1968 - The company was incorporated on 20th January at Calcutta. It
manufactures and deals in glazed tiles and carries on leasing
- The company entered into a collaboration agreement with
Pilkington's Tiles Limited, U.K.
- Special Refractories Ltd., is a subsidiary of the company.
- Issued 93,200 No. of equity shares to directors, etc., 20,000
of equity shares to ICICI, 78,000 No. of equity share to
Pilkington's Tiles Ltd., U.K. (30,000 shares for cash and
shares against plant and equipment). 1,08,800 No. of equity
10,000 Pref. shares offered to public in January 1970.
1974 - 100 forfeited shares reissued.
1976 - 2,99,950 Bonus Equity shares issued in prop. 1:1.
1983 - The company undertook to set up a new unit at Kadi in Gujarat
with a licensed capacity of 6,000 tonnes per annum.
was started in June.
- Kadi unit had teething troubles and did not reach its
1984 - Pref. shares redeemed on 28.2.1985. 2,99,950 bonus equity
issued in prop. 1:2.
1985 - Production increased further to 5,665 tonnes despite power
constraints. The company continued to face problems at
due to changeover of a large part of firing system from
oil to residual fuel oil.
- A modernisation programme was undertaken at Kassar which
enable the company to introduce newer designs.
1986 - Production declined to 19,742 tonnes due to strike at the
factory from 22nd June 23rd September, 1987 and poor power
availability. The company proposed to install a 22 MW diesel
generating set and steps were taken to install storage tanks
liquified petroleum gas, for which Government approval had
- Modernisation in the body preparation section was in
This programme was expected to improve the efficiency of the
tablet pressing section. It was also proposed to install
modern imported automatic hydraulic presses by way of
of the existing mechanical presses. On completion of the
proposed programme of modernisation and expansion, the
capacity at Kassar would stand increased to 31,000 tonnes per
- Modernisation at Kadi unit envisaged replacement of existing
mechanical presses with automatic hydraulic presses,
of glazing lines with the introduction of tile decorating
machines and moderation of tile sorting and packing section.
1987 - 50 forfeited shares reissued.
1988 - Commissioning of hydraulic presses at Kassar was completed
trial production was started. Active steps were being taken
further modernisation under the TDF Scheme at Kadi was
1989 - The company took up a floor tile project with a capacity of
12,000 tonnes per annum. Despite completion of erection of
machinery, commissioning was considerably delayed on account
Government's inability to provide and natural gas by November
- 8,99,900 Bonus shares issued in prop. 1:1.
1990 - Despite a strike by workmen at Kadi unit from 22nd June to
August, total production rose to 30,961 tonnes. There was a
satisfactory growth in sales and profits also.
- Imported machines under TDF Scheme were installed at Kadi.
1991 - Two more automatic hydraulic presses were installed at
1992 - One more automatic hydraulic press was being installed at
Simultaneously, more screen printing machines were being
- The Company entered into a collaboration agreement with M/s
Pilkington's Tiles Ltd. for upgradation in the existing
1993 - During October/November the company made a right and public
of 3,32,950 and 1,67,050 - 15% secured redeemable partly
convertible debentures of Rs. 300 each respectively. Right
was made in the ratio of one debenture for every four equity
shares held by the existing shareholders (all were taken up).
Out of public issue, 5,000 debentures were offered to the
employees, 16,700 debentures were offered to the shareholders
Schablona India Ltd. and remaining 1,45,350 debentures were
offered to the public (all were taken up).
- Part-A of Rs. 100 was to be converted into one equity share
Rs. 10 each at a premium of Rs. 90 per shares on allotment.
Remaining Part-B of Rs. 200 was repayable in 3 equal
from 6th, 7th and 8th year from the date of allotment.
1994 - The capacity of floor tiles was expanded from 15,000 tonnes
- The Company entered into a collaboration agreement with M/s.
Pilkingtons Tiles Limited for upgradation in the existing
1995 - 5,000 sq. mtr./day wall tile unit by double fast firing was
commissioned and is fully operational.
- 45,99,600 bonus equity shares issued in prop. 2:1.
1996 - The Company introduced India's largest ceramic tile (45cm X
45cm), production of such large size ceramic tile requires
high technology and skills.
1997 - SPL has tied-up with Schblona India to manufacture ceramic
and fire the same on glazed tiles. SPL would be one of the
Indian companies to use this technology.
- SPL introduced 45x45 cm tiles - a world class product - for
first time in the domestic market.
- A new unit has also been commissioned at Kassar with a fire
printing technology that can print any kind of prints on
1998 - SPL Limited holds 185,000 fully paid Equity Shares of Rs. 10
in the Company as on 31st March.
1999 - The company has entered into a technical collaboration with
Leonardo Ceramica, Italy which is a part of the Cooperative
Ceramica di Imola group: the fourth largest producer of
tiles in Italy and a leading manufacturer in the vitrified
porcelain tiles segment.
- The Company has entered into an Agreement with National
Securities Depository Limited (NSDL) in order to provide the
requisite facilities for dematerialisation of its shares.
2000 - SPL Ltd., the makers of Somany tiles, has entered the
tiles segment by launching `Greviti'.
2001 - SPL Ltd., makers of Somany tiles, has launched a new concept
floor and wall tiles, called the VersaTile brand.
-Delists shares from Delhi Stock Exchange Association Ltd
-SPL Ltd has entered into Joint Venture (JV) Agreement with Keraben S
A with the aim of manufacturing, promoting, distributing and selling
the products within India and other countries.
- Company name has been changed from SPL Ltd to Somany Ceramics Ltd.
- Somany Ceramics Ltd has appointed Mr. Y. K. Alagh as Additional
Director on the Board of the Company.
-Somany Ceramics Sub-division/split up the existing each fully paid
Equity Shares of nominal face value of Rs.10/- each into 5 fully paid
up Equity Shares of the nominal face value of Rs. 2/- each
-Shri Sandeep Kumar has been appointed as the Nominee Director on the
Board of the Company
-Somany Ceramics Proposed acquisition of 26% equity stake in M/s
Vintage Tiles Private Limited
-Somany Ceramics inaugurates First Somany Studio showroom in
-Somany Ceramics inaugurates First Somany Studio showroom in Indore
-Somany Ceramics inaugurates First Somany Global Exclusive showroom
-Somany Ceramics inaugurates First Somany Exclusive showroom in
-Somany Ceramics inaugurates Somany Exclusive showroom in Kochi
-Somany Ceramics enters into partnership with Fiandre Group
-Somany launches ‘The King of all Slabs’
-Somany Ceramics inaugurates Somany Studio showroom in Bangalore
-Somany Ceramics inaugurates First SOMANY STUDIO showroom in