Sharmila Kumbhat (K-Lite Industries) – Business Sight’s Elite League of Innovators in India 2021

Ms. Sharmila Kumbhat - A dynamic entrepreneur dedicated to her passion”

Ms Sharmila Kumbhat, a passionate and dynamic entrepreneur who started her professional journey at the early age of 16 and joined K-Lite Industries, Chennai in 2012 and in a very short span, she took K- Lite Industries to new heights.

K-Lite was founded in 1977 in Chennai and has grown to be the leading manufacturer of indoor and outdoor luminaires and decorative poles. K-Lite’s proven performance in the outdoor segment is because of its ability to stylishly convey the identity of a space with a blend of efficiency and modularity to maximise the visual comfort that is best suited to each specific space. 

A visionary Leader

Ms Sharmila Kumbhat, director of K-Lite Industries started her professional career at the early age of 16 in a fabrication unit “Metal Craft” where she supported her father Mr DilipKumbhat. At the age of 19, she won the “Best Female Entrepreneur Award” which was presented to her by the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu. Later, she studied Design in New York and widely travelled around the world. While travelling she gained further experience and understanding from different cultures which continuously influenced her design and business acumen. While living in the United States for over a decade, she started and ran two very successful export-oriented companies. In order to be more directly involved in her homeland, coupled with the emotional quotient of bringing up her children in India, she joined K-lite in 2012 and within a short span of time, she was able to earn the title of “Director Business Development”. K-lite has broken into international markets, progressed tremendously and the company's turnover has increased by more than 5 folds under her leadership. In 2017-2018, K-LITE was awarded “Asia One- World’s Greatest Brands” for K-Lite’s architectural lighting & poles.

About K-Lite’s Journey in Light

In 1977, K-Lite began a long journey of innovation in lighting products, chasing the dream of light. The quality of light influences the quality of life and light must combine technique and emotions contemporaneously which define new values, meanings, feelings, culture and comfort which overcome the simple light-dark dichotomy. Also, the light must achieve this in compliance with the environment and available resources. K-Lite works closely on this and achieves it by not only reducing the number of fittings but also through correct planning and better-quality products.

People have been choosing K-Lite over other brands for several years. For 40 years, the Indian trademark K-Lite has stood for innovation and sustainable development in the Indian lighting industry which was supported by its manufacturing hub in Chennai. K-Lite always works on designing and developing new sustainable products to help conserve resources and to improve the quality of life through Light. With its commitment to invest continuously in innovation, creativity and design, K-Lite has developed a wide range of products that comply with stricter statutory and regulatory requirements which include ecologically sensitive and quality conscious issues.

Awards and Accolades

K-Lite Industries has marked its success and glory with its consistent hard work and has been recognized by various Government and Non- Government firms. In the years 2015 and 2016, K-Lite won India Design Mark Award by the Indian Design Council. It has also won World’s Greatest Brands 2017-18, Architecture and Interior Design Excellence Awards & Conference 2021, Global Edition and Outstanding Performance & Contribution in Business Domain by Beginup Research Intelligence Private Limited.

Sharmila’s Journey To Success

Sharmila got inspired by her father who is a mechanical engineer and dreamt his way. The strong foundation, brand building, product development and infrastructure creation are the results of his hard work.

Sharmila works with the goal to promote K-Lite as an International brand with representation in every country and finds strength in her dedicated and committed team and the infrastructure facilities that have accelerated their growth.

Talking about her vision, she says, “The Essence of lighting is one of the most important things in our lives. At K-Lite we are passionate about creating a distinctive atmosphere that improves the quality of life in the cities and towns by exploring many potential facets of lighting that supports the well-being and safety of all.”

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