JCT Electronics Limited (JCTEL) is a flagship company of the Thapar Group, one of India's largest industrial conglomerates. Founded in the 1920's, the Thapar Group comprising of 54 companies and 84 manufacturing plants.
JCTEL was the first Colour Picture Tube (CPT) manufacturer in India. JCTEL, formerly known as Punjab Display Devices Limited (PDDL) was set up as a wholly owned subsidiary of Punjab State Industrial Development Corporation in the year 1976 to manufacture Black & White Picture Tubes, Cathode Ray Tubes, Gas-filled Discharge Tubes and Fluorescent Display Tubes at Mohali (Punjab). PDDL was taken over in 1986 by JCT Ltd., a flagship Company of the Thapar Group, as a diversification project to manufacture CPTs and therefore renamed as JCT Electronics Limited. JCTEL thereafter set up a modern plant at Mohali (Punjab) for manufacture of CPTs in technical collaboration with Hitachi, Japan, one of the pioneers in Display Devices. Initially the plant had a capacity of 0.6 million CPTs which was increased to 1.20 million over a period of time.
In 1996, JCTEL went in for an expansion and set-up a new Greenfield plant near Vadodara in Gujarat. Engineered in-house with Hitachi's assistance to manufacture 1 million CPTs per annum which was increased to 4.80 million CPTs over a period of time. The plant has capabilities to manufacture 14", 20", 21" Pure Flat and 21" Ultra Slim tubes.