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Industrial Visit to Karnataka Soaps and Detergents Ltd., Bangalore

Date : 19-07-2012
Sreerag V S
Batch 18, Section C
Organised by : Xavier Institute of Management and Entrepreneurship, Bangalore

The students of Batch 18, Section C visited KARNATAKA SOAPS AND DETERGENTS LIMITED, BANGALORE as a part of our Industrial visit on July 19th 2012. KARNATAKA SOAPS AND DETRERGENTS LIMITED (KSDL) ,BANGALORE is a company owned by Government of India in Karnataka. The Government sandalwood oil factory was established by the Maharaja of Mysore his Highness Nalvadi Krishnaraja Wodeyar and Diwan Sir, M. Visvesvaraya, during the year 1916 at Mysore . The main motivation for setting up the factory was the excessive sandalwood reserves that the Mysore Kingdom had which could not be exported to Europe because of the First World War. The Foundation stone was laid at Rajajinagar, Industrial Suburb, Bangalore in 1954. The Government soap factory was then converted into a public sector enterprise and the company incorporated on 9th July 1980 and was re-named as KARNATAKA SOAPS AND DETERGENTS LIMITED (KSDL).

We reached KSDL by 3:30 pm and were taken to the manufacturing plant by one of the employee of KSDL who guided and briefed us throughout the entire visit. He also gave us a presentation on history, types of products , manufacturing processes, raw materials, organisational structure and markets of KSDL.

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KS&DL produces various products like Sandalwood soap, Toilet soap, Detergents, Cosmetics, Incense sticks and Sandalwood oil. Main types of bathing soap produced by KSDL are Mysore Sandalwood Soap, Mysore Jasmine Soap and Lavender Soap. The KSDL's soap factory manufactures the Mysore Sandal Soap which is one of the largest of its kind in India having an installed capacity to produce 20,000 tones of soap per annum. KSDL has sales of Rs 265 crores in last annum with 16 crores profit. The Mysore Sandal Soap having average monthly sales of about Rs.75...
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