Brightening lives, adding colour, enriching experiences.
When we began 78 years ago in 1931, we were a single product company. Today, in 2009, we have achieved our vision and have over 2000 innovative products. Which is why Camel and Camlin are the most recognised stationery and art brand in India.
Started operations with Horse Brand Ink Powders and Tablets. Followed shortly by Camel Ink. The “Camel” was chosen as a symbol due to its capacity to endure long periods of difficulty in the trips across deserts. “Camel” was also easy to write and pronounce in all the Indian languages and was acceptable to all the religions of the land.
Dandekar & Co. was re-christened as Camlin (a combination of Camel and Ink) Private Limited
From inks, our activities expanded into a range of products, such as pain balms, chalks, rubber stamp pads, gums, adhesives and so on. To take these products across the length and breadth of the country, a distribution network was set up.
Our silver jubilee year was celebrated in the factory and office at Andheri, (the most industrialised suburb of Mumbai), which is now the Head Office for all divisions.
Entry into the art material market with products such as artists' and students' oil and watercolours, poster colours, geometry boxes, wax crayons, oil pastels and water colour cakes.
Wooden pencils were introduced. A fully integrated factory was started in Tarapur (100 kms from Mumbai) for manufacture of wooden pencils.
We held our very first All India Camel Colour Contest.
A year of diversification
The Camlin Fine Chemicals & Pharmaceuticals Division were born. A new integrated ultra-modern plant was started in the Tarapur factory to drug intermediates and antioxidants for the global market.
Camlin became a public limited company and was listed on the Bombay Stock Exchange.
Technical collaboration was established with Pilot Corporation, Japan...