Johnson & Johnson in India

Founded in 1886 in New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA, Johnson & Johnson spread its roots into India in 1947 with the arrival of Mr. Patrick Whaley and in 1948, started marketing Johnson’s Baby Powder which was manufactured by a local company, British Drug House, in Mumbai. In September 1957, a new company - Johnson & Johnson Limited was created and registered with 12 employees on its roll. The company was licensed to manufacture a broad range of consumer and hospital products. Production began in 1959 from the earliest Johnson & Johnson plant in Mulund in Mumbai.

Mr. Whaley became the first MD of the company and served for 14 years. The company prospered under his able leadership. In the years that followed, Johnson & Johnson Limited established a reputation for quality with a range of products that represented virtually every sector of the company’s business internationally.

The 60s was a decade of manufacturing growth. The first Ethicon plant was set up in Dharavi in Mumbai to manufacture Catgut sutures. In 1966, the Bhandup plant in Mumbai was set up to manufacture feminine hygiene products. The Ortho Diagnostics’ manufacturing unit was set up in 1970 and shifted to Deonar in Mumbai. In 1975, Ethnor Limited (merged with Johnson & Johnson in 1994). set up a plant for manufacturing pharmaceutical and ethical products of Ortho-McNeil Laboratories and Cilag Chemie. A second manufacturing plant for personal products started in Bhandup in Mumbai. The state-of-the-art Ethicon plant in Aurangabad became operational in 1991. The latest addition to the family is the manufacturing facilities in Baddi in Himachal Pradesh, which caters to both medical and consumer sectors. Currently, the manufacturing plants are at Baddi (2), Mulund, Aurangabad, Deonar and offices at Mumbai (4), Chennai, Delhi, Kolkata, a pharma R&D Center in Mulund, a Global Clinical Operations (GCO) office in Powai, Mumbai, and a Business Knowledge Center in Pune & Bengaluru.

In over 65 years of operating in India, Johnson & Johnson Limited has gained a reputation for delivering high-quality products.

Today, we employ more than 2000 people and the businesses span Consumer, Medical Devices & Diagnostics, Pharmaceuticals and Vision Care.

Johnson & Johnson India has won several Best Employer Awards and is clearly recognized as an employer of choice. It is also very active in reaching out to those in need through its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) projects