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Monday, September 03, 2007

Paint majors ride the real estate boom

Riding on the back of a real estate boom, paint companies are extremely bullish on India, which is among the fastest growing markets across the globe.

Among the international companies that are increasing their investments is the Japanese paint major, Nippon, which is putting in about Rs 80 crore for manufacturing facilities in Gurgaon and a 25-acre unit in Chennai.

With Akzo Nobel likely to acquire ICI Paints globally for $16 billion, the Dutch giant will increase its play in India, say analysts.

Akzo already has a powder coatings business in India through its acquisition of Courtaulds in July 1998, and it has also entered the decorative paints segment.

American giant Dupont, which supplies inputs like Titanium Chloride to paint companies in India, is also expected to expand its presence here. A company spokesperson confirmed that plans were being worked out, but refused to divulge details.

Industry experts expect other companies like Behr and BASF to step on the accelerator also.

The Rs 11,000-crore Indian paints market is growing at double digits and the decoratives segment, which accounts for 70 per cent of sales, is growing in excess of 20 per cent.

Asian Paints, the country’s largest paint manufacturer, also has major expansion plans. The company is setting up its largest facility, which will have a capacity in excess of one lakh kilo litres, at Rohtak in Haryana. It will focus on emulsions.

“The demand has exceeded our capacity and hence we are looking at this new plant,” said Ashwin Dani, vice chairman and managing director, Asian Paints. Competitor, Kansai Nerolac, is planning an 18,000-tonne plant at a cost of Rs 68 crore, which will start production in two or three years. Berger Paints has 75 per cent of its business in decorative paints. “In India, the housing sector is booming and this has provided a major boost to the decoratives business. This segment is expected to grow at 18-20 per cent,” said Abhijit Roy, vice-president marketing, Berger Paints.

Now, industry sources say, even tile manufacturer NITCO is getting into paints. The company is said to be acquiring land in north as well as south India to set up new paint plants.

Thursday, February 09, 2006

History of the Company

1945

- The Company was incorporated as a private limited company under the name of Asian Oil and Paint Company Pvt. Ltd. It was converted into a public limited company in 1973. The Company manufacture a wide range of surface coatings catering to different end-uses. It also manufactures vinyl pyridine latex used in the manufacture of rubber tyres.

- The company expanded its products range, developed its own technology, set up a distribution network penetrating in smaller towns and ploughed back a large part of earnings into creation of new facilities.

1965

- The name was changed from Asian Oil and Paint Company Pvt. Ltd. to Asian Paints (India) Pvt. Ltd.

1974

- A major modernisation programme was undertaken to streamline the paint production facilities by improving the layout of machines, addition to balancing equipment and replacement of old machinery. The Company embarked on phased modernisation of resin manufacturing facilities as well.

- The Bhandup plant of the Company is reportedly the largest single paint factory in the country and one of the most up-to-date with sophisticated machinery and equipment for manufacturing a wide range of paints and other products besides adequate resin manufacturing capacity to meet its entire requirements.

1975

- Bonus Equity shares issued in the prop. 1:2 in 1961, 1:3 in 1962, 1:1 in 1966, 1:2 in 1969, 2:3 in 1971 and 1:2 in 1975.

1978

- 1,00,000 Bonus Equity shares issued in the prop. 2:3.

1980

- 50,000 unclassified shares classified as prefernece shares and issued. They are redeemable during the period 30.6.1987/1990.

1982

- The main objects of the public issue of capital during August, were to fulfill the listing requirements of the Stock Exchange and to provide part of the finance for the increased operations.

1983

- Equity shares subdivided. 10,00,000 Bonus shares issued in prop. 2:5, 16,85,185 No. of Equity shares issued (prem. Rs 13 per share) through prospectus in August 1982. Out of these, 84,259 shares and 33,704 shares were reserved for preferential allotment to the employees and to the business associates of the company respectively. 15,67,222 shares offered to the public of which 4,21,296 shares were offered to NRIs on repatriation basis.

1985

- The Company undertook to set up a third paint unit at Patancheru, a notified backward area near Hyderabad, for the manufacture of 15,000 MT of paints and enamels.

- A letter of Intent was obtained for setting up a fourth paint plant in Uttar Pradesh with a capacity of 23,000 tonnes per annum of paints, varnishes and enamels and 65,000 tonnes per annum of synthetic resins (for captive consumption).

- The Company entered into a collaboration agreement with Nippon Paints Co. Ltd., Japan, to obtain technical know-how to manufacture powder coating and coil coatings under an exclusive licence. Necessary manufacturing facilities for the powder coatings with a capacity of 300 MT were installed and commissioned at Kasna plant during 1992-93.

- 31,11,111 Bonus equity shares issued in prop. 3:5.

