The Government Sandalwood Oil factory was established by the Maharaja of Mysore His Highness Nalwadi Krishna Raja Wodeyar and Diwan Sir, M. Visvesvaraya, during the year 1916 at Mysore, to extract Sandalwood Oil from Sandalwood. The foresight and enthusiasm of Maharaja of Mysore, to keep the Mysore State in the Global Map, by introducing “THE WORLD’S BEST NATURAL SANDALWOOD OIL” and to make it as a “FRAGRANCE AMBASSADOR OF INDIA”. The first experiment for extraction of Sandalwood oil from Sandalwood was successfully conducted in Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, under the leadership of Prof. Suddourough and Prof. Watson. The high quality Sandalwood oil with British Pharmacopia was introduced to the world by the Government Soap Factory, Mysore.
During the year 1918, a foreign guest presented a rare gift with a pack of Soaps made by using Sandalwood oil produced in our Country to His Highness, the Maharaja of Mysore. This has sparked the idea of utilizing the available natural Sandalwood oil for making soap in the home State of Mysore. Sri S.G. Shastry, who was a qualified Industrial Chemist, was sent to Landon for an advanced training on Soap & Perfumery technology. With the return of S.G. Shastry from Landon, the era of MYSORE SANDAL SOAP began. Sri S.G. Shastry has developed Sandal perfume, which was considered as a land mark in the field of soap perfuming in those days. The first indigenous SANDAL SOAP with Sandal Note as its base fragrance along with the other Natural Essential Oils consisting of Vetivert, Patchouli, Geranium, Palm Rosa, orange, Petitgrain etc. was produced and introduced in the market under the brand name of MYSORE SANDAL SOAP during the year 1918.
MILE STONES OF THE COMPANY:
1918 – Government Soap Factory was started by Maharaja of Mysore with the capacity of 112MTs/Annum near Cubbon part, Bangalore and the MYSORE SANDAL SOAP was introduced into the market for the first time.
1932 – Toilet soap production capacity was enhanced to 750MTs/Annum.
1944 – The second Sandalwood Oil extraction plant was started in Shimoga.
1954 – Foundation stone was laid by Sir M. Visvesvaraya for establishment of new manufacturing facilities at Rajajinagar, Industrial Suburb, Bangalore.
1957 – Factory was shifted from Cubbon Park to the new premises.
1965 – Started exporting its products to various Countries.
1967 – Celebrated its Golden Jubilee.
1970 – Production capacity was increased to 6000MTs/Annum, in a phase wise with parallel modernization of various manufacturing equipments.
1974 – Mysore Sales International Limited was appointed as the sole selling agent for marketing its products.
1975 – Synthetic Detergent plant for manufacture of Detergent cake and Detergent powder was installed with Italian technology.
1980 – Government Soap Factory was converted into a Public Sector Enterprise and the Company incorporated on 9th July 1980 and re-named as KARNATAKA SOAPS & DETERGENTS LIMITED.
1981 – Fatty Acid unit was established to utilize Indigenously available minor seed oils as the raw material for Soap manufacturing and to produce Glycerine and Stearic acid.
1984 – Expanded the production capacity with modern manufacturing facilities, which was available at that time to produce 26000MTs/Annum of Toilet soaps with different variants.
1987 – Company has taken over the marketing activities from M/s. MSIL and established its own marketing network by opening seven Branches all over India.
1992 – Company has faced very stiff competition after liberalization in the Country from different multi National Companies. Company was registered with the Board for Industries and financial reconstruction (BFR) New Delhi, as the Company suffered heavy losses.
1996 – The BIFR approved the rehabilitation package in September and Company has taken stringent measures for the Cost control and improving the productivity and sales. Company started making profits.
1999 – Company was certified with ISO 9001:1994 Certification by BSI for its effective implementation of Quality Management Systems.
Company has launched MYSORE SANDAL GOLD- 125gms and MYSORE SANDAL BABY-75gms in the premium segment.
2000 – Company was certified with ISO 14001 Certification by BSI for its effective implementation Environmental Management System.
2003 – Company has wiped out entire carry forward losses of `.98.00 crores and come out from BIFR.
Company has made profits continuously every year and it is the only State Public Sector unit, which has come out of BIFR and making continuous profits in the State.
2004 – The ISO certification was upgraded to ISO 9001:2000.
2008 – Company has introduced Hand wash liquids under the trade name of Herbal Hand wash and Rose Hand wash liquids. Company has also introduced liquid Detergent under the trade name of KLEENOL liquid with different variants for Floor wash, Dish wash and Automobile wash.
2009 – Company has established In-House state of the Art manufacturing facilities for manufacture and filling of Mysore Sandal Talcum powder and Mysore Sandal Baby powder. Company has re—introduced the Talcum powder variants with new outlook of containers.
2010 – The ISO certification was upgraded to ISO 9001:2008.
Company is on progressive growth for the last 10 years by increasing its production & sales volumes. The Company turnover has increased from `100.00 crores during the year 2003 to `200.00 crores during the year 2009-10.
Vision Statement :
Karnataka Soaps & Detergents Limited has a clear Vision for all round development of the Company. This is reflected in the form of a well conceptualized and cogent blue print called VISION 2013. The VISION 2013 sets the goals and milestones and suggests the strategies and plans necessary to relies the Vision. The Vision of the KS&DL is embodied in the following statement:-
“KARNATAKA SOAPS & DETERGENTS LIMITED WILL LEVERAGE LATEST SOAP MANUFACTURING TECHNOLOGY AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY BY IMBIBING PROFESSIONAL MANAGEMENT TECHNIQUES TO IMPROVE ITS FUNCTIONAL ACTIVITIES, TRANSPARENCY, BUSINESS AND TO TRANSFORM ITSELF INTO A COMPETITOR IN THE FMCG MARKET IN INDIA AND ALSO TO SPREAD ITS FRAGRANCE IN THE FMCG GLOBAL MARKET”.