Complete SWOT Analysis of Solar Industries – Leading Industrial Explosives Manufacturer

Updated on: Apr 26, 2022
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Last time we discussed the SWOT analysis of Apar Industries which is one of the largest and most renowned manufacturers of conductors, cables, oil and lubricants. This time let’s study the in-depth SWOT analysis of Solar Industries. 

Solar Industries, founded in 1995, is the leading manufacturer of industrial explosives. It manufactures industrial and military explosives and is an innovative solution provider with a focus on safety, quality and reliability.

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Before we begin with SWOT analysis, let’s know more about the company, the products and services they offer, their financial status and its competitors.

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About Solar Industries,

SWOT Analysis of Solar Industries

Shri Satyanarayan Nandlal Nuwal’s vision has incorporated what today Solar Group is, from a single site manufacturing company in 1995 to a globally recognised Industrial Explosives manufacturer, Solar Industries has established a huge name in the market.

With industry expertise and years of experience, they entered into defence and crossed annualised production of 300000 MT of explosives. The company manufactures packaged emulsion explosives, bulk explosives, explosive initiating systems, ammunition for military applications and explosive initiating devices. 

Its packaged explosives manufacturing facility is at a single location in Nagpur India. The company has a pan India presence with 25 manufacturing facilities. At the global level, Solar Industries has a presence in more than 51 countries with manufacturing facilities in 5 countries.

Quick Stats on Solar Industries
Founder Satyanarayan Nandlal Nuwal
Year Founded 1995
Origin Maharashtra, India
No. of Employees 1,281+
Company Type Public
Market Cap Rs 25,792.38 Crore (2022)
Annual Revenue Rs 1,610.04 Crore (2021)
Net Income/ Profit Rs 102.09 Crore (2021)


SWOT Analysis of Solar Industries - Range of Explosive Products

Products By Solar Industries

Solar Industries had been in business for over four decades and primarily deals in:

  • Industrial Explosive
  • Packaged Explosive
  • Bulk Explosive 
  • Initiating Systems

Competitors of Solar Industries 

Solar Industries compete on a global level with several other manufacturers, of which its top competitors include: 

  • STV Group
  • Dyno Nobel
  • Austin Powder
  • Orica

Now that we understand the company’s core business, let’s delve into the SWOT Analysis of Solar Industries. 

SWOT Analysis of Solar Industries 

A SWOT analysis evaluates the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats that a firm faces. Solar Industries may evaluate its business and performance against rivals and the industry as a whole using this tried-and-true management model.

It’s a great tool for figuring out where the firm shines, where it falters, devising countermeasures, and figuring out how to expand.

To better understand the SWOT analysis of Solar Industries, refer to the infographic below:

SWOT Analysis of Solar Industries - SWOT Infographics of Solar Industries

So let us start by expanding on the strengths of Solar Industries:

Strengths of Solar Industries 

The distinctive qualities that provide a company with an edge in acquiring greater market share, attracting a larger audience, and maximising profitability are essentially its strengths. The following are Solar Industries ’ strengths: 

  • Company Position: Solar Industries Limited is one of India’s leading in the area of industrial explosives and for the last 27+ years they have been creating high-quality explosive products benefiting the development of a home market defence industry. The company has 25 manufacturing plants across India precisely producing 10000 MT capacity bulk explosives.
  • Business Model: The business model in which Solar Industries deals is not easy to be copied by anyone. Solar Industries gets a full competition advantage in the defence and explosive sector due to fewer competitors.
  • The sector of Presence: Solar Industries not only deal in the manufacturing of defence and explosive products but also has a significant presence in construction, mining, road & infrastructure and tunnelling areas. Presence in almost every essential area opens up revenue streams.
  • Awards for Safety: Solar Industries has been consistently awarded for the longest accident-free period in the manufacture of explosives and ammunition by the Maharashtra Safety Institute.
  • Experience & Innovation: Solar Industries’ extensive experience, expertise and innovation edge are rooted in a strategic blend of talented manpower and technological prowess. They use their rich experience to create sustainable value.
  • Product & Service Portfolio: Solar Industries is the market leader when it comes to a variety of products and services. Honestly, the company deals in every nook and corner of engineering products and services including sectors like defence, explosive, General Engineering, Building & Construction among others.
  • Sustainable Innovation: Solar Industries employ a comprehensive suite of robust best practice policies, and are committed to the safety, health, and wellbeing of their people, communities and the environment. Such dedication and commitment to sustainability show the organisation’s involvement in CSR works.
  • Government Support: Solar Industries get immense support from the government of India because the industry deals in the manufacturing of products for India’s defence sector and to keep the sector top of the line, the government has to finance such industries all the time.

