Kerala records robust growth in MSME sector: Industries Minister


Trivandrum: The Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) in Kerala has seen an encouraging and robust growth in spite of the global economic crisis, said Industries & IT Minister, Shri P K Kunhalikutty at the logo launch of the upcoming Machinery Expo.

The Kerala Machinery Expo 2016 aims to bring technology and machinery from around the country to upgrade facilities and improve productivity among new and established MSMEs in the State.

The Minister unveiled the logo with the slogan ‘Manufacturing Solutions for Make-in-Kerala’ at a function here today.

“There has been a healthy turnaround in the attitude that you cannot start an enterprise in Kerala,” said the Minister. “There are lots of success stories, and though the textile and cashew industries survive on government support, this sector has seen good growth.”

Organised by the Department of Industries & Commerce, the Expo will be held at the ADLUX Convention Centre in Angamali, Ernakulam, from January 27 to 30. It will be a one-stop destination to display technologies and solutions to further boost the State’s MSME sector, which has shown stable growth.

The machinery exhibition will feature exhibitors from catering to various industrial sectors, including food processing, garments, rubber & plastics, wood-based industries, Ayurveda & Herbal, Electrical & electronics, handicrafts, handloom & textiles, printing & packaging, general engineering and automobile servicing.

While there have been similar exhibitions at the district level, this is the first State-level machinery expo. The Expo will provide an opportunity for new and established businesses, students and experts in the field to communicate and interact.

“MSME, which are mainly one-man management set-ups find it difficult to travel to find the right equipment; this expo brings technology and equipment to the doorstep of the entrepreneurs in the state,” said Industries Principal Secretary, P H Kurian. “It is important to have the necessary technology in today’s competitive environment. We are making a start this time with national machinery manufacturers and distributors. Next time, we hope to bring international equipment.”

Also present at the function were Director of Industries & Commerce, P M Francis; Kerala Small Scale Industries Association State President, K P Ramachandran Nair; and Handloom & Textiles Director, Sam C Ittycheria.

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