ICI Plc of UK had a pharmaceutical business in Bangladesh. In 1992 the business was sold to management and the name of the Company changed to Advanced Chemical Industries (ACI) Limited. ACI inherited the rich ICI culture of product quality, customer service and social responsibility and continues to nurture. ACI is the first company in Bangladesh to obtain certification of ISO 9001 Quality Management System in 1995. ACI is also the first Company in Bangladesh to get certification of ISO 14001 Environmental Management System in 2000. ACI employees are proud of their work culture, business ethics and environmental consciousness. ACI values are embodied in its vision and mission statements. ACI quality and environmental concerns are clearly stated through declared policies. ACI represents principals like AstraZeneca, UCB, Searle and Fujisawa in Pharmaceuticals business; Colgate-Palmolive, Heinz & Dabur in Consumer Products sector; Synzenta in Agrochemicals; Ranbaxy, Dabur, Wockhardt, Sanofi and Invesa in Animal Health sector. The company maintains strategically located sales centers in nineteen different locations across the country. It has developed an advanced distribution system through its more than 300 skilled and trained manpower and a large fleet over eighty vehicles. The distribution system is capable of handling continuing volume of diverse range of products from the various businesses. The company’s distribution centers are highly streamlined, computerized and automated. We are capable of maintaining a cold chain for some specialized range of products such as vaccines and insulin. The combination of this advanced function and multidimensional capabilities made it possible to handle hundreds of products efficiently. ACI has three separate manufacturing plants in the outskirts of Dhaka. The Pharmaceuticals plant is located at Narayanganj; ACI Formulations has been setup at Gazipur and the Tetley factory has been built at Konabari. ACI Limited is the first company in Bangladesh to have attained the ISO 9001 certification for Quality Management System and ISO 14001 for Environmental Management System. The Trading subsidiary has also received ISO 9002 certificate. At our manufacturing facilities, we follow cGMP guidelines and standards recommended by World Health Organization (WHO) for pharmaceutical formulations.
|ACI Plc of UK had a pharmaceutical business in Bangladesh. In 1992 the business was sold to management and the name of the Company changed to Advanced Chemical Industries (ACI) Limited. ACI inherited the rich ICI culture of product quality, customer service and social responsibility and continues to nurture.ACI is the first company in Bangladesh to obtain certification of ISO 9001 Quality Management System in 1995. ACI is also the first Company in Bangladesh to get certification of ISO 14001 Environmental Management System in 2000. ACI employees are proud of their work culture, business ethics and environmental consciousness.|
ACI values are embodied in its vision and mission statements. ACI quality and environmental concerns are clearly stated through declared policies.
What was primarily a Pharmaceutical business in 1992 with a turnover of Tk.80 million with stagnant growth, the new management brought about fundamental changes in policies and has in year 2005 grown to over Tk. 3413.05 million in turnover through diversified business interest including personal care products, food products, animal health, agrochemicals and seeds in addition to gaining a strong position in Pharmaceuticals.
ACI represents principals like AstraZeneca, UCB, Searle and Fujisawa in Pharmaceuticals business; Colgate-Palmolive, Heinz & Dabur in Consumer Products sector; Synzenta in Agrochemicals; Ranbaxy, Dabur, Wockhardt, Sanofi and Invesa in Animal Health sector.
The trading subsidiary of ACI represents in Bangladesh principals like ICI, Exxon-Mobile, Bayer, Stahl.
|Strategic Business Units:|
Crop Care Public Health
|ACI has the following subsidiaries:|
|Dr. Arif Dowla||Group Managing Director|
|Mr. Azmal Hossain||Executive Director, Trade|
|Dr.F.H.Ansarey||Executive Director, Agribusinesses|
|Mr. Syed Alamgir||Executive Director, Consumer Brands|
|Mr. M. Mohibuz Zaman||Chief Operating Officer, Pharmaceuticals|
|Mr. Muallem A. Choudhury||Executive Director, Finance and Planning|
|Mr. Towfiqur Rahman||Director, Business Development|
|Mr. Priyatosh Datta||Director, Quality Assurance|
|Ms. Sheema Abed Rahman||Director, Corporate Affairs|
|Mr. Pradip Kar Chowdhury||Financial Controller|
|Financials (Year Ending December 2005)|
|Authorized Capital||Taka 500 Million|
|Paid Up Capital||Taka 161.70 Million|
|Sales||Taka 3413.05 Million|
|Number of Employees||2000|
|ACI’s mission is to enrich the quality of life of people through responsible application of knowledge, skills and technology. ACI is committed to the pursuit of excellence through world-class products, innovative processes and empowered employees to provide the highest level of satisfaction to its customers.|
|To realize the mission ACI will:|
|The company maintains strategically located sales centers in nineteen different locations across the country. It has developed an advanced distribution system through its more than 300 skilled and trained manpower and a large fleet over eighty vehicles. The distribution system is capable of handling continuing volume of diverse range of products from the various businesses.The company’s distribution centers are highly streamlined, computerized and automated. We are capable of maintaining a cold chain for some specialized range of products such as vaccines and insulin. The combination of this advanced function and multidimensional capabilities made it possible to handle hundreds of products efficiently.|
|In 2004, ACI Pharmaceuticals ranked 11th in the Bangladesh Pharmaceuticals Industry. It provides the market with a wide selection of drugs across all major therapeutic classes, and also offers some specialty medicines. ACI Pharmaceutical represents AstraZeneca, Eli Lily and UCB in Bangladesh.ACI Crop Care and Public Health Division is holding the leadership position in the industry; Animal Health has experienced one of the highest growth rates in this sector. ACI Agribusiness has partnerships with several international conglomerates including Ceva Santhe Animale, Invesa, UCB, Isagro Asia and Borregaard Taicang Chemicals Co. Ltd.|
ACI Consumer Brands is a leading Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) company in Bangladesh. In the liquid antiseptic and mosquito repellant categories, this division is a very strong market leader. Foreign partners represented in by this division include Godrej Consumer Products (for hair care and skin care products), Parle Group (for Parle G biscuits), Beiersdorf, Germany (for Nivea range of products) and Colgate Palmolive.
