Rallis, a subsidiary of Tata Chemicals, has established a reputation of being a trusted solutions provider for agri-inputs, globally, with an accent on innovation, a thorough knowledge of farm science and a penetrative distribution network.
The company has established a presence across the value chain, with a healthy pipeline of sustainable products and services.
Rallis boasts of a robust product portfolio offering comprehensive crop care solutions, including formulations for crop protection and nutrition. It manufactures and markets a range of agri-inputs, which include pesticides, fungicides, insecticides, seeds, and plant growth nutrients. The product portfolio under each category covers a broad spectrum of crop-related requirements.
Rallis has evolved its innovation strategy on 'Serving Farmers through Science'. Accordingly, it develops innovative solutions to enable farmers to improve their productivity.
A strong distribution network with over 6000 + Dealers and 70000 + retailers reaches a vast multitude of India's farmers covering 80% districts and exports to over 58 countries; over various crop segments and across the cultural and linguistic borders.
Rallis India, a subsidiary of Tata Chemicals Limited which is a global company with interests in businesses that focus on LIFE: Living, Industry and Farm Essentials. The story of the company is about harnessing the fruits of science for goals that go beyond business.
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Serving farmers through science
To be among the top 3 leading enterprises in specific domains within farm inputs and chemistry-led businesses by 2026
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Managing Director & CEO
Chief Operating Officer
Chief Financial Officer
Vice President - Manufacturing
Vice President - Marketing and Crop Nutrition
Head - Internal Audit
Vice President HR and Corporate Sustainability
Vice President - Domestic Sales
Chief - Sales, Marketing & Supply Chain (Seeds)
Vice President Supply Chain
Chief, Technology & Innovation
Ralli Brothers, a group of Greek merchants, set up a robust trading business in metals, hemp, silk, gums, and other commodities. The group rapidly gains repute as the House of Ralli and establishes itself at Tabriz, Constantinople, Marseilles, London, and Manchester.
Entry in India
In 1851, Ralli Brothers commences business in India by buying full-pressed jute bales from press owners in erstwhile Calcutta. The Ralli Brothers prosper and soon establish an office in erstwhile Bombay. In 1866, the firm is re-constituted under a strong management in London with an eye on the Indian trade pie.
A period of consolidation
The Ralli Brothers consolidate their position with opium exports from Bengal. Although jute continues to be the mainstay, the Ralli Brothers trade extensively in Shellac, Teel seed, Turmeric, Ginger, Rice, Borax, and Manchester piece goods.
Rallis sets up shop in South India. A stable rupee sees the Ralli brothers double their trade volume in India over the next ten years. The great American depression of 1929 leads to a worldwide economic stagnation and a global currency crisis. Consequently, Ralli Brothers' exports business suffers a setback.
A spell of diversification
In late 1931, Ralli Brothers pass on their Indian business operations to Argenti and Co, who become the selling agents for Ralli Brothers Limited. Then, in independent India, the company diversifies, and its fertiliser and pesticides businesses begin to take shape.
Rallis is incorporated in India on August 23, 1948 with George Euthymopoulo as the Chairman and Managing Director
In 1951, Rallis India goes public, and the issue is oversubscribed. However, 1952 proves a disaster. Rallis India soon starts posting heavy losses, and its diversification plans go awry. From the latter part of the decade, things start to look up.
Mergers and acquisitions
Fisons and Tatas become the chief shareholders of Rallis India, with Fisons taking charge of Rallis' management and the Tatas reserving the right to nominate the Chairman. Fertilisers and pesticides are carved out as full-fledged divisions.
A strong credit discipline and astute management see Rallis India turn around its fortunes in the latter part of the 1970s. All divisions except pharmaceuticals are soon brimming with profits. The rehabilitation is now complete, and Rallis is set to leap into a growth phase.
A new era dawns
The era of cotton trading comes to an end, and Rallis decides to bet big on its engineering, agrochemicals, and pharmaceutical business. It buys Indian Standard Metals and establishes three new manufacturing units, including a pharmaceutical facility in Ankleshwar, Gujarat, with the license for five new drugs, and two agrochemical units in Dera Bassi, Punjab, and Ankleshwar. However, by the decade's end, the pharmaceutical and engineering businesses begin to show losses.
Specialising in agrochemicals
Rallis India closes its engineering and pharmaceutical businesses to concentrate solely on agrochemicals. It restructures and remodels its agrochemical operations and factories, respectively. New plants are added, and the company's research centre develops six new compounds every year. Soon, the company's agrochemicals business extends to seeds and other inputs such as specialty fertilisers.
A growth phase
Through a structured approach termed 'Rallis Poised', the company grows after consolidating its existing business. It strengthens its position in the agriculture space, with an enhanced international footprint. It also leverages its chemical expertise for contract manufacturing. Despite showing losses at the decade's beginning, it declares a profit of Rs 100 crore in 2009. Rallis' decision to divest its pharmaceutical business and consolidate its pesticides and fertilisers position is now paying rich dividends.
