Founded by Dhirubhai Ambani in 1960, Reliance Industries has become India’s most successful company by employing these five unconventional strategies:
- Vertical Integration: As one of the world’s largest polyester and petrochemical producers, Reliance controls 25% of global refining capacity. This integration enables control over the entire production process, enhancing efficiency and cutting costs.
- Investment in Technology: Reliance’s $1.3 billion investment in digital infrastructure in 2019 made it India’s largest digital tech investor, paving the way for Jio’s 4G LTE network revolution.
- Expansion into New Industries: Operating in various sectors such as petrochemicals, refining, oil and gas exploration, retail, and telecommunications, Reliance became India’s largest retail company in 2020 with $20.8 billion in revenue.
- Strategic Partnerships: Collaborations with global giants like BP, Chevron, and Intel provide access to cutting-edge technology, markets, and expertise. In 2019, a $15 billion partnership with Saudi Aramco led to the creation of one of the world’s largest refining and petrochemical complexes.
- Innovation: Reliance consistently develops innovative products and processes, maintaining its competitive edge. In 2020, it introduced technology to recycle plastic waste into chemical feedstocks and ventured into green hydrogen and the OTT space.
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