Kirloskar Group

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Kirloskar Group
Founded1888; 131 years ago (1888)
FounderLaxmanrao Kirloskar
HeadquartersPune, Maharastra, India
Area served
Key people
Sanjay Kirloskar
(CMD, Kirloskar Brothers Limited)
Atul C. Kirloskar
(Chairman, Kirloskar Oil Engines Limited)
Rahul C. Kirloskar
(Chairman, Kirloskar Pneumatic Company Limited)
pig iron
automobiles through a joint venture with Toyota
infrastructure pumping projects
bridges & flyovers
submarine pipelines
RevenueIncrease $3.5 billion USD
Number of employees

The Kirloskar Group is an Indian conglomerate headquartered in Pune, Maharashtra, India.[1] The company exports to over 70 countries over most of Africa, Southeast Asia and Europe.[2] The flagship & holding company, Kirloskar Brothers Ltd established in 1888, is India's largest maker of pumps and valves.[3][4] and also undertakes construction projects through its subsidiary Kirloskar Construction And Engineers Ltd.


Kirloskar Diesel generator unit photographed in Mathura, Uttar Pradesh
Kirloskar engine driving a waterpump in Namibia

The Kirloskar group of companies was one of the earliest industrial groups in the engineering industry in India. The group produces Centrifugal Pumps, engines, compressors, screw & centrifugal chillers, lathes and electrical equipments like electric motors, transformers and generators. While Laxmanrao Kirloskar, established the group in 1888, his son Shantanurao Laxmanrao Kirloskar played a role in the leadership of the company.[5] The company under Shantanurao Laxmanrao Kirloskar achieved one of the highest growth rates in Indian history, with 32,401% growth of assets from 1950–1991.[6][7]

In 1988, Rajiv Gandhi, the then Prime Minister of India released a commemorative stamp marking the Kirloskar Group's 100th anniversary.[8]

In 1974, in cooperation with Deutz-Fahr of Germany, Kirloskar began manufacturing tractors.[9] They have since ceased tractor production.

The Kirloskar Group also set up India's second oldest township Kirloskarwadi in Maharashtra, which is now a 100-year-old township in 2010.

Kirloskar companies[edit]

Kirloskar Brothers Limited (which includes Kirloskar Brothers Ltd, SPP Pumps (UK), Kirloskar Ebara Pumps Ltd, Braybar pumps Ltd, (South Africa)and The Kolhapur Steels Ltd) is India’s largest pump manufacturer.[3][4] Kirloskar Brother produces Centrifugal pumps from 0.1 kW to 26MW with single pumps pumping liquids in excess of 35,000Liters/sec thus producing some of the largest pumps by size and horsepower.[10][11] Kirloskar Brothers Limited was established in 1888.[12]

  • Kirloskar Oil Engines Limited

KOEL manufactures air-cooled and liquid-cooled diesel engines and generating sets ranging from a power output of 2.1 kW to 1010 kVA and solutions ranging up to 5200 kVA. They also offer engines operating on alternative fuels such as biodiesel, natural gas, biogas and straight vegetable oil (SVO). Their generating sets are branded as KOEL Green Gensets.

KPCL has four strategic business units, Air Compressor Division (ACD), Air Conditioning and Refrigeration division (ACR), Process Gas Systems division (PGS) and Transmission division (TRM). ACD offers Air and Gas Compressors from 30 to 10,000 CFM. ACR offers Open-Type Refrigeration Compressors (50 to 500 TR), Vapor Absorption Chillers (90 to 500 TR) and Refrigeration Systems up to 800 TR. KPCL offers CNG packages with Suction Pressure (0.5 to 65 bar) and Gas Flow (300 to 3,500 SCMH). American Petroleum Institute (API) Gas Compression packages range from 50 CFM to 6000 CFM. The wind turbine gearbox range is up to 2.5 MW and industrial gearbox is up to 16 MW.[13]

  • Kirloskar Ferrous Industries Limited [14]

Produces pig iron and grey iron castings for the automotive industry

  • Kirloskar Chillers Private Limited[15]

Produces centrifugal chillers from 250 TR to 2400 TR and air-cooled and water-cooled screw chillers from 40 TR to 550 TR for air conditioning and process cooling applications. It also offers products for hot water generation including chillers with desuperheaters & heat pumps. Established in 1995, Kirloskar Chillers is the largest chiller manufacturer in India,[citation needed] and the first to have its products certified under the AHRI 550/590 certification program.[citation needed] The factory at Saswad, near Pune, also has the first AHRI-certified chiller test facility in India.[citation needed] It is also the only Indian company to manufacture centrifugal & screw chillers under one roof.

