The AVG Group of Companies is one of the oldest business houses based in the region. The Group was founded in 1937 by the late A.V George, a visionary and distinguished public personality of the time, who was instrumental in developing Kottayam (a town in the Central Travancore region of Kerala), into a modern township.
Headquartered in Kottayam, the major companies of the AVG Group include the Kailas Rubber Company Limited, the Nilgiri Tea Estates Limited, the Thamarapally Rubber Company Limited, the Udayagiri Rubber Company Limited, AVG Motors Limited, and the A.V George and Company Private Limited. A majority of the companies are engaged in the Group's core business of cultivation and manufacturing of tea and rubber with tea gardens and plantations spread across Kerala and Tamil Nadu. Tea from the estates is sold through auctions. Rubber products comprising mainly CENEX, EBC, and PLC grades are sold through primary dealers. The Group has diversified into non-agricultural lines of business also by taking up dealerships for Bharat Petroleum (Petroleum products), Maruti Suzuki India Limited (Maruti cars), and Eicher Motors Limited (trucks and buses). AVG Motors Limited is an ISO 9001 certified company and two of the tea gardens have obtained the Organic Certification from the Institute of Marketecology (IMO), Switzerland.
The AVG Group is known for its ethical business practices, as is evident from the trust and faith reposed by the customers and all those who've had dealings with its products and services. The Group has also ventured into various business avenues with a commitment to compliance with all applicable laws and a focus on business models that are environmentally viable.