A man who had a dream to provide quality bicycles to his countrymen at reasonable prices. The man Shri Janki Das Kapur.The dream : Atlas Cycle Industries Ltd. A modest beginning in an improvised shed at Sonepat. This was transformed into a 25 acre factory complex in a record period of 12 months in 1951.
In the very first year of operation, 12000 Atlas Cycles rolled out of the plant. Its no looking back since then. Soon, the first consignment of Atlas Cycles was sent overseas in 1958. Atlas has since then exported to several countries.
By 1965, Atlas had emerged as India's largest cycle manufacturer. Greater demand, higher production and ever-expanding markets made Atlas a name to reckon with. Atlas introduced the first racing Bicycle in India in 1978.
It was time for accolades. Atlas was presented with the FICCI Award for 'Best Industrial Relations'. Atlas' growing importance in the international arena did not go unnoticed either. Italy's Gold Mercury International Award was conferred on Atlas. Subsequently, it also received the prestigious EEPC Award for export excellence and is the recipient of several other accolades and awards in various categories.
The honour of being appointed official supplier of bicycles to the IXth Asiad, at Delhi in 1982, added another feather to Atlas' cap.With growing demand for its products, came the need for achieving self-sufficiency in specialized bicycle components. To meet its entire steel tube requirements the Atlas Steel Tube mill was set up at Gurgaon. Not only was dependence on external suppliers broken but the stringent quality controls, synonymous with Atlas, were maintained.
His dream to put Atlas on the global map and as a leading bicycle manufacturing unit has come true. And the journey still continues...