K. M. Mammen Mappillai
(November 28, 1922 – March 3, 2003) was born in Kerala
. He was born to K. C. Mammen Mappillai
(1873–1953) and Kunjandamma (- 1950) as the youngest of the prosperous family of eight sons and a daughter.
He graduated from the prestigious Madras Christian College
. He started his industrial life with a toy balloon manufacturing unit from a small shed near Madras (now Chennai
) in 1946. By 1952, Madras Rubber Factory
ventured into the manufacture of tread rubber. Since then, the company has grown to become a INR
30 billion enterprise.
In 1993, K.M. Mammen Mappillai was awarded the Padma Shri
award for his contribution to industry - the first industrialist from South India
to be given this honour. His brothers, K.M. Cherian, K.M. Philip and K.M. Mathew
and nephew Mammen Mathew are also Padma Shri awardees. The eldest brother K.M. Cherian is also a Padma Bhushan recipient.
K.M. Mammen Mappillai is in the list of 18 names of account-holders in LGT Bank
. Prosecution is already launched against these.