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 #8793  by Sundar
 February 20th, 2013, 10:05 am
The purpose of setting it up stands defeated
During her previous tenure as Chief Minister, Jayalalithaa had announced the establishment of Women’s Industrial Parks in the State to encourage women entrepreneurs. It raised the hopes of thousands of women.

But seven years on, it turns out that the project has failed to enthuse women entrepreneurs in Madurai, who own industrial plots at Kappalur Industrial Estate, the second largest in Tamil Nadu. The Women’s Industrial Park (WIP), spread across 17.5 acres in Kappalur, was among the first to be inaugurated in the State. It has 75 industrial plots allotted to women entrepreneurs. At present, less than 20 industries function in the WIP and all is not well, say women entrepreneurs.

“We submitted our proposals to the Tamil Nadu Small Industries Development Corporation Limited (SIDCO) in 2008 following which the selection process was conducted. The land was allotted in 2010. By then the cost of construction and materials had increased manifold. Not many industries came up as per the proposal submitted. As a result, a large number of plots remained vacant,” said G. Uma Maheswari, proprietor of a paper cup manufacturing unit.

“The frequent power cuts have affected our business so badly that we are not able to repay our bank loans. Besides, we lack basic facilities such as telephone connection, water supply, garbage disposal and streetlights. The approach roads are narrow,” she complained.

According to the women entrepreneurs, Uchapatti panchayat collects professional tax from the entire Kappalur industrial estate, but has not done anything to improve the infrastructure.

R. Latha has built her industrial unit in the plot allotted to her but is awaiting electricity connection for more than six months now. “I was told that an electric line passes through my plot and hence the delay in sanctioning power connection. I have sent a representation to SIDCO.”

A few plots located next to Uchapatti village have domestic connections. The industrial units on these plots are running on these domestic connections. But it is no easy task, points out Ms. Uma Maheswari.

While a large number of plots lie vacant, a few of them have half-completed buildings. “The entrepreneurs, who own plots in the WIP, are required to set up their industrial units within two years of land allocation. When they fail to do so, SIDCO has the power to take back the lands. The partial constructions are aimed at averting seizure of the plots. When they are ready to start their unit they demolish these temporary structures and construct a proper unit,” explains V. S. Manimaran, president of Madurai District Tiny and Small Scale Industries Association (MADITSSIA).

“Many of the women who own plots in the WIP are hesitant to start businesses because of the stringent conditions imposed by the banks that provide loans. The SIDCO provides no objection certificates for us to set up industrial units, but the banks demand collateral security,” says N. Satha, who runs a pharmaceutical industry in the WIP.

“The moment women ask for jewels or land deeds for security, their families withdraw support to the business venture. The banks should stop asking for collateral security and should also waive the interest rates for women entrepreneurs considering the adverse effects the power crisis causes to our business,” she said.

“SIDCO should also extend its support to us. For those who have not established their units, the SIDCO should give more breathing time,” added N. Satha

“I have a plot in the WIP, but I am waiting for the power situation in the State to stabilise before establishing the industry. Now that the State government has promised that the crisis will be over by the year-end, I am hopeful of setting up my unit,” said G. Mallika, who has been waiting for more than two years to set up a snacks manufacturing unit in the WIP.

Speaking to The Hindu , P. Veerabadran, branch manager of SIDCO, said the allotments of the industrial plots were made in 2009. “The industrial units are in various stages of construction or operation. The women entrepreneurs were given two years’ time to start their units. We have already issued notice to the owners of the plots where nothing has been initiated,” he concluded. ... 433917.ece
 #8906  by Sundar
 March 7th, 2013, 10:16 am
Space constraints and the absence of modern infrastructure have prompted 35 textile manufacturing and processing units in Madurai to shift base to Kariapatti in neighbouring Virudhunagar district.

The units manufacture yarn and process them into fabrics before exporting them to various places. The units in Madurai generate an annual revenue of Rs. 100 crore by direct export and Rs. 350 crore by indirect export within India and to the US and the UK.Ritan N. Thakker, Chairman and Managing Director of Southern District Textile Processing Cluster, told The Hindu that 35 of the 70 units in Madurai would form a cluster at Kariapatti where 104 acres of land had been purchased. The industrial units had registered their names at the District Industries Centre in Virudhunagar and once the formalities were over, the construction of industrial units will begin. “We are planning to move our base to the new industrial cluster by the end of 2013. It will have a common effluent treatment plant with a processing capacity of 35 lakh litres a day. There will be a green belt of 30 acres in the industrial area,” he said.

