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|Type||Public (NSE, BSE: 500101)|
|Key people||Sanjay Lalbhai (Chairman and Managing Director)|
|Products||Denim, Knits, Woven, Engineering, Retail, Telecom, Advanced Material, Agri Business, Real Estate|
|Revenue||Rs. 52.35 Billion|
|Net income||Profit Rs. 4.36 Billion|
Arvind Limited (formerly Arvind Mills) is a textile manufacturer and the flagship company of the Lalbhai Group. Its headquarters is in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India. It manufactures cotton shirting, denim, knits and bottomweights (Khakis) fabrics. It is India's largest denim manufacturer  apart from being world’s fourth-largest producer and exporter of denim.
Sanjaybhai Lalbhai is an Indian businessman and Chairman & Managing Director of Arvind & Lalbhai Group. His career inception dates back to the year 1977 when he joined family-owned Anil forging. He worked for one year and a half and later joined Arvind Mill as Purchase Manager. Sanjaybhai Lalbhai was appointed as Director and in 1985 as Managing Director and consequently became Chairman of the company on 29th September 2007. He serves as a Director of Amol Dicalite Limited and Arvind Lifestyle Brands Limited. In the early 1980s, the company brought denim into the domestic market, thus starting the jeans revolution in India. Today it retails its own brands like Flying Machine, Newport and Excalibur and licensed international brands like Arrow, Lee, Wrangler and Tommy Hilfiger, through its nationwide retail network. Arvind also runs a value retail chain, Megamart, which stocks company brands.
History and Operations
- 1931 – Arvind Mills Ltd is incorporated with share capital ₹165,000 ($55,000) in Ahmedabad. Products manufactured are dhoties, sarees, mulls, dorias, crepes, shirtings, bra, panties, coatings, printed lawns and voiles cambrics, twills and gaberdine.
- 1987 – The company took up a modernisation programme to triple the production of denim cloth and to produce double yarn fabrics for exports. The new product groups identified were the indigo dyed blue denim, high quality two-ply fabrics for exports, and products such as butta sarees, full voils and dhoties.
- 1991 – Arvind reached 100 million meters of denim per year, becoming the fourth largest producer of denim in the world.
- 1992 – The company increased the production of denim cloth by 23,000 tonnes per day by modernising the plant at Khatraj of Ankur Textiles.
- 1994 – The company operations were divided into Textile Division, Telecom division and Garments division.
- 1995 Garment division launched ready to stitch jeans pack under the brand Ruf & Tuf.
- 1997 – The marketing and distribution network of `Newport` brand was strengthened and the relaunched Flying Machine and Ruggers brand were strengthened.
- Arvind Mills set up an anti-piracy cell for the first time in India to curb large scale counterfeiting of their brands Ruf & Tuf and Newport jeans.
- Arvind Mills adopts the franchisee system for the manufacture and distribution of Ruf and Tuf jeans.
- Arvind Fashions doubles its capacity in the manufacturing facility in Bangalore to produce Lee jeans.
- 1998 – Arvind Mills emerges as the world's third largest manufacturer of denim.
- Arvind Mills goes live with SAP R/3 ERP package in April 1997 in their new manufacturing units.
- 2003 – For the fourth quarter, Arvind Mills witnesses 280% growth in the net profit
- Arvind Mills Ltd is assigned a `P1+` rating by CRISIL, which indicates a very strong rating for their commercial paper.
- 2005 – For the fourth quarter in a row, Arvind Mills posted a profit growth in excess of 80 per cent.
- Arvind Mills buys entire stake in Arvind Brands from ICICI Ventures.
- 2007 – Arvind expands its presence in the brands and retail segment by establishing MegaMart One of India's largest value retail chains.
- 2010 – Arvind launches The Arvind Store, a concept putting the company's best fabrics, brands and bespoke styling and tailoring solutions under one roof.
- Arvind launches its first major Real Estate projects.
- Arvind becomes one of India's largest producers of fire protection fabrics.
- 2014 – Joint venture with PVH Corp for Calvin Klein Businesses in India
- Launches Formal suits with Goodhill Corporation Limited of Japan
- Arvind Brands (owned)
- Flying Machine
- Ruf & Tuf
- Arvind Brands (licensed)
- Telecommunications service provider|Telecom
- Real Estate
- Arvind Store
- Mega mart Retail
In the mid-1990s, the company undertook a massive expansion of its denim capacity even though other cotton fabrics were slowly replacing the demand for denim. The expansion plan was funded by loans from both Indian and overseas financial institutions. With the demand for denim slowing, the company found it difficult to repay the loans, resulting in an increased interest burden on the loans. In the late 1990s, the company encountered financial problems due of its debt burden, resulting in incurring significant losses.
The company came up with a debt-restructuring plan for the long-term debts being taken up in February 2001. This complex financial restructuring exercise, which involved several domestic and international lenders, is considered to be the benchmark and a case study in India. The restructuring was overseen by Mr Jayesh Shah, CFO and advised on by a JP Morgan Hong Kong team, led by Mr Ahmad Ayaz.
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- "Arvind Mills: From near bankruptcy to reinvention". The Times Of India. December 14, 2012.