• 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.


Late 1800s – 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
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 – 4 Star Export House