OUR FOUNDER

  • The Loyal Group was founded by Late “Kalaithanthai” Karumuttu Thiagarajan Chettiar. He started business in 1956 with a small spinning and weaving mill using second hand machines.The company was started to provide work to laid-off workers of a larger mill and with time it became one of the largest and most reputed textile groups in India.
  • Karumuttu Thiagarajan Chettiar rose to become the doyen of South Indian Textile industry with several firsts to his credit. He promoted several other companies in sugar, journalism, insurance and banking sectors. He started several educational institutions to offer subsidized or free education from primary schools to Engineering Colleges and Management Schools. The Group has seen three generations of entrepreneurship in Textiles and Trading. Kalaithanthai’s second son Sri Karumuthu
  • Manickavasagam Chettiar carried the torch from the place left by his illustrious father.  His son Late Sri Manikam Ramaswami, a Gold Medalist from IIT-Madras and a multi-faceted personality was the architect in the growth of Loyal Textiles. He brought in modern technology in the working of the company. He had many “firsts” to his credit, like introducing air jet weaving in Loyal for the first time in the country. Under his captaincy, Loyal Group expanded both vertically and horizontally and made a significant foot print in the global market. He played a pivotal role in resolving many issues faced by textile industry at large and in framing policies both at State and Central level not only for the development of the textile industry but also for the economic upliftment of the cotton growers.

THE MAKING OF LOYAL TEXTILES – MILESTONES

1800

Sir ED Sasson establishes Loyal Textiles as a spinning and weaving mill with imported second-hand machines from England

1953

“Kalaithanthai” Karumuthu Thiagarajar Chettiar, the doyen of the South Indian textile industry, purchases the mill

1962

“Kalaithanthai” Karumuthu Thiagarajar Chettiar founded the Thiagarajar School of Management, today, one of the premier centres of higher learning in South India

1967

“Kalaithanthai” Karumuthu Thiagarajar Chettiar purchases P.Orr and Sons, the iconic watch maker and retailer of Chennai, and brings it into the Loyal fold

1979

Introduction of Air Jet Loom for the first time in the country

1980

Inception of Valli Textile Mills: Unit of Loyal Textile Mills Ltd

1982

Shree Chintamani Textile Mills commencement

1986

Processing unit commencement at kovilpatti – Wet Processing of Woven Fabric

1990

Introduction of knitting

1991

Inception of Garmenting Division in Loyal Textiles

1991

Separate Processing unit Loyal Super Fabrics at cuddalore

1995

High Visibility Garment Certification

1996

Joint Venture with Italian firm for Marketing our product in Europe

1996

Fire Retardant certification for Work wear garments

2004

Focus of renewable energy: commencement of wind energy supply

2004

High Visibility Garment Certification with 100% Cotton for the first time in the history of textile industry

2005

Continuous Bleaching Range (CBR) Machine Installation at LSF

2006

Open width continuous dyeing plant for knitting was introduced in Loyal which was the first time by any company in the Asia

2006-07 to 2018-19 

Gold Trophy for Thirteen years in a row for largest exporter of cotton fabrics in the country

2007

Modern Effluent treatment plant: first ozone based waste water treatment plant

2010

First vertically integrated textile mill to get a certification in Asia for Integrated Management System (ISO 9000:2008 & ISO 14001:2004)

2011

Inception of Shri Vishala Textile Mills: Unit of Loyal Textile Mills Ltd

2011

Completion of Amalgamation of Valli Textiles, Chintamani Textiles, Loyal Super Fabrics under Loyal Textile Mills Ltd

2013

Best Cotton Initiative (BCI)

2015

Focus of renewable energy: commencement of solar energy supply

2016

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