Till the end of 19th century paint was
not manufactured in India. The first paint manufacturing
company was started in Calcutta, in the beginning of 20th
Century.In first decade of 20th Century, an young
entrepreneur Shri Ladhubhai Damji Doshi came to Bombay
from Jamnagar to explore the business opportunities. With
his dedication and innovative efforts, the first Paint
Factory owned by an Indian was started in Bombay in the
year 1914, with the production of ZINC OXIDE POWDER on
commercial scale for the first time in India. This factory
was visited by eminent personalities like Mr. Pat Lovett
(editor of CAPITAL) and Mr.Hansraj Pragji Thackersey, and
they have appreciated the plant and the manufacturing
years later, in 1919, Shri Doshi in association with Shri
Kalkhosru Dinsha Wacha and other industrial magnates
founded a Public Limited Company known as The Pioneer
Indian Paint & Oil Works LTD. The said limited company had
the capital of RS.10 lakhs in those days.
This was the first Indian owned public
limited company for manufacturing paints in India. This
company had the privilege of supplying substantial
quantities of indigenous paints to Indian Stores
Departments, Military Departments & Railways. Later in
1934, Shri Doshi was also associated with New Era Paint
Works, Byculla, Bombay. In 1941, Shri Doshi , established
his own paint factory under the name and style of Star
Paint & Oil Industries.
It is noteworthy that during the period
of 1941 to 1960, Mr.Doshi developed for the first time in
India, Indigenous High Temperature Heat Resisting Aluminum
Paint to withstand temperatures of 660'C and this was
considered to be a very great achievement because a paint
of such a high quality was developed by him through his
own research and development efforts and without any
foreign technical assistance.
This was the period when our country
established Petroleum Refineries, Petrochemical Complex
and such other industries which needed high quality paint
and it is remarkable that STAR PAINT AND OIL INDUSTRIES
was able to meet the mark and catered to the specialized
requirements of the giant industrial projects.
Due to this it was possible to save a
sizable amount of foreign exchange which would have
otherwise been drained off and necessitated the import of
such paint from abroad. Shri Ladhubhai Doshi always held
an optimistic view of the future of indigenous paint
industries in our country and his plans were always wedded
with the ideas of self-sufficiency. He was elected senior
vice president of the Indian Paints Manufacturers and
Allied Industries Association in the year 1943 and on
various occasion he had delivered lectures and guided many
chemists in the paint industries. He expired during 1960.
Nevertheless, his sons continued the
manufacturing activities and not only upgraded the Heat
Resisting Aluminum Paint but they also developed and
innovated new products such as Fire Retarding Paints,
Chemical Resisting Paints, Insulating Varnish, Paints for
Air Crafts & Helicopters and other specialized product as
per Russian Standards which is used on Defence Air Crafts.
The Doshi Brothers kept up the high reputation and
standard of their
father and evolved rich qualities of their products which
were type approved by the Ministry of Defence, New Delhi
for Exclusive use in Defence Production and Maintenance.
With the industrialization in the
fields of petro-chemicals and allied industries the need
for withstanding high temperature Heat Resisting Paint has
always been in the forefront and Star Paint and Oil
Industries has endeavored its best to achieve high degree
of Heat Resistance in their products.
In the small scale sector M/s Star
Paint & Oil Industries achieved success in bringing up the
quality which is above all such products, made in India.
It also meets the international standards, as well as
latest Indian Standard Specification No. 13183/91.