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.
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.