About Us

The promoter Mr. John Peter, is the founder & Chairman of the Sheenlac Group of Companies. He started the business in the year 1962. First venture was a proprietor concern under the name of “ United Thinner Agencies “ as a trading company.

On 26th April 1967 this concern was converted into a registered firm. The firm was doing the production of thinner and trading activities at No.3, Arunachalam Street, Purasawalkam, Chennai – 600 007.

Mr. John Peter then acquired a plot at 109-B. Developed Plots, Ambattur Industrial Estate, Chennai 600 098 from the Department of Industries & Commerce in 1970 for construction a factories and for erection of machinery for production of Paints, Thinner & Allied Products.On 6th November 1971 a new firm was started in the name of “ Sphinax Chemical Industries” with its registered office at No.20, Arunachalam Street, Purasawalkam, Chennai – 600 007. The products, which were manufactured and marketed by the firm, had a very good report in the market and also good rapport with the dealers.
To cater the increasing market demand, on 29th July 1977 the firm – “Sphinax Chemical Industries” was converted into a private limited company Viz. “Sphinax Chemical Industries (P) Ltd”, to enable the company to get the financial assistance and a status in the market. As part of expanding the market share, started branche offices all over South India namely, Thrissur, Chennai, Vijayawada, Bangalore & Coimbatore in the year 1981.

In 1986 the group had started a new paint manufacturing factory under the name of Polycoat Industries at 48-C, Developed Plots, Ambattur Industrial Estate, Chennai – 600 098 exclusively for production of automotive paints & Wood finishes with Mrs.Mary John W/o,Mr.John Peter as the Proprietrix.

Due to some unavoidable reasons this unit as well as Sphinax Chemical Industries (P) Ltd., were closed in 1989 – 90 and later on started a new partnership firm in the name of “Supercoat Industries” in the year 1991 – 92.

As part of expansion the company purchased the adjoining plot 108-C, Developed plots, Ambattur Industrial Estate, Chennai – 600 098 and expanded the capacities by constructing a multi storyed building for storing purpose, a building to accommodate the R&D. In 1997 – 98 the firm Supercoat Industries was again converted into a Proprietrix concern, with Mrs. Mary John W/o Mr. John Peter as the proprietrix. The company is having a Research and Development wing functioning under the able guidance of well qualified chemists.

To cater the increased market demand the “Supercoat Industries” constructed a 3 storied factory building with well-equipped machinery in 1999 with capacity to produce 2 Lakhs litres of Paints and Wood finishes in a month. In the same year Supercoat Industries also programmed for the ISO and obtained thecertificate of ISO 9001 – from BVQI. In 1993 the group had started another proprietory concern with Mr.Sudhir John as the proprietor with the name of “Surface Coating Industries” Located at 139-142, Sidco Industrial Estate, Thirumazhasai, Chennai – 602 107, exclusively for N.C. Thinner & Wood Polish Production. The company has a well-equipped plant, with a capacity to produce 7 to 10 lakhs litres of Thinner and 2 Lakhs litres of Wood Polish per month.

The Proprietor of the concern is Mr. Sudhir John S/o. Mr. John Peter, a well qualified person with chemistry as main also has a experience in the paint field for more than 12 years and thus made a turnover of Rs.32 crores in 1999-2000. To meet the increased market demand the Surface Coating Industries acquired a new land at Poonamallee bye pass road measuring 12 acres.

In the above place 3 factory building were constructed each measuring 500 sq.ft. The First Shed for Thinner Production, which has a capacity to produce 50,000 litres per day. The second shed for production of wood polish, which has a capacity to produce 20,000 litres per day. The Third shed is used for storage of packing materials. For the Raw materials storage there are about 6 over head tanks.

This factory is equipped with latest technology for fire fighting with fire hydrant system and water spray system fixed. The factory employees are given proper training by M/s. Cetex petro chemicals to take care of the general and Fire Safety Measurements. At present the company is on the process of getting the ISO 9001 Certifcation. Also this is an automised plant.

In 1992 Sphinax Chemical Industries was converted into Sphinax Chemical Industries Ltd.after which it stopped its production activities and started to concentrate fully in marketing and trading activities. For meeting the market needs Sphinax shifted its Thrissur Branch to Kochi, new branches were started in Kannur, Madurai, Hyderabad, Baroda, Cuttack etc.

Apart from running the business, the company has achieved many awards as follows:

Mr.John peter the founder of the group of companies received the “Best Enterpreneur Award” from Honorable Shri R.Venkatraman erstwhile president of India in 1989.

Mrs. Mary John Proprietrix of Supercoat Industries received Outstanding Performance Award in 1992 from Honorable Shri. M.Karunanidhi, chief minister of Tamil Nadu.

Mrs. Mary John Proprietrix of Supercoat Industries received “ Women Enterpreneur Award” from Honorable Shri Periasamy, Minister for Industries Tamil Nadu on 20th October 2000.

Mr. Sudhir John – Proprietor of Surface Coating Industries received a prestigious “Rastriya Sanman Award from Government of India on 26th May 2000 from Smt. S.K. Nigam Chairperson CBDT and again on 9th September 2002 received the same type of award from the central Minister of finance (States) Mr.Chengi Ramachandran.

Mr. John Peter received the “Vocational Excellence Award” from Rotary Club on 24th June 2002 for his commitment to the society.

The Company’s motto is Quality with high valued ethics.
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