ACI has formed joint ventures with leading FMCG and agribusiness players in the region. These are:
Many ACI products have crossed our national boundary and are being successfully exported to various countries in Asia, the Middle East and the CIS region. The response of foreign consumers to our products has been encouraging.
|Manufacturing StandardsACI has three separate manufacturing plants in the outskirts of Dhaka. The Pharmaceuticals plant is located at Narayanganj; ACI Formulations has been setup at Gazipur and the Tetley factory has been built at Konabari. ACI Limited is the first company in Bangladesh to have attained the ISO 9001 certification for Quality Management System and ISO 14001 for Environmental Management System. The Trading subsidiary has also received ISO 9002 certificate. At our manufacturing facilities, we follow cGMP guidelines and standards recommended by World Health Organization (WHO) for pharmaceutical formulations.|
Diversification into New Industries
ACI Limited is venturing into new areas of business, as part of its diversification initiatives. Two such businesses being set up are ACI Salt Limited. and ACI Godrej Agrovet Private Limited.
|ACI Formulations Limited|
ACI Formulations Limited (ACI FL) is a subsidiary of ACI Limited, located at Gazipur, in the outskirt of Dhaka.
ACI FL manufactures majority of the products of ACI Strategic Business Limited except for the Pharmaceutical Division. The factory is equipped with the state -of -the -art facilities for product formulations and process innovation. These include modern computerized equipment like HPLC and GLC.
The product range manufactured at ACI FL include Crop Protection Chemicals like insecticides, herbicides and fungicides in granular, powder and liquid forms, Mosquito Pesticides in the forms of aerosols, vaporizers and coils; and household chemicals like toilet cleaners and hand wash
M Anis Ud Dowla
|Mr. M Anis Ud Dowla, the Chairman of ACI Limited, is one of the most successful personalities in Bangladesh business circle. He has maintained a high profile, and has provided leadership to business community in different capacities. Mr. Dowla served in the British Oxygen Group of UK in Pakistan, Bangladesh and Kenya for 27 years, including 12 years as Managing Director of Bangladesh Oxygen Ltd. In 1987, he became the Group Managing Director of the three ICI companies in Bangladesh.With experience gathered while working with British Multi-nationals for over 32 years, Mr. Dowla has continued to maintain the multinational culture and management style in ACI, with especial emphasis on quality, productivity and customer services.|
M. Dowla was the President of Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce & Industry for three terms in 1975, 1976 & 1977 and the President of Bangladesh Employees Federation for four terms in 1976, 1977, 1994 and 1995.
Board of Directors
|Mr. M Anis Ud Dowla||Chairman|
|Mr. Arif Dowla||Group Managing Director|
|Mr. Syed Manzur Elahi||Director|
|Mrs. Najma Dowla||Director|
|Mr. Rafiqul Islam Khan||Director|
|Mr. Md. Ziaul Haque Khondker||Director|
|Ms. Shusmita A. Salam||Director|
|Mr. Waliur Rahman||Director|
|Mr. Wajed Salam||Director|
|Ms. Sheema Abed Rahman||Director and Company Secretary|
Rahman Rahman Huq
(a member firm of KPMG International)
Barrister Rafique-ul Huq, Huq and Company
Mr. Sikander Ali
Standard Chartered Bank
Citibank N. A
|ACI’s mission is to achieve business excellence through quality by understanding, accepting, meeting and exceeding customer expectations.ACI follows International Standards on Quality Management System to ensure consistent quality of products and services to achieve customer satisfaction. ACI also meets all national regulatory requirements relating to its current businesses and ensures that current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP) as recommended by World Health Organization is followed for its pharmaceutical operations.|
The management of ACI commits itself to quality as the prime consideration in all its business decisions. All employees of ACI must follow documented procedures to ensure compliance with quality standards.