A robust entity
Rallis' acquisition of Metahelix Life Sciences, a research-based company on seeds, in 2010-11, gives it a prominent position in the seeds market. Rallis now possesses a robust suite of research, technical knowledge, germplasm, hybrids, and seed production. With a rich experience in Agri practices and a broader product portfolio in crop protection and nutrition, Rallis is a reliable solution provider to Indian farmers.
Rallis has been honoured globally for creating a sustainable commercial and industrial ecosystemView all
Mr. Bhaskar Bhat was appointed on the Board of the Company as Non-Executive, Non-Independent Director in October 2015. Mr. Bhat was appointed Chairman of the Board in December, 2015.
Mr Bhat has a B. Tech degree in mechanical engineering from IIT Madras and a post graduate diploma in management from IIM, Ahmedabad. He was awarded the Distinguished Alumnus Award of IIT Madras in 2008.
Mr Bhat has extensive experience and expertise in sales and marketing. He started his career as a management trainee with Godrej & Boyce Manufacturing Company. In 1983, he joined the Tata Watch Project (initiated at Tata Press) and has since been associated with the company which later became Titan Watches, and now Titan Company. At Titan, Mr Bhat has handled sales and marketing, HR, international business and various general managerial assignments. He then took over as Managing Director of the Company on April 1, 2002, and held the position till his superannuation on September 30, 2019. Subsequently, he was appointed as a Non-Executive Non-Independent Director of the Company with effect from October 1, 2019.
Mr. Sanjiv Lal was appointed on the Board of the Company as Managing Director & CEO on 1st April, 2019.
Prior to his appointment, Mr. Lal was the Chief Operating Officer of the India Chemicals Business of Tata Chemicals. Since he joined Tata Chemicals in 2004, he has held manufacturing responsibilities at two of its units, handled its Agri Retail Business, headed the organizational transformation & business excellence function, headed the information technology function and was also nominated as the Joint Managing Director to its JV in Morocco. Before joining Tata Chemicals Mr. Lal has worked with Hindustan Unilever for 21 years in various functions in manufacturing and specialty chemicals business.
Mr. Lal is a B. Tech in Chemicals Engineering and graduated from the Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi in 1983. He has attended various executive development programs within Unilever and Tata Group including Management Development program at IMD Switzerland in year 2000 and the Tata Strategic Leadership Program in 2007.
Mr. Mukundan, Non-Executive Director was appointed on the Board of the Company in December, 2009.
Mr. Mukundan is an Electrical Engineer from the Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee and MBA from FMS, Delhi University. He has also attended the Advanced Management Programme at Harvard Business School in 2008.
Mr. Mukundan has wide experience in the field of Strategy & Business Development, Corporate Quality & Business Excellence, Corporate Planning and Manufacturing. He was the Executive Vice President of the Global Chemicals Business and Consumer Products in Tata Chemicals Ltd. from 2007 and is currently its Managing Director & CEO.
Dr. Punita Kumar Sinha was appointed on the Board of the Company as a Non-Executive, Independent Director in March 2014.
Dr. Kumar-Sinha has a Ph.D. in Finance from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and Master of Business Administration from Drexel University, Philadelphia. She also has a degree in Chemical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi.
In a career spanning over 25 years, Dr. Kumar-Sinha has deep expertise in Indian as well as global financial markets and economics. She served as Senior Managing Director of The Blackstone Group LP and Chief Investment Officer of Blackstone Asia Advisors L.L.C. She was also the CIO and Senior Portfolio Manager of the NYSE listed India Fund Inc. and Asia Tigers Fund Inc. Prior to joining Blackstone, she served as Managing Director and Senior Portfolio Manager at Oppenheimer & Co. and CIBC World Markets. She was also a Portfolio Manager on the emerging markets team at Batterymarch Financial Management Inc. and an international equity management team member at Standish Ayer. She is the Founder and Managing Partner of Pacific Paradigm Advisors, LLC. She is also a Member of the US Council on Foreign Relations, a Chartered Financial Analyst and a Member of CFA Institute.
Mrs. Padmini Khare Kaicker, was appointed on the Board of the Company as a Non-Executive, Independent Director in July 2016.
Mrs. Kaicker holds a B. Sc. Degree in Mathematics. She is also a Certified Public Accountant (USA) and a Diploma holder in Business Finance from the Institute of Chartered Financial Analysts of India.
Mrs. Kaicker is the Managing Partner of B. K. Khare & Co., one of the leading and respected Indian Accounting Firms, serving the profession for almost five decades. She has over 24 years of experience serving large and mid-sized clients in several sectors in areas of Audit, Taxation, Corporate Finance, Corporate Advisory, Risk Management, Corporate Governance, M&A and restructuring initiatives.
Dr. C. V. Natraj, was appointed on the Board of the Company as a Non-Executive, Independent Director in July 2016.
Dr. Natraj holds a Ph.D. degree in Chemistry from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. He also has post doctoral research experience in Biochemistry from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Dr. Natraj has more than 30 years of experience in research. He headed the Research function as Director on the Board of Hindustan Lever Ltd. and later went on to lead the Corporate Research function for Unilever as Senior Vice President. He is currently serving on the Science and Engineering Research Board of the Department of Science and Technology. He is also the Technical Advisor to the Indian Institute of Science.