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Technology is getting more and more importance in our society these days. We have grown a lot in this regard. At The Calicut Tile Co. (CTC) we have kept pace with these advancements and have modernised the process and material management. At the same time we have kept an eye on making it truly nature friendly also. CTC’s products help you lead a natural friendly life all the time. You can inhale life. It will appeal to your eyes and at the same time will be soul refreshing in its nature. CTC is the producer of the well-known QUEEN Brandof tiles and other clay products. The most accepted, eco-friendly, cost effective and aesthetically pleasing solution to home roofing and flooring needs, these classy products have earned international fame and recognition. QUEEN Brand terracotta tiles are available in a range of models and variants- flooring tiles, roofing tiles, ceiling tiles, ventilator bricks and building blocks. Producing tiles with quality that confirms to the set standards has been the aim of The Calicut Tile Company. It is a tradition that keeps pace with the changing world and the changing needs.

The Calicut Tile Company is the pioneer of clay tile manufacturers in India. Started way back in the year 1878, it is still being recognised as a trendsetter in the industry.The company imparted geographical significance to Feroke, which later came to be known as the cradle of clay tile industry.It was Basel Mission, a German Missionary Society, who as part of their employment promotion plan, established a mechanised tile factory at Mangalore. So, terracotta roofing tiles are mostly called Mangalore tiles. In Feroke also, since good quality clay was available, they started mechanised clay factories. The Calicut Tile Co. also was started immediately, and it was a fully mechanised tile factory.

Group Profile:

The Company is owned by MA group of Calicut. MA group belongs to a prestigious business family of Calicut district, precisely speaking of a village called Kodiyathur 26 kilometres from Calicut town.

The business odyssey of MA group starts with the initiation of small business ventures by Mr. M. A. Mohammed.Mr. Mohammed has been born to the Musliyarakath Abdul Azeez- Ummayya couple in 1932 at Kodiyathur in Calicut.

His father was a priest in the nearby mosque and he went on with his religious work. Primary education of Mr. Muhammed was carried out at South Kodiyathur, Vazhakkad Schools and High School education at MM High School, Calicut. He was an able volleyball player and got selected into the team. He couldn’t pursue a career as a player, though he was really interested in it, since at a younger age he had to take up business responsibilities.

At the tender age of 20 he launched himself headlong into business. Timber trade was his first venture. He had leased coups in places like Kudagu, Chalakkudi, Nelliyampathy, Aaralam, Thalipparambu, Attappadi, Wayanad etc. He had taken up many other coups in Kerala and Karnataka. His timber business flourished due to his vision and hard-work.

Then he slowly diversified into terracotta building products. In 1982 he acquired The Calicut Tile Co., the first mechanised tile manufacturing unit of Kerala. Renovated it, brought a lot of management modifications, intensified marketing efforts and brought the company to a sustainable status. The Calicut Tile Co. provides employment to more than 300 employees directly and to several others indirectly.

The Calicut Tile Co., after the takeover, has initiated a lot of innovative product development and marketing efforts. Hence the products were sought by most quality conscious customers and were recommended by architects, civil engineers and capable masons. Now there are enquiries coming from countries abroad.

Wood and timber trade was a passion for him, so he again diversified into to processed wood trade, and plywood manufacturing.

In 1990 he started FEROPLY at Karad, a village town on the outskirts of Calicut.

Plantation was the next area he forayed into; at Nilambur, Wayanad, Gudallore, etc. he had established plantation ventures.

Mohammed always says he learned the basics of business from his own father and not from any b-schools, though many in his posterity are business post-graduates. Apart from his father’s help he believes his relationships with his own customers and other such people helped him achieve success in his business.   He has his own contributions in the field of charity too.

Firms/ Companies owned by the MA group are:

  • The Calicut Tile Co. Feroke, Calicut. Dist., Kerala
  • Feroke Boards Ltd, H.O:Karad, Malappuram Dist., and Factory: Aluva,Ernakulam. Dist., Kerala.
  • Hindustan Tile Works, Kolathara, Calicut. Dist., Kerala
  • New Diamond M-Sand, Thamarassery, Calicut. Dist., Kerala.
  • OP Diamond M-Sand, Kattangal, Calicut. Dist., Kerala.
  • AVM Diamond M-Sand, Vengara, Malappuram. Dist., Kerala.
  • Chathankav Diamond M-Sand, Kunnamangalam, Calicut. Dist., Kerala
  • Malanad Tiles& Clay Products Pvt. Ltd., Kalpetta, Wayanad. Dist., Kerala.
  • Malanad Granites, Kalpetta,Wayanad. Dist., Kerala.
  • Shanthi Plantations, Gudalur, Tamilnadu.
  • Bangalore Aggregated Industries, Kunigal, Tumkur. Dist., Karnataka.
  • Infra Granites LLP, Cherpulassery, Palakkad. Dist., Kerala.

 

The group provides employment to more than 1000 families directly and to many others indirectly.

In 1966 he has done the sacred Hajj pilgrimage. Hehas visited The USA, Germany, Italy and many other countries including several of the Middle East. Late Ms. K Asiya and Ms. M Jameela are his wives.

The most praiseworthy effort he has done in business life is that he adamantly raised in his next generation an uncompromising passion for quality and that’s the guiding motto of MA Group.

The group is now ably manned by Mr.M.A.Abdul Nazir, Mr.M.A.Ashraf, Mr.M.A.Basheer, sons of Mr.M.A.Muhammed, Mr.M.A.Abdurahiman, his brother, Mr. M.A.Mohammed Rajay, Mr.M.A.Abid and Mr.Muhammed.M.A, his grandsons.

The CTC has many other future plans for development too.