Buxly Paints Limited

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Buxly Paints Limited


The pride that Buxly takes is not only in its being the first Pakistani paint company and one of the oldest companies in the country but because it survived competition from the multinationals as well as from imported paints and it also crossed a variety of other hurdles.

Khan Rahim Bux Khan, the founder of Buxly Paints Limited, first started his paint manufacturing activities back in 1933 in undivided India in the state of Hyderabad-Deccan which was perhaps the first paint factory in that area at that time started by any local person. The company was a proprietary concern and after partition of India, in 1947, the family migrated to Pakistan wherein, in 1948, he setup the first paint factory in Karachi under the name and style of Buxly Paints Works. Incidentally the world Buxly often leads people to believe that this is a British company. The word Buxly actually comes from the middle name of the founder late Rahim Bux Khan.

The early years in the new state of Pakistan presented many a hurdle like in other fields but nevertheless, the determination of the founder of this company enabled him not only to survive the initial difficulties but also to become, at that time the largest Pakistani paint manufacturer in the country. Although he started his activities in Karachi yet soon he set up a factory in Chittagong the then East Pakistan, and then setup his second paint factory in Karachi in 1956. In the next few years he was the largest manufacturer of paints in Pakistan until the influx of the multinationals. The pride that Buxly takes is not only in its being the first Pakistani paint company and one of the oldest companies in the country but because it survived competition from the multinationals as well as from imported paints and it also crossed a variety of other hurdles. …

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