Group Profile

Friends group based at Gandhidham (Kutch, Gujarat) is a well known group of companies having business interests in diverse fields such as :

Its Business Activities & Interests include :

  •  Logistics and Port related services
  •  Liquid and Dry Cargo terminals
  •  Manufacturing and Export of salt
  •  Exports of various Commodities
  •  Power generation through renewable sources of energy viz. Solar and Wind Power generation
  •  Authorized Dealers of commercial vehicles
  •  Real Estate developers

Group Photos

The group has its base in Gandhidham, port town of Kandla port, in Kutch district of Gujarat state (India).

It was a modest beginning in 1984 when the three friends from Singhvi, Joshi & Vaidya families joined hands together and formed Friends & Friends company. Since then on, the group has never looked back and expanded manifold making great strides by diversifying into various Business/Industrial activities. Over the period it has carved out a niche for itself in the Business/Industrial circles. In the process of development, it has made a significant contribution to generation of employment in the region as also in setting new records in cargo handling. The group also takes pride in having the largest capacity for storage of liquid in its tank terminal near Kandla Port which forms around one third of total capacity for storage of liquid cargo under private sector at Kandla port. Not to be left behind in the field of exports, the group companies have also been active in the field of exports as merchant Exporters/Manufacturing exporters and quite a few number of group companies were recognized as a star export house.

The group has also been in the field of development of real estate having constructed premium life style apartments in the city of Ahmedabad.

Future plans

In line with the policy of “no place for complacency”, the company and the group have ambitious plans for further expansion in the field of power generation by installing additional capacity in the form of solar and wind power generation and also intend to make foray in agriculture and in some other industries.

At the same time the group always endeavors and is committed to ensure that development done is not at the cost of environmental degradation and adopts all necessary measures to ensure protection of the environment besides giving top priority to the safety of its employees et. Al.

Our Group Companies

Port Services, Cargo Handling, Dry Storage & Warehousing, Container Freight Station

  • Gautam Freight Pvt. Ltd.
  • Arvind V. Joshi & Co.


  • Friends Salt Works & Allied Industries
  • Terapanth Foods Limited
  • The Kutch Salt and Allied Industries Ltd.
  • Oswal Salt and Chemical Industries

Real Estate

  • Friends Infrabuild Pvt. Ltd.
  • Flamingo Builders Pvt. Ltd.
  • New Tech Associates

Liquid Storage Terminals

  • Friends Salt Works & Allied Industries
  • Friends Oil & Chemical Terminals Pvt. Ltd.
  • Friends Bulk Handlers Ltd.
  • Viking Lighterage & Cargo Handlers Pvt. Ltd.

Commodity Exports

  • Kandla Export Corporation
  • Friends Merchantile Pvt. Ltd.

Castor Oil & Allied Products

  • Kandla Agro & Chemicals Pvt. Ltd.

Commercial Vehicles

  • Shantinath Motors Pvt. Ltd. (Authorised dealer of Mahindra Automotive Ltd.)