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Godrej Group is one of the most respected business groups in India. Here is a brief profile and history of the group.

Godrej

The Godrej Group is one of the respected business houses of India. The group has diverse business interests ranging from engineering to personal care products. Companies operating under the Godrej Group are involved in a host of businesses - from locks and safes to typewriters and word processors, from refrigerators and furniture to machine tools and process equipment, from engineering workstations to cosmetics and detergents, from edible oils and chemicals to agro products. Godrej Group is also well-known for its philosophy and initiation of labour reforms.

The Godrej Group was established in 1897. Its founder, Ardeshir Godrej, was a staunch nationalist and believed that India cannot win freedom unless it is economically self-reliant. Beginning with security equipment and soaps, the group diversified into a wide variety of consumer goods and services.

Godrej Group Companies:

Godrej & Boyce Mfg. Co. Ltd.: Godrej & Boyce manufactures a spectrum of consumer products and industrial products. The Consumer products include Appliances (Refrigerators, Washing Machines, Air Conditioners, Microwaves, and DVD Players), Locks, Furniture, Security Equipment, Office Automation, Conferencing Solutions, and vending Machines. Industrial Products include Storage Solutions, Automated Warehousing, Material Handling Equipment, Process Equipment, Precision Components & Systems, Machine Tool Service, Electrical & Electronic, Tooling, and Construction Material & Services.

Godrej Consumer Products Ltd (GCPL): Godrej Consumer Products is a leading player in the Indian FMCG market with interests in personal, hair, household and fabric care segments. Godrej Consumer Products is the largest marketer of toilet soaps in the country with leading brands such as Cinthol, Fairglow, and Godrej No 1. The company is also leader in the hair colour category in India and offers a vast product such as Godrej Renew Coloursoft Liquid Hair Colours, Godrej Liquid & Powder Hair Dyes to Godrej Kesh Kala Oil, Nupur based Hair Dyes. Its liquid detergent brand Ezee is the market leader in its category.

Godrej Industries Ltd.: The company is India's leading manufacturer of oleochemicals. It also has major presence in food products such as refined oil and tetrapack fruit beverages.

Geometric Software Solutions: It is a CMMI Level 5 Company and the leading PLM services provider.

Godrej Infotech: The company is engaged in the business of developing customized software solutions and implementing ERP, CRM, SCM software.

Godrej Agrovet: Godrej Agrovet is one of the largest producers and marketers of animal feeds and innovative agri-inputs India.

Godrej Sara Lee: It is a joint venture between the Godrej Group and Sara Lee Corporation, USA. The company is the world's largest manufacturer of home insecticides. Its brand HIT is very popular in India.

Godrej Efacec: The company provides warehousing, automated storage and retrieval system solutions.

Godrej Properties and Investments Limited (G.P.I.L): Godrej Properties provides meticulously planned townships at affordable prices.

The Godrej Group also has overseas establishments in Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, Oman, and Sharjah.

Major Achievements of Godrej Group:
  • In 1897, Godrej Introduced the first lock with lever technology in India.
  • In 1902, Godrej made the first Indian safe.
  • In 1955, Godrej produced India's first indigenous typewriter
  • In 1989, Godrej became the first company to introduce PUF ( Polyurethane Foam)
  • Introduced India's first and only 100% CFC, HCFC, HFC free refrigerators
Note: The above information was last updated on 21-07-2007