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The Journey

Since 1947, discover our history, our products, our partnerships, our new manufacturing facilities, our commitment to society and its well-being and relive an incredible journey of technological innovation and adventure that powers and moves India on Exide.

This timeline looks at the history of our company, from 1916 to the present day. Exide’s extraordinary journey over the past 75 years showcases the wide product range launches, plant openings, new businesses, brand evolutions, subsidiaries, mergers, partnerships and CSR activities all orchestrated through charismatic leaders and employees through game-changing innovations.

  • 1947
  • First factory established in Shamnagar on 31st January 1947. Two Indian Companies incorporated in India to take over the business operations of CESCO, India.

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  • 1969
  • Second factory set up in Chinchwad Pune.

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  • 1972
  • Associated Battery Makers (Easter) Limited renamed as Chloride India Limited on 2nd August 1972.

  • 1973
  • Chloride India Limited introduces India’s first polypropylene batteries in India.

  • 1976
  • The Research and Development Centre was set up in Calcutta.

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  • 1981
  • Third factory established in Haldia, West Bengal.

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  • 1983
  • Exide becomes the first indigenous original equipment in a Maruti 800. Till then Maruti came with 100 per cent imported components.

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  • 1988
  • Chloride India Limited is renamed as Chloride Industries Limited on 12th October 1988.

  • 1995
  • Chloride Industries Limited renamed as Exide Industries Limited on 25th August 1995.

  • 1997
  • Fourth factory set up in Hosur Tamil Nadu

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  • 1998
  • Takeover of the industrial undertakings of Standard Batteries Limited as a going concern.

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  • 2000
  • 100% acquisition of CBSEA, Singapore and 49% acquisition of ABM (Ceylon) Sri Lanka.

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  • 2003
  • Commissioning of plant at Bawal Haryana and New JV company in UK ESPEX formed with 51% of EIL holdings.

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  • 2004
  • Increased ABM (Ceylon) holding to 60%

  • 2007
  • Increased shareholding to 100% in Chloride Power Systems & Solutions Limited and 100% acquisition of Chloride Metals Limited.

  • 2008
  • 51% acquisition of Chloride Alloys India Limited and Export Plant set up in Haldia.

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  • 2010
  • Increased shareholding to 100% in Chloride Alloys India Limited and Ahmednagar facility for MC batteries commenced production.

  • 2011
  • Acquisition of First Home UPS manufacturing facility at Roorkee.

  • 2012
  • Acquisition of Second Home UPS manufacturing facility at Haridwar and Espex Batteries UK, became wholly owned subsidiary.

  • 2017
  • 20-year legal battle with Exide Technologies comes to an end as the US company gives up its claim on the right to use the trade mark ‘Exide’ in India in favour of Exide Industries Limited

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  • 2018
  • Exide enters the Lithium-ion batteries industry through its Joint Venture with Leclanche SA and Exide purchases assets of Tudor India Limited – a factory near Gandhinagar, Gujarat.

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  • 2022
  • 2022 – Exide Industries Limited celebrates 75 years of its corporate existence in India.

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