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Aditya Vikram Birla was an Indian industrialist and was also the first industrialist from India to expand his business abroad and set up plants in Philippines, South East Asia and Egypt. Birla supervised the diversification of his group into petrochemicals, textiles, and telecommunications. Aditya Vikram Birla was born to industrialist Basant Kumar and Sarala Birla on 14th November 1943 in Kolkata. He completed his college studies in Kolkata and had done his degree in chemical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Aditya Birla returned to India in 1965 and started his own textile business. He set up the Eastern Spinning Mills in Kolkata and soon it became a success. Birla set up the group's first overseas company Indo-Thai Synthetics Company Ltd in 1969. He set up the Elegant Textiles in 1973, the group's first venture in Indonesia. He went on to establish companies in different parts of the world like Indo Phil Group of companies in 1975, Pan Century Edible Oils in 1977 (Malaysia), Thai Carbon Black in 1978 (Thailand) and P.T Indo Bharat Rayon in 1982 (Indonesia).