Terumo Penpol

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Terumo Penpol Private Limited
Industry Medical Technology
Founded 1987 (as Peninsula Polymers Limited - Penpol)
Headquarters Thiruvananthapuram, India
Key people
Kimura Yoshihiro, Chairman; C. Balagopal, Senior advisor;C. Padmakumar Executive Director
Products Blood-bags, Medical Electronic Products
Number of employees
Parent Terumo Corporation, Japan
Website trumopenpol.com

Terumo Penpol Limited (TPL) is a subsidiary of Terumo Corp., Japan, and is India's largest blood bag manufacturer. It is also the largest producers of blood bags in Asia, outside Japan.


The original company - Peninsula Polymers Limited (Penpol Ltd.) - was established in 1987[1] by C. Balagopal, a former Indian Administrative Service (IAS, 1977 Batch) officer from the Manipur Cadre.[2] It was established as joint venture with Sree Chitra Thirunal Institute of Medical Sciences and Technology and soon became the first company in India to produce blood bags using indigenous technology. In 1989, Penpol started exporting and followed it up it by setting up an R&D centre.

In 1999, Tokyo-based Terumo Corporation signed a contract to acquire a 74% share of Peninsula Polymers Limited, and the new joint venture was renamed as Terumo Penpol Limited (TPL). The stake of financial institutions and other investors bought over by Terumo, leaving only the promoters and itself as shareholders.[3]


Terumo Penpol has its headquarters in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala and employs 1200 people.[4] Terumo Penpol Blood Bags are sold in over 64 countries across the world and its medical equipment division has commissioned more than 25000 installations. TPL has entered its 25 year of operations in 2010, with an enhanced production capacity of 22 million blood bags per annum.[5]

TPL has been winning the top exporter award or the second best exporter award for medical disposables every year from 1994 onwards.[5]


  1. ^ a b TPL - Company Info[1]
  2. ^ Sathyendran, Nita (12 Nov 2010). "The Boss". The Hindu. Retrieved 24 Jul 2011. 
  3. ^ Kurian, Vinson (31 Oct 2010). "Blood bags co Terumo Penpol turns 25". The Hindu. Retrieved 24 Jul 2011. 
  4. ^ "Company Information". TPL. Retrieved 24 Jul 2011. 
  5. ^ a b Kurian, Vinson (11 Aug 2010). "‘New industries being crowded out of State Capital'". The Hindu. Retrieved 24 Jul 2011. 

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