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The history of Shalimar Paints is the history of the paint industry in India and South-East Asia. Shalimar Paint Color & Varnish Company was established in 1902 in Howrah, West Bengal by two Britishers - A N Turner and A N Wright. In the same year, the company set-up a large-scale manufacturing plant in Howrah, the first such plant in entire South-East Asia.

Rapidly expanding presence and reach, Shalimar soon became the country’s leading paint brand. India’s iconic structures like Rashtrapati Bhavan, Howrah Bridge, Vidyasagar Setu, Salt Lake Stadium, continue to use Shalimar Paints. With access to high-end technology in the industrial coatings segment, Shalimar Paints pioneered aviation coatings, marine paints and the painting of thermal power plants.


Board of Directors

gautam-kanjilal Mr. Gautam Kanjilal

Mr. Gautam Kanjilal holds post graduate degree in Economics. Started his career as a Probationary Officer in July 1972 at State Bank of India. In his more than 37 years of service in SBI, he handled many important administrative and business assignments covering a large matrix of banking operations, including credit management and forex. He was also posted at the corporate headquarters of SBI Capital Markets Ltd, the merchant banking arm of SBI, where his responsibilities covered project finance, debt syndication and handling capital issues. Among the important assignments he subsequently held in SBI were as AGM (Planning), Kolkata, Dy. General Manager (Accounts & Compliance) at SBI’s Corporate Centre, Mumbai, Chief Executive Officer of SBI’s New York operations, General Manager (Mid-Corporate), Kolkata and lastly as Chief General Manager, Delhi Circle, from which post he superannuated in September 2009.

alok-perti Mr. Alok Perti

Mr. Alok Perti holds a master’s degree in physics. Mr. Perti has also completed a master’s course in Social Planning & Policy in Developing Countries from the London School of Economics and Political Science. He joined Indian Administrative Service in 1977 and has worked in various capacities with the Central Government and the Assam Government. He was on the board of several Defence PSUs as official director, where he worked as Joint Secretary in Ministry of Defence. He was also Official director on the board of CIL and NLC when he was serving in the Ministry of Coal. He was also chairman of the Expert Appraisal Committee of the Ministry of Environment and Forest for Hydro-electric and river projects. Apart from this he is also the Director General of the Indian Association of Ammonium Nitrate Manufacturers. Presently he is on the board of IIFCL Projects Ltd, which is a PSU.

ashok-kumar Mr. Ashok Kumar

Mr. Ashok Kumar Gupta holds master’s degree in Physics and completed his PGDBA. He is an industry veteran with over three decades of experience in working at leadership positions at reputed organisations including SAIL, Jindal Industries, Surya Roshni etc. He is presently the Managing Director of APL Apollo Tubes Limited. He worked as Whole Time Director in Jindal Stainless (Hisar) Limited.

surender-kumar Ms. Urvi Jindal

Ms. Urvi Jindal, aged about 32 years, is graduated from Regents Business School, London and completed Interior Designing Course from the College of Applied Arts, Delhi. Being a part of the illustrious O.P. Jindal family, Ms. Urvi Jindal inherits business acumen from her parents i.e. father-Mr. Ratan Jindal, considered to be a vanguard of innovation in Stainless Steel industry, who is currently Chairman of the Jindal Stainless Limited and Jindal Stainless (Hisar) Limited and mother-Mrs. Deepika Jindal, who is heading the operations of JSL Lifestyle Limited as Managing Director, a company which is carving its own niche in Stainless Steel Lifestyle market. Ms. Urvi Jindal is currently leading a venture running an online portal for baby and kids products.

surender-kumar Mr. Ashok Kumar Agarwal

Mr. Ashok Kumar Agarwal, former General Manager of Indian Railways, retired in June 2016 after more than 38 years of service. He graduated with a Bachelors in Mechanical engineering after qualifying in the prestigious Special Class Railway Apprentice Examination in 1973. He has more than 38 years of experience with Indian Railways in various fields like Production, Planning, Man and Asset Management, Workshop Management, Materials Management, Inventory Management, Budgetary control, Transfer of Technology, export of locos and coaches, R&D. His last assignment was with Integral Coach Factory, Chennai as General Manager. Prior to the posting as General Manager, he was heading the Indian Railway Organization for Alternate Fuels (IROAF) of Indian Railways as Chief Administrative Officer. Before that, as Chief Mechanical Engineer – East Coast Railway, Bhubaneswar he managed the highest loading zone in Indian Railways; Chief Mechanical Engineer, Diesel Loco Modernisation, Patiala and Divisional Railway Manager, Bhopal. Mr Agarwal has also worked in various capacities in Railway Board, New Delhi; RITES Ltd., Gurgaon and Research, Designs and Standards Organisation (RDSO), Lucknow. Throughout his career, Mr. Agarwal has displayed great leadership qualities and managerial skills which has enabled him to deliver results in crisis situations.

