From its inception at the time of India’s industrial revolution, and onward through the exciting and challenging decades that have followed, The Naran Lala Company has consistently and successfully built upon a tradition of excellence by providing only the highest quality products and services. Yet for any family-run business to stay unified, strong and innovative for over 125 years involves a kind of resilience that cannot be quantified. That the company today maintains a leading position as a manufacturer and supplier of distillery and alcohol-based chemical plants is therefore an astonishing accomplishment, especially when seen in light of its humble beginnings.
Founded in 1890 by Shri Naranbhai Lalabhai Kansara, and drawing upon the expertise of his family’s ancestral tradition as coppersmiths, the business began as a small manufacturing unit specializing primarily in copper utensils and implements. A reputation was quickly earned due to their superior manufacturing quality, and even in these early days the name Naran Lala became synonymous with dependability.
In 1918 the company expanded its operations to include the supply of pot still for the purpose of batch distillation – a decision that was born of extraordinary foresight since this was to eventually pave the way for Naran Lala to venture further into this area and successfully complete its first distillery plant in 1942 for Kolhapur Sugar Mills Ltd. Incidentally, this was also India’s very first indigenous patent still design distillery plant.
From the mid-century onwards even greater advancements were made by Shri Mohanlal Harkishandas Kansara – an extraordinary man from the fourth generation of this family who rekindled the enterprising spirit of his pioneering ancestor.
Under his dynamic leadership and guidance the company was entirely revitalized. During this ambitious period, a broader and more comprehensive infrastructure was introduced to allow for the production and perfection of a greater range of operations, such as the manufacture of vessels, engineering goods, stoves and lanterns, fans, and the hot and cold rolling of brass and copper. Then, in 1962, the decision was made to supply plants to India’s growing chemical sector. Despite the challenges of this competitive field, Naran Lala soon became well-known to those within this industry as a name to be reckoned with due to the high standards of its manufacture, total professionalism of its team, and overall efficiency of its services.
Inspired by the ground-breaking achievements of their father, three sons of Shri Mohanlal Harkishandas Kansara were the next to boldly take the reins. By combining their individual talents into a unity of vision that was equally far-reaching in its scope, Shri Bharat Kansara, Shri Mahesh Kansara and Shri Vijay Kansara have continued to add to Naran Lala’s outstanding achievements. Numerous technological developments and an even greater range of operations has meant that ever-more complex and specialized requirements have been met, whilst the company’s well-earned reputation for complete reliability has been upheld every time to the complete satisfaction of its clients. Today, over 250 plants bear the Naran Lala hallmark of excellence, each completion boosting the company to even greater heights.
Now the torch is being passed to the sixth generation – Amit Kansara, Nishith Kansara, Rahul Kansara and Nishant Kansara – heirs to a legacy of trust that was so diligently built by their predecessors. In their hands Naran Lala will continue to honour a heritage of countless generations of expert manufacture and superior design, and with the same drive and ambition introduce fresh ideas and innovations to pave the way for new accomplishments ahead. Paying homage to the wisdom of the past whilst developing products and technology of the future, being totally dedicated to providing the highest standards of service and quality whilst remaining honest always – these are the foremost guiding principles that have proven to be reasons for this company’s success and excellence over so many years, and to this day are a reaffirmation and most resolute assurance of Naran Lala’s constant dependability and trustworthiness.