History

The Anutone Story

53+ years of manufacturing excellence and acoustical passion

 

Acknowledging the process, the progress and the people

 

1966India's first woodwool boards as Anulyte by Anudyog in Kolkata
Co-founded by partners, Virendra Nath Mittal & Priyadarshini Mittal
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1971City office at Commerce House, trading commences in glass and mirrors
Gireesh Mohan joins as Ops Head and stays till ops shift to Bengaluru in 1992
Ramchandra Singh joins as Man Friday and stays till retirement in 2010
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1976Branch office at Arundelpet, Vijaywada for sales to cinemas of South
Headed by GP Yadav with close co-ordination by Patra from Kolkata
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1980Land acquired in Whitefield, Bengaluru for second factory of woodwool boards
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1982Karnataka's first woodwool boards as Anutex by SSS Woods in Bengaluru
K Gunashekaran joins as Man Friday. Now, heads Sample Department.
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1988Founder partner Viren Mittal passes away, Sandeep Mittal joins as partner
Shipra, George with Gireesh Mohan, Ramchandra Singh support Kolkata ops
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1990'Anutone' as a legend is born - a brand, a logo and a corporate colour
Binny Limited as sole selling agents jettisoned, self-marketing starts
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1991Strand Sculpt for cinemas of South India - First variants in wood wool boards
Single-handed revival of the woodwool board industry in India commences
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1992G. Bharathi joins as Office Assistant. Now, AGM - Client Relations.
Kolkata ops shifts to Bengaluru
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1995Ram Naresh Sharma joins as Consultant Director for technical upgrades
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1997Soak Cord & Soak Plane - fabric wrapped wood wool boards for first time
Smart Burl - a dual LF sound absorber & HF reflector - another India first
Founder partner Priya Mittal exits, Bindu Mittal inducted as partner
Reji Mathew joins as Accounts Executive. Now, Executive Director.
S. Sankarshan joins as Sales Executive for insulation division
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1998TheatreWorld company newsletter on cinema design & acoustics first published
Physical lab for Quality Assurance of wood wool boards - another first for India
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1999First exports to Philippines, later West Asia, also first all-India market presence
TheatreWorld on multiplexes & SoundSolutions on acoustics by SandyMedia
Acoustical consulting firm, Soundesigns, India's first professional setup
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2000Mat invented as Microfibre Acoustical Tile (now Mat Solo, Mat Ebony)
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2001Anutone Acoustics Limited incorporated under the Companies Act
www.anutone.com launched and becomes an industry reference
Marketing offices at Mumbai, New Delhi and later Chennai too
New Delhi eventually headed by Ajay Sharma, Chennai by Navin Bangera
EN 13168 (Euro Norms) adopted for wood wool boards - first for India
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2002Soundlab & site testing with Bruel&Kjaer acoustic instrumentation, India first
Smart Septum as dual panel - sound absorption|noise isolation, India first
Soundz Acoustic Conferences as knowledge training seminar series, India first
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2003U-Line implemented as logical process work flow - a first in India
ISO 9001 certification, later ISO 14001 - a first in the industry
Ram Naresh Sharma retires due to a medical condition
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2004Float as anti-vibration floor for resilient non-coupling - room within room
SynthPF as polyfibre thermo-acoustic blankets replaces glassfibre rolls
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2005Absol division co-brands for non woodwool products with leading companies
Many for the first time. Anutone pioneers higher price points for acoustics
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2006Stretch wall upholstery systems with FS tracks, Strand backer & SynthPF
SoundSelec Manual based on CSI MasterFormat 2004 launched, India first
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2007Large-format glassfibre panels|stretched ceilings with Owens Corning USA
Wooden acoustics with Ideatec Spain - Slats, an Anutone brand, goes generic
Acoustic melamine foams of BASF with Pinta Elements (formerly Illbruck)
Kimi Alexander exits as Marketing Head and eventually founds Hillpoint
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2008Large format perforated gypsum with Danoline Denmark - India first
Metal acoustical ceiling systems with CMC Belgium, later Aspen Turkey
Systems Guide as a reference book for acoustical walls & ceilings launched
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2010Sisoli mineralfibre ceilings and Tufbloc magnesia boards to specs from China
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2011All Ekcel|Absol products designed inhouse and made to specs, Anutone goes solo
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2012Ajay Sharma exits to co-found Earcons in New Delhi
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2013Strand Colour Planks with 1mm superfine filament-like wood wool, India first
Manufacturing plant for magnesia boards at Malur, Karnataka - first in India
S. Sankarshan exits as Director-Technical and co-partners Sonics
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2014Soundesigns closes, Sandy Media closes. TheatreWorld goes to Raghav's Network208
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2016Soak Cord Binary|Triangle for unique wall patterns & Strand Wave baffles, India first
Navin Bangera exits to co-join MSS for Rockfon and Topakustik
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2017New patterns in large-format perforated gypsum - Cosmos, Pixello, Ellipse
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2018H+ series of anti-bacterial ceilings in Sisoli, Subtex & Serge
Slate Polka and Spritz in economical ceiling tiles for CPWD DSR
Strand & Slim Shapes, Salon with custom perforations like Cuadrado & Circulo
systemTRAX for zoning acoustical ceiling & technical services
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2019Undergoes a complete change, a major metamorphosis, a total transformation
More emphasis on fibre-based natural panels as baffles, clouds and discretes
in more shapes, more colours, more embosses, more prints to provide a mind-boggling
arrayÿof design options and visual acoustics for the interiors of the next decade
New products include - Strand Grafix, Strand Sculpt, Strand Mozaic, Strand Cubix,
Strand Clouds, Mat Duo Grafix, Mat Duo Shapes Perfs, Tufbloc Perfs, Slim Wave
Grafix, Stretch Grafix, Subtex Dekor Grafix, Slats Spots MP, Sonator Duo,
Pixel 0820, Serge Lance etc - many for the first time in India

 

And the story continues ..
of thought leadership and trailblazing innovations

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