Indian Rare Earths Limited (IREL) was incorporated on August 18, 1950 with its first unit
Rare Earths Division (RED), Aluva, in Kerala. It became a full-fledged Government of
India Undertaking under the administrative control of Department of Atomic Energy
(DAE) in year 1963 and took over companies engaged in mining and separation of
beach sand minerals in southern part of the country, by establishing two more Divisions
one at Chavara, Kerala and the other at Manavalakurichi (MK),Tamilnadu. IREL
commissioned its largest flagship beach sand mining & mineral separation unit Orissa
Sands Complex (OSCOM) at Chatrapur, Odisha in 1986. Presently IREL has capacity
of about 6 lakhs tons per annum of Ilmenite and other associated beach sand minerals
i.e. Rutile, Zircon, Monazite, Sillimanite and Garnet at its three mineral separation units.
IREL has also set up a Monazite Processing Plant (MoPP) at Odisha to produce about
11,000 ton Rare Earth Chloride and associated products and High Pure Rare
Earths(HPRE) plant at RED, Aluva to produce separated Rare Earth Oxide/Carbonates.
IREL is a profit making CPSE since 1997-98 with its sales turnover reaching a peak
exceeding Rs.6200 million in 2011-12, with export component of about Rs.2000 million.
IREL is also in the process of facilitation, setting up of industry in value chain of
minerals produced other than expanding its existing capacity in near future. IREL has in
house R&D division at Kollam, Kerala to support mineral and chemical operation and
Corporate Office at Mumbai Maharashtra.