In 1963, BPL founder and Group Chairman TPG Nambiar began manufacturing hermetically sealed precision panel meters in Palakkad, Kerala, under the name of British Physical Laboratories. Having worked in the UK and USA, when he came back to India armed with a vision of pioneering the manufacture of superior quality electronic products, he dreamed of making BPL a household name.
Over the years, BPL's growth has been subject to constant challenges. The company was started at a time when the government had reserved many areas of business for the public sector. It had also virtually barred most entrepreneurs from entering other fields through reservations on licensing.
From 1980 onwards, when the industrial licensing was relaxed, BPL began manufacturing televisions and telecommunications equipment, demonstrating its potential and future business area. In the early 1990s, after globalisation and liberalization of the Indian economy, competition entered the market. BPL retained its strong p