January 19, 2006

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Zacharia Mathew, Madappallippuram, Moozhoor, Kottayam

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If all the machinery in his factory had been imported from abroad, it would have cost atleast Rs.100 crores.  But Zacharia Mathew chose to design them himself.  In fact, in one of his companies, Senso Engineering, which manufactures metal crush barriers, the only equipment that has been purchased is the electric motor.

When Zacharia Mathew reached Mumbai in 1973 as a 6th standard dropout, his only talent was the keen ability to understand the working of machines and design them.  Thus after working for sometime as consultant to companies like Godrej and Seamens, he started Senso with an initial capital of just Rs.5000.

His Rs.30 crore-asset company now has a 13-metre galvanizing plant, the biggest in the country.  An indication of its significance is that the next biggest such plant belongs to corporate giant Bajaj.

The other companies in the group are Senso International Dubai, Senso Infrastructure Private Limited, Senso Engineering and Plastic Private Limited. And they provide direct employment to 200 persons working in 3 shifts.

He has recently developed a hydraulically operated soil removing system, which has already received orders from Oman and Dubai.  National Excellence award, Global Economic Council award, Rashtriya Ekta award etc are some of the accolades that have come his way. Thus although he may be relatively unknown even in his native place of Moozhoor in Kottayam, Zacharia Mathew’s efforts are appreciated in the industrial circles.

The pumping units employed in oil rigs are now supplied by European firms.  Zacharia’s latest quest is to design a unit that can surpass these products.

His son Senso Mathew is the Director of Senso Engineering and his daughter Syno is in charge of the galvanizing plant while his wife Thankamma holds the responsibility of finance in all the companies.


Courtesy: N.Sreejith (text), Mathrubhumi, August 1, 2005
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