The textile units in Madurai are scattered in and around the city and nearly 40 per cent of them are in Sellur, north of the Vaigai.

According to the industrialists, there is no scope for expansion of their units in Madurai owing to lack of space, strict norms of the Pollution Control Board and the lack of any opportunity to upgrade their technologies.

“We need more space to upgrade the technology of our units and to establish effluent treatment plants. Our units in Madurai are on the verge of dying due to lack of encouragement by the government. We cannot afford to buy large tracts of land in Madurai, which is the reason why we are relocating to Virudhunagar,” said Mr. Ritan.

“Our cluster is expected to provide direct employment to at least 2,500 people. In the second phase, more industrial units from Madurai are expected to relocate to the cluster and an additional effluent treatment plant with a capacity to process 35 lakh litres a day will be erected,” Mr. Ritan added.

M. Elango, Director of the cluster, said that there were at least 250 textile units in Madurai, but their number has shrunk to 70 in the past five years, mainly owing to strict implementation of environment norms. By upgrading their technology, the industries can reduce consumption of water to a large extent, he added.

“To manufacture one kilogram of fabric, we use 50 litres of water. With the latest machinery, we can reduce consumption of water to 30 litres. And with effective effluent treatment, 25 litres of water could be recycled,” he said.

Mr. Ritan further said that a textile testing centre and training institute had been planned in the industrial cluster. ... 483506.ece
 #8930  by ilikemadurai
 March 9th, 2013, 11:11 pm
Chennai has the most amount of proposals and investment by TNIIC(TN Industrial Investment Corporation)
Decent no. proposals and a decent amount has been provided to Dindigul, Virudhunagar and Madurai Districts.


Gangai Kondan SEZ and Nilakottai have less infrastructural area in place compared with Thoothukudi and Manamadurai.
While Thoothukudi has some balance area to be alloted Manamadurai SEZ has nil balance area - a trend seen in Sriperumbudur and Siruseri SEZ's


Manamadurai and Thoothukudi Industrial complexes are something to bank upon to promote industrial activity in South TN.

While complexes around Chennai account for around Rs 50,0000 crore capital investment, Nilakottai, Manamadurai and Thoothukudi account for around Rs 5000 Crore as capital investment (around 10%)

Manamadurai has 2300 Crore investment or Capital commitment while Tuticorin has nil
Bottom Line: While South TN has far less industries when compared to Northern and Western TN, we are not as bad as we think ourselves to be. :)
 #8989  by madurakarenda
 March 17th, 2013, 1:08 pm
ilikemadurai wrote:
Bottom Line: While South TN has far less industries when compared to Northern and Western TN, we are not as bad as we think ourselves to be. :)
Thanks for the detailed post ilikemadurai, good find :)

The 2000+ Crores investment in Manamadurai happened due to the major contribution from Videocon.

:clap: Thanks to TN government.

Regarding Tuticorin, II Phase LA is happening because the I Phase is already close to full.

Madurai SIPCOT LA is being dragged.

Nilakottai SIPCOT remaining allottable area might have come even down because Amway India was allotted some 40 to 45 acres. Last time when me and Shyam visited it, there were a good number of 1 acre Industrial sheds under construction (I have pics of the same). With the remaining allottable area coming down, its time for them (SIPCOT) to acquire more land nearby for Nilakottai Phase II.

Investment of Amway India was expected at 300 Crores INR but they have committed 500+ Crores INR according to the recent update from the The HINDU ( ... 372484.ece) Good sizable investment IMO.

When Nilakottai which is in Dindigul district (35 km from Madurai) is able to attract so much of investment, I am sure that if the SIPCOT project materializes in Madurai as planned near Tirumangalam, I am sure it would get filled in matter of very few years.

I personally feel that Manamadurai SIPCOT could not be banked upon for further big investments until the four laned road from Madurai to Paramakudi materializes. The cost of 1 acre in that SEZ was 1 Lakh INR and may be Videocon chose that based on cost efficiency.

