric acid which we will import.
In sync with this aspect, GSFC also
proposes to undertake dredging operations
at Sikka to enable vessels with large capacity
to berth at the jetty, facilitating higher
volumes of phosphoric acid imports, thereby
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by saving on foreign exchange.
BB: Could you share some details of GSFC’s
steps as regards backward integration?
Dr. Nanda: As a step towards backward
integration as well as a part of global search
for feed-stocks, GSFC has participated in a
joint venture in Tunisia, viz. Tunisian Indian
Fertilizers S.A. (TIFFERT). The aim
is to ensure consistent supply of 1,80,000
TPA of additional Phosphoric Acid per annum
required for the production of DAP.
GSFC has also acquired a strategic stake
in M/s Karnalyte Resources Incorporation
in Canada, which will secure availability of
Potash for GSFC in the long run.
BB: Could you tell us something about
the Second Green Revolution phase?
Dr. Nanda: Over the past half-decade,
GSFC has entered the ‘second green revolution
phase’ by developing alternative energy
generation facilities and initiating the
spread of drip irrigation systems in Gujarat.
GSFC provides valuable services to farmers
by way of agricultural inputs and marketing
BB: Has this — entering the second
green revolution phase — made any
changes vis-a-vis GSFC’s aims?
Dr. Nanda: Even as GSFC enters the second
green revolution, it continues its role
of encouraging agricultural growth
by developing and supplying Bio-fertilizers and
Bio-technology products to farmers. GSFC
has also advanced tissue culture facilities
to support horticulture and other crops.
To provide farmers with high-tech inputs,
GSFC has formed a 100 per cent subsidiary,
GSFC Agrotech Limited, for research
and production of liquid bio-fertilizers,
plant growth Promoters - Sardar amin granules/
liquid, tissue culture and seeds.
BB: What about the Gujarat Green Revolution
Dr. Nanda: Yes, GSFC has promoted Gujarat
Green Revolution Company Limited
(GGRC) to promote drip-irrigation and
sprinkler irrigation systems amongst farmers
so as to optimize the usage of water
and implementation/monitoring the Government
BB: ‘Let us look at something that is
not about fertilizers — tell us something
about the Melamine Project at Vadodara.
Dr. Nanda: GSFC has signed a contract
with M/s Casale, Switzerland on 5 February
2015 for setting up a 40,000 MTPA
Melamine Project at an estimated cost of
Rs.900 crore at the Vadodara complex.
M/s Casale will provide high-pressure
technology which has an advantage of producing
Melamine of superior quality. This
plant is all about ‘import substitution’ and
will save the country’s foreign exchange.
BB: GSFC is already manufacturing
Dr. Nanda: Yes, GSFC operates two
Melamine Plants at its Vadodara Complex
with an aggregate production capacity of
15,000 MTPA. The aim here is to become
the market leader: after commissioning
of the proposed project by the third quarter
of FY 2017-18, it would result in total
Melamine production of 55,000 MTPA.
This would not only strengthen GSFC’s
industrial products basket, but would also
consolidate the company’s position as the
market leader in Melamine production.
BB: How would you sum up your role
Dr. Nanda: GSFC is all about superior quality.
Many of its products are ISO 9001 certifi
ed. GSFC provides the highest value to the
customer through economies of scale, continuous
product improvement and value addition.
It is a matter of great pride for me to be
an integral part of GSFC’s vibrant growth in
the coming years.
|GSFC: The Business Conglomeration Which Is Environment Friendly
As an organization, GSFC is already a ‘Green Organisation’, and aspires to get ‘Greener’ while ensuring profi tability,
explains Dr. S K Nanda, IAS, Chairman & Managing Director, GSFC.
What makes a successful business
conglomeration a responsible
corporate citizen? At GSFC, the
watch-word is on ensuring that we leave a
legacy of clean and green environment for
the future generations.
At GSFC, we work at two levels –
one, we reduce and control pollution,
and also utilize by-products to power our
production processes. At the second level,
we support usage of solar power and have
set up wind farms to generate clean and
green electricity. Betond these two, at the
operational level, initiatives like GSFC’s
clean development mechanism (CDM)
bear testimony to the drive to reduce
I would put it simply: as an
organization, GSFC is already a ‘green
organisation’ – and, we are aspiring to get
‘greener’ – but this does not come at the
cost of profi tability. This is the message
GSFC wants to spread as part of its
‘Corporate Mantra’ : a successful business
conglomerate can also be environment friendly – GSFC certainly is proof of this.
