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EPW Research Foundation INCORPORATED in 1963 as a private limited company in technical and financial collaboration with BPL Instruments, UK, BPL began with the manufacture of instruments for defence use at its factory in Kerala. Later it started the manufacture of electronic- test and manufacturing instruments. In 1979 it diversified into the manufacture of plain paper copiers. A shift in focus followed in 1982 when BPL ventured into the manufacture of colour television sets. The company is now concentrating on entertainment electronics, appliances, components and telecom. BPL has a technical collaboration with Sanyo Electronic Company, Japan, which holds a 40 per cent equity stake in BPL Sanyo, a group company. Sanyo has been associated with BPL as technical collaborator since 1982 The audio products industry grow by 15 per cent in 1994-95, but BPL has announced a 48 per cent growth, making it the fastest growing audio products company in India. Currently commanding a 15 per cent share of the Rs 850 crore audio products market, the company proposes to introduce a number of new audio products during the current year. The company closed the financial year ended March 1995 with a sales turnover of Rs 774 crore, up by 52 per cent from Rs 508 crore recorded in the previous year. Total income rose by 53 per cent from Rs 531 crore to Rs 811 crore. Diversifying into power generation, the group is working on raising funds for its first power venture, a 500 mw coal-fired power coalition at Ramagundam in Andhra Pradesh. The project is estimated to cost Rs 2,500 crore and is being set up near Singareni Coalfields.

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