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CUMI was founded in 1954 as a tripartite collaboration between the Murugappa Group, The Carborundum Co., USA and the Universal Grinding Wheel Co. Ltd., U.K.

The company pioneered the manufacture of Coated Abrasives and Bonded Abrasives in India in addition to the manufacture of Super Refractories, Electro Minerals, Industrial Ceramics and Ceramic Fibres. Today the company’s range of over 20,000 different varieties of abrasives, refractory products and electro-minerals are manufactured in ten locations across various parts of the country.

CUMI is one of the five manufacturers in the world with fully integrated operations that include mining, fusioning, wind and hydropower stations, manufacturing, marketing and distribution. Almost all of CUMI’s ten manufacturing facilities have received the ISO 9001:2008 accreditation for quality standards. A well connected marketing and distribution network of offices and warehouses in India and abroad, ensure that service to customers is given prime importance.

CUMI’s constant innovation and product upgradation, through in-house R&D and strategic alliances with global leaders in grinding technology, have not only ensured it market leadership in India and abroad, but also international recognition as a manufacturer of quality abrasives and a provider of total grinding solutions.

CUMI’s products are being exported to 43 countries spread across North America, Europe, Australia, South Africa and Asia. The Industrial Ceramics Division is in the business of providing technical ceramic solutions in Alumina, Zirconia and Reaction Bonded Silicon carbide addressing wear protection, corrosion resistance, electrical resistance and ballistic protection applications. Our continuous endeavour is to create value for our customers by offering solutions that are Consistent, Timely and Cost Competitive”, with a focus on “making materials matter”.


To be a globally admired ceramics company.


To be a partner of choice for world leaders in innovation and create value for our customers.


The Spirit of the Murugappa Group is inspired by a set of enduring values and beliefs called the ‘Five Lights’ – a guide to everyday excellence. It clearly defines a way of life and is demonstrated by these strong values we live by: Integrity, Passion, Quality, Respect and Responsibility.

why cumi ceramic


“We design, We produce, We service We are a one stop solution provider”
We provide advanced material solutions for challenging applications to more than 22 industries worldwide. We understand specific needs of our customers through our presence in our 4 regional offices & 10 international offices. With our state of the art R&D facilities, superior design and application engineering capabilities and our highly skilled & dedicated employees, we deliver high quality, customised & reliable solutions.
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“We customise material solutions for your specific needs”
We engineer our material formulations to suit specific, non- standard customer needs. We have an array of material solutions ranging from Alumina & Zirconia oxides, Carbides & Nitrides (SiC, SiN) to special material composites e.g. Al-Titanate (Cumitherm) for varying range of applications in industries.
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“We ensure highest standards of quality & customer delight always”
More than 65% of our business comes from exports and we are proud to be the supplier of choice for our customers worldwide. Continuous appreciation by our customers in various business forums is a testimony to our relentless pursuit for quality and customer delight.
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Making Materials Matter since 1991
Snippets from a relentless journey towards excellence

  • 2015
    Acquisition of assets and technology

    Acquisition of assets and technology for the manufacture of metallized alumina ceramics from one of the leading global player and competitor – NTK Technical Ceramics, Japan

  • 2010
    Major customer acquisition in Metallized Ceramics

    Major customer acquisition in Metallized Ceramics (ABB, Schneider, Siemens and other leading global companies)

  • 2008
    Commercial sales of wear and metallized ceramics

    Commercial sales of wear and metallized ceramics from the new plants

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  • 2006

    Capacity expansion of Wear and metallized ceramic

  • 2002
    Installation of first tunnel kiln

    Capacity expansion of wear ceramics
    Installation of first tunnel kiln
    Started exports to other global markets

  • 1995
    Exports of wear ceramics

    Exports of wear ceramics into the Australian markets

  • 1993
    Commercial supplies

    Commercial supplies of metallized ceramics

  • 1991
    technical know-how from Coorstek of USA

    Manufacture of Alumina ceramics with technical know-how from Coorstek of USA

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corporate social responsibility
Carborundum Universal Limited a “Murugappa group Company” has been upholding the Group’s tradition by earmarking a part of its income for carrying out its social responsibilities. We believe that social responsibility is not just a corporate obligation that has to be carried out but its one’s “Dharma”. Our philanthropic endeavours are thus a reflection of our spiritual conscience and provide us a way to discharge our responsibilities to the various sections of the society. Our Vision We are committed to be an eco- Friendly organization that shall strive to protect, preserve and improve our environment. Board of Governance

The Board of Directors and the CSR Committee analyses the need of the identified disadvantaged sections. An assessment study and research is conducted and an intervention is formulated to resolve the problem faced by the community. Clear targets, timelines and measurable targets are fixed and a progressive monitoring and reporting framework are stipulated as per the requirements of the Section 135 of the Companies Act 2013.


Before corporate social responsibility came into existence the Murugappa family started to dedicate their efforts in development of the society.  It was called “Mahemai” which was followed by a community called the Nagarathas.

CCSD (CUMI Centre for Skill Development) – “Honing skills, Helping lives” The CCSD centre was set up in the year 2012 to provide a conducive learning environment to students from deprived backgrounds and prepare them for the skill challenges in VUCA world. The primary aim of this development centre is to channelize the talents & energies of the youngsters and mould them into responsible citizens. The students are identified by the way of survey and advertisements in the nearby villages around Hosur and they are educated in the trades of Fitter, Turner, Machinist (Grinder), Electrician and Mechanic-Machine Tools Maintenance. The Centre works closely with NGOs, Rotary and Lions Clubs and various other institutions to reach out to deserving candidates from various challenging backgrounds at rural locations. This program also provides training in behavioural skills and business etiquettes.
Healthcare and Welfare
  • Mobile clinics
  • Healthcare Centres in rural areas
  • Blood Donation camps
  • Awareness campaigns on road safety, safe drinking water, Dengue etc
  • Scholarships for technical education
  • Installation of educational facilities in villages
  • Industrial visits
  • 5S Programs for school students
  • Construction of schools.Provision of Hygienic RO in schools.
  • Medical facility in Kamagiri Village

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47,48(Part),Sipcot Industrial Complex, Hosur – 635126, Tamilnadu, India

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