GKB Ophthalmics: A clear vision

     Print Edition: Nov 14, 2010

Best SME in international trade (Small)

GKB Ophthalmics
Person: K.G. Gupta
Turnover (2009-10): Rs 38 crore
PAT (2009-10): Rs 1.19 crore
Business: Ophthalmic lenses

For all you know, he could have made the lens for the spectacles that you pick up on your next foreign jaunt. That is because Krishna Gopal Gupta, Chairman and CEO of GKB Ophthalmics, an export unit, is determined to become the preferred supplier to global ophthalmic companies.

Started in Agra in 1960 with just Rs 20,000, GKB Ophthalmics' first break came in 1975 with an order for lenses for Iran. In 1980, it moved to Goa and set up a 100 per cent export unit. Last year, its turnover shot up by 57 per cent as the financial meltdown forced large manufacturers in the West to shut shop and look for cheap suppliers.

"This helped glass manufacturers like us," says Gupta, who makes 30,000 glass lenses and 6,000 plastic ones a day. Sons Vikram and Gaurav have joined the business. Vikram looks after Prime Lenses and domestic operations, and Gaurav exports. The next destination: South America.

-Anusha Subramanian

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