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About SQUARE Group

In a career spanning across five decades, it has pioneered the development of the local business in fields as diverse as Pharmaceuticals, Textile, Information Technology, Healthcare Products, Food Products, and Hospital etc. With annual turnover above US $ 450 million and with a workforce more than 35,000 Square today is a true icon in Bangladesh business sector.

A Few Word of SQUARE

Square is an organization with equal emphasis on leadership, technology, quality and passion. It believes in continuous innovation and progress. Its endeavor is to bring the best minds together in a uniquely rich and stimulating environment.

Square drives for excellence; the urge to never stand still, to never slow down and to never stop thinking. Square is a corporate giant active in divergent business and industrial fields. Its present unassailable status is the outcome of its successful diversification. Square holds a very strong position as a business leader in this country, and have earned trusted brand image to the people of Bangladesh.

When asked Mr. Samason H Chowdhury, why the name SQUARE was chosen, he remembered - "We named it SQUARE because it was started by four friends and also because it signifies accuracy and perfection meaning quality"

A token of gratitude to the nation

Sixty years of hard work and commitment have brought us where we are today. We are keenly aware of our responsibility as the most respected business organization of the country. Our relentless effort is to make Square Hospital worthy of nation's trust and confidence. While many Bangladeshis are going abroad to seek quality healthcare services at a cost of valuable foreign currency, SHL is contributing to reduce this outflow.

Mr. Samson H Chowdhury (1925-2012)

Samson H Chowdhury is a renowned entrepreneur and a commercially successful person in the history of Bangladesh. Samson H Chowdhury is the founder of the country leading private company, SQUARE.

In 1952, he started a small pharmacy in Ataikula village which is about 160 km off capital Dhaka in the north-west part of Bangladesh. Mr. Samson H Chowdhury then ventured into a partnership pharmaceutical company with three of his friends in 1958. SQUARE today is a name not only known in the Pharmaceutical world, it is today a synonym of quality- be it consumer product, toiletries, health products, textiles, agro vet products, information technology and few more. All these were possible due to his innovative ideas, tireless efforts, perseverance and dedication with self confidence that contributed to his successful achievements. Now the name "SQUARE” inspires trust. Under his dynamic leadership, SQUARE is set to continue its progress globally.

The journey begins

Square started out as a small scale pharmaceutical venture in 1958. It was a partnership effort of four young and enterprising men whose determination and passion saw it through the turmoil of the incipient period. By its fourth year, Square turned into a profit making organization.

Milestones: SQUARE

  • 1958: Debut of Square Pharmaceuticals as a partnership farm
  • 1964: Converted into a Private Limited Company
  • 1974: Technical Collaboration with Janssen Pharmaceutica, Belgium, a subsidiary of Johnson and Johnson Intl, USA.
  • 1982: Licensing agreement signed with F.Hoffman-La Roche Ltd., Switzerland.
  • 1985: Achieved leadership in pharmaceutical market of Bangladesh among all multinational and national companies.
  • 1988: Debut of Square Toiletries Ltd. As a separate division of Square pharma
  • 1994: Initial public offering of Square Pharmaceuticals Ltd’s shares.
  •           : Square Toiletries ltd. becomes a private limited Company.
  • 1995: Chemical Division of Square Pharmaceuticals Ltd. Starts production of pharmaceuticals bulk products (API).
  • 1997: Square Pharmaceuticals Ltd won the National Export Trophy.
  •           : Debut of Square Textiles Ltd.
  • 1998: Second unit of Square Textiles Ltd. is established.
  • 2000: Square Spinnings Ltd starts its journey.
  • 2001: Square Knits Ltd. is established.
  •          : Square Fashions Ltd starts its operation.
  •          : US FDA/ UK MHRA standard Dhaka unit of Pharmaceuticals goes into operation.
  •          : Square Consumer Products Ltd starts its operation.
  •           : Square Infomatix is established.
  •           : Square Hospitals Ltd is incorporated.
  • 2005: New State-of-the-Art Square Cephalosporins Ltd. goes into operation: built as per US FDA/ UK MHRA requirements.
  • 2006: Square Hospitals Ltd starts its journey.
  • 2007: Square Pharmaceuticals Ltd., Dhaka Unit gets the UK MHRA approval.
  • 2008: Of Square Pharmaceuticals Ltd. starts SVPO (Small Volume Parental & Ophthalmic) unit, built as per US FDA requirements, goes into operation.

SQUARE Concerns Are

  • Square Toiletries Ltd.
  • Square Textiles Ltd.
  • Square Food & Beverage Ltd.
  • Square Fashions Ltd.
  • Square Agro Development and Processing Ltd.
  • Square Securities Management Ltd.
  • Square InformatiX Ltd.
  • Square Herbal and Nutraceuticals Ltd.
  • Square Yarns Ltd.
  • Square Holdings Ltd.
  • Square Air Limited
  • Square Formulations Limited
  • Square Texcom Limited
  • Square Fashion Yarns Ltd.
  • Square Denims Limited
  • Square Apparels Limited
  • Square Spinning Mills Ltd.
  • Sabazpur Tea Company Ltd.
  • ASTRAS Limited
  • Maasranga Broadcasting Network Ltd.
  • Maasranga Communications Ltd. (Maasranga Television)
  • Maasranga Productions Ltd.
  • Mediacom Limited