At GSFC, we have aligned our business
objectives with practices of resource
conservation and environment protection,
so as to ensure that we fulfi ll the objective
of combating climate change.
Deeply committed to satisfy its
social obligations, GSFC has – and
will continue to – make consistent and
effective endeavors for creating better
environmental conditions through
abatement of pollution and also by
adopting sustainable development
Regular technological initiatives
are pressed into service with
great vigor to improve and retain
the purity of air, water and soil.
GSFC’s fi rst clean development mechanism
(CDM) project envisages use of waste gas
from company’s plants to manufacture
Ammonia, which is an alternative to
natural gas fuel for production. For GSFC,
it is a matter of pride that the technology for
replacing the fossil fuel has been developed through in-house R&D efforts.
The second CDM initiative is for
generating 152.8 MW green energy
through a cluster of windmills, and we are
committed to generating wind energy and
feeding it into the electricity distribution
system of the state of Gujarat, effectively
our effort at reducing the carbon footprint
as also generating a ‘clean and green’
source of power.
GSFC has also launched an initiative
to support farmers who will fi nd value
in using solar powered water pumps
for their fi elds, in partnership with
NABARD, in collaboration with the
Department of Renewable Energy. From
‘macro level’ initiatives like the wind
farms and in-house measures such as use
of waste gas from company’s plants to
manufacture Ammonia to the micro level,
where individual farmers are encouraged
to opt for solar powered water pumps,
GSFC’s green initiatives are what makes
it a successful business conglomeration
and a responsible corporate citizen.
|GSFC: The Genesis...
Gujarat State Fertilizers & Chemicals
Limited (GSFC) is one of India’s
largest conglomerations in the joint
sector, with business interests in Chemicals,
Fertilizers and Petrochemicals. Its history can
be divided into three time zones: coming into
existence (1962-1972), diversifi cation (1972-
2002) and the growth story (2002 – 2015 and
GSFC was originally conceived as a
Fertilizer company with the objective of
providing an agricultural boost to farmers in
the State of Gujarat; and the aim of making
Gujarat self-suffi cient in fertilizers.
The time-line at GSFC begins with its
incorporation in 1962. Operationally, it started
off when its plants went into production of
fertilizers in 1967, and this phase lasted till
In its very fi rst decade of existence,
GSFC stood out because of its path-breaking
achievements. To name a few: it was the
fi rst industrial complex in the country set
up in the joint sector; the fi rst company to
set up fertilizer plants within a short span of
two years of getting requisite approvals. It
was also the fi rst industrial project to secure
direct and active equity participation of
farmers as also the fi rst fertilizer unit to get
assistance from IDBI’s Assistance Fund. It
was also the fi rst company to adopt the Steam
Naphtha Reforming process for manufacture of Ammonia.
The diversifi cation phase at GSFC is the
period from 1972 – 2002, when it understood
the market’s pulse and, as a structured
diversifi cation strategy, forayed into the
industrial chemicals segment. With this
objective, the integrated complex at Vadodara
has been designed and structured to be self
sustaining, with use of by-products generated by its fertilizer group of plants.
GSFC was the fi rst company in India to
establish a Caprolactam plant in the year 1974.
Caprolactam is mainly used for manufacture
of downstream products like nylon yarn, tyre
cord etc. This led to a logical expansion into
production of Nylon-6
GSFC also became the fi rst
conglomeration in India to recover Argon
gas from purge gas, which in turn, led into
the business of industrial gases in the year
1981. GSFC set up the fi rst DAP fertilizer
complex in India at Sikka, Jamnagar. GSFC’s
cutting technical edge as also its engineering
resources have been catalysts in providing
impetus to its expansion and diversifi cation
strategies. GSFC has also set up India’s fi rst
Melamine plant, and it aims to be the market
leader with its expansion in terms of setting
up a new melamine plant with capacity of
40,000 MTPA, which will add to existing
capacity of 15,000 MTPA.
Entering the second green revolution, GSFC continued its role of encouraging
agricultural growth by developing and
supplying Bio-Fertilizers and Bio-technology
products to the farmers under one roof. The
Company has also advanced Tissue Culture
facilities to support horticulture and other
crops. In order to provide farmers with hightech
inputs, GSFC has formed 100 per cent
subsidiary, GSFC Agrotech Limited for research and production of liquid bio-fertilizers,
Plant Growth Promoters-Sardar Amin Granules/
liquid, Tissue culture and Seeds.
GSFC has also promoted Gujarat Green
Revolution Company Limited (GGRC)
to promote drip-irrigation and sprinkler
irrigation systems amongst farmers, to
optimize usage of water and implementation/
monitoring the Government subsidy scheme.
