Apeejay Surrendra Group Kolkata (India)

Business overview

Apeejay is one of India's oldest and largest business conglomerates. The Group's businesses are spread over Tea (Plantations & FMCG brands); Shipping; Hospitality; Real Estate (Commercial & Business Centres); Retail brands (Bookstores & Tea Rooms); Marine Cluster; Logistics Parks and Knowledge Parks. An evolution of the Apeejay brand and values since inception more than a 100 years ago :- Mr. Pyare Lal, a young patriot responding to the Nation's call for self-sufficiency, set up a small unit in Jalandhar to manufacture steel goods for the domestic agricultural market in 1910. His untiring efforts saw the firm 'Amin Chand Pyare Lal' grow and by World War II, become profitable enough to employ 100 people. The small unit in Jalandhar rapidly expanded into an enterprise, fuelled by a fierce pioneering spirit. It was destined to achieve many breakthroughs in post-independence India. The Group was amongst the first importers of steel into India and herein were its interests in freight costs and shipping. In 1948, the Group expanded to shipping. Surrendra Overseas Limited, now known as Apeejay Shipping, was the first Indian company to enter into the shipping business after a long lapse of time. Mr. Stya Paul, Mr. Jit Paul, Mr. Swraj Paul and Mr. Surrendra Paul continued to build on the business under the able stewardship of Mr. Jit Paul after the demise of their father Mr. Pyare Lal and setup the Group's headquarters in Calcutta in 1951. Challenged by the bottleneck created by the scarcity of steel and steel goods in the 1950s, the Group successfully explored non-traditional sources like the USSR, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Poland East Germany and China and effected large-scale imports into India. This included products for construction and infrastructure building, an essential requirement for a young nation. The Group's visionary step of importing rails from East Europe opened up a new, competitive source for railway supplies, so far being monopolized by West European countries. International trading activities grew rapidly and the Group's trading operations expanded in diverse international markets to include steel, finished steel products, coal and machinery. The Group set up the country's most advanced steel mill in the eastern capital of Calcutta and was among the first to manufacture stainless steel in India. All this was achieved without any foreign collaboration -another first for India. Soon, it emerged as the third largest exporter of steel after Hindustan Steel Limited and Tisco, pioneering exports to markets like UK and Japan. The Shipping enterprise grew rapidly; the vessels became larger and more specialized carrying the company's new initials - APJ - emblazoned in red and white, out of Calcutta and Bombay to the Far East, Europe and North America. APJ was the perfect tribute to the industrious ancestors and founders as well as remembering the place from where this illustrious journey began in 1910 - A for Mr. Amin Chand (Mr. Pyare Lal's father); P for Mr. Pyare Lal and J for Jalandhar.



Industry Others
Business Type Manufacturers, Trader & Service Provider
Establishment Year 1910
Firm Type Proprietorship
Expand Level National

Products & Services

Apeejay is one of India's oldest and largest business conglomerates. The Group's businesses are spread over Tea (Plantations & FMCG brands); Shipping; Hospitality; Real Estate (Commercial & Business Centres); Retail brands (Bookstores & Tea Rooms); Marine Cluster; Logistics Parks and Knowledge Parks.

Our Business :-

Tea
- Apeejay Tea
- Typhoo UK
- Typhoo India

Hospitality
- Apeejay Surrendra Park Hotels
- Zone

Shipping
- Apeejay Shipping

Retail
- Oxford Bookstores
- Cha Bar
- Flurys

Real Estate
- Apeejay Real Estate
- Apeejay Business Centre

Logistics Parks
- Haldia Logistics Park
- Kalinganagar Logistics Park

Marine Cluster
- Bengal Shipyard

Financial Services
- Apeejay Insurance Broking Services

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Contact Details

Apeejay Surrendra Group

Apeejay House 15, Park Street,
Kolkata, 700016 (West Bengal) - (India)



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