When weighing Nilakottai and Manamadurai SIPCOTs against each other, I would give more preference to Nilakottai as an investor since there is a great four laned connectivity to Madurai, Bangalore and Chennai (via Dindigul), and down south already which is not the case with Manamadurai.

So, I would project Nilakottai to be banked upon for Industrial investments in the near future.
 #8990  by madurakarenda
 March 17th, 2013, 1:38 pm
Amway unit to churn Rs 2,500 cr worth products
Amway upcoming manufacturing facility near Madurai in Tamil Nadu will have a capacity to produce products worth Rs 2,500 crore per annum. Once the facility gets operational, the company will be producing all its products locally.

The company has acquired 49 acres of land at Nilakottai near Madurai. It will be developing 25 acres of the land initially and leaving the rest for capacity expansion at a later stage. Amway India will invest Rs 500 crore on the facility, which will produce health and beauty products.

After receiving the required government clearances, the construction work will start in three to four weeks and is expected to get operational by mid-2015, William Scott Pinckney, MD and CEO, Amway India said.

“The facility will have a capacity to produce Rs 2,500 crore worth products an year. The products are mainly meant for the Indian market. We might also look at exporting them to neighbouring markets like Sri Lanka and Bangladesh at a later point of time. Currently 95 per cent of our products are being domestically manufactured at our contract manufacturing plants. Products under the super premium beauty brand Artistry, which are currently being imported, also will be manufactured here with the new facility getting operational. Thus 100 per cent of the products will be locally produced,” he said.

By 2020, the company looks at doubling its turnover to over Rs 5,000 crore, growing at a CAGR of around 20 per cent. In 2012, the company clocked a turnover of Rs 2,288 crore, registering a growth of 7 per cent over last year’s Rs 2,130 crore. The parent company has grown to $11.5 billion in 2012.

“We have managed to grow the profits by 13 per cent during these inflationary times despite increasing the prices only by three per cent in the past two years. We could cut the import costs by procuring raw materials indigenously and we have been prudent with the real estate on offices and warehouses,” said Pinckney.

The company also has been seeing traction in e-commerce sales. The online business contributed to Rs 626 crore in 2012. ... oducts-001
 #9389  by madurakarenda
 May 12th, 2013, 10:41 pm
Looks like Amway has started recruiting.
Looks like my guess is right.

Here is an update from another source.
En3 begins green work on Amway’s new manufacturing factory in Madurai

En3 begins green work on Amway's new manufacturing factory in Madurai.

Source : ... madurai-2/
 #9534  by Sundar
 June 13th, 2013, 8:08 am
Direct selling company Amway India Enterprises on Wednesday said it plans to invest Rs 400 crore in the first phase of new manufacturing facility at Nilakottai in Tamil Nadu.

The company, which held ground-breaking ceremony for its new manufacturing facility today, had acquired 49.4 acres of land in 2012 after signing an MoU with the State Industries Promotion Corporation of Tamil Nadu.

"We are looking to complete the first phase of construction activity by 2014-end to enable a launch of this facility by early 2015, while the later element of the project will be completed by end of 2015," Amway India Managing Director CEO William S Pinckney said in a release.

"This investment of Rs 400 crore is from internal accruals and a showcase of our continuing commitment to Indian market," he added.

Amway India Enterprises is a wholly-owned subsidiary of US-based Amway Corporation.

The new facility will consist of nine production lines for nutrition, cosmetics and oral care products including four lines for nutrition supplements, two lines for protein supplements, two lines for cosmetics and one line for the Glister toothpaste.

In the first phase, it is expected to generate 475 jobs. In the nutrition segment, the plant will have a capacity to manufacture 1.2 billion tablets and softgels and 7 million canisters of drink mixes.

In the cosmetics segment, the plant will have a production capacity of 19 million tubes, jars and bottles, and 60 million tubes of Glister toothpaste.

In 2012, Amway clocked a turnover of Rs 2,288 crore, registering a 7 per cent year-on-year growth. ... 556644.cms
 #9569  by madurakarenda
 June 21st, 2013, 1:01 pm
கிரானைட் கற்பலகை மெருகூட்டும் தொழிற்சாலையை துவக்கி வைத்த முதல்வர்

மதுரையில் புதிதாக அமைக்கப்பட்டுள்ள கிரானைட் கற்பலகை மெருகூட்டும் தொழிற்சாலையை தமிழக முதல்வர் ஜெயலலிதா துவக்கி வைத்தார்.

