Founder companies:
Name Arunachalam Muruganantham
Background He son of handloom weaver S. Arunachalam, Muruganantham grew up in poverty after his father died in a road accident.[4] His mother, A. Vanita, started working as a farm labour for paltry wages. At school, he took interest in science and won an award at a science exhibition for a chicken incubator design. However, at the age of 14, he dropped out of school to look for work. Initially, he supplied food to factory workers, but then he took up various jobs as machine tool operator, yam selling agent, far labourer, welder, etc.It took him nearly two years to discover that that commercial pads used cellulose fibres derived from pine bark wood pulp. The fibres helped the pads absorb while retaining shape. Imported machines that made the pads cost 3.5 crores.So he went on to devise a low-cost machine that could be operated with minimal training."