Aspinwall & Co. Ltd., one of the earliest commercial enterprises founded during the British era in South India, was established in 1867 by the legendary English trader and visionary John H. Aspinwall, who offered a range of shipping services and traded in timber, spices and agro-products. He left the fortunes of his company in the good hands of his business partners, the Black brothers, who consolidated the business and sowed the seeds of the Aspinwall enterprise.
In 1956, the Royal Family of Travancore, the erstwhile rulers of Kerala, South India acquired a small interest in Aspinwall, when the company became a public limited company. In the early 1970’s when the English owners decided to divest their ownership in Aspinwall, the controlling interest was taken over by the Royal Family.
The change of ownership triggered an era of modernization and expansion of the existing business lines as well as diversification into new areas of growth. Today, Aspinwall has business interests in the areas of Shipping & Logistics, Coffee Processing, Natural Rubber Plantation, and Natural Fibre Processing.
In the year 2012 Aspinwall decided to move beyond its pan-India establishment and engage its first-ever owned operation outside of India. In order to sustain and manage our growth path, the company realised that time had come to ‘think global and act local’ with the focal objective to optimise our proposition to our overseas business partners and provide them with maximum support and local value-added services. Also it was felt necessary to develop a global presence to be able to optimally adapt c.q. respond to emerging or changing local market conditions and customer demand.
PROFILE OF OUR NATURAL FIBRE DIVISION
Aspinwall entered the natural fibre processing industry over a hundred years ago with the manufacturing of handloom and powerloom matting products made from the cocos fibre, called ‘coir’. Coir, being India’s golden gift to the world, is a natural fibre extracted from the protective coconut husk, and is renowned for its versatility, natural elegance, and eco-friendliness (100% bio-degradable).
From the early days our coir processing activities were concentrated around the Alleppey region in the state of Kerala. This local century-old experience and expertise has been consciously handed down through generations of talented artists and artisans to our today’s craftsmen at our divisional headoffice at Cochin as well as at our state-of-the-art coir tufting factory at Pollachi (Tamil Nadu).
With coir handloom mats as our traditional base, Aspinwall has meanwhile diversified into developing and producing pvc-backed tufted natural, printed and yarn-dyed coir mats & matting, rubber-moulded coir mats, and solid rubber mats as well as floorcoverings made from other natural fibres such as jute, sisal and seagrass. Our products are made-to-order and exported to buyers in all parts of the world, of which the majority goes into the markets of United States and Europe.
In addition to home entrance matting, we produce geotextiles made of coir fibre, which is used in environment engineering to prevent soil erosion, as well as coir pith (a natural and eco-friendly replacement for peat moss), which is applied in horticulture as a water-retaining agent and growth medium.
Next to our highly sophisticated ISO9001 & SA8000 certified operation at Pollachi, Aspinwall is proud of our well-trained and dedicated production, customer service & product cq. design development staff. We are fully catered to design & manufacture mats which are tailored to specific buyer requirements, and committed to smoothly guide and monitor the progress of our buyer's orders to ensure in-time and flawless delivery, whether that may be FOB Cochin or DAP our client's warehouse.
With the establishment of our European branch office in the Netherlands, Aspinwall aims to effectively promote our natural fibre product offering through a local dedicated approach, and provide local support and value-adding services such as door-to-door delivery of full container loads and/or consolidated pallet-based shipments to our local client base.