Incorporated as a private limited company in 1965 under the name N H Lohia (Agencies) Pvt Ltd, Century Laminating Company acquired its present name in 1984. It became a deemed public limited company in 1988 and a public limited company in 1995. The company was promoted by M K Lohia, Champalal Lohia, Rup Chand Lohia and Prakash Lohia. Merino Panel Products is a subsidiary of the company. The company exports through Merino Exports Pvt Ltd, its group company.
The company manufactures decorative laminates at its plant in Achheja (Ghaziabad district), Uttar Pradesh, which are sold under the Merino brand name. Its cold storage and ice plant is located in New Delhi. In Aug.'94, the company set up a 6000 tpa formaldehyde manufacturing plant as a backward integration. Formaldehyde is used for the preparation of resins which is required in the manufacture of laminates.
In 1994-95, the installed capacity of the laminating plant was increased from 42.50 lac sq mtr to 80 lac sq mtr. In Sep.'95, it came out with a public issue to part-finance the expansion-cum-modernisation programme involving the laminating capacity increase from 80 lac sq mtr to 108 lac sq mtr.
During 2000-2001 company obtained ISO-9002:1994 certification from DNV the Netherlands,in its branches at Kolkata,Mumbai,Bangalore,Chennai,Delhi,Pune,Nagpur and Ahmedabad.The Installed Capacity of Decorative laminates has increased from 80 lac SqMtrs to 108 lac SqMtrs. In 2001-02 the installed capacity of Decorative laminates was increased to 167 lacs Sq Mtrs.