Industries are the backbone of any city. The health of an economy of a city depends on the health of its industries. With more than 25,000 small, medium and large industries, many trade associations, highly skilled and educated manpower, easy availability of raw materials and highly supportive government policies, Coimbatore has not only become the highest revenue yielding district in Tamil Nadu but it has also become one of the fastest growing tier-II cities in India.
Coimbatore is the fourth largest metropolis in South India and has been ranked 4th among Indian cities in investment climate and ranked 17th among the top global outsourcing cities. There are many large and small scale industries in Coimbatore like pump industries, engineering industries, electrical industries, textile industries etc.
Industries in Coimbatore
Pump industries in Coimbatore
Coimbatore has its reputation as pump manufacturing destination, in fact such high is the reputation that Coimbatore has been christened as the pump city of Asia. The pump manufacturing industry in Coimbatore holds a major portion of the total Indian market share.
The pump industries in Coimbatore have brands not only in India but have spread all over the world. The superior quality and consistent performance has made them to meet demands of India as well as outside India. Coimbatore is also called as the Pump City of Asia. The motor and pump industry supplies over 40% of India's requirements.
The Major Pump manufacturers are Aquasub engineering, Suguna pumps, Kirloskar Brothers, Sharp Industries, Mahendra Pumps, Deccan Pumps, , PVG Industries, CRI Pumps, Flowserve, & KSB Pumps.
Food industries in Coimbatore
Due to rapid urbanization and increase in disposable income, the demand for processed food is increasing. Coimbatore food processing industry is very old and recently it has shown rapid development and has been a major contributor in India’s GDP growth.
The products of Coimbatore food processing industry are Namkeen, wafers, potato wafers, snacks, Papad, Biscuit, cookies, Noodle, bakery etc. Coimbatore has some of the oldest flour mills in India.
The large-scale flour mills, which cater to all the southern states, have a combined grinding capacity of more than 50,000 MT per month. Coimbatore has many famous high-capacity flour mills and food processing industries like India Roller Flour Mills (which is closed now), Coimbatore Roller Flour Mills, and Nice Home Products etc.
Electrical and electronics Industries in Coimbatore
This is an industry which will always be in consistent demand. Electricity has been the backbone of development in the 21st century. Coimbatore has many electrical industries which primarily deals in design and manufacture of electrical transformers like power transformers, electrical power transformers, distribution transformers, voltage regulating devices, textile machinery, AC/DC motors, providing services like engineering solutions for the rotating machinery and textile industry, energy and production monitoring systems etc. Some of the good electrical companies are Check Engg Co, Coimbtore Electrical And Engg Works, D P F Electricals etc.
IT and BPO industries in Coimbatore
Due to availability of large number of quality educational institutions, favorable government policies, decent yet modern crowd and great weather, Coimbatore is becoming an irresistible destination for the IT and BPO companies.
The city is the second largest software producer in Tamil Nadu exporting close to 150 crore of software. Coimbatore produces close to 10,000 engineering graduates from well known engineering colleges every year who are trained according to the IT industry's needs. The launch of TIDEL park and other planned IT parks around the city boosted the IT and BPO industry growth. As per a report from NASSCOM, Coimbatore is emerging to be the next IT hub in the country after Bangalore.
Companies like Tata Consultancy Services, Dell, Aditi Technologies, Solutions, Wipro, Cognizant Technology, Robert Bosch GmbH, IBM, Infosys, Tata Elxsi, CSS Corp and KGISL proves that Coimbatore is soon going to give Bangalore and Chennai a run for its money.
Textile industries in Coimbatore
Textile industry is the oldest industry in Coimbatore and forms a major part of economy of Coimbatore. There are more than 30,000 tiny small, medium and large industries and textile mills in Coimbatore.
Because of the extensive textile industry in the city, Coimbatore is referred to as the Manchester of India. The rick black soil of the region has contributed to Coimbatore's flourishing cotton industry which in turn favored the textile mills.
Most business establishments in the city are operated by local entrepreneurs. Coimbatore is also interested in research and development in textile industries which in turn has led to growth of research and academic institutes like the Central Institute for Cotton Research (CICR)- Southern Regional station, South Indian Textiles Research Association (SITRA) and the Sardar Vallabhai Patel International School of Textiles and Management. Some of the products are ready made, silk knitted, winter garments, power loom products like pillow cover etc, jute products, sanitary napkins, fire crackers from cotton/banian waste.
Chemical and Plastic industries in Coimbatore
Some of the chemical and plastic industries are Vensons Agro chemical, The universal pesticides, MMT industries, Sura Plastic Industry, Anuradha Industries, etc.
Some of the products are chemical dyes, organic fertilizers, bio-pesticides, disposable syringes, essential oil, molded industrial accessories, sludge based bricks, foundry chemical consumables, dyeing chemical consumables, plastic industrial components and activated carbon.
Automobile industries in Coimbatore
Coimbatore is one of the most promising outsourcing destinations for the auto component industry. Ready availability of resources and skilled technical talent has contributed to this growth.
Coimbatore auto component industry has spread in the international market owing to its technical partnerships and strategic alliances with global manufacturers. The products of the auto component industries are exhaust systems, braking systems, seating, electronic and electrical components, mechanical engine parts, body components and suspensions and radiators among others. Some of the auto component makers in Coimbatore include PRICOL, Tata Motors, Craftsman Automation and Roots Industries, Robert Bosch GmbH, Hindustan Motors, Mahindra, and Maruti Udyog.
Jewellery industries in Coimbatore
Coimbatore is one of the major gold jewellery manufacturing hubs in India; renowned for making cast jewellery and machine made jewellery. Coimbatore is also a major diamond cutting centre in South India. The city is home to about 3000 jewellery manufacturing companies and to over 40,000 goldsmiths. Owing to the presence of a large number of jewellery manufacturers and the strong engineering base, the city is home to a number of companies manufacturing jewellery making machinery.
The jewellery manufacturers have established COJEWEL which is a common jewellery manufacturing facility that offers a range of services in the manufacturing process including melting, testing, coin stamping,laser welding, micro wire drawing, laser marking, electro plating and enameling etc.
Retail industry in Coimbatore
The retail industry has still to catch up with the fast paced growth of IT and manufacturing industries, but there are a number of retail outlets, supermarkets and shopping malls in Coimbatore and is expanding. Some of the example are the food chain Sri Krishna Sweets, the Nilgiris supermarket, showrooms like The Chennai Silks, Nalli, Naihaa.
Wet grinders and Home appliances
The term "Coimbatore Wet Grinder" was given a Geographical indication for wet grinders manufactured in Coimbatore in 2006. Coimbatore is also home to a common facility for the manufacturers of wet grinders.
Aerospace & Defence
Comboitore major MNC's have huge manufacturing plant in the city for Aerospace & Defense products. Some of them are :
Larsen & Toubro @ Malumichampatti
L&T MBDA Missile Systems @ Aspen SEZ, Karumathampatti
Lakshmi Machine Works
Circor International @ Thennampalayam
HAL AMCA @ Sulur-Planned
Other industries are
Southern Railway Signal & Telecom(S&T) Workshop in Podanur- Largest Telecom & Signal Industry among all 7 S&T across the country.
ACC Cements have huge cement manufacturing plant in Coimbatore
Coimbatore has a large number of poultry farms and is one of the major producers of chicken, eggs and processed meat amounting to nearly 95% of the chicken meat exports from the country. Major companies include Suguna Foods and Shanthi Feeds.