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Circa 1859……Walter Duncan, a young Scottish merchant lands on the magical shores of the East Indies. Swayed by the beneficial climate of easy trade on the Indian shores, the intrepid traveller sets up the Playfair Duncan company to cultivate the ‘honey brew’ of the Darjeeling slopes-tea.

Under this one man entrepreneurship, the company begins the export of high quality tea to a growing market abroad, and within years the name Duncans become synonymous with tea.

Business expands, the Duncan Brothers Limited is formed, and the first seeds of diversification is sown- the Birpara Tea Company and the Anglo India Jute Mills.

 The Re-christening

Circa 1951…..the Goenka family, steeped in generations of business expertise, takes up the reins of Duncans Brothers Limited. With interests in two of the core industries of India, tea and jute, the now non-anglicised Group soon creates a firm foothold in the subcontinent, and is ready for 'greener pastures'.
Mr. G.P.Goenka takes over operations of the Group’s tea gardens, and lays the foundation for their professional management, which has today made the company a force to reckon with in the tea industry.

 A One Man Show

Circa 1979…… he takes over as Chairman of the Group. under whose able stewardship, the Group receives new direction and impetus. A phenomenal growth commences as the group expands through vertical integration and diversification. Duncans goes on to become one of the country’s fastest growing business houses, their interests touching industries as far-encompassing and varied as electronics, tyre machinery, petrochemicals, thermosetting plastics, paper, specialty chemicals, synthetic rubber, carbon black, nylon tyre cord, synthetic fibers, leasing, and even education and healthcare.

For Thine is the Kingdom, the Power and the Glory…

Duncan Goenka Group is today highly diversified with 20 operating companies and a workforce of 40,000 employees. Its present turnover of Rs. 20 billion, places it amongst the top ten industrial groups in the country. In its millennium avatar, the Group has identified four thrust areas - power generation and other core sector projects, agro-based ventures, chemicals and petrochemicals and frontier sciences like software and biotechnology. A target of Rs. 100 billion has been set for achievement by 2000 A.D.

Today, the Duncan Goenka Group is a nucleus of activity, seeking new challenges and ready for exploration, to define its vision and realize its dreams.

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