Goodlass Nerolac Paints Ltd.(GNPL), the Indian subsidiary of Japan based Kansai Paint Co. Ltd, is the second largest paint company in India with presence in decorative paints as well as industrial paints & marine paints, enamels, varnishes, coatings, resins etc. It is the second largest coating company in India. The company markets its products under the brand names Nerolac, Glossolite, Goody, Allscapes, Excel, in decoratives. The Company was established in 1920 as Gahagan Paints and Varnish Co. Ltd. at Lower Parel in Bombay. In 1930, three British companies merged to formulate Lead Industries Group Ltd. In 1933, Lead Industries Group Ltd. acquired entire share capital of Gahagan Paints in 1933 and thus, Goodlass Wall (India) Ltd. was born.
Subsequently, by 1946, Goodlass Wall (India) Ltd. was known as Goodlass Wall Pvt. Ltd. In 1957, Goodlass Wall Pvt. Ltd. grew popular as Goodlass Nerolac Paints (Pvt.) Ltd. Also, it went public in the same year and established itself as Goodlass Nerolac Paints Ltd. It came into the fold of Tata Forbes Group in 1976, as its foreign holdings were acquired by Forbes Gokak. It turned into Joint Venture company in 1986 as the foreign colloborator Japan based Kansai Paints picking 36% of equity capital of the company. With the acquisition of entire stake of Forbes Gokak and its associates by Kansai Paints it became the subsidiary of the latter in 1999. The stake of Kansai Paints in the company now stood at 64.52% of the total equity of the company. The company has five manufacturing facilities at kanpur, Ratnagiri, Ahmedabad, Perungudi, Rewari spread across India. The Company serves its customers through 66 Sales locations and five strategically located factories.
Technical Assistance Agreements of the company with renowned players in paint industry at international level puts the company in a strong position to offer products which meets stringent international specifications. It started in 1993 when the company tied-up with Kansai Paints of Japan (for manufacture of Sophisticated architectural Coatings) and Nihon Tokushu Torya Co. Ltd also of Japan(for body seal and under seal coatings). And the latest being the technical assistance agreement with Dupont Performance Coatings GmbH & Co. KG, Germany for know-how of manufacture of Anodic Electro-deposition Coatings System during the year 2000-01. The company's other Technical Assistance agreements include E.I. Dupont De Nemours & Co. Inc. of USA for automotive coatings; Oshima Kogyo Company Ltd., of Japan for heat resistant paints; Valspar Corporation of US for powder coatings; Drew Chemicals Corporation of US for water and fuel treatment chemicals and Ameron Inc. USA for high performance coatings.
The company has strong presence in automotive paints as it controls 45% of the organised Industrial paint segment. Its major clients include OEMs like Maruti Udyog, Bajaj Auto, TELCO and Mahindra & Mahindra. It was a pioneer in introducing electro-deposition (ED) technology for Maruti, capturing a sizeable share of the automotive paint market.The company has two wholly owned subsidiaries namely Saurashtra Paints and and GNP (Madras). The above subsidiary companies were amalgamated with the company from April,2002 with consent approval from both the states High courts.
It has the software package, computerised colour dispensing machine from Fluid Management Holland, Gyroshaker of 10-Litre capacity touch screen monitor, 136 column palette-share display unit and a Kirloskar Champion UPS 1 KVA. The system has an ability to supply over 1305 shades accurately, consistently and instantly in several products covering a variety of application viz doors, windows, walls, exteriors, gates, grills etc.
During 2001-02, the company has entered into a technical agreement with EFTEC Shroff (India) Ltd. for the manufacture and supply of Automotive Paint Shop Sealers and Underbody Compounds.
The Company is in the process of setting up a new manufacturing unit at Bawal,Haryana at an estimated cost of Rs.100 crores with an annual capacity of 20000 MT p.a. The above project is being financed through internal accruals. During 2004-05 the company has setup a new greenfield plant, with a capacity of 20400 MT, at Bawal, district Rewari of Haryana and this was commissioned on 19th March 2005.
During 2003-04, the capacity at the Jainpur was increased by 24% for water based paints, by setting a new facility.
Consequent to the approval of the High Court of Madras and Bombay the amalagmation of Chemguard Coatings Ltd with the company was completed on 1st September 2005
During 2005-2006, the company made an investment in a Malaysian Company, a joint venture company between the company and Kansai Paint Co Ltd., Japan (Kansai), Where the company will hold 55% stake and 45% Stake by Kansai. Further the Malaysian company has entered into an agreement to acquire the paint business of Sime Coatings Sdn.Bhd., Malaysian and this is subject to approval.
During the same period the companies Production capacity of Paints Varnishes and enamels has increased from 138400 MT to 153900 MT. The capacity of Synthetic Resins stood at 36250 MT and Capacity of Pretreatment Chemicals stood at 2400 MT.