The parent company, The Imperial Electric Company (Pvt.) Ltd., was established in 1931 and has been involved in trading of electrical goods. Soon after the creation of Pakistan, the needs for import substitution was felt and the sponsors of the parent company made the decision to establish a small manufacturing unit for electrical goods.
In 1951, a very modest beginning was made by setting up a small facility located in the basement of the offices of The Imperial Electric Company (Pvt.) Ltd., for the production of electrical accessories. With single minded initiative and efforts of Late Mr. Ataur Rehman (the former Managing Director), the facilities were continuously upgraded and a full fledged facility was established in Lahore, Pakistan by 1954 under the same name of Electrical Equipment Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (EMCO). The first comprehensive Insulator Manufacturing Plant was in operation with the active participation, know-how and machinery coming from Japan and France.
Keeping pace with the ever increasing and diversified demand of Insulators for national utilities and electrical industries in Pakistan, it was decided in 1965 to expand the facilities to produce all types of insulators including those required for extra high tension lines.
At this stage, Associated Engineers (Pvt.) Ltd., joined hands with The Imperial Electric Company (Pvt.) Ltd. (IEC) to further expand EMCO.
The new plant located at Lahore Sheikhupura Road, Lahore was commissioned in 1968 under the guidance of competent and seasoned engineers of NGK Insulators, Japan. Since electrical ceramics is a very highly specialized industry, requiring skill, experience, time tested formulae and proven know-how, EMCO signed a technical collaboration agreement for fifteen years with NGK, Japan, who are the world's largest and most renowned manufacturers of insulators. With the active support of the personnel from NGK and Pakistani engineers, EMCO was producing quality insulators using mostly local raw materials. The plant is now manned by a team of highly qualified and experienced Pakistani engineers apart form over 600 technicians and workers. The company has a present installed annual capacity for the production of 5000 tons of insulators.
With the untiring efforts of the present Chairman, Mr. S. A.Mannan and the late Managing Director, Mr. Attaur Rehman, the company continued to be one of the best facilities manufacturing quality insulators in the world. In 1983, the company was listed on the Stock Exchanges of Pakistan as a Public Ltd., company and was renamed as EMCO Industries Limited.
In addition to electric porcelain, EMCO runs a full fledged department for the production of chemical porcelain such as acid proof lining bricks, raschig rings, saddles and special refractories. This line is now fully developed to cater to the requirements of beverage factories, milk plants, chemical, edible oil, fertilizer industries, for acid proof wares. EMCO, in 1995, signed a licensing agreement with M/S. SIEMENS, Germany to manufacture Surge Arresters from 66kv to 420kv (max. system voltage).
EMCO, in 2005, signed a know-how contract with M/S. HAPAM B.V., Netherlands, for the manufacturing of Disconnecting Switches. EMCO firmly believes in a continuous research and development programme to keep abreast with ever-diversifying requirements of porcelain insulators, chemical porcelain and ceramic tiles. The normal production of insulators requires rigid quality control, with limited performance tolerances allowable. Considerable efforts, as such, are directed towards the production of insulators with better performance characteristics and EMCO has all the in-house testing facilities for this purpose. Moreover, our progress and development is benefited by the rich experience gathered from NGK of Japan. EMCO is still the only unit for manufacturing high tension insulators in Pakistan and is not only supplying the entire requirement of the country, but is also exporting to developing and developed countries all over the world.
Having achieved an enviable position in the field of electric ceramics, EMCO, in 1983 decided to broad-base their manufacturing activities and utilize their long experience in ceramics by adding an ultra modern plant for the manufacturing of decorative WALL TILES with an annual capacity of 700,000 square meters. The entire machinery for the manufacture of tiles was supplied by world renowned machinery manufacturers from Germany and Italy. This plant was commissioned in 1985.
Another plant for Floor Tiles having an annual capacity of 1,000,000 square meters was commissioned in late 1991. The machinery and know-how was supplied by SACMI of Italy and the plant is producing comprehensive range of Floor and Facing Tiles according to international standards. In 1996, the need was felt to increase the production of the Wall Tile and subsequently an agreement was signed with an Italian Company to supply machinery and equipment to increase the output of the Wall Tile plant form 700,000 to 1,500,000 square meters per annum. This expanded facility was completed in 1997. Currently the overall production capacity of both plants is 2,500,000 square meters. EMCO is the largest ceramic complex in Pakistan producing over 30,000 tons of ceramics material annually.
Despite continuous increase in demand for Tiles in the country, the plant had to be shut down in January 2014 owing to severe shortage of natural gas and electricity which lasted for more than 3 years before the Management decided to completely shut down the Tile Division.