By Abhijit Phadke
This article lists some of the well known decorative laminate brands in the Indian market.
Sunmica is one of the foremost brands in the Indian Laminate Industry that has become a household name and has the highest brand recall amongst Indian customers. In fact when most Indians say 'Sunmica' what they mean to say is 'Laminates'. The two words have become so synonymous with each other in India.
The Sunmica business division was earlier a part of the Wadia group company, Bombay Burmah Trading company. However recently in the year 2011, it has been acquired by Japanese company AICA that manufactures and markets various kinds of building materials including laminates. The Sunmica laminate manufacturing unit in India is located at Rudrapur in the northern state of Uttaranchal.
Formica International a US-based company has been the pioneer of the laminates industry in the world. The company started its operations in the US and later spread to Europe and Asia. The company operated in India for about 10+ years (from 1963-64 to 1975), after which they had made an exit from the Indian market.
Formica which is now owned by New Zealand based company Fletcher Building Products Ltd.has recently made an entry into the Indian market once again, and has acquired a laminate manufacturing unit at Ahmedabad, in Gujarat, India.
GreenLam Laminates - from the makers of GreenPly
GreenPly Industries Ltd. is an India based multi-national company that has strong presence in the plywood, veneers, particle board and decorative laminates market in India. Laminates manufactured by Greenply are sold in India under the brand name of GreenLam Laminates. The company manufactures decorative laminate sheets at its factories located at Behror in Rajasthan and at Nalagarh in Himachal Pradesh.
Merino is the third largest manufacturer of decorative laminates in the world. It entered the Interior design solutions sector in India in the year 1974, with the manufacturing of plywood. Soon HPL (High-pressure decorative laminates) was also added to its product range when the company set-up laminate manufacturing factories at Hapur and later at Rohad, near Delhi.
This is another popular company in India that has been in operation in the industry for over 25 years. The company makes plywood of different grades, decorative laminates, particle boards, medium density fibre boards (MDF), wood veneers, as well as sells readymade furniture through retail outlets under the brand name of Nesta.
Few more well known laminate companies/brands in India are listed below.
KitVista - from the makers of KitPly