1987

- The Company commissioned a plant for the manufacture of synthetic rubbers lattices with a capacity of 1,200 tonnes per annum. The Company received a letter of intent to manufacture 9,000 tonnes of phthalic anhydride. The project would be based on imported Van Heyden low energy process technology with engineering package from Davy McKee of Cologne, West Germany. The project was commissioned in March 1990. But, a fire accident in the succeeding month damaged a storage tank, nearby pipes and support structures. The plant was repaired and restarted only in August 1990.

- The Company jointly with Tamil Nadu Industrial Development Corporation (TIDCO) promoted a joint sector Company under the name Pentasia Chemicals Ltd. (PCL), for the manufacture of 3,000 TPA of pentaerythritol and 1,800 TPA of sodium formate. The project commissioned in March.

- 41,48,148 Bonus equity shares issued in prop. 1:2.

1988

- The Company issued 9,00,000 - 14% secured non-convertible debentures of Rs 100 each to ICICI, UTI, LIC, GIC, NIC, New India Assurance Company Ltd., Oriental Insurance Co., Ltd and United India Insurance Co., Ltd. on private placement basis. These debentures are redeemable in five equal instalments on the expiry of 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th year from the date of allotment at a premium of Rs 5 per debenture.

1989

- A scheme of arrangement was finalised for vesting of the assets and liabilities of the Company's Apcotex division with Apcotex Lattices Ltd. (ALL). As per the scheme of arrangement, one equity share of Rs 10 each of ALL was allotted without payment in cash to the shareholders of Asian Paints (India) Ltd., for every 13 equity shares held by them in the company, i.e., Asian Paints (India) Ltd.

- The first phase of the project with an initial installed capacity of 16,000 tonnes per annum was commissioned during the year.

1990

- Asian Paints (South Pacific) Ltd., in Fiji and Asian Paints (Tonga) Ltd., are two joint venture set up abroad with the Company supplying the necessary know-how. Both these are the Company's subsidiaries and the equity participation by the Company amounted to 51% in the former and 25% in the latter as at 31st December. Asian Paints (South Pacific) Ltd., holds an additional 25% in the equity capital of Asian Paints (Tonga) Ltd.

- The Company also set up two more joint ventures under the names and styles of Asian Paints (Nepal) Pvt. Ltd., and Asian Paints (S.I.) Ltd., both of which are subsidiaries of the Company.

- The Company had set up a joint venture unit Asian Paints (Vanuatu) Ltd., for the manufacture of paints and enamels in the Pacific Island of Vanuatu. The Vanuatu company had issued 54,000 ordinary shares of US $1 each to the Company as fully paid-up shares against the plant and machinery supplied.

1991

- Pentasia Chemicals Ltd., became a subsidiary of the Company. Pentasia Investments Ltd., is a subsidiary of the Company.

- The Company acquired 19,10,000 equity share of Rs 10 each in the share capital of Pentasia Chemicals Ltd., from TIDCO in May. Consequently, PCL became a subsidiary of the Company.

- The Company issued 5,00,000 - 17.5% secured non-convertible redeemable debentures of Rs 100 each aggregating to Rs 500 lakhs to Unit Trust of India on private placement basis. These debentures are redeemable in three equal instalments on the expiry of 6th, 7th and 8th years from the date of allotment at a premium of Rs 5 per debenture.

1992

- 74,66,666 Bonus equity shares issued in prop. 3:5.

1993

- Sales of phthalic division was lower due to planned shutdown of the plant for 25 days and also due to lower selling prices.

- The Company undertook to set up a joint venture unit along with its overseas subsidiaries, in Queensland, Australia for manufacture of paints, enamels and varnishes. The Company was to invest a $2,00,000 in the share capital of Asian Paints (Queensland) Pvt. Ltd. a joint stock company, Australia.

1994

- The Company proposed to expand its existing capacities for the manufacture of paints and enamels to 50,000 tonnes per annum at each of its plants in Ankleshwar, Patancheru and Kasna.

- The Company placed before the operating agency approached by BIFR, the proposal to amalgamate with itself Pentasia Chemicals Ltd.

1995

- Pantasia Chemicals Ltd. (PCL) was merged with the Company. The assets and liabilities of the erstwhile PCL are vested with the Company with effect from 1.10.1994.

- The company undertook to set up a joint venture unit for the manufacture of paints, enamels and varnishes in the Republic of Mauritius. The joint venture involves a total cost of 1,83,00,000 Mauritius Rupees of which 49% will be financed by the Company and the balance from Mauritian parties.

- 199,11,110 No. of Equity shares allotted as bonus shares on 1.1.1996. Another 2,94,000 No. of Equity Shares of Rs 10 each were allotted by the Company in pursuant to the order of BIFR to PCL in prop. 1:25.

