The Company was founded in 1969 by Shri Altaf H. Lalljee and his brother Shri Fazal H. Lalljee, partners of M/s. HALSCO of Mumbai, the holding Company. Shri Altaf Lalljee’s sustained efforts and personal acquaintance with the U.S. catalyst company, Catalysts and Chemicals Inc. (CCI), paved the way for the formation of the Indian counterpart, Catalysts & Chemcials India (West Asia) Pvt. Ltd. (CCIWA). The Company set up the first indigenous catalyst plant near Kochi (Kerala) for manufacture of the mainstream catalysts for applications in the Ammonia Fertilizer industry. The Company then expanded its operations in 1973 and its second manufacturing unit was set up near Vadodara (Gujarat). To maintain its innovative and technological edge, Research & Development facilities with state-of-the-art evaluation and scale-up facilities were estalblished at each of the production sites. Both the R&D facilities are recognized by the Department of Scientific & Industrial Research (DSIR), Govt. of India.
Upon a merger of CCI, USA, with Girdler Catalysts in 1979, the Company was renamed as United Catalysts India Ltd.(UCIL). In the year 2000, with Sud-Chemie A.G. of Germany acquiring the shares of CCI, USA, the Company was once again renamed to Süd-Chemie India Pvt. Ltd. (SCIL).
By that time, the growth path was set and the Company rose to develop and include more products viz. new inventions in the existing range of catalysts for Ammonia and Hydrogen production, catalysts for Direct Reduction of Iron Ore, Catalytic Converters for auto emission control for the automobile industry and stationary engines, catalysts for Sulfuric Acid production and catalysts for the Refinery applications. SCIL had also become an important partner in providing custom solutions for various chemical process applications. During this growth period, SCIL also obtained ISO 9001, ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001 and TS16949 certifications for its Manufacturing and R&D facilities and Environment management system. SCIL has recently signed for Responsible Care for the entire organization.
Today, SCIL is a pioneer in the field of catalysis with its expanded production facilities and enhanced markets and is equipped to cater to the needs of both Indian and international catalyst markets.
In the year 2011, Clariant International of Switzerland purchased the major share of Sud-Chemie A.G, thus SCIL became a member of the global giant Clariant.