GSFC is also contemplating an investment
outlay of approx. Rs. 8,000 Crores for setting
up an integrated fertilizer and petrochemicals
complex at Dahej.
The expansion and diversifi cation of
GSFC’s product portfolio has unfolded new
growth vistas for the nation, providing much
needed fertilizers for agricultural growth and
the chemicals for industrial growth. GSFC’s
mission is: becoming a world-class, multiproduct,
eco-friendly global company
contributing to the nation’s economic growth
as well as contributing to the welfare of
society at large.
|GSFC’s Products: Catering To Multi-Fold Needs Of The Market
Business growth is not enough:
being the market leader in existing
markets as also increasing our reach
across new markets is paramount at GSFC.
As a business conglomeration, tomorrow’s
growth requires investing today. For 2015-
16, GSFC has drawn up plans to spend over
Rs. 1,200 crore, most of which will be for
capacity expansions. Recently, we an nounced
invest ments for both, ongoing and future
expansions. The aim is simple: GSFC will
not just do things that make us a successful
business conglomeration; but will do things
that make us ‘unique’.
GSFC is working on expanding its
market, by also covering states in eastern
India. Our market, traditionally, has been
the state of Gujarat; at the secondary level,
the states in Gujarat’s periphery: Rajasthan,
Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra. Now is
the time we take a giant leap and start offering
our wide range of products to regions in the
country where we have not been very strong
– for this, we need to ramp up production capacity. This requires large investments.
The fi rst such investment is GSFC
commissioning its large scale 60,000 MTPA
plant of Water Soluble Fertilizers, which
is scheduled to happen in this year, is an
estimated investment of Rs. 44 crore.
Similarly, to meet the ever growing
demand for plastics, GSFC is expanding its
Nylon-6 capa city with additional production
of 15,000 MTPA with additional investment
of Rs. 125 crore.
GSFC will also set up a venture for
Nylon-6 Fully Drawn Yarn (FDY) with
capacity of 2,600 MTPA with an investment
of Rs. 40 crore.
Considering the increasing demand of
Melamine, GSFC is setting up a melamine
plant of 40,000 MTPA at a cost of Rs. 1,000
crore, which will add to existing capacity of
At the level of the country’s economy,
all these investments will contribute
to signifi cant savings of scarce foreign
exchange, while increasing GSFC’s market share – and, as we all expect, boost
profi tability too.
There are new events, which will have
an impact on development of infrastructure.
GSFC is introducing two new products –
Concrete Reinforcement Fibre (CRF) and
Plastic Reinforcement Fibre (PRF). These
are innovative Nylon-6 Fibres, which, as
Secondary Reinforcement material, have a
wide range of applications. Among others,
these will make even more effi cient and water
resistant the construction of concrete roads,
bridges, airport runways, precast structures
etc. For India, this will be a boon, as these
will enhance the life of such structures as also
ensure a better finish.
If we look at Prime Minister Narendra
Modi’s mission of ‘Housing for All by 2022’
as also the project of ‘100 Smart Cities’, the
nation will fi nd CRF and PRF as ideal products
to help achieve these goals. GSFC has always
been an innovative business conglomeration,
and these will be part of the expansion, which
will drive GSFC’s business growth.
|GSFC’s Initiatives Towards Corporate Social Responsibility
Corporate Social Responsibility is not a theory – at GSFC, the implementation has moved to higher levels. Defi ned by
‘Human Development Index’, GSFC’s CSR activities ensure the overall development of those who need it the most.
Dr. S.K. Nanda, IAS, Chairman & Managing Director, GSFC shares the details.
Gujarat State Fertilizers & Chemicals
Limited is one of India’s largest
joint sector chemicals, fertilizers
and petrochemicals complexes. We are
conscious of the fact that, the objective is
not only to manufacture and sell fertilizers,
but also offer services to people in rural
areas to help their all-round development.
This in a nut-shell is how GSFC’s activities
had Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)
as a focus area. GSFC has a commitment:
not just selling fertilizers and services to
improve productivity of various agricultural
activities, but also the overall development
of the people.
A major part of India lives in villages
and the prosperity of the rural areas is
ultimately the prosperity of India. In
this lies the foresightedness of GSFC’s
mission which has resulted in the company
becoming a leader in contributing towards
well being of farmers as a part of its social
responsibilities since inception in 1962.
