From the times of India to Tata group. Which are the eight oldest companies Made in India? With this quest in mind, we first looked at the history of many of India’s popular business houses and found some famous ones, such as Bennett Coleman & Co., who publish The Times of India; Bharat Wire Ropes, which has been manufacturing ropes since 1774; and Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd, which was started in 1976 by the government of India. 

From inception to today, Indian business groups have constantly grown and evolved. One such firm was The Bombay Group, founded in 1858 by Jamsetji Nusserwanji Tata, who himself played a role in establishing businesses across various sectors. While many firms focus on specific industries or segments within an enterprise, some of these conglomerates have a diverse portfolio spread across several sectors, including automobile manufacturing, information technology, energy and media.

After researching these companies and more, we came up with an inclusive list of the eight oldest companies made in India, which are given below.

Parry & Co.:

In 1788, Thomas Parry, an English businessman, started a company that dealt in the Sugar and spirits in India. In the early 19th century, this company became one of the significant traders of Sugar. They also expanded their business gradually over the South Indian regions. This company was divided into two different companies, and later on, they merged again to form the EID Parry. After that, the TheMurugappa Group of companies acquired the EID parry in 1981. This company is still operational and deals in bio-fertilizers and distillery-like industries.

The Times Group:

The Times Group of Companies was started in India in 1838. It is a family-owned business in which the Sahu Jain family is a significant stakeholder. This group of companies is also known as Bennett, Coleman, and Company Limited. The Times Group has various subsidiaries like The Times of India, Navbharat Times, The Economic Times, Radio Mirchi, Movies Now, Zoom, etc. This company has also been operating for over 100 years and is still going strong.

Aditya Birla Group:

Aditya Birla Group was started in 1857, dealing majorly in cotton products. It was also a family business founded by Seth Shiv Narayan Birla. After that, Ghanshyam Das Birla recreated the company as one of India’s largest aluminum makers companies. The current chairperson of this company is Kumar Mangalam Birla. This company deals in various industries like metals, cement, telecom, retail and financial services, etc.

BBTC (Bombay Burmah Trading Corporation):-

BBTC was started in India in the year 1863. It was founded by the 6 Wallace brothers of Scotland, based in London. The company was created as a Burmese tea producer. But later on, BBTC became the largest producer of teak in very little time, around the 1870s. The Visanji family acquired this company from the Wallace brothers during the independence of India, i.e., in the 1940s. After some time, this company was acquired by the Wadia Group of companies. The company now deals with the industries like Tea and coffee plantation, healthcare, electric components, and real estate.

Tata Group:

The Tata group of companies is one of the most elite and trusted groups in Indian History. It has also contributed immensely to the growth and development of the nation. It was founded by JamsetJi Tata around 1868. He is popularly known as the “Father of Indian Industry.” This company was initially started as an iron and steel producer, but later it expanded to many domains and is expanded to many industries with its subsidiaries as:-

  • TCS – an IT company
  • Tanishq – A jeweler company
  • Tata Steel
  • Tata Motors
  • Vistara – An airlines company
  • FMCG products and many others

Shalimar Paints:

Shalimar Paints is one of India’s oldest companies and the oldest paint company in the entire SouthAsia, which was formed in 1902. Many Government Organizations like the NTPC, IOCL, Indian railways, etc., are the clients of this company. The company has a wide range of products like watercolors, weather–proof colors, etc., including the modern-age colors. Mr. Ashok Kumar Gupta, the CEO of Shalimar paints, says that Shalimar paints keep updating itself with the latest consumer needs and requirements.

Bombay Dyeing Company:

This company was formed under the Wadia Group of companies by Nowrosjee Wadia in 1879, and it started with the dyeing business. However, its dyeing business failed, and the company later shifted to the textile industry. Currently, it is one of the largest textile manufacturers in India. This company has been operating for over 100 years despite the cut-throat competition in the Indian Textile industry. The current CEO of this company is Mr. Aloke Banerjee. 


This company was established in 1897 as a lock producer company by Ardeshir Godrej and Burjorji Godrej. They introduced many products that were first in their segment, like introducing two lever locks that were one of a kind in India. This company produced India’s first safe and indigenous typewriter in 1902 and 1955. This company has also been operating in India for over 100 years. Godrej currently deals in multiple industries like consumer goods, furniture, agriculture, etc. We hope that you like this informative content about the oldest Indian companies. We thrive on producing such quality content that will help you ‌learn something and grow. Stay updated on our website to get more educational and exciting content regularly.

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