Constitution of Audit Committee
Name Designation Category
Mr. Gautam Kanjilal Chairman Non-Executive, Independent Director
Mr. Alok Perti Member Non-Executive, Independent Director
Mr. Ashok Kumar Gupta Member Non-Executive, Non-Independent Director
Constitution of Stakeholders Relationship Committee
Name Designation Category
Mr. Alok Perti Chairman Non Executive, Independent Director
Mr. Gautam Kanjilal Member Non Executive, Independent Director
Mr. Ashok Kumar Gupta Member Non Executive, Non-Independent Director
Constitution of Nomination and Remuneration Committee
Name Designation Category
Mr. Alok Perti Chairman Non Executive, Independent Director
Mr. Gautam Kanjilal Member Non Executive, Independent Director
Mr. Ashok Kumar Gupta Member Non Executive, Non-Independent Director
Constitution of Corporate Social Responsibility Committee
Name Designation Category
Mr. Surender Kumar Chairman Executive
Mr. Alok Perti Member Non Executive, Independent Director
Mr. Ashok Kumar Gupta Member Non Executive, Non-Independent Director

R & D

Shalimar Paints believes in paint innovations that protect infrastructure and assets, and enrich consumers' home lives. The company pioneered industrial coatings technology in India with several industry firsts such as high build zinc coatings, radiation resistant coatings for nuclear power plants, polyurethane paint for fighter aircraft and railway coaches, among others.

Recognizing the importance of R&D, the company set up its first R&D centre in Howrah, West Bengal in 1902. This centre holds the distinction of being the first Indian in-house R&D unit to get recognized by the Department of Scientific & Industrial Research (DSIR), Govt of India, in 1979. To keep pace with the company’s growth and expansion, it set up its second R&D centre spread over 10,000 ft, in Nashik, Maharashtra in 2009.

Equipped with world-class infrastructure and manned by skilled talent, the R&D centres focus on:

  • Product and process innovations
  • Development and prototyping of innovative, environment friendly technologies
  • Creating new business opportunities by bridging technology and product gaps faster
  • Customisation of Industrial Coatings products as per customer requirement

Corporate Social Responsibility

Shalimar Paints has been one of the earliest adopters of CSR in India. From early twentieth century, the company has been working to create a positive impact on the community and supporting marginalized sections of the society.

CSR Vision & Activities

Shalimar Paints stands for positive transformation. With its Corporate Social Responsibility philosophy 'Paint the Change - Colors of Change' the company aims to bring change that betters the quality of people’s lives. Shalimar seeks to undertake positive interventions in the areas of Education, Health, Environment and Community Development that have a measurable, long-term impact.

Programmes include:

  • Education support for primary school children
  • Conservation at manufacturing plants
  • Health and Community Development programmes 

Distribution Network

Shalimar Paints has a pan-India sales and distribution network. With 30+ depots, the company services more than 5,000 dealers across the country.

The company strongly believes that service is the key in paints business. For greater distribution efficiency and improved customer service, the company has 4 redistribution centres - in East (Howrah), West (Bhiwandi), North (Sikandrabad) and South (Chennai) zones of the country. With more regional distribution centres in the pipeline, Shalimar Paints is poised to provide superior customer service all over India. 


Manufacturing Facilities

Shalimar Paints set up South-East Asia’s first ever large-scale manufacturing plant in 1902 in Howrah, West Bengal. As the company expanded its footprint across India, it established its second manufacturing unit in Nashik, Maharashtra in 1992 to cater to the Western region.

With the growing demand from the Northern region, Shalimar Paints set up its third manufacturing facility in Sikandrabad, U.P. in 2002. Both, decorative and industrial paint products are manufactured at the plants.

To serve the southern market and strengthen its product portfolio, the company has set up a greenfield plant in Chennai catering the ever expanding product line meeting the new requirements of the market.