MK Group has come a long way to become a quality and technology leader and one of the major manufacturer and supplier of Friction Material Products. The company was born out of the brain child of Mr. Vijay Bhandari, He started with manufacturing of gaskets and rubber molded parts in the year 1959 but his vision was not restricted to only that. He is a self made, innovative, positive thinker and a leader with great vision. In the year 1964 he saw the demand of friction material products like clutch and brake. He studied the market and found that majorly these products were imported during that time and that is when he took the decision and started manufacturing of 2 wheeler clutches. He formed the first Indian company to make it with total integrated manufacturing process overcoming hurdles and achieving new heights. From the very first day he had a vision to capture the Indian market whether OEMs or after market. He started supplying clutch plates to API Enfield India, Ideal Jawa, Scooter India, Escorts, Bajaj Auto, and TVS for their 2 & 3 wheelers and became the first company to supply of clutch plates to Indian OEMs. Today the company makes almost 72 million clutch plates per annum and has approximately 55% share of Indian aftermarket.
With the passing time the 2 & 3 wheeler industry got bigger and so the demand for sheet metal and die casted components, but before this could be realized by anybody else he started manufacturing these items in 1973 and captured the entire market.
After making the strong hold in clutches the time came for brakes. He started manufacturing of Brake Shoes for 2 & 3 wheelers in 1976. This time again his vision proved right and within no time the company took the maximum market share. Besides Brake Shoes today the company is making brake pads and heavy liners also.
Later in 1982 he established a forging plant (Bhandari Forge and alloy cast Pvt Ltd) in Sahibabad (UP). Today this company has got facility of CNC turning centers to give complete solution to OEMs.
In the year 1991 his elder son Mr. Nitin Bhandari entered business after completing his education. From the very first day he had a passion in the field of marketing and soon he played a major role in increasing the sales of the company. After expanding the network in the country his focus shifted to the international business. He has travelled worldwide to explore and create new markets for the products because of which now the brand enjoys a good repute and share in the international market. Today the company has approximately 400 dealers and distributors in pan India and also has exports to more than 15 countries.
Later in 1990s the automotive segment saw major changes as OEMs became more quality conscious and professional, by that time his younger son Mr. Gaurav Bhandari had also joined the family business after completing education. Looking at the changes in the industry he decided to change the family run company into professional business group. He believed in best HR practice, selection of highly qualified team, delegation of authority with high trust level and last but not the least new innovation by doing R&D. After joining in 1997 he took the decision and the new plant named VNG Automotives Pvt Ltd was set up in Faridabad sector 24 (Haryana) as per OEMs standard. Today this company is supplying these parts to almost all leading OEMs in India.
Till 2001 the group was only restricted to 2 & 3 wheeler segment but the growth was in overall automotive segment looking at this the management took the decision to enter into 4 wheeler and further bigger segment and later in 2001 one more unit was set up for manufacturing Disc Brake Pads and heavy Brake linings named VNG Brakes in Bhiwadi (Rajasthan) This plant was for braking parts only which helped in the companyÃ¢€™s growth in this field.
In 2003, when the government announced for the Tax free zone in Himachal Pradesh, the management took the decision immediately considering that by doing this we can get the maximum share of aftermarket. The decision was finalized immediately and the group came up with one more new plant called MK Auto Clutch Industries in Kala-Amb (foot hills of Himachal Pradesh). This new plant started its production in 2005 and became one of the biggest producers of clutches. Soon this company started looking small and in 2009 a new manufacturing facility named MK Auto Clutch Co. was added to further increase production in Kala-Amb.
In the year 2012, the Group has signed a new Joint Venture for making Complete Clutch Assemblies and CVT for 2 & 3 wheelers. This Joint Venture is with Chongqing Leade Industry Manufacture Company Ltd. which is the largest clutch assembly manufacturer of China. This plant is set up at main Mathura Road near Delhi Faridabad border but it comes under (Haryana). The main aim of this JV is to give the complete solution of clutch to our OEM customers with best of the quality.
In the year 2014, the MK Group signed a Technical Collaboration with MIBA, Austria for manufacturing of Paper Clutch in India.
MK Group has grown since its inception to become IndiaÃ¢€™s largest supplier of 2 & 3 wheeler Clutch Plates, Clutch Facings, Brake Linings, Brake Shoes and Disc Pads. Today the brand MK is synonymous to Clutch Plates and Brake Linings.