The company plans to spend â‚¹4,257 crore of the â‚¹13,327 crore of capital expenditure towards brownfield expansion and debottlenecking of VSF plants.
Mr. Agarwal said that, â€œOur manufacturing input of caustic soda, power and steam and carbon disulfide are fully captive and we have control over 60% of the pulp requirements.â€
Grasim has ensured control over 80% of the costs through backward integration, giving it an important competitive advantage over nonintegrated players.
The company, after the successful introduction of its fabric brand Liva in 2015 in the Indian market, is planning to take the brand international. Liva helped Grasim lift its domestic sales volume to 3,69,480 metric tonnes (mt) in FY18 compared with 3,12,238 mt in FY16 as Livaâ€™s outlets grew 18 times from 2,035 to 37,420 during the period.
VSFâ€™s global demand has been growing at a CAGR of 6% compared with cottonâ€™s 1% and polyester staple fibreâ€™s (PSF) 2%, making Grasim invest in the VSF business. Grasim is the worldâ€™s fourth largest pulp producer with a VSF plant in China.
Dilip Gaur, MD, Grasim, said in an interview that, â€œIn India, the demand growth for VSF at 8% is higher than global demand growth, driven by business development efforts of Grasim.â€
â€œWe are planning to take Liva to Indonesia next, followed by Turkey,â€ said Mr. Gaur. He added that, â€œWe already have a design studio in New York. We are tying up with international designers to promote Liva as fabric of choice.â€
â€œMaking one cotton T-shirt takes 2,600 litres of water, 99 gram of fertiliser and 4.5 gram of pesticide while polyester t-shirt is the polluter as its biodegradability is 200 years and human toxicity is very high,â€ he added.
â€œThe demand share as a percentage of total fibre demand for VSF is projected to grow to over 6% by 2022 compared to 4.75% in 2012,â€ he added. â€œThe demand share as a percentage of total fibre demand for cotton is likely to go down to 23.86% by 2022 compared to 27.47% in 2012.â€
One of Indiaâ€™s largest viscose staple fibre (VSF) producers Aditya Birla Group firm Grasim Industries, is making itâ€™s capacity larger by 2.4 times to make 788 kilotonnes per annum (ktpa) of VSF by 2021 at cost of â‚¹4,257 crore and market it as the most sustainable fibre compared to polyester or cotton.
Sushil Agarwal, director, Grasim and Group CFO, told that, â€œViscose is the most sustainable fibre.â€ Aditya Birla Group firm is expanding viscose staple fibre capacity by 2.4 times at a cost of â‚¹4,257 crore.
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