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Any landmark in the history of an institution is an occasion to recount, rejoice, reaffirm and review the path it has covered, its genesis, the progress made, the lessons to be imbibed and to define its future. Your company would be completing 70 years of its existence in the current financial year. While for an institution, it could be but a small milestone, for individuals connected with it, it is a definitive landmark to feel proud and take note of. As part of the recounting and rejoicing on this occasion, it cannot be denied that our valued shareholders are the backbone of the entire corporate structure and it is with a sense of deep gratitude that I convey my thanks for their unstinted faith in the management and for the support extended to the company over the years.
To recall in brief, the journey of the company commenced in 1941 with the acquisition of a sick cooperative sugar mill in Vuyyuru, Krishna District followed by the establishment of the Cement Factory at Macherla, Guntur District and later, the Engineering Unit at Chennai. It was the vision of the late Sri V Ramakrishna I.C.S, with his vast experience in Government in the development of industries that led to the founding of this company and the growth that followed. The cement factory to cater to the needs of the then prestigious construction of the Nagarjuna Sagar Dam, a momentous irrigation project and the engineering workshop at Madras (now Chennai) to provide the necessary technical and mechanical support to the two factories, were well crafted strategies at a time when the State of Madras, as it was then, was just on the threshold of industrial growth. The continued expansion of the Sugar Unit to become a leader in the industry with its technical achievements being considered benchmarks by its peers, the modernization of the cement unit and the humungous expansion of the Engineering Unit into a versatile capital goods manufacturer catering to the sugar and cement industries during the peak periods of their own growth are all part of the company's history. The company also witnessed in its later years, an acquisition of an adjacent sugar factory by an amalgamation, establishment of captive power generation for the cement unit from hydel sources and for the engineering factory through windmills. As the time demanded, later in 1996, the company demerged its sugar businesses under an independent management with the shareholders retaining their respective stakes in both companies.
The events of the past 70 years, the extraordinary support it has received from its stakeholders, the staff and the community in which it works, has given great moral strength to the management in the conduct of its affairs with transparency and concern and make a mark as one of the reputed companies in the country with a high value on Corporate Governance. The company also takes pride in the support by its employees in its growth over the years and the mutual trust and confidence that is marked by low attrition rates, the absence of labour unrest, the reputation as a good place to work in etc. Turning the few pages of its history, the company justifiably feels proud to have in its fold nearly 1500 employees which in turn accounts for a total of about 3000 livelihoods who contribute to its varied resources and are in turn benefitted by well established employee–relationship policies.
Your company has been encouraged to pursue a course of conservative growth backed by prudent financial management by virtue of the success of similar policies in the past resulting in consistent reward to the shareholders with good returns while simultaneously conserving resources for its planned growth in the coming years.
Strengthened by the availability of sufficient internal financial resources and ability to leverage debt for a healthy debt–equity ratio, the company embarked on a path of growth to ensure a robust increase in its top and bottom lines in the next few years.
It is a matter of immense satisfaction that the
Another significant area that the company has ventured into is the Hotel industry with a 130 room four star Project by putting to beneficial use, the available land in a strategic location in
The many policies of transparent management with a set of prudent corporate governance principles have also led the company to associate with companies in the global arena established as world leaders in the fields in which we are focused. The association with Fuller of USA in the cement technology sector resulted in the formation of Fuller K C P Ltd which performed exceedingly well and paid rich dividends. The ultimate sale of the company's stake in the Joint Venture with substantial returns was the result of policies of the American group which bought out Fuller Inc itself. Needless to say, the company's business association with the corporation still continues to mutual advantage and benefit.
Presently, the company has an association with Fives group of
After the demerger of the sugar businesses in 1996 mentioned earlier, the company with its rich experience in the sugar industry and in the field of machinery manufacturing for that industry set up a subsidiary, KCP Vietnam Industries Ltd in
Dear shareholders, your steadfast support through the years has ensured that the company trains its sights in the right direction and endeavors to build up a thriving corporate asset with robust growth as behoves a responsible corporate entity to serve as the foundation to see it through the future.
The company's infrastructure in its different manufacturing units established over the years has also richly contributed to the establishment and expansion of a thriving ancillary segment giving a boost to economic activity in the area and improving the quality of life of the residents and their families.
The basic logic behind Corporate Social Responsibility has been firmly rooted in the minds of the management long before it became a formalised concept going on to become part of pronounced Government policies. The welfare of employees and that of the neighbouring communities has been the moving force behind the establishment of many educational institutions, social and community projects in the vicinity of its factories. The company has always viewed it as part of its responsibility to the community from which it derives its resources for business and has always responded in generous measure. Your company believes that Corporate Social Responsibility is as important as its manufacturing operations itself and the company has in its own way practiced this by making its surroundings greener and the environment more resident–friendly. While the details of the projects are to be found in the annual reports, it is worthwhile mentioning that community welfare measures such as provision of drinking water, maintenance of a healthy surrounding, educating the community including children of its own employees etc have been the main creed of the company's CSR.
Looking back at the past and venturing to peep into the future, it is my earnest belief that the KCP's journey would continue with its firm belief in the core value of ethics propounded by its Founder Sri V Ramakrishna. This has, in the past enabled us to earn the goodwill of shareholders, bankers and lending institutions, employees, business associates, State and Central Governments, the public at large comprising of deposit–holders and very many others. The bankers, in particular have been a great source of strength with their trust placed in our management and the growth plans for the future, leading to their unstinted support at all times.
It is my privilege to have been given an opportunity to lead your company as Chairman for the last 35 years and to continue to steer the company forward. On behalf of the Board of Directors, the Management and the team–KCP may I once again thank you for your continued trust and support.
Our sources of inspiration remain unchanged and we would remain steadfast in our commitment to growth with responsibility as our humble contribution to the corporate world and to the overall economic growth of the country.
Chairman & Managing Director