Founded in 1952 by late Shri K.V. Pendharkar, the VICCO Group has emerged today as makers of the best internationally known products of the Ayurveda, the ancient Indian system of natural medicines. Having production units at Dombivli, Nagpur and Goa in India. Under the able guidance of Shri. G.K.Pendharkar, Chairman, the company has established strong foothold in almost every developed country in Asia, Europe, America, Africa and Australia. Combining ancient wisdom, with modern technology, the company has expanded business activities into investment, trade, advertising and education sectors as well, 13 of its associate companies.
Right from its inception in the 1952, the VICCO Group of companies has been charting an unwavering course that has catapulted the group into international limelight. Vicco Laboratories, which has upraised the Indian Ayurved and its nurturing, protecting and rejuvenating medicinal products and remedies from a fierce abyss of disdain and contempt to the peak of world-wide recognition, esteem and honour, has completed its tough and tedious march of sixty years and has been celebrating The Diamond Jubilee!
For its founding father, the Pendharkar, it has been indeed a long journey. But for a concern, its only a humble hop. Afterall, what are 60 years in the life of an organisation? And more than mere organisation, VICCO is a dream: a vision to be realised, a promise to be fulfilled.
The vision is to reach out to every civilisation. The promise is to make boons of the Ayurveda available to every home, far and near. VICCO is determined to achieve this goal.
'AYURVEDA', a traditional system of Indian medicine, is known for centuries in India for curative and prophylactic values. At the same time Ayurvedic products are totally harmless and do not have any side effects. This science is oriented in India and developed by our ancestors and after a great deal of research - clinical and biological - the therapeutic properties of Ayurvedic natural ingredients were reduced to writing, which in the present age have become the authoritative books of Ayurveda.
Ayurveda is a combination of two words : 'Ayu' + 'veda' = 'Ayurveda'. 'Ayu' means 'life' and 'veda' means 'science' i.e. 'the science of life'. In other words, 'the science of longevity'. The natural way of a long, healthy, and peaceful life is the meaning of Ayurveda. Unfortunately, due to a long alien rule in the country, this wonderful Indian system of traditional medicine, a treasure - trove of life renewing secrets, was suppressed and not made known to the world, including the home country itself.
With a view to opening the doors of a long, healthy and natural life to all of mankind, the promoters of this company decided to introduce this science to the world. By introducing a few Ayurvedic medicinal ingredients in daily-use products like paste, powder and skin/sun cream so that the public at large can benefit from this science. It was also to show that India, in this science, is at the giving end.
It was with this crusading zeal that the company was established.Company exports to USA, Canada, Europe, UK, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Malaysia, UAE, Sultanate of Oman, Kuwait, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, North America, Mauritius, Fiji, Cyprus, West Indies and Iceland.
Although it is a great achievement for the company to have popularised this incomparable science of medicine, the company is fully aware that it has a lot many things to do and has still to grow 100 times of what it is today. The management is conscious that this would be a herculean task. And yet is sure that a day will come when the majority of the people will avail themselves of this science in their day to day life and return to the natural way of living a long, happy, healthy and peaceful life.
Although this wonderful system of medicine was invented in India and flourished here for many millenia, Ayurveda suffered an eclipse due to the advent of alien rule of more than 200 years.
However, the interaction between Arabs and Indians, as also between the Europeans and Indians, exposed the foreigners to the ancient elixir of Ayurveda. In time to come, the travellers and traders carried with them impressive accounts of Ayurveda to the West. The everalert westerners immediately began to take notice of this 'mystical therapy'.
As it usually happens in such situations a lot of half-baked myths about Ayurveda began to do rounds of the Western world. Opportunist quacks began to peddle trash in the name of Ayurveda. To project a correct picture of Ayurveda at home and abroad, Vicco planned to produce items of daily use, such as powder, paste and skin-cream on the basis of Ayurvedic principles.
Thus were born the famous VICCO brand of products.
Our products succeeded in achieving the following -
VICCO doesn't claim to have invented anything new. As an enterprising company, we have only produced for the ready use of mankind what was already discovered by our great sages ages ago. That's VICCO's humble contribution to Ayurveda.
The new spacious factory was constructed in March 1997, with latest equipment and fully automised machines, the factory has been functioning in the most hygienic conditions from ever since. It is located in an Industrial belt in Corlim, a beautiful place of Goa, on a height of about 150 feet above the ground level and about 14 km from Panaji, the capital of Goa. The area of the plot is measuring 5,20,000 sq.ft. with a factory built up area of approx. 90,000 sq.ft. The whole factory is surrounded by beautiful cashew trees giving a panoramic view and pleasant atmosphere. Vicco Vajradanti Paste, Powder and Vicco Turmeric Skin/Sun Cream for the domestic market produced in this factory. In addition, additional products like Vicco Turmeric Oil Base and Vicco Turmeric Multi Purpose Cream are also produced here. The production is done under strict quality control in a most hygienic and sanitary conditions. 'The demineralised water... water for production' is the salient feature of this factory.
The new unit of VICCO Laboratories was constructed in 1986. With modern equipment and in the most hygienic conditions, it has been functioning in full swing since 1989. It is located in an industrial area of M.I.D.C. in Nagpur, on a plot of land measuring 360,000 sq.ft., with a factory built-up area of approx 1,35,000 sq.ft. The whole factory is surrounded by a beautiful garden giving a very pleasant atmosphere. Vicco Vajradanti Paste, Vicco Vajradanti Powder and Vicco Turmeric Skin/Sun Cream for the domestic market is produced in this unit. The speciality and the salient feature of this factory is 'a demineralised water plant' consisting of chlorination plant, activated carbon filters, cation, anion beds, mixed bed and UV filters providing pure, zero-bacteria, demineralised water for production. All Vicco Products for the domestic as well as export market are produced in this unit.
The Dombivli factory is situated in an airy location in M.I.D.C. area, on a plot of about 80,000 sq.ft. It manufactures Vicco Vajradanti Paste, Vicco Vajradanti Powder and Vicco Turmeric Skin/Sun Cream in the most hygienic conditions. 'The demineralised water plant provides an absolutely pure supply of zero-bacteria, demineralised water for production.' The entire production of Dombivli Unit is exported to countries all over the world. The factory is surrounded by a beautiful garden and trees.
VICCO has been successfully carving out a niche for itself in the field of dental & skin care globally. The company is exporting its products to countries like U.S.A., Canada, Mexico, Surinam, Africa, Mauritius, Fiji, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, U.A.E., Qatar, Oman, U.K., Germany, Holland, Italy, Cyprus, Srilanka, Hongkong, Singapore, Malaysia, West Indies, Iceland, Australia, New Zealand, France amongst others.