When impartial India’s first normal elections had been to happen in 1951-52, the federal government needed to discover a producer for the poll containers. It zeroed in on Godrej & Boyce, which was by then already identified for its high-quality locks and lockers. The corporate’s manufacturing unit in Vikhroli began operations in July 1951 and produced 15,000 poll containers a day to satisfy the order of 12 lakh containers from 23 States. The price per field: ₹5.
“With exterior locks proving costly, Nathalal Panchal, a workman at Godrej, devised a novel locking system. It may solely be opened by breaking a pre-impressed insignia and manipulating the locking lever by means of the aperture lined by the insignia,” explains Vrunda Pathare, chief archivist at Godrej. One among these poll containers adorns the conglomerate’s archives in suburban Vikhroli.
Again in 1947, Godrej was not solely providing safety options. The group had additionally began manufacturing cabinets and soaps. “Cleaning soap manufacturing was a results of the vow to make use of swadeshi merchandise in pre-independent India. Sir Ardeshir Godrej got here out with a washing cleaning soap bar in 1918 and bathroom cleaning soap in 1920,” says Pathare. The primary vegetable-oil cleaning soap was named ‘No. 2’ whereas No. 1 got here in 1922. This cleaning soap continues to be standard in India even at this time.
The Godrej group’s historical past doesn’t start from the twentieth century. It was in 1897 in a tiny shed in Mumbai’s Lalbaugh space that Ardeshir Godrej got here out with a high-security lock, branded as Anchor. This shed ultimately grew to become the shopfloor for churning out varied merchandise utilizing steel sheets. At present, nevertheless, operations have shifted fully to Vikhroli.
Godrej was additionally known as upon to offer safes for the Queen of England when she visited India in 1905. At present, Godrej Safety Options caters not solely to home shoppers but additionally exports to 45 nations.
The Group’s manufacturing extends even to aerospace parts.
Generations of Godrej staff have grown up and adopted within the footsteps of their dad and mom and grandparents within the firm.
Javed Khan, Head of Operations at Hubble (the group’s collaborative workspace division), says his grandfather Sikander Khan labored for 35 years within the electrical energy division and his father Amir Khan spent near 4 many years within the group’s manufacturing division.
“After learning within the UK, I joined Godrej in 2010. I’ve labored in different firms too, however I discover the working circumstances one of the best right here,” he says. The group not solely takes care of staff’ housing, education and medical wants, it additionally presents freedom to work and execute concepts, says Khan. “There’s a tradition of selling entrepreneurship inside the organisation. My enterprise thought has been sponsored by the group,” he provides.
Considerably related is the story of Khushnuma Khambatta, affiliate normal supervisor at Godrej Interio. Her father labored for over 4 many years in a number of roles from advertising to manufacturing. He retired in 2014 whereas Khushnuma had joined the group in 2001. “After I was a child, my father purchased residence books on the group. I grew up seeing an organization that had an Indian cloth and a world imaginative and prescient. It made me need to work for Godrej,” she says.
After evolving from manufacturing to advertising, the Godrej group is now focussed on design and innovation.
It’s this steady reinvention of the group that stands it in good stead to thrive within the coming centuries as nicely.