We Are Keva

Where Science blends with Art

An Introduction
To Keva

Who We Are

A Century of Crafting Sensorial Delight

Keva started as S. H. Kelkar and Co. Pvt. Ltd. a manufacturer of industrial perfumes in British India, in 1922. Today, we are one of India’s largest fragrance companies with an ever-expanding global presence. Our storied past is studded with milestones and many firsts, motivating and inspiring us to create many more sensorial breakthroughs.

Our History

The Journey of Our Legacy

Finely crafted fragrances, flavours and aroma ingredients that celebrate countless memories and emotions.

1922

Humble Beginnings

Founded by a perfumer, Mr Sadashiv Hari Kelkar & his brother Mr Vinayak Ganesh Vaze as a modest humble set up in Mumbai, which initially sold attars, perfumes, and cosmetics.

1955

Incorporated as S. H. Kelkar & Company

With consistent growth and meticulous planning, the company was incorporated, in line with its expanding vision

1960

Growing Our Presence

The company grew over the next decade, establishing its R&D centre and manufacturing facilities in Mumbai, Maharashtra

1978

Spreading Our Wings

Aroma Ingredients Division was launched with a manufacturing unit in Vapi, India

1981

Expanding R&D Capabilities

We expanded our research facilities in Mumbai, Maharashtra.

1984

The Establishment of Keva Fragrance Pvt. Ltd.

This was supported by the expansion of fragrances into the international markets with a manufacturing facility in Mumbai, Maharashtra.

1992

Incorporation of Keva Flavours

Keva ventured into the Flavours business in 1992 with a vision to create an extraordinary global enterprise. Over the next five decades, Keva strengthened its hold in the Indian and global market through a focus on diversity and sustainability.

1994

Scaling up Fragrance Manufacturing to Sustain Global Demand

Further expansion of fragrance manufacturing facility at Mumbai, Maharashtra for Export Oriented Unit.

2003

Rapid Growth Through Customer-centricity

Expansion of our first fragrances centre in Mumbai, Maharashtra.

2007

Manufacturing Facility at Vashivali

Fragrance and Flavour manufacturing facility established at Vashivali, Maharashtra

2010

Growing our Global Footprint

Consolidation of promoter’s shareholding, acquisition and integration of PFW, The Netherlands

2013

Augmenting Manufacturing Capabilities

Investment in manufacturing plant at Vapi

2014

Overseas Expansion

Incorporation of PT S.H.K Keva Indonesia, followed by full-fledged operations including corporate, sales and CDC

2015

Keva Makes Stock Market Debut

S.H. Kelkar shares listed on BSE and NSE

2017

Strengthening Our Presence in Italy and the Netherlands

Acquired 51% of Italy-based CFF, commercialization of patented molecule, the establishment of FF development centre in Amsterdam

2019

Global Recognition

We now have offices around the globe and are recognised in the world of fashion, having participated in Amsterdam Fashion Week. We also continue to engage with the local fraternity and participate in events globally and regionally

2021

Deepening our Presence in Europe

Acquisition of Holland Aromatics
What We Do

A World of Sensorial Delight

Finely crafted fragrances, flavours and aroma ingredients that celebrate countless memories and emotions.

Fragrances

We are experts at crafting sensorial delights through our fragrances. We are the artists, whose creations add vibrancy to the lives of millions around the world.

Flavours

We combine tradition, innovation and experience to create food flavours that tickle tastebuds.

 

Aroma Ingredients

Our aroma ingredients form the building blocks of some of the world’s most cherished and recognised fragrances.

 

Technical Services

We offer the benefits of our wide-ranging technical services like bio-technology research and cosmetic ingredients testing

Where We Play

Our Global Footprint

With creative centres, manufacturing plants and R&D facilities across the world, and more in the offing, we’re a global brand in every sense.

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Through these centres, we employ experienced talent in different geographies, who help us carry out market and consumer research in different parts of the world.


This ensures that we have a thorough knowledge of local tastes, which we use to develop products that are novel across markets. To further facilitate the cross-pollination of ideas, we frequently organise joint workshops and training sessions.


Talents from different centres are also selected to work together on key projects, leading to a vibrant set of solutions for our clients. They provide the fuel that allows us to stay a step ahead of the times.

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Industry Recognition

Certifications
& Awards

The accolades and recognition we’ve received substantiate that people are at the core of all that we do at Keva. Our team works together, inculcates best practices, and inspires each other to perform better, thus raising the bar, year after year.