History – Crompton Greaves Ltd

For the last sixty-seven years, Crompton Greaves (CG) has become synonymous with electricity in India. In fact, the first unit of electricity was generated on a “Crompton Dynamo” at Calcutta in 1899. A pioneering leader since 1937 in the management and application of electrical energy, Crompton Greaves, today, is India’s largest private sector enterprise, extensively engaged in designing, manufacturing and marketing high technology electrical products and services related to power generation, transmission, distribution as well as executing turnkey projects. The company is customer centric in its focus and it is the single largest source for a wide variety of electrical equipments and products. Further, the company is emerging as a first choice global supplier for high quality electrical equipments.

The history of Crompton Greaves goes back to 1878 when Col. R.E.B. Crompton founded R.E.B.Crompton & Company. The company merged with F.A Parkinson in the year 1927 to form Crompton Parkinson Ltd., (CPL). Greaves Cotton and Co (GCC) was appointed as their concessionaire in India. In 1937, CPL established, its wholly owned Indian subsidiary viz. Crompton Parkinson Works Ltd., in Bombay, along with a sales organization, Greaves Cotton & Crompton Parkinson Ltd., in collaboration with GCC. In the year 1947, with the dawn of Indian independence, the company was taken over by Lala Karamchand Thapar, an eminent Indian industrialist. Crompton Greaves is headquartered in a self-owned landmark building at Worli, Mumbai.