Rare Earths Division (RED), Udyogamandal, Aluva is located on the banks of river Periyar in Kerala at a distance of 12 kms from the port city of Kochi and 15 kms from Kochi International Airport. RED is an exclusive value adding chemical plant, wherein high pure individual rare earth compounds are produced. This plant, the first Unit of IREL, was made operational way back in 1952 for processing of 1400 tons per annum (tpa) of monazite, which subsequently increased to 3600 tpa.
In the year 2012, the plant was refurbished to process mixed Rare Earths chloride. It produces high pure individual rare earth compounds of Lanthanum and Cerium in carbonate form, and that of Neodymium-Praseodymium, Samarium, Gadolinium and Yttrium in oxalate form (with more than 99% purity). RED also produces strategic material for the Department of Atomic Energy.