Kuttukaran is the parent company of leading automobile dealerships for global brands across Kerala and beyond. Our experience of over 75 years uniquely positions us to expand our footprint across the country. Building on the foundation of our automobile business, we have diversified in different directions.
We believe that we are defined not only by where we want to go, but what kind of a traveller we want to be.
In the year 1939, Mr. K. P. Paul started his business career with Popular Washing Home. He dared the tradition and society in this path breaking venture. It was a roaring success in six months time. This venture brought forth his daring nature that remained the backbone of his life and business in the years to come. He was a born leader and believed in employee empowerment and satisfaction. He had motivated employees who delivered impeccable customer service.
Mr. KP Paul was a visionary. In the year 1941 he diversified into tyre , tube vulcanizing and battery restoration business. When the 2nd world war came to a closure, he found ample opportunity in the spare parts business by procuring the surplus spare parts of military vehicles. In the year 1944, he established Popular Automobiles, perhaps India’s largest chain store dealing in spare parts. The business grew by exponential proposition and catapulted him to fame. He further forayed into imported and new automobile parts. It had a pan India presence with offices at Bangalore, Chennai, Mumbai and Calcutta.
K. P. Paul was an entrepreneur par excellence and entrepreneurship is the key word in any remarkably growing business. In his business growth he made thousands of people and families self sustaining. Hundreds of his former employees are successful business people today. He did not believe in charity, he wanted people to work hard and succeed. He was an epitome of dedication, hard work and humility. His humble demeanour won many hearts and he had a committed workforce and loyal customers. Based on this success saga the Kuttukaran Group has adopted its vision “We will be the world’s most Admired Corporate by Progressively Delivering Greater Value, through Entrepreneurship within”
The journey still continues with his guiding spirit…..
Whole Time Director
Francis K. Paul is the eldest son of the legendary entrepreneur and founder Late K. P. Paul. He has been associated with the Kuttukaran Group for more than 35 years.
He had his schooling at the Mont Fort School, Yercaud, Salem and graduated in Mechanical Engineering from the Regional Engineering College, Calicut.
A technical person to the core he laid the foundation for the Group’s technical expertise in automobile service industry. His contribution was remarkable when the Group was foraying into the manufacture of automobile service machinery and equipments in the 1980s. He remains the source and reference for all service related and technically pertinent questions.
Presently he is serving as President of RECCAA Charitable Society (Alumini Body of REC, Calicut) and Hockey Kerala (Governing Body of Hockey in Kerala).
John K. Paul is the son of the legendary and path breaking entrepreneur of Kerala and Founder of the Kuttukaran Group, Late K. P. Paul. He had his schooling from the Lawrence School, Lovedale, Ooty and is the President of its Alumini Association. He graduated in Mechanical Engineering from the Regional Engineering College, Calicut.
Basically a man of ideas he brought new perspectives to Business Strategy, Marketing and Human Resources Management. An avid reader of management books be imbibed new thoughts from world over and put them to practice in his business group at a time when business in general was going global. His pioneering strategy raised Kuttukaran Group to new heights. He has put in more than 30 years in the business of the Group.
He has keen interest in several other areas. He was the President of TiE Kerala from 2012 to 2014 and during his tenure TiE Kerala took huge strides forward. TiE Con Kerala initiated by him made a mark and gave boost to entrepreneurship in Kerala. He coined the slogan “An entrepreneur in every home in Kerala” which has caught media and social attention. In 2015 he has been elected to the Board of Trustees of TiE Global head quartered in United States of America.
He was the President of the Kerala Chamber of Commerce and industry for the year 2005-06. He is currently the President of the Kerala Automobile Dealers Association. He has been associated with FADA (Federation of Automobile Dealers Association) for the last few years and has held the position of Honorary Secretary from the year 2012 to 2014.
Mr. Naveen Philip
Naveen Philip is the grandson of the doyen of automobile spare parts business in India, Late K. P. Paul.
He had his early education at Chinmaya Vidyalaya, Kochi and graduated in Mechanical Engineering from Government Engineering College, Thrissur. He did his post graduation in Business Management at XIM.
He started his career as Marketing Manager at Godrej and Boyce Manufacturing Company Ltd.. He joined the Kuttukaran Group in 1997 and has put in more than 20 years guiding the business of the Group.
His forte is finance. He has a penchant for figures and this coupled with his astute memory form a solid plank for the Group’s performance. Business review meetings are electrifying in his presence and nobody can get past him with illusory figures and imaginary projections.
He is a member of YPO and has been a past chapter chair of YI and National Youth Affairs Chair of YI.
Driven by its entrepreneurial spirit,
Kuttukaran will diversify into highgrowth
sectors while gaining leadership in the
industries it is already a part of, in
an ethical and socially responsible way.
With you in your first car for a nervous spin, through flat tyres, servicing and unexpected turns. We share your joy and are ready with the tool box before you know you need it. Every part must be genuine – in automobiles and in business.
Individual integrity and complete transparency are non – negotiable at Kuttukaran.
Up and running at a moment’s notice, always ready to go where you want to go; automobiles inspire us to be just like them – dependable, active and happy to go that extra mile.
Service doesn’t stop with our customers. We care for us people, enabling growth for our workforce and beyond.
We share your passion for adventure and the beauty of the automobile – whether it is enabling your foray into new territory in business or an eventful road trip.
Entrepreneurship drives us. We have always dared to pave our own path.
We know our cars, our business and our land like the back of our hand. Besides experience, we have the enthusiasm to share it. In our pursuit of excellence, knowledge is key.
The best journeys are those where everyone has a part to play. We value our fellow travellers (employees, associates and partners), their goals and wisdom.
Kuttukaran is an equal opportunity employer that celebrates diversity.
We are a multifaceted group with diverse interests, each with an identity that is rooted in the Kuttukaran DNA.
Popular Mill Stores
Mamangalam, Cochin – 682 025
Phone : 98460 61061
Fax : 0484 2344602
Kuttukaran Institute for Human resource development
P.B No 3015, San Juan Towers,
Old Railway station Road
Kacheripady – 682018
Phone: 0484 3298944, 2390516