Incorporated in 1963, KSE Ltd., formerly known as Kerala Solvent Extractions (KSEL) was promoted by K L Francis, M C Paul, T O Paul and A P George. KSEL is engaged in the production of cattle feed,solvent extracted coconut oil,rice bran oil,de-oiled and oiled coconut cakes and other oil cakes.
The company came out with a public issue at a premium of Rs 20 aggregating Rs 2.43 cr in May '94, to meet part of the long-term working capital needs. The company markets its cattle feed products under the brand names K S Brand, Jersey and K S Supreme. The major buyers of solvent extracted oil made by KSEL are Hindustan Lever (HLL), Godrej Soaps, Ricco Oil, Tata Oil Mills Company (TOMCO), etc.
In 1995-96, the company started marketing refined sunflower expeller oil under KS Supereme brand for domestic consumption. The Company has won the Best Productivity Performance Award for the year 1996-97, 1997-98, 1998-99, instituted by the National Productivity Council, New Delhi in the category of Animal Feed Processing Industry. Further the Company also secured the MKK Nair Kerala State Productivity Award for the Year 1997-98 being second among Medium Scale Industries.
The dairy unit at Konikkara near Thrisur commenced operation on January'2000 and other unit at Thalayathy near Palani has started processing milk on March'2000. A children's information centre & park was constructed at Irinjalakuda at a cost of Rs.30 lakhs and was opened to public. A sophisticated 2000 LPD ice cream plamt is being set up in Konikkara unit at a cost of Rs.100 lakhs. The commercial production is expected in 2002-03.