Godrej is known to be a pioneer in many products that we use in our daily life. Godrej Group is an Indian Conglomerate company that is owned by the popular Godrej Family. The main founders of Godrej is Ardeshir Godrej and Pirojsha Burjorji Godrej, establishing the company 1897. Godrej has makes products in various sectors such as consumer products, FMCG, industrial engineering, appliances, furniture, security, real estate, agricultural products and more. Godrej is known to have more than 500 million Indian customers with over 10 million turnover in 2020.
Godrej is one of the oldest brands in India and has loyal customers from more than a hundred years The most popular subsidiaries and acquired companies are Godrej Industries, Godrej Consumer products, Godrej Agrovat, Godrej and Boyce and Godrej Properties. More than 20% of its business is done overseas because it is present in more than 60 countries. The headquarters of Godrej is based in Mumbai, Maharashtra. It has more than 1.1 billion consumers globally. The company trusts have 23% holding of Godrej, are known to invest in the sectors of environment, health and education.
The Godrej Group has huge footprint that extends beyond the earth because its engines now give power to many of India’s space missions. Godrej is one the most trusted brands in India and is supporter of the World Wide Fund in India and has helped develop an ecofriendly business in the town of Vikhroli in Mumbai. The Godrej Group is broadly divided into two major well-known companies which work independently: Godrej Industries and Godrej & Boyce.
A Brief History on Godrej Group
Godrej was originally established in 1897 by the brothers Ardeshir Godrej and Pirojsha Burjorji Godrej from the well-known Godrej Family line. Ardeshir Godrej was originally a lawyer who went on to give up the profession to practice lock making. The company then becomes big after Godrej introduces the first ever lock with lever technology in India. In 1902, Godrej manufactures the first Indian safe and by 1920 starts its own soap company using only vegetable oil which gives the company all the more boost. By 1955 the company had started producing its own typewriter which at that time became popular.
The company kept growing for the next twenty years with inclusion of trucks, the Godrej Agrovet limited, etc. Godrej got its first subsidiary the Godrej Properties limited in 1988 and became the first company from India to introduce PUF or polyurethane form. In 1994, the company acquired Transelektra, formed an alliance with Sara Lee USA and renamed Translektra to Sara Lee USA. The Godrej Soaps was renamed as the Godrej Industries Ltd in 2001. In 2013, the company introduced Godrej global solution limited which offered BPO solution.
The company merged its food business with Godrej Tea and renamed it to Godrej Beverages & Foods limited. Godrej also launched FreeG which is the county’s first non-web based mobile browsing experience in 2014. The most recent advancement of the company was in 2020, when it started the Godrej Housing Finance in order to provide affordable home loans. One of the main contribution of Godrej is the refrigerator that the company without any CFC (Chlorofluorocarbon), HFC (Hydro fluorocarbons) and HCFC (Hydro Chlorofluorocarbons).
The success of the company is because of the mergers, its subsidiaries and acquisitions and recent joint ventures which are cleverly chosen by the company. Another person who has helped the company grow to new heights is Adi Burjorji Godrej. Under his guidance the company emerged as a FMCG market and turned the then ₹10 crore turnover to $5 billion conglomerate. He expanded the company in Zambia, Senegal and Kenya with the acquisitions of their personal care companies.
Top 6 subsidiaries of Godrej
Godrej Industries Limited
Godrej Industries Limited is a one the biggest and number one manufacturer of various different chemicals that are used in over two dozen companies. The headquarters of Godrej is located in Mumbai, Maharashtra. The company is also known to manufacture edible oils, fatty oils, Glycerin, fatty alcohols, vanaspati and other bakery fats. The company was known as Godrej Soaps until 2001, after which the company split into two big corporate companies called Godrej Consumer Products and Godrej Industries. The company is well equipped to deliver the products which are superior quality at competitive prices.
Godrej Industries is interested in many sectors such as consumer goods, real estate, agriculture, chemicals and financial services which has been successful because of its subsidiaries and associate companies across 18 countries. Besides that the company also works under four divisions which are Corporate Finance, corporate HR, Corporate Audit and Assurance, Research and development. Godrej industries have two manufacturing plants in Valia (Gujarat) and in Vikroli, (Mumbai). Its international quality products are exported to more than 40 countries in North and South America, Asia, Europe, Australia and Africa.
The companies further has its own subsidiaries which are:
- Godrej Agrovet
- Godrej Oil Palm Limited
- Godrej International Limited
- Godrej Realty Private LTD
- Godrej Investment Pvt. Ltd
- Godrej Remote Services Limited
Godrej Agrovet Limited
The company is a sector that is dedicated for animal feed, agriculture and agribusiness. Agrovet is the market leader when it comes to poultry, processing, and animal feed and oil palm plantations. The company is also the largest oil palm developers in the country. It has oil plantation is states like Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamilnadu, Goa, Maharashtra, Orissa and Mizoram. It had four automated plants in cities like Bengaluru, Kharagpur, Baramati and Erode in order to reach the demand of the ever growing market of animal feed. The company is also well known for animal feed and poultry in Bangladesh.
The company also has a history of joint ventures with companies like Tyson foods from America, through which it manufactured and marketed packed and processed poultry and other vegetarian products. One of the most well-known brands of this is the Yummiez and Good Chicken. It also is a key player in the Agri inputs business as it has come up with new agro chemicals and has a strong market share amongst the plant growth promoters and soil conditioners. Godrej Agrovet has over 300 employees with a network of 10,000 rural distributors in various industries.
