Vajra Rubber Products (P) Ltd is the rare success story of a Small & Medium Enterprise that had a humble beginning in the Seventies and later emerged as one of the leading manufacturers of custom-moulded Rubber, Plastic & Composite components in India. Through innovation and diversification, the company has developed a range of highly specialised rubber products for various sectors such as Aerospace, Defence, Railways, Marine, Oil Field, Heavy Automotive, Energy, Mining etc
Konathukunnu is a sleepy village in Irinjalakuda, 29 km South of Thrissur district in the central part of Kerala, India. Not many know that this village is home to a company that supplied critical rubber components for India’s first Moon Mission, Chandrayaan, and first Mars Mission, Mangalyaan.
Vajra Rubber Products (P) Ltd prefers to keep away from media glare, but it’s a reputed name among Indian and foreign clients who use highly specialised rubber products. Its large clientele includes top Indian establishments such as the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), the Defence Research Development Organization (DRDO) etc. besides many major organisations abroad.
Established in 1971 as Sachindra Polymers by Sachindranath P S, an Engineering graduate, the company was reconstituted as Vajra Rubber Products (P) Ltd in 1989. From a humble beginning, the company has emerged over the past four decades as one of the leading manufacturers of custom- moulded Rubber, Plastic & Composite components in India.
Through innovation and diversification, the company has developed a range of highly specialised rubber products for various sectors such as Aerospace, Defence, Railways, Marine, Oil Field, Heavy Automotive, Energy, Mining etc.
The company develops and manufactures numerous moulded and extruded components that meet the specific requirement of both domestic and foreign customers. Vajra has manufactured mission-critical rubber and composite components for 18 different missile systems.
Impressive track record
Vajra’s success story began in 1978 when it commenced manufacturing ‘O’ Rings, Bushes & Gaskets for the Tractor & Tiller industries. It achieved a major breakthrough when it got associated with the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) in 1980.
Vajra’s partnership with ISRO grew to such an extent that Vajra’s components successfully flew in India’s first Moon Mission called Chandrayaan in 2008 and first Mars Mission, Mangalyaan, in 2013. Vajra has also developed the Ablative Tile for the ISRO’s Human Space flight Programme (HSP) which is expected to take off in 2021. Vajra is credited with developing the world’s largest single-piece moulded Butterfly Valve Seat and fabricating India’s largest Hydraulic Press.
Vajra’s association with ISRO strengthened when Dr K Radhakrishnan, a native of Irinjalakuda, became ISRO’s Chairman. Vajra’s new Carbon Composite Manufacturing Facility was inaugurated by Dr Radhakrishnan in 2015. Vajra has developed and supplied hundreds of import substitutes for the Indian Navy submarines and ships.
Focus on customer satisfaction
Vajra was the winner of Asianet’s Best SME Award in Rubber-Based Products Category for the year 2018.
“Vajra ensures complete customer satisfaction, a motive that has been adopted by all our employees. We adhere to high safety standards and also promote innovative and sustainable technology for all our operations,” says P S Kannan, Director of Vajra.
“We have established high-grade testing facilities which have been approved by the quality assurance wing of our esteemed customers like ISRO and DRDO. The tools are made using the latest CNC machines. Fabrication facilities are also available which help in making special-purpose fixtures and components required to meet specific needs of the customer,” adds P S Prasanth, another Director of the company.