1996

- The Company proposed to set up a fifth point manufacturing plant at Ratnagiri, Maharashtra.

- During 21st February, a fire broke and in the paint manufacturing block of Mumbai plant causing extensive damage to the materials stored in the block.

- A joint venture company viz. Asian PPG Industries Pvt. Ltd. ws set up alongwith PPG Industries, Inc. of USA to market and/or manufacture automotive paints and certain Industrial products as may be decided upon mutually between the partners.

1998

- As at 31st March, a sum of Rs 1008 lakhs was outstanding against loans from Financial Institutions.

- The new initiative to install 350 colourworlds received encouraging response and made significant contribution to performance. Three new products, NC range of wood finishes, ACE exterior emulsion and Asian wall putty were launched.

- Asian Paints, the Rs.737.20 crore paints major, has launched a new marketing thrust with the introduction of a one-stop colour shop for paints complete with a software for consumers to choose and select their different shade combinations.

- Asian Paints, India's No.1 Paint Company recently, launched their latest offering `Asian Paints Colour World'.

- Credit Rating Information Services of India Ltd (Crisil) has assigned a `AAA' rating to the proposed non-convertible debenture (NCD) obligation of Asian Paints Ltd (APL).

- Two subsidiaries of Asian Paints - Pentasia Chemicals and Pentasia Investments - have been merged with the parent company following the approval of the Board for Industrial & Financial Reconstruction (BIFR).

- Asian Paints Limited, the largest paint company in India, launched its first exclusive showroom in Mumbai.

1999

- The company has joint venture companies in the overseas market. All these ventures are doing well and have a strong hold in their respective markets.

- In its first-ever acquisition overseas, Asian Paints Ltd (APL) has acquired a 76 per cent equity stake in Sri Lanka-based Delmege Forsyth & Co (Paints) Ltd.

2000

- Asian Paints has launched two variants in polyurethane (PU) wood finish under the brand name Opal.

- The Company has proposed to issue bonus shares in the ratio of three shares for every five shares held.

- Asian Paints has opened a manufacturing plant in oman in partnership with a local company.

- Asian Pains has acquired the entire paints business of Pacific Paints Company based in Australia for over Rs 1 crore.

- Asian Paints has lifted the lockout at its factory in Uttar Pradesh. The Company suspended operations at Kasna in July after the workers resorted to a "sit-in-strike".

2001

- Asian Paints has introduced Utsav Enamel for the festive season.

- Asian Paints has appointed senior parnter of the solicitor firm Crawford Bailey & Co, R A Shah and Deputy Director, National Chemical Laboratory Dr Swaminathan Sivaram as directors on the company's board.

- Asian Paints India Ltd has posted a marginal drop in net profit at Rs 29.62 crore for the quarter ended September 30, 2001.

2002

-Approves voluntary delisting of shares from the following stock exchanges:

1. The Ludhiana Stock Exchange Association Ltd. 2. The Calcutta Stock Exchange Association Ltd. 3. The Stock Exchange, Ahmedabad 4. Madras Stock Exchange Ltd. 5. The Delhi Stock Exchange Association Ltd. 6. The Hyderabad Stock Exchange Ltd. 7. Vadodara Stock Exchange Ltd.

-Revamps its international operations, transferres shares in its subsidiaries in Fiji, Tonga, Solomon Island, Vanuata, Australia and the Sultanate of Oman to the Mauritius based subsidiary Asian Paints International

-Executes agreement for purchase of 60% equity capital of SCIB Chemicals S.A.E., Egypt

-Launches its $3 million joint venture with Bangladesh-based Confidence Cements in which the holds 51 per cent stake

-Acquires controlling stake of 50.1 per cent in Berger International, Singapore, for Rs 58 crore, appoint Jalaj Dani as CEO

2003

-Board recommends issue of bonus shares by capitalisation of Reserves in the ratio of 1 equity share for every 2 equity shares held on the record date

-Asian Paints, via its Singapore-based subsidiary - Berger International - inks a technology and brand licensing agreement with PT Abadi Coatings Solusi, an Indonesian paint company

-Shareholders approve the Scheme of Arrangement proposed to be made between Pentasia Investment Ltd with Asian Paints India Ltd and the consequential reduction of share capital of Asian Paints India Ltd.

-Berger International starts restructuring exercise to curtail cost

-Acquires Taubmans Paints (Fiji) Ltd. through its subsidiary in Fiji, Asian Paints (South Pacific) Ltd (APSP)

-Acquisition of 9.2% shares in ICI India Ltd.

-Asian Paints bags Ken Sharma award

2004

-10th Asian Paints Star Screen Weekly Awards- aura of mystery

-Asian Paints launches paint solutions for kids'

2005

-Berger Intl partners with Filipino firm Dutch Boy