Godrej and Boyce
Godrej and Boyce is a flagship company of the Godrej group company that manufactures products like locks, refrigerators, washing machine, air conditioners, home security system, furniture and safes and products for institutions like furniture for offices, audio visual products, security products, beverage vending machine, etc. and industrial products like process equipment, industrial storage products, and precision equipment. The company is headquarters Pirojshanagar, at Vikhroli in Mumbai. G&B has so far filed for over 209 patents and has been granted 77.
The turnover of Godrej and Boyce is Rs 11,000 crore in 2020, its employees are more than 14,000. The G&B is present in over 10 different industries like complex engineering solutions to consumer goods like appliances, furniture and security solutions. The products of Godrej and Boyce are also sold in countries like Europe, US, Middle East, Africa and South East Asia. Over 616 million Indian are known to use the company’s products. The G&B have been constantly innovating from the past 123 years and have managed to provide us with new products, solutions, fulfilling aspirations of their customers and helped them lead a secured life.
The main subsidiaries and acquisitions of the company are:
- Godrej Infotech
- Godrej Interio
- Godrej Efacec Automation and Robotics Ltd
- Godrej Presicion engineering
- Godrej Security solutions
- Godrej Storage Solutions
Godrej Infotech Limited
Godrej Infotech Limited, a subsidiary of Godrej and Boyce which is one of the main subsidiaries of the Godrej Group. This company had already started in 1897 and was initially the High tech engineering department under the consumer products and then became thee IT sector of Godrej and Boyce. Godrej Infotech is mostly known for its software services and consulting and became a separate company only after April 1999. The company headquarters is located in Mumbai, Maharashtra.
Godrej has a 15 year partnership with Infor Partner Network, in order to sell wider range of products in countries like UAE, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Qatar and Bahrain. It so far has received many certification for Analysis, Design, Coding, Testing, Delivery and maintenance of commercial application software, ERP consultancy and facilities management services. They also provide its employees with constant training to help develop their skills and to get professional excellence.
Godrej InfoTech is known to have a dedicated team that is experts in providing business and tech solutions for the projects, real estate, construction, oil and gas. The company has so far worked with over 200 industry customers and has manufactured chemicals, automotive, machine equipment, metal fabrication, heavy engineering, printing and publishing, Food and beverage and textiles. The company also provides various services from Business process, consulting, infrastructure management, implementation and global rollout, application support and maintenance, mobile development and training.
Godrej Consumer Products
Godrej Consumer Products is one the most leading company that manufactures consumers and personal care products. The company’s total sales is Rs. 10,314 Crore while the market capitalization id Rs. 72,080 Crore. The company is headquartered in Mumbai Maharashtra. Godrej Consumer Products include soaps, hair colourants, toiletries, Air freshener and liquid detergent. The company owns popular brands such as Cinthol, Godrej no 1, Godrej Shikakai, Godrej hair dye, Renew, Ezee, etc. IT has manufacturing firm across India like Malanpur (Madhya Pradesh), Guwahati (Assam), Baddi (Himachal Pradesh), Pondicherry, Chennai and even in Sikkim.
Few of its international acquisitions include Keyline Brands limited from UK in 2005, Rapidol Limited in 2006, Godrej Global Middle East in 2007, Argencos in Argentina, Cosmetica Nacional from Chile and Frika hair from South Africa in 2015. The company was ranked 6th in the Best Employers Study conducted by Hewitt Associate and Economic Times, it also considered to be the 9th greatest place to work according to Great Places To Work survey. The company became even bigger in 2010, with its acquisition of Sara Lee Corp. Godrej Sara Lee is now open of the leading household insecticide player in India with brands like Good Knight and Hit.
Godrej Properties Limited
Godrej Properties is the real estate sector of the Godrej Group. The company’s headquarters is based in Mumbai, Maharashtra. The company was established in 1990 under Adi Godrej. Godrej properties is currently working on upcoming projects on over 89.7 Million square feet of land. The company is so big that it is also listed on the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) and the National stock exchange (NSE). It currently operates in cities like Chandigarh, Bangalore, Chennai, Mangalore, Kochi, Ahmedabad, Nagpur, Mumbai, Kolkata and Pune.
The company has so far brought over many innovations, sustainability and excellence to the real estate industry. The total sales of the company is Rs. 2,817 crore, while its market capitalization is up to Rs. 32,259 crore. Until now, the company was awarded with over 250 awards and recognition such as The Most Trusted Real Estate Brand in 2019, The Real Estate Company Of The Year in 2019 as well and The Economic Times Best Real Estate Brand of 2018. The company has a 123 year long legacy of providing its customers with cutting edge design and technology.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the top 6 subsidiaries of Godrej Group?
- Godrej Properties Limited
- Godrej Agrovet Limited
- Godrej Infotech Limited
- Godrej Consumer Products
- Godrej and Boyce
- Godrej Industries Limited
Where is the headquarter of the Godrej Group?
The headquarter of the Godrej Group is in Mumbai, Maharashtra.
What are the subsidiaries of Godrej Industries?
- Godrej Agrovet
- Godrej Oil Palm Limited
- Godrej International Limited
- Godrej Realty Private LTD
- Godrej Investment Pvt. Ltd
What are the two other subsidiaries of Godrej and Boyce?
They are Godrej Aerospace and Godrej Precision Engineering.
How many customers does Godrej Group have?
Godrej is known to have more than 500 million Indian customers with over 10 million turnover in 2020.
Godrej Group is an India conglomerate that offers various products in countless categories. With a revenue of more than 4.1 million US dollars, the company is growing at a fast pace. In India, Godrej is one of the oldest and the most trusted brand because of the quality of products is offers. Over past 120+ years Godrej has expanded to over 60 countries and ensures that their customers buy their products wherever they go. The company has over 500 million and is continuing to expand the horizon internationally. The success of the company is because of strategic acquisitions and subsidiaries that the company has accumulated over the years.