The Company was incorporated at Chandigarh on 18th Dec. 1975 for
manufacture of Caustic Soda, liquid chlorine, hydrochloric acid and
The Company was originally incorporated under the name Punjab
Alkalies Limited. The name was changed to Punjab Alkalies &
Chemicals Ltd. on 19th April, 1983. The Company was promoted by
Punjab State Industrial Development Corporation Ltd. (PSIDC).
The Company entered into two agreements, both dated 19th March, 1981
with UHDE GmbH, West Germany (UHDE) for supply of process know-how an
imported equipment and delegation of technical personnel to the
company for technical supervision of the start-up of the plant
including test run. The Company also entered into an agreement with
UDHE India Ltd.(UIL), the Indian Subsidiary of UDHE, for providing
design and detailed engineering for the project as well as assistance
procurement of indigenous items, Supervision of erection of plant and
machinery and commissioning activities. UIL was to be paid Rs 27.5
lakhs for its engineering services and 25.7 lakhs for procurement
services in addition to payment for deputation of its engineers to
the plant site, UDHE was to be paid DM 58,44,000 for supplying
The Company selected the Mercury Cell technology of UDHE, on account
of its proven record of performance all over the world and overall
lower capital investment and operating costs.
Commercial operations began on 1st Feb. 1984. The Company's flakes
marketed under the brand name SUTLUJ were well received in the
During 1988-89 capacity utilisation and turnover amounted to 98.6%
and Rs 18.39 crores respectively. In 1989-90, the capacity
utilisation showed further improvement. The working results in terms
of turnover and profits also showed remarkable improvement over the
In September, 1984 production of hydrogen commenced. Industrial
Licence was obtained for the manufacture of Sodium Hypochlorite and a
Project for the conversion of Waste brine Sludge into useful products
was under implementation. The 20 tonnes per day sodium hypochlorite
unit was completed during 1986-87. The product was to be sold under
brand name SATLUJ.
The Company also applied for a licence to set up another 100 tonnes
per day Caustic Soda Plant at a cost of Rs.50 crores based on the
membrane Cell technology.
-Punjab Alkalies & Chemicals Ltd has informed that Punjab State
Industrial Development Corporation Ltd has nominated Mukul Joshi,
IAS, Principal Secretary to the Govt. of Punjab, Department of
Industries & Commerce, as Director and Chairman of the Board of
Directors of the Company in place of Mr Ramesh Inder Singh, IAS w e f
March 15, 2002.
-Harinder Singh Dhillon ceases to be Director of Punjab Alkalies &
-S P Gupta resigns as Director from the Board of Punjab Alkalies &
2003- Company Informed that it has become a Sick Industrial Company
and accordingly the company has filed the necessary reference with
the BIFR .
-Punjab Alkalies & Chemicals case registered with BIFR