  • Toyota Kirloskar Motor Private Limited ( TKML ) produces Toyota Vehicles in India
  • Mysore Kirloskar Ltd( MKL ) used to produce lathes including CNC type machines it is now under liquidation. It was run by Mr Vikram Kirloskar
  • Kirloskar Electric Company ( KEC ) made electrical equipment like transformers, generators and motors, etc. It is not part of the Kirloskar Group anymore.
  • Kirloskar Institute of Advanced Management Studies (KIAMS) was conceived in 1991 as a training institute and a knowledge hub where Kirloskar Group managers taught and learned management. In 1995, the training institute was opened to managers all over the country.
  • Kirloskar Solar Technologies Pvt. Ltd.(KSTPL) started to provide reliable product and service to the solar customers.


Kirloskar Brothers Ltd created the world’s largest irrigation project which was commissioned in March 2007 the Sardar Sarovar Dam project for the Gujarat Government. This was done for Sardar Sarovar Narmada Nigam,[16] and on 14 March 2008 commissioned the world’s second largest water supply system with the world’s highest head in Andhra Pradesh.[citation needed] Kirloskar Brothers is associated with India's nuclear program and has made canned motor pumps for pumping heavy water which are deployed at Indian Nuclear Power Plants.[17] Kirloskar Brothers Limited is also a supplier of FM UL certified pumps along with its subsidiary SPP Pumps (UK). It was the first Indian company to get FM certification for its valves.[18] Kirloskar Brothers has a presence in numerous countries including Egypt.[19]

Kirloskar Brothers Ltd is also one of the first pump companies to have an all women operated and managed manufacturing plant at Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu. The company was one of the country's top ten wealth creators in 2007.[20]

Kirloskar Brothers Ltd won the first "best of all" Rajiv Gandhi National Quality Award in 1992.[21]


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  2. ^ "Website reference - Global Presence (retrieved on 16-Mar-2015 16:37 IST)". Archived from the original on 12 March 2015.
  3. ^ a b "Kirloskar Brothers supplies the largest splitcase pump in India". 8 March 2011.
  4. ^ a b "Kirloskar Brothers commissions India's largest concrete volute pumps". 12 April 2011.
  5. ^ **Sanjay Kirloskar and Alok Kirloskar on NDTV Profit
  6. ^ Indian Industrialists. 10 March 1910. Retrieved 17 August 2014.
  7. ^ "Time Magazine article on Mr S.L. Kirloskar". 13 November 1964. Retrieved 17 August 2014.
  8. ^ "Kirloskar Group postage stamp". 20 June 1989. Retrieved 17 August 2014.
  9. ^ [1] Archived 23 September 2006 at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ "Kirloskar Brothers supplies the largest splitcase pump in India". 8 March 2011. Retrieved 17 August 2014.
  11. ^ "Kirloskar Brothers commissions India's largest concrete volute pumps". 12 April 2011. Retrieved 17 August 2014.
  12. ^ "History of the pump industry". Retrieved 17 August 2014.
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  16. ^ TNN (21 March 2008). "Kirloskar Brothers Limited awarded for creating World largest Irrigation scheme, The Sardar Sarovar Narmada Scheme". Retrieved 17 August 2014.
  17. ^ Kirloskar only company in India producing eco friendly canned motor pumps[dead link]
  18. ^ "Kirloskar Brothers FM UL certification". 30 August 2011. Retrieved 17 August 2014.
  19. ^ "Kirloskar worldwide presence and history". 10 July 2011. Retrieved 17 August 2014.
  20. ^ "India's Top 10 Wealth Creators". Retrieved 17 August 2014.
  21. ^ SHRAWAN (29 May 2013). "Annex iv: list of award winners of rajiv gandhi national quality awards" (PDF). New Delhi: Bureau of Indian Standards. Retrieved 15 May 2014.

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