NDR Group Overview

NDR Group Overview

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NDR Group Overview

Origin and Birth of a Pioneer

Seven years after India's independence and four years after India became a sovereign, democratic republic, in the year 1954, NDR was formed in the quaint city of Nellore in the southern state of India's Andhra Pradesh.

The name of the founding patriarch was Shri Naidu Dasaradharami Reddy. It is from his name that NDR derives its own name. The founding father's vision that logistics is behind the success of any high performing company, still drives the vision and mission of NDR as a corporate entity.

LEADERSHIP

Founder

The powerful and forward looking outlook of the founder laid a strong foundation to the NDR Group. The company accelerated and expanded across the entire South India. And in the early part of the 1970s entered into 3PL Warehousing Services under its own brand.

Current Chairman

The Rise of the Logistics Powerhouse

The joining of the son of the founder, Shri Naidu Adikesavulu Reddy at the helm of the NDR Group , as Chairman, coincided with the meteoric rise of the company.

1980 - 1999

In the 1980s and 1990s, the NDR Group, under its various brands, underwent an emphatic expansion beyond South India to cover the entire length and breadth of India. The company started its close business association with the then global brands, building a bespoke cold storage facility for Kodak. It made its presence felt in the logistics and supply chain landscape of India.

In 1996, the Group started operations for India's 1st Private Sector Custom Bonded Warehouse at Chennai. And in 1997 founded one of its hugely successful flagship brand Continental Warehousing Corporation (Nhava Sheva) Limited (CWCNSL).

The New Millenium

The close association with global brands continued under the leadership of Shri Naidu Adikesavulu Reddy with the creation of a customized infrastructure for IBM (now Lenovo) at Pondicherry in South India and developing of warehousing infrastructure for Philips in Chennai and East India in the beginning of the 21st century.

Facility for Lenovo

The Group went on to form NDR Warehousing Pvt Limited in 2003 which currently manages 10 million square feet across 32 locations in India. Almost simultaneously the Mumbai CFS and Chennai CFS were also commissioned and both quickly became the top 5 CFSs in India in 2005 and kept that position for some time.

Shri Reddy foresaw the importance of 3 driving forces for India's logistics and supply chain. The 1st was the importance of cross-country express shipment and the last mile delivery. So Delex Cargo was conceptualized in 2006 which became operational pan- India by 2009 and enjoys a good market share in today's e-commerce logistics in India. The 2nd was the importance of Cold Chain in India's Supply Chain. So a Cold Supply Chain vertical was formed under the brand name of SAASTHA in 2010. And lastly, Shri Reddy foresaw the importance of rail freight to control the cost and efficiency of India's logistics and its overall cost as percentage of India's GDP. So India's 1st private rail terminal was rolled out in 2011 in Hyderabad. This was followed by 2 more private rail terminals at Panipat and Ahmedabad by 2014.

Deep Partnerships and Marquee Private Investments

As a testimony to NDR's brand strength and trust equity, the company has partnered with blue chip names from across domains in its drive forward.

Public Sector Partnerships

NDR Group formed a JV with KRIL, KRIBHCO Infrastructure Limited (a KRIBHCO subsidiary) named Continental Multimodal Terminals Private Limited (CMTPL) which successfully operates a ICD and PFT at Thimmapur in Hyderabad.

NDR also has a deep rooted business collaboration with the Navratna company, Container Corporation of India Ltd (CONCOR). Both sides are currently evaluating a proposed JV at Ennore in Tamil Nadu.

NDR started bulk food-grain movement with FCI between Panipat and Ahmedabad from 2017. This business association is still going on and is flourishing as on date.

Marquee Private Investments

NDR enjoys an excellent reputation with the private equity community for its business attractiveness, transparent practices and corporate governance.

In 2011, reputed New York based growth investor Warburg Pincus invested USD 100 million in the group. This was for a minority ownership stake.

Also in 2011, Aureos Capital invested USD 10 million in the group. This was for a 4.5% equity stake. This investment changed hands due to the acquisition of Aureos Capital by the Dubai based Abraaj Capital. In 2015, International Finance Corporation, IFC - the private sector lending arm of the World Bank, invested USD 60 million in the NDR group in a debt-equity mix.

In 2018, global port operator and logistics company Dubai based DP World, took up a 90% equity and controlling stake in Continental Warehousing Corporation (Nhava Sheva) Limited (CWCNSL).

Post 2018

True to its founding ethos of being a growth partner to global business houses while powering India's economic trajectory, NDR Infrastructure Private Limited has set out on a journey to build mega infrastructure projects across India. In line with India's domestic economic momentum, GDP growth of the various states and geo-political balance, NDR has identified a set of more than 15 locations which will evolve as mega-hubs for Indian logistics. NDR wants to build Free Trade Warehousing Zones (FTWZ) at these locations as part of its Vision 2025 plan.

Vision and Expansion

True to its founding ethos of being a growth partner to global business houses while powering India's economic trajectory, NDR Infrastructure Private Limited has set out on a journey to build mega infrastructure projects across India. In line with India's domestic economic momentum, GDP growth of the various states and geo-political balance, NDR has identified a set of more than 15 locations which will evolve as mega-hubs for Indian logistics. NDR wants to build Free Trade Warehousing Zones (FTWZ) at these locations as part of its Vision 2025 plan.

NDR's Vision 2025

NDR has also segregated these FTWZs into 3 phases. There are 2 locations in the very 1st phase. They are - Ennore FTWZ near Chennai and Palasdhari FTWZ near Mumbai. The necessary government approvals for Ennore FTWZ have been obtained. The facility will be commissioned in June 2020 for commercial operations. The government approvals for Palasdhari FTWZ, near Mumbai, will be complete by August 2020 and commercial operations is targeted to start in December 2020.