PM releases postage stamp to celebrate 100 years of KBL

ST CORRESPONDENT
Tuesday, 14 January 2020

Sanjay Kirloskar said, “We are proud that our history of firsts established India’s engineering credentials in the world. And true to the values of our company, we are thankful we could contribute to India’s landmark green revolution. Over the years, Kirloskar Brothers Ltd has helmed some of the country’s and the world’s most important projects.”

PUNE / NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday graced the centenary celebrations of Kirloskar Brothers Ltd (KBL) organised in New Delhi. As part of the event to commemorate 100 years of KBL, the Prime Minister released a postage stamp and the Hindi version of the biography of Late Laxmanrao Kirloskar, founder of Kirloskar Brothers, titled ‘Yantrik Ki Yatra – The Man Who Made Machines.’

Recounting the glorious 100 years of the company,  Kirloskar Brothers Ltd Chairman Sanjay Kirloskar said, “We are proud that our history of firsts established India’s engineering credentials in the world. And true to the values of our company, we are thankful we could contribute to India’s landmark green revolution. Over the years, Kirloskar Brothers Ltd has helmed some of the country’s and the world’s most important projects.”

KBL, a global leader in fluid management and pumping solutions, was established in the year 1888 by Laxmanrao and was incorporated as a public limited company in 1920.  “Our mission has been to ensure that India becomes self-reliant in fluid management in all core sectors and strategic areas and we are happy that we have been able to achieve this goal. Today, India can rely on an Indian company for pumps across all its core sectors -- power, oil and gas, industry, building and construction, municipal water, irrigation, marine and defence, and retail,” added Kirloskar.

The biography unveiled by the PM illustrates Laxmanrao’s exemplary journey from starting a bicycle and wind mill dealership with his elder brother in Belgaum in 1888 under the ‘Kirloskar Brothers’ moniker to establishing Kirloskar Brothers Ltd as one of the largest and most successful business houses in India, relying on his grit, determination  and strict adherence to ethics. 

The postage stamp unveiled by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the presence of the Kirloskar family members including Pratima Kirloskar, Alok Kirloskar and  Rama Kirloskar, commemorates KBL’s 100 years of incorporation and features an image of  Laxmanrao.

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