CavinKare is an Indian conglomerate headquartered in Chennai, India. The company was formed in 1983 as Chik India. In 1990, it was renamed as Beauty Cosmetics Pvt. Ltd. and was subsequently rechristened as CavinKare Pvt. Ltd. in 1998. The company has presence in more than 21 countries and has diversified into dairy, foods, snacks, and beverages businesses. It has strategic partnerships with Coty Inc. for Adidas and Jovan brands and Hawpar International for Tiger Balm.
The founder chairman, CK Ranganathan, was born in Cuddalore, Tamil Nadu. He set up Chik India in 1983 with an initial investment of Rs. 15,000 with Chik Shampoo as its first product.
Ranganathan won the Entrepreneur of the Year Award by the Economic Times in 2004. He was the Chairman of Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Tamil Nadu State Council for the year 2009-10, and is the former president of the Madras Management Association. He is also one of the founding members of the Ability Foundation – an NGO working towards the rehabilitation of the physically challenged, and he instituted the CavinKare Ability Awards in 2003.
Prof M Manivannan, Merkel Haptic Systems . For his outstanding contribution and excellence in Innovation in the field of high fidelity affordable mannequin for effective “Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Training “ with focus on social relevance.
Mr. P.A.Sekar, scientist . P.A.Sekar Scientific Research Center .
For his outstanding contribution and excellence in Innovation in warping machine for the betterment of weaving community by infusing new techniques and process to maximize the productivity and minimize the workload.
Mr. V.Ramachandran, GloLifecare Equipments Pvt Ltd . For his outstanding contribution in inventing feminine hygiene equipment - destroyer of sanitary napkins. This new incinerator results in enhanced personal hygiene with focus on social relevance and eco system at large.
The International Business division was set up in 1999. The company has been marketed in more than 21 countries for personal care brands and food.
CavinKare Research Centre (CRC) is located at Ekkaduthangal in Chennai city. The Dept. of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR), Govt. of India recognizes CRC.Research efforts of CRC also aim to generate Intellectual Property that will be useful for the development of proprietary products leading to leadership, which helps build global partnerships.
The company has manufacturing plants in India as well as Bangladesh.The Haridwar Plants manufactures shampoo, facial creams, moisturizing lotions, talcum powder, hair dyes and herbal powder. The Puducherry plant manufactures deodorants and other personal care products. The Bhiwandi plant manufactures of Garden Namkeens. Both Erode and Kanchipuram have Dairy plants where milk, curd, UHT milk, butter, skimmed milk etc. The Hasnabad Plant helps in the manufacturing of beverages. In addition to domestic manufacturing plants, CavinKare Pvt. Ltd operates plants in Bangladesh as CavinKare Bangladesh Pvt. Ltd. and in Sri Lanka as CavinKare Lanka Pvt. Ltd. CavinKare also has partnerships with various reputed third party manufacturers in Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu for the manufacture of food products like pickles.
Trends In Vogue Private Limited, a CavinKare initiative came into being in July 2002. It operates two salon chains – Limelite and Green Trends. Both brands have branches across India. Trends in vogue also run a Trends academy which trains the candidates who are recruited in the salon industry.
CavinKare Ability Awards As part of the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives, the company is associated with the Ability Foundation, an NGO working towards the betterment, empowerment and rights of the disabled community. The awards have been organized for the past ten years in succession and have now grown in stature and recognition. These national awards recognize the spirit of achievement of the differently abled. They are for individuals, who have pursued solutions and gone beyond the 'normal', the trials, travails and tribulations, towards achievement.
'The Chinnikrishnan Innovation Awards' helps entrepreneurs running small/tiny-scale enterprises, headquartered in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry, with an annual turnover not more than Rs. 5 crores.
Chinnikrishnan Innovation Awards 2015
The company patronises a school in the coastal area of Cuddalore named as 'CK School of Practical Knowledge' and the CK College of Engineering and Technology, also in Cuddalore.