GlaxoSmithKline is a leading healthcare company born out
of the merger of two leading international organizations: GlaxoWellcome and Smithkline Beecham.
GSK Consumer Healthcare Ltd and GSK Pharmaceuticals Ltd are the two businesses of GSK in India of which former is headquartered at DLF Gurgaon and the latter at Worli, Mumbai.
In the Indian market, GSK Consumer Healthcare's journey began with Horlicks.
In the early years, Horlicks, manufactured by Horlicks Limited, Slough, England was being imported, bottled and sold in India. The year 1955 saw a change in the import policy following which the import of Horlicks was stopped.
In 1956-57, a team from Horlicks Limited visited India to explore the possibilities of setting up a plant. With the support of the then Maharaja of Nabha, His Highness Pratap Singh, a plant was set up at Nabha, in Punjab. Thus was born on October 30, 1958, Hindustan Milkfood Manufacturers Pvt. Ltd., promoted by Horlicks Ltd.
In the year 1969, Beecham plc., acquired Horlicks Limited and became the majority shareholder in Hindustan Milkfood Manufacturers Limited. Ten years later in 1979, Beecham India (Pvt) Ltd. merged with Hindustan Milkfood Manufacturers Limited and the non-resident equity shareholding was reduced to 40%. The name of the company was also changed to HMM Limited, in 1991.
Beecham plc., UK and SmithKline, USA merged in 1989 to form SmithKline Beecham plc, with its registered office in the UK. HMM Limited thus became part of SmithKline Beecham Consumer Brands, one of the three sectors of SmithKline Beecham and its name was changed to SmithKline Beecham Consumer Brands Limited.
Yet another christening took place in March 1994 when the name of the Company was changed to SmithKline Beecham Consumer Healthcare Limited, reasserting the Company's promise of providing healthcare to consumers.
The plan to form GlaxoSmithKline was announced in London on January 17, 2000. It was on December 27 that the two global giants SmithKline Beecham and Glaxo Wellcome merged to form GSK. Our new identity, GSK Consumer Healthcare, has been created to reflect our shared values towards scientific research and improving people's lives.