இது குறித்து தமிழக அரசு வெளியிட்டுள்ள செய்திக் குறிப்பில், தமிழக முதல்வர ஜெயலலிதா 20.6.2013 அன்று தலைமைச் செயலகத்தில், மதுரை மாவட்டம், மேலூரில் தமிழ்நாடு கனிம நிறுவனத்தால், 34 கோடியே 25 லட்சம் ரூபாய் மதிப்பீட்டில் நிறுவப்பட்டுள்ள கிரானைட் கற்பலகை மெருகூட்டும் தொழிற்சாலையை காணொலிக் காட்சி மூலமாக திறந்து வைத்தார்.

தமிழ்நாடு கனிம நிறுவனத்தின் சார்பில் மதுரை மாவட்டம், மேலூர் அருகில் கருத்தம்புளியம்பட்டி கிராமத்தில் ஆண்டுக்கு சுமார் 1,80,000 சதுர மீட்டர் அளவுள்ள 2 செ.மீ. மற்றும் 3 செ.மீ. கனமுடைய கற்பலகைகளை மெருகூட்டி பிற நாடுகளுக்கு ஏற்றுமதி செய்யக்கூடிய வகையில் உலக தரத்திலான மெருகூட்டப்பட்ட கிரானைட் கற்பலகைகள் தயாரிக்கும் தொழிற்சாலை 34 கோடியே 25 லட்சம் ரூபாய் மதிப்பீட்டில் நிறுவப்பட்டுள்ளது.

இந்த தொழிற்சாலையில் சுற்றுச்சூழல் மாசுபடுத்தாத நவீன தொழில்நுட்பத்துடன் கூடிய கற்பலகைகளை மெருகூட்டும் இயந்திரங்கள் 18 கோடி ரூபாய் மதிப்பீட்டில் இத்தாலி நாட்டிலிருந்து இறக்குமதி செய்யப்பட்டு நிறுவப்பட்டுள்ளன. இந்த தொழிற்சாலைக்குத் தேவையான கிரானைட் கற்கள் தமிழ்நாடு கனிம நிறுவனத்திற்குச் சொந்தமான கீழவளவு, கீழையூர், திருத்தங்கல், தெற்கு கல்லிடைக்குறிச்சி, நாகனூர், தோகமலை போன்ற குவாரிகளிலிருந்து பெறப்படும். இங்கு தயாரிக்கப்படும் மெருகூட்டப்பட்ட கிரானைட் கற்பலகைகளின் விற்பனை மதிப்பு ஆண்டிற்கு சுமார் 40 கோடி ரூபாயாகும்.

இத்தொழிற்சாலையில் தயாரிக்கப்படும் கிரானைட் கற்பலகைகள் அமெரிக்கா, ஐரோப்பா, ஆஸ்திரேலியா, சீனா, ஜப்பான் போன்ற நாடுகளுக்கு ஏற்றுமதி செய்யப்படும். இதன்மூலம் நாட்டிற்கு கணிசமான அந்நியச் செலாவணி ஈட்டப்படும். இந்த தொழிற்சாலை மூலம் சுமார் 100 பேருக்கு நேரடியாகவும், 200 பேருக்கு மறைமுகமாகவும் வேலை வாய்ப்பு ஏற்படும். இத்தொழிற்சாலை ஆண்டுக்கு சுமார் 4 கோடி ரூபாய் அளவிற்கு லாபம் ஈட்டும் என எதிர்பார்க்கப்படுகிறது என்று கூறப்பட்டுள்ளது ... 645726.ece
^^ Looks like JJ has inaugurated the TAMIN 100% EoU Granite unit yesterday.

* Cost of machinery (that had come from Italy), etc has amounted to Rs. 34.25 Crores

* Early turnover expected at Rs. 40 Crores

* Early Profits expected at Rs. 4 Crores.

* Approximately 100 will get employment directly and 200 will get indirect employment through this unit they say.

* Produces will be exported to US, Europe, Japan, Australia, China.

Pictures of the facility could be found in the TV that JJ is facing with the remote.
 #10367  by Sundar
 October 25th, 2013, 10:13 am
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