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K. M. Mammen Mappillai
Kandathil Mammen Mappillai

(1922-11-28)28 November 1922
Died3 March 2003(2003-03-03) (aged 80)

Kandathil Mammen Mammen Mappillai (28 November 1922 – 3 March 2003) was an Indian businessman, industrialist and founder of MRF.

He graduated from Madras Christian College. He started his industrial life with a toy balloon manufacturing unit from a small shed near Madras (now Chennai) in 1946. By 1952, MRF Limited ventured into the manufacture of tread rubber. Since then, the company has grown to become a ₹3 million enterprise.

In 1992, Mappillai was awarded the Padma Shri award for his contribution to industry.[1] His brothers, K. M. Cherian, K. M. Philip and K. M. Mathew and nephew Mammen Mathew are also Padma Shri awardees. The eldest brother K.M. Cherian is also a Padma Bhushan recipient. His cousin M. K. Mathulla also was awarded Padma Shri.[citation needed]


Mammen Mappillai is believed to be in the list of 18 names of account-holders in LGT Group and LGT Bank.[2]


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  1. ^ "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2015. Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 October 2015. Retrieved 21 July 2015.
  2. ^ "Tehelka - India's Independent Weekly News Magazine". Archived from the original on 30 December 2017. Retrieved 30 December 2017.