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Aspinwall & Co Ltd.

Cochin has held the centre-stage in the history of Kerala since the beginning of its maritime trade with the world. The historic landing of the Portuguese navigator, Vasco de Gama, near Calicut in 1498, and his arrival at Cochin in 1500, heralded organised trade in Kerala. Another Portuguese explorer, Pedro Alvarez Cabral, who followed Vasco de Gama, shipped the first consignment from Cochin to Europe. Afonso de Albuquerque was the third in the Portuguese exodus to Kerala. Enter Aspinwall In 1863, John H Aspinwall was inducted as a partner into Scott Brothers. He acquired the business of Scott Brothers in 1867, and launched Aspinwall & Company, offering a range of shipping services, besides carrying on business in timber, spices and several other agro products. The Aspinwall era had begun. The illustrious J.H Aspinwall expired in 1884, leaving the fortunes of his company in the capable hands of his partner, W.N. Black. Subsequently, E.H. Black also joined the firm. The Black brothers consolidated and expanded the Aspinwall enterprise. Royal Connection Aspinwall became a public limited company in 1956, with financial participation from the Travancore Royal family. When, in 1971, the English company offered to disinvest its holdings, the Royal family acquired the controlling shares in the Group. With this regal association, the Aspinwall Group acquired a character and personality of its own, with dynamism, integrity and customer focus as its distinct hallmarks. The post - 1971 phase has been one of consolidation, modernisation and expansion for the Aspinwall Group - in the process, weeding out financially unviable ventures and diversifying into new areas of growth and profitability.


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Egyptians, Arabians, Chinese, Europeans..For centuries, they kept flocking to the shores of search of spices and riches. Some of them plundered the hills and the plains, and went home wealthy. A few of them stayed back and nurtured the economy of the land. One such outstanding personality who made Cochin his home away from home was John . H . Aspinwall. During the latter half of the nineteenth century, Aspinwall was one of the few enterprising men to carry forward the glorious maritime traditions of Kerala. The great visionary is long gone. But his dynamic spirit is very much kept alive in the priceless legacy he has left behind: The Aspinwall Group. The seed of enterprise Aspinwall planted way back in 1867 has now become a giant spreading tree - a corporate phenomenon - rapidly growing vertically and laterally

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