our timeline

Milestones

D.N. Chowgule & Sons established - primary business of trading tin scrap, coconut oil, bamboo, wood with Middle East.

1916

Shipping and forwarding agency business started - soon broke the stronghold of foreign companies.

1924

Trading and importing business strengthened to include Tosca shoes, liquor and Rolex watches

1933

Chowgule Brothers established as a trading and agency company

1937

Iron ore trading business started

1939

Established the Janata Library in Portuguese ruled Goa

1943

Chowgule & Co. established - which goes on to be the parent company of the Group

1945

First Indian company to export 1,500T of Manganese Ore to Czechoslovakia

1947

Chowgule Brothers provides port agency and stevedoring services.

1950

Chowgule Formula signed between Chowgule & Co. and Japanese Steel Mills - the first method of capital and technology transfer to a mining company, which would be repaid through the cost of ore sold

1950

First Indian company to export 9,000T of Iron Ore to Japan

1950

First mechanized mining operations in India established at Sirgao Mines

1952

Mechanized material handling operations from mine to port through barges, dumpers, drilling machines, belt conveyors, automatic floats - annual production reaches 2 million tons

1953

Sirgao Shipbuilding facility started - primarily to make barges for transportation of iron ore from mines to port

1953

First mechanized iron ore handling plant at port with ship loading capacity of 12,000T per day

1958

Development of Pale Mines with technology from Sweden

1959

Parvatibai Chowgule College of Arts and Sciences started - the first college in Goa was part of the Group’s CSR activities to enable local students to get higher education within the state

1962

Gomantak newspaper started - the first Marathi daily newspaper - later also gets an English edition

1962

Chowgule Steamships established - shipping business

1963

Kolhapur Oxygen established - industrial gases business

1963

Chowgule Steamships orders Maratha Progress and Maratha Providence bulk carriers from Germany

1964

Arlem Breweries established - beer business

1966

Pelletization business started at Pale - South East Asia’s first plant and third in the world

1967

Parvatibai Chowgule College moves to a new location - with new buildings and new facilities

1969

Iron ore exported to USA, Germany and Belgium

1975

Narmada Cement established - becomes the first 1 million ton single kiln cement plant with split location in India

1977

Keltech Energies established - explosives business

1977

Mandovi Pellets plant becomes operational - 1.5 million tons annual capacity

1979

Udipi explosives plant becomes operational - area names Vishwasnagar after Vishwasrao Chowgule, Group Chairman

1980

Latest IT systems and computers introduced at Parvatibai Chowgule College

1986

Chowgule Brothers expands port agency offices to serve customers at all ports in India

1990

President of India felicitates Vishwasrao Chowgule with National Award

1994

Internet introduced at Parvatibai Chowgule College

1995

Chowgule Salt Works severely damaged by Gujarat cyclone - operations re-started after

1996

Chowgule Brothers Warehousing established - largest warehousing provider in Goa, customs bonded warehousing

1996

Chowgule Brothers further expands warehousing by leveraging technology and transport. Creates state of the art facilities for Pharma sector

2002

Modernization of Shipbuilding operations to cater to European customers

2002

Waterproofing business established with JV with European companies

2004

Material Handling Equipments business established - design and manufacturing of cranes and machinery

2005

Shipbuilding receives orders from European market for supply of multipurpose general cargo vessels - totally 26 orders received

2005

Shipping operations acquire chemical tankers business in Europe

2008

Chowgule Construction Chemicals established - manufacturing and application of waterproofing chemicals, industrial flooring

2011

Angre Port becomes operational - all-weather port on India’s western coast

2013

Lavgan Dockyards ship repair facility established - can service up to 9 vessels at a time using Rolls Royce Shiplift technology

2013

Chowgule Brothers expands warehousing and logistics offering pan India

2014