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The Western India Plywoods Ltd Managing Director Mr. P. K. Mohammad receives the CAPEXIL award for export achievement in Fibreboard Category for 2004-05 from
Union Finance Minister Mr. P. Chidambaram


ORIGIN

Established in 1945 the company started manufacture of sawn timber and plywood on a modest scale with a few indigenous and lent-leased machinery. Due to the progressive outlook and relentless efforts of WIP’s founder Managing Director Shri. A.K. Kaderkutty, a doyen of the wood based panel industry in India, the company made steady progress over the years and business expanded to its present stature and is today one of the biggest wood based industrial integrated complexes in the country and also in South-East Asia with an employee strength of 1200.

GROWTH

From the humble beginnings in 1942 as a sawmill and a tea chest manufacturing facility, W.I.P grew steadily adding the latest in machinery and incorporating new manufacturing techniques. Products ranged from Plywoods, Block boards, Flush door, Shuttering and Marine Plywood, Aircraft Plywood etc. The Company planned and executed the hardboard plant between the years 1956 and 1958 with an initial installed capacity of 12.5 tonnes of hardboard per day. The Company also installed its own synthetic resin unit in 1959 with a capacity of 200 tonnes per annum, which gradually increased to 2400 tonnes per annum, by 1975. Manufacture of densified Wood was commenced on a small scale initially as a part of the plywood plant. An Industrial Licence was obtained in 1974 for manufacture of Densified Wood with a capacity of 2000 M.T. per annum. Since then, the Company has been producing components of densified wood required mainly by the electrical, textile and chemical industries, Railways, etc. In 1974 a plant for manufacture of furniture was added.



WIP'S LIST OF FIRSTS
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First to make Irradiated Wood.
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First to make Aircraft Plywood.
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First to make Fire Retardant Plywood conforming to BS:476 specification.
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First to make high pressure industrial laminates.
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First to develop Weather proof, Marine and Fire Retardant Hardboards.
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First to make Metal Faced Plywoods.
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First to make Pre-finished Plywoods and Hardboards using UV-cured surface finishing technology.
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First to obtain ISO 9002 Certification for Hardboards and Pre-finished boards.
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First to manufacture DAP Resin in the country with indigenously developed knowhow.
PATENTS TO OUR CREDIT
1. Radiation induced polymerization of DAP, MMA & PE
2. Radiation induced polymerization of DAP & MMA
3. A process for manufacture of wood polymer composites by gamma irradiation
4. Manufacture of ABS plastics
5. Manufacture of SAN plastics

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