Since its incorporation GSFC is
involved in various CSR Activities in
some or the other form but today CSR is
developed as a very special concept for
the corporate. To move ahead with the
new vision on CSR, GSFC formed an
independent CSR Cell for all four units
in the year 2012-13; earlier this cell was
functioning under the name ‘Village
This cell is formed to promote the
overall development, progress and
betterment of the people belonging to
weaker sections of society with a view
to improve ‘Human Development Index’
(HDI). CSR Cell is formed to do not only
traditional activities but such activities
which will be based on new concepts of
GSFC is one of the sponsors of The
Akshay Patra Foundation (APF), which
provides mid-day meal to government
primary schools in Baroda City & Baroda,
Padra & Waghodiya District. (The APF
feeds more than 1 Lakh students every day)
SVADES is one such NGO which is
working to improve quality of life in rural
areas around GSFC. We are one of the
leading promoters of this NGO for carrying
out various needs based activities for youth
development, women empowerment,
educational programmes etc. which leads to
Community to develop its own governance
and become self-suffi cient.
Donations & Sponsorships are given to NGOs/Institutions like Bharat Sevashram
Disha Charitable Trust (Autistic
Children), Armed Forces Flag Day, SPIPA
& many others.
Provided 500 idli cookers with gas
connection to aaganwadis in 3 districts for
improving nutritional status.
GSFC provides both Financial and
Human resources aid during the time of
GSFC has its own health centre running
since long and takes up various activities
like medical camps, blood donations and
emergency services for nearby villages.
For sanitation we have constructed
toilets in the nearby villages and ultimately
leading to cleanliness and hygiene by
various awareness programmes. (Till date
GSFC made 476 toilets & contributed partly
for 2500 toilets)
GSFC is contributing by tree plantation
activities, having lakhs of trees in our own
premises of all four units, donating plants on
regular basis, developing a chalk pond in to
a beautiful and green hillock in the premises
of GSFC, rain water harvesting, recycling
GSFC has provided fi nancially assistance
to nearby villages for infrastructural
GSFC is having its own school at its 3
units since incorporation in which students
from nearby villages are enrolled. GSFC
is working on a model school project
“Vidhyatirth” in association with Education
Dept, Govt. of Gujarat & Knowledge Partner
for developing 9 Government Primary
School all over Gujarat.
GSFC organized a NSS camp &
out of its experience GSFC is working
at “Prathampura” village for overall
development of this village & leading it in
the direction of Model Village.
Women Empowerment is under taken in
form of “Supplementary Income Generation
Programme” so that women can become
Development of Youth is done through
Livelihood Generation Programmes for
Unskilled Unemployed Rural Youth in
which they get trained & placed in various
sectors like retail, hospitality, security,
hospitals, Courier Service, Gardening etc.
Industry Academic Interface: GSFC CSR
Cell Coordinated with various Academic
Institutions for Fieldwork of Students and
provides them practical exposure in the
fi eld of CSR. The vision is to bridge the gap between corporate, community & academic
To promote and expand the scope of
functioning of CSR to not only large scale
projects but “UN TO THE LAST”.
having projects like “Shining Star” - Hobby
centre for children of 7-14 age groups of
4 nearby villages.
During this 15 days
project children did various activities like
teaching English, Drawing and Craft for
their personality development, Creating
Leadership and an overall development.
Logically, at GSFC, Corporate Social
Responsibility is taken very seriously. We
define CSR as activity done with the aim
to promote overall development, progress
and betterment of people belonging to
weaker sections of society, something
that is measured in terms of ‘Human
Development Index’ (HDI). The focus of
CSR activities at GSFC is to ensure that
we elevate the ‘Human Development
Index’ by promoting overall development,
progress and betterment of people from the
weaker sections of society.
Since its incorporation GSFC has been
involved in various CSR Activities in various
forms. Present-day, CSR has developed as a
very special concept for GSFC as a corporate
To ensure that GSFC moves ahead in
sync with the new vision on CSR, GSFC
has set up an independent CSR Cell for all
This was done in the year 2012-
13; earlier this cell was functioning under
the name ‘Village Development Cell’. The
CSR Cell does not only carry out traditional
activities but also activities based on new
concepts of CSR.
And, this concept is a thought process
that you will fi nd across GSFC. For
example, a separate department called
‘Agro Development & Agro Services (AD
& AS)’ has been created, where technical
experts of different fi elds and well-trained
staff undertake and coordinate various
activities to generate and transfer agriculture
technologies for overall improvement.
This helps achieve the desired goal, aim
to promote overall development, progress
and betterment of people belonging to
weaker sections of society, something that is
measured in terms of ‘Human Development
The aim is to promote overall
development, progress and betterment of
people belonging to weaker sections of
society – and that, I believe, is true CSR,
translated into action at GSFC.