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Established as a small gas equipment trading firm.
Established as a small gas equipment trading firm.

A young Jaisinh Sampat has just completed his MBA (Marketing) from University of Pune after working as an apprentice at The Natural Gas Co. since 1981 learning the LPG trade.

Based on the plans announced by the Government to provide LPG cylinders to every Indian household, he establishes a small business to sell products, spare parts and other LPG equipment mainly for domestic use.

His maternal grandfather, Mr H.L. Kapadia, a Textile technologist from VJTI who retired in 1984 as Director of Weaving at The Khatau Mills, provides the initial seed capital of Rs. 50,000/- to start the business.

Purchase of small workshop space to manufacture commercial kitchen equipment.
Purchase of small workshop space to manufacture commercial kitchen equipment.

As the business grows, a small workshop is bought to manufacture kitchen equipment for commercial kitchens like hotels, restaurants and canteens. In the years to come, this segment grows substantially as the company focuses on manufacturing top-quality equipment which creates a loyal customer base for the future.

Mr H.L. Kapadia partly funds the purchase of the new workshop and begins supervising the operations at the workshop. This gives Jaisinh Sampat the opportunity to travel to factories and business establishments in and around Pune for marketing and getting new orders.

Private LPG cylinder bottling and filling business is started.
Private LPG cylinder bottling and filling business is started.

The company ventures into the business of filling and distribution of LPG cylinders for Kabsons Gas Co. & Bottled Gas Co., after the Government, opens up the sector for private companies to market LPG cylinders.

The company receives large orders from TATA Motors, Bajaj Auto, Exide Industries & GKN in Pune.
The company receives large orders from TATA Motors, Bajaj Auto, Exide Industries & GKN in Pune.

Post the economic liberalisation of India, the company starts getting orders from the industrial belt around Pune for installing gas storage systems and gas pipelines for heating applications mainly for the manufacturing process of automobiles and its components. The first few customers include TATA Group, Bajaj, Exide and GKN.

This sets the platform for future expansion and growth to provide solutions for industries using gas as a fuel for various applications.

Offer LPG subsidies

Due to the Government continuing to offer LPG subsidies to consumers only through their PSU’s (IOCL, BPCL, HPCL), all the private LPG companies continue to bleed, and hence, it is decided to discontinue the business of filling and distribution of LPG cylinders.

In the same year, Jaisinh’s father, Mr N.R. Sampat joins the company to help increase business from industrial projects after deciding to retire from The Natural Gas Co. He is a veteran in the LPG industry with a career spanning 35 years with The Kosan Gas Co. which became the Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd. having been in-charge of setting up LPG cylinder filling plants across Western India.

The first technical product catalogue is printed and trading of Vanaz range of gas regulators and commercial gas valves begins.
The first technical product catalogue is printed and trading of Vanaz range of gas regulators and commercial gas valves begins.

The closure of the cylinder filling business in the previous year opens up an opportunity to begin trading and distribution of various commercial and industrial LPG products like regulators, valves and gauges manufactured by Vanaz Engineers Ltd. in Pune.

The 1st edition of the iconic catalogue is printed and circulated. It has details of all products sold by the company, but more importantly, contains detailed and in-depth technical information of LPG and other gases making it a bible of sorts for many in the gas trade. Until the year 2020, 15 editions have been printed and over 100,000 copies have been circulated across the globe.

The first reticulated gas pipeline project in India for housing apartments is completed.
The first reticulated gas pipeline project in India for housing apartments is completed.

The company installs the 1st reticulated gas pipeline system which provides LPG supply to individual households in multi-storey apartment complexes using a centralized cylinder storage facility and a robust pipeline network. The gas consumed by each household connection is monitored and tracked using gas flow measurement meters to identify and invoice consumers individually.

Till today the company has been directly or indirectly involved in the installation of reticulated systems or supply of products used in the system to more than 75,000 households across India.

New sales depot is added to cater to the growing demand for Vanaz and other gas products.
New sales depot is added to cater to the growing demand for Vanaz and other gas products.

A new office along with a sales depot is added in the heart of Pune city to serve customers in the city as well as to have easy access logistically to ship consignments to customers across the country.

The first project of delivering piped natural gas for industrial purposes is completed in Pune for MNGL.
The first project of delivering piped natural gas for industrial purposes is completed in Pune for MNGL.

Two major market developments take place in the year which goes on to play a very important role in the years to come for the growth of the company.

The first being the advent of Natural Gas in Pune to fuel industrial and commercial consumers. This is a part of the natural gas pipeline grid being constructed throughout the country to make India into a gas-based economy by the Government of India.

Pune Gas has a major role to play in facilitating Natural Gas supplies to industrial consumers and helping them to convert to gas from their existing fuels. Since completing the very 1st installation for Natural Gas for an automotive component industry, the company has been a market leader and maintained a 60% market share for this segment up to the year 2020.

The second one is the introduction of LOT cylinders (Liquid-Off-Take) holding 47.5 kg of LPG, specially designed for medium and large industrial consumers of LPG who do not have enough space in their factories to install bulk LPG tanks or LPG bullets which require a lot of ground area and statutory permissions.

The company goes on to become one of the most well-known and respected players in the country for installation of LPG Gas Banks for LOT cylinders in the years to come. This business segment also necessitates the company to expand into other parts of the country through various channels.

Business Development Associate Agreement signed with Indian Oil Corporation Ltd. for marketing LPG to industrial consumers.
Business Development Associate Agreement signed with Indian Oil Corporation Ltd. for marketing LPG to industrial consumers.

Indian Oil Corporation Ltd., a Fortune 100 and India’s largest LPG marketing company sign a Business Development Associate Agreement with Pune Gas. The main purpose of this agreement is to ensure uninterrupted supplies of LPG to customers of Pune Gas and utilise the expertise and network of Pune Gas to help Indian Oil provide best-in-class LPG installations to all their potential clients. This turns out to be a win-win arrangement for both companies and sets a solid foundation for a fruitful relationship in the near future.