The chronicle of Sobha Developers Limited (SDL) was back to a decade of years. Mr. P N C Menon founded the company in 7th August of the year 1995. SDL is one of the largest and only one backward integrated company in the construction arena. Doing the business of construction, development, sale, management & operation of townships, housing projects, commercial premises and other related activities. SDL has a number of Group companies that support its backward integration model includes Sobha Interiors Division, Sobha Glazing and Metal Works Division, Sobha Concrete Products, Sobha Projects & Trade Division, Sobha Renaissance Information Technology, S & T Group - Oman, Indeset - UAE and Gulf International Construction & Interiors Company (GICI) - Qatar. Retail Division of the company includes Sobha Restoplus - Spring Mattress and Sobha Modular Office Furniture. SDL is an industry leader in Bangalore, Karnataka; contractual projects have also been constructed in Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Orissa, Tamil Nadu, Punjab, Harayana and Maharashtra.
As of September 1997, SDL had launched first residential project under the name of Sobha Sapphire in Bangalore and also launched first plot development under the name of `Harisree Garden' in Coimbatore. The Company obtained an ISO 9001 (1994 series) certification in July of the year 1998. After two years from the projects started, in September of the year 1999, the first residential project Sobha Sapphire in Bangalore was completed and handed over. During December of the same year 1999 SDL had commenced the construction of first contractual project, the Corporate Block for Infosys Technologies Limited, Bangalore. Within the year, in September 2000, completed and handover the Corporate Block for Infosys Technologies Limited, Bangalore. In November of the same year 2000, the company had started construction of first contractual project outside Bangalore for Infosys Technologies Limited, Mysore. SDL had received a memento from Infosys Technologies Limited in November 2000 in respect of our efforts in relation to the construction of the corporate maiden block. As at September 2001, completed and handover the first contractual project outside Bangalore, at Mysore for Infosys Technologies Limited.
During October of the year 2003, Sobha Construction Academy and Sobha Research and Development Center commenced its function. For its quality, again the company obtained an ISO 9001 (2000 series) certification in April of the year 2004. Fully automated concrete product division of the company was started its operation in October of the year 2005. The Company awarded the 'Brick and Mortar Award' for the south zone in the 'a+d & Spectrum Foundation Architecture Awards 2005'. For the purpose of corporate restructuring, purchased selected assets and liabilities from Sobha Interiors Private Limited, Sobha Glazing and Metal Works Private Limited and Sobha Space Private Limited during April of the year 2006. As at June 2006, the company had changed its status from private to public. During September of the year 2006, SDL had received PR 1 rating from CARE. In the year 2007, the company had sold subsidiary company namely S B G Housing which not a material entity to the company. During August of the same year 2007, the company had inked MoU with Kerala Government for Rs 5,000 crores township project.
SDL had entered into Coimbatore's real estate terrain in January of the year 2008 with a residential project, Sobha Emerald, the Rs 750 million exclusive enclaves. The Company had signed a letter of intent (LOI) with an Indian arm of German company TUV Rheinland (India) in April of the year 2008 for setting up a 50:50 joint venture. As at June of the year 2008, SDL made its foray into Mysore realty market with three projects. The Company had received Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) by Pan Atlantic, Dubai in July of the year 2008 for its new project to be launched at Hosahalli, Bangalore south.