The fag end of the 19th century was a time of great political turmoil. The nationalistic movement had gained momentum and people from all walks of life were joining in the struggle to free India from British rule. One such person was a young lawyer who went by the name Ardeshir Burjorji Godrej. No one could have imagined that an important part of India's industrial history was being commissioned when he chose to give up law.
His mission was to develop a product that would displace brands the well entrenched foreign brands and give them a worthy India-made competitor. In 1897 he decided to manufacture locks. The product he had in mind would be manufactured using modern techniques and machines. This was the only way, he believed, that his produce could equal or better brands already available in the market.
The success of this launch led to the development of India's first home-grown safe in 1902. It was a satisfying moment in its history when the company was called upon to provide safes for the Queen of England when she and her entourage visited India in 1905.
In the next near-one hundred years this fledgling company would go on to becoming India's most complete security solutions organisation, offering a comprehensive suite of security solutions for residential, industrial and business premises.
Today, the company also manufactures equipment for the banking industry including vaults as well as entrance doors for homes and products for the marine and defence sectors. Godrej Security Solutions exports to over 45 countries.