Weaknesses of Solar Industries 

Weaknesses are negative aspects and attributes which have little control over. These are the areas where the business needs to improve to remain competitive.

  • High cost in replacement of Established Expertise: Solar Industries Ltd’s knowledge base is entrusted to a small number of people, and replacing them will be difficult under the current circumstances.
  • Shortage of Technical & Financial Resources: The business has experienced a shortage of technical and financial resources, which has reduced its ability to grow its service locally and globally.
  • Strong Government Regulations and Policies: There are strong government rules and regulations that make operational efficiency low and create a hindrance in the working of a company.
  • Confusing Portfolio: Solar Industries have expanded its products and services portfolio in an enormous sector and it is difficult to define in which particular sector Solar Industries excel. Solar Industries should now focus on excelling in one sector to generate more revenue streams and create an identity that shows the USP of Solar.

Opportunities for Solar Industries 

Opportunities refer to the chances of the progress of the company in future. Let’s have a look at the opportunities for Solar Industries:

  • Accelerated Technological Innovations & Advances: Rapid technical advancements are increasing industry productivity, allowing suppliers to provide a wider range of products and services. This may enable Solar Industries to expand its product portfolio dramatically.
  • Government Contracts: Solar Industries should try seeking more government contracts as they deal in products and services that are mostly demanded by the government for the defence sector and industrial development. Hiring contracts will open new revenue streams for Solar Industries.
  • Strategic Partnerships: Solar Industries should pave the way to enter into strategic partnerships with foreign original equipment manufacturers, this will lead to opportunities for both to meet the Government of India’s defence requirements, and for the Government in achieving its aspiration of autonomy in defence supply through the development of a home market defence industry.

Threats to Solar Industries

These are the factors that have the potential to harm an organisation. Threats are uncontrollable external factors that might overcome or damage the strength and opportunities.

  • Security, Health & Safety: Solar Industries deals with major security threats to its workers and employees as the industry deals in the manufacturing of risky items i.e. defence and explosive products. The industry has significant pressure from unions for the safety of its employees.
  • Government & Environmental Regulations: The government has slightly different and introduced more strict laws for defence industries to maintain their control over the consumption of natural resources. While on the other hand organisations concerned about the environment also have their eyes on defence industries due to their threat to natural resources and the environment i.e. explosion tests on earth.
  • Shortage of Trained Human Resources: Due to significant staff turnover and a growing reliance on new solutions, the firm name may encounter skilled human resource issues in the future.
  • Changes in the Prices of Raw Materials & End Products: The products in which Solar Industries deal necessitates the use of fuel, oxidizer nitroglycerin and black powder. All of these resources are limited, and obtaining them is tough. Because it is often difficult to mine in particular places, the prices of raw resources continue to rise, and even the prices of final products fluctuate; this is a threat to Solar Industries.

This ends our comprehensive SWOT analysis of Solar Industries. Let us conclude our learning below.

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To Conclude

Solar Industries is a true precision explosive manufacturer with a global footprint. In the SWOT analysis of Solar Industries, we discovered that the company is a strong market leader in the iron and steel industry, with excellent brand recognition for its goods. 

One of their highlighting strengths is that they can cater to various customer segments with their product range; however, they are suffering from the fact that they must incur significant costs in establishing a new supply chain and logistics network due to the declining importance of traditional networks, as well as steps to reduce personnel turnover.

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