The pool of human resources of the company will be developed to their full potential and harnessed through regular training and their participation in seeking continuous improvement of work methods.
|ACI is committed to maintain the harmonious balance of our eco-system and therefore constantly seeks ways to manufacture and produce products in an eco-friendly manner so that the balance of nature remains undisturbed and the environment remains sustainable.In pursuit of this goal, ACI will|
|Global Compact Endorsement|
|The ACI group has consistently demonstrated its commitment towards its employees and the environment over the years. It has been recognized as the practitioner and promoter of socially responsible business behaviour.To take this commitment even further, ACI has endorsed the Principles of Global Compact on August 18, 2003. The Global Compact is a remarkable initiative sponsored by the United National Secretary General Koffi Annan. It is based on a very simple notion: whether or not required by law, corporations should enforce basic human rights and accepted labour and environmental standards in all their business activities, to counterbalance possible negative effects of globalization.|
The compact calls on companies to embrace the ten universal principles in the key areas of human rights, labour standards and the environment. These ten principles are:
ACI pledges to keep all its employees, customers, shareholders and suppliers regularly informed about the compact and the company’s initiatives to uphold the principles
|Societal Development through Educational Programs|
|ACI’s guiding principle in all its operations is to be a ‘responsible corporate citizen’. Thus, Social Responsibility is a top priority for every individual at ACI. Our endeavors toward discharging our social responsibilities have become more focused since our adoption of the principles of the Global Compact.Initiatives that have shown significant contribution to societal development are Continued Medical Education (CME) for medical professionals and Children’s Education programs.|
A dedicated team of medical graduates makes up the Medical Services Department (MSD) in ACI, which carries out CME programs termed ‘Clinical Meetings’ all across Bangladesh. These are essentially non-advertised meets of medical professionals that serve as a training and knowledge-sharing forum, often conducted by experts on the subject. Our partners in development for these programs are doctors, medical associations and/or departments, and various study groups. The level of involvement of ACI in these programs may range from only sponsoring the entire program to providing all types of services and technical support to the presenter to even conducting the program by an MSD doctor. Support from MSD include research support for deliberations at the meet, literature and multimedia presentation for the program, updates on new technology and thoughts in medical fields, and even educational support to any participant in their area of interest.
The Bangladesh Today, a media unit of ACI, started a Children’s Club two years ago. The Children’s Club holds many cultural events and competitions all year round. The Children’s Carnival is a major annual event that draws a huge number of participants. ACI has also undertaken an English Education program in Faridpur, one of the remotest districts of Bangladesh. This provides support to teach English Language to school going children.
Doctors in Bangladesh who are not living in the metropolitan cities have very limited access to the Internet or any other sources of information. In order to keep them updated on the developments in the medical practices regularly, the CME program has been proven highly effective. During 2004 alone, the number of such meetings held was 342, participated by approximately 18,000 (eighteen thousand) doctors. When compared to the 2003 figures of 100 meetings with 5000 participants, the impact of our efforts can be seen reflected in the tremendous rate of growth.
The Children’s Club now has over 1000 members who actively engage in pursuits of creative learning. They are grooming themselves to be well-rounded individuals with skills in foreign languages, arts, crafts and music. ACI believes that by promoting education of children, we are contributing to societal development by shaping the minds of our future leaders
|Educating the farmers, with a focus on Environment Friendly Practices|
|Advanced Chemical Industries, the successor of Imperial Chemical Industries (ICI) in Bangladesh, is the first ISO certified company in the country. Our commitment to environment protection is reflected in our ISO 14001 certification.Additionally, ACI has undertaken extensive programs to educate crop farmers all over rural Bangladesh in Good Agricultural Practices. We have a team of agricultural experts working at the field level all across the country, holding a range of technical trainings and field demonstrations. Their activities include|
ACI also has similar education programs for animal and poultry farmers. These include
§ Technical trainings on diverse aspects of farming, and on application of new technologies
§ Farmers’ group meeting for sharing of learning and experiences
§ Free visits to farms by veterinarians, to identify problems and give advice to individual farmers
Our farmers are mostly illiterate persons, having learnt the art and science of farming by assisting their family on the fields. Our continuous endeavors to educate farmers have given significant benefits on three fronts:
v Raising the level of awareness among farmers on improving their agricultural output through application of new technology, encouraging them to share experiences with neighboring farmers and, in the long run, developing educated farmers.
v Raising the educational level and technical knowledge of channel partners and third parties who act as advisors to the farmers.
v Most importantly, making practicing farmers aware of ways to protect the environment from hazardous uses of chemicals on their farms, allowing them the opportunity for informed decision-making.
ACI hopes to continue to play a leading role in promoting greater environmental responsibility among farmers in Bangladesh.
|Communication on Progress|
|As a continuous support to the Global Compact initiative, we have undertaken certain action which will help us to get more aligned with Global Compact. for details please open ACI COP 2006|
|For further information on the Compact, please visit www.unglobalcompact.org|
|Company Name||Advanced Chemical Industries Limited|
|Address||245 Tejgaon Industrial AreaDhaka 1208|
|Phone||880 2 9885694880 2 9886029|
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