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Business and Economy of Ernakulam

Business in ErnakulamBusiness and economy are the key features and the backbone for a well administered and developing society. It is the financial upliftment of a city or district that helps in the economical growth of the state and in turn assures a promising future for the inhabitants of the place in every way possible. A similar scenario is visible where the Ernakulam district is considered as the commercial capital of Kerala yielding the highest revenue in the state. The district is notified as being the third populous district in the state and the highest contributor with 14.47% of Kerala’s GDP.

Apart from other factors one of the most striking features regarding the growth of Ernakulam district is its geographical features. Bestowed with the finest geographical conditions in terms of climate, land type, area, rivers, etc it is one of the best places for any sort of industries and in true terms the district today stands first among all other districts in the state in this cadre. Not only environmental conditions even the availability of multiple transport facilities in road, rail, air and sea is what that made Ernakulam district an ideal spot for flourishing business of all kinds. Every sort of facilities are available here like electricity, real estate, fresh water, sea port, backwaters, coastline, banking facilities, airport, shipment facility and many other such beneficial features make the place best suited for industrial growth and, thus, contribute in the economical graph of the district.

The major industries which form an important part of Ernakulam economy are manufacturing units, chemical companies, service sector, logistic and warehousing companies, export industry, retail industry and many others. Some of the major industrial units in the district include Indian Rare Earths, Premier Tyres, Hindustan Machine Tools, Ogale Glass Works, Hindustan Insecticides, Carborandum Universal, Asoka Textiles, Travancore Cochin Chemicals, Cominco Binani Zinc, Indian Aluminium Company, Standard Potteries, Periyar Chemicals, Cochin Shipyard, Kerala Agro Machinery Corporation, Periyar Cables (Karukutty), Travancore Rayons (Perumbavoor) and many others.

Apart from this there are several other large-scale industries, mid-level companies as well as small-scale companies which have significant contribution to the economical growth of the district. Some of the popular mid-level companies in Ernakulam district are Binani Zinc, OEN India Ltd, HRD United Catalysts India Ltd., Philips Carbon Black, Kancor Flavours &Extracts Ltd., Synthite, Plant Lipid, AVThomas and Company, V Guard Ltd., Periyar Chemicals, J.K Constructions, Trans Castle, Social Saw Mill, National Paints Factories, PEEVEES Plywoods, Orionis Technologies And Solutions Pvt Ltd. The small and micro industries mainly include agro-based companies, garments, soda water, wooden furniture, paper products, chemical, rubber, plastic and other mineral-based companies, engineering units, repairing services, etc. However, these are also quite profitable business units in Ernakulam.

It must be noted that it is the finest geographical conditions only which help in the primary mode of business in the district. Nearly seventy percent of the district is consumed for cultivation and it is also the biggest source of earning and employment in the district. As per the statistics, out of the total 235319 hectares almost 210438 hectares of lands are used for cultivation. The principal crop in this area is paddy along which tapioca and coconut has almost equal significance. A unique mode of farming paddy in the district is the Pokkali method of cultivation where one round of paddy cultivation is done and then prawn cultivation is done to attend the farming follies and, thus, earn more income. It is stated that around 40% of the total agricultural land is segregated for paddy cultivation and 25% for coconut. The coconut cultivation is majorly done in the highlands or the coastal areas which in turn also contributes to the beauty and greenery of the state. There are three types of paddy sown here named as puncha, mundakan and viruppu. Rice is the major crop cultivated in wet land. Nutmeg and Pineapple are hugely produced here, in fact Ernakulam district is the largest producer of these two products in the whole state. In both cases, production has been showing a steep growth since the last few years. It may be noted that around 70% of the total production of Pineapple in the country is supported by Ernakulam district. Muvattupuzha and Vazhakulam are the major areas for Pineapple production. Among plantation crop, Rubber is hugely produced in this area making it the second largest rubber producing centre in the state. Other major crops cultivated here are Black Pepper, Turmeric, Plantain and not to forget Bananas.

It is the State Agricultural Department which gives ample support to these farmers in various ways possible. They provide loans and other financial aid to the poor farmers, educate them on soil types and best farming methods. There are schemes and policies which are provided by the Government so as to increase their production, enhance quality of crops and for the betterment of the soil. Often seeds and fertilizers are provided to the farmers. There are almost thirty five agricultural development offices which are spread across different parts of the district. Any aid or other initiatives to the farmers are provided through these Government centers only.

Another prominent industry in Ernakulam is the fishery business. Being based on the coastal areas and the abandoned presence of backwaters make it an ideal location for inland and marine fisheries. There are several popular fishery-based institutions spread across the district and mainly at Kochi which are devoted to research, education and development of these industries. Some of the prominent institutions here include Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute, Cochin Base of the Exploratory Fisheries Project, Nautical and Engineering Training, Integrated Fisheries Project, Export Inspection Council of India, Export Development Authority, The Marine Products, Central Institute of Fisheries, Naval Physical and Oceanographic Laboratory, Office of the Fisheries Advisor, Regional Centre of the National Institute of Oceanography (ICAR), Kerala fisheries Corporation, Office of the Joint Director of Fisheries, Department of Industrial Fisheries, Regional Shrimp Hatchery, Fisheries Research Unit (Kerala Agricultural University) Department of Marine Sciences and Sea Food Exporters Association of India.

Handicrafts of Ernakulam district is an equally promising industry making its contribution for the development of the district. A huge number of exclusive products are made and designed here with experienced craftsman, working for generations in this business. The cultural heritage of the district is well exhibited by this finest works of exclusive handicrafts. Be it jewellery, coir products, wall hangings, the tourists love the products immensely. In handicrafts here, the art is mostly based on religious sentiments where idols of popular gods and goddesses are carved on various materials. The major handicraft items available here are brass and bell metal works where beautiful metal art is curved on lamps and home décor items. Apart from this some of best coir and cane products like coir mattresses, floor furnishings etc are available here. Ivory carving is another old art form which is extremely well appreciated here. Various mythological characters and best curved showpieces are products of this art form.

Ernakulam district is famous for its excellence in wood carving. Works with lacquer ware are some of the best collections available here. Lacquer ware is nothing but a beautiful combination of woodcraft and use of various metals. Primarily, the district was famous for its high-level skilled craftsmanship in wood carving on rosewood and sandalwood. Various structures are prepared with this art form, followed by a glossy lacquer finish and then decorated with precious metals to give it a unique look. Sandalwood carving is also quite popular where small animals, home décor, small necessary household products like ashtray, paper holders, candle stands etc are prepared from it. For the best collection of wood carved toys, one may refer to Ernakulam district. Apart from this thread work in specified art silk and other textiles are also the best. It may be noted that various products manufactured here are exported abroad and the same is available here in much cheaper rates.

Tourism and entertainment industry also have considerable contribution to the economical growth of Ernakulam district. The district is filled with multiple temples and sacred spots which make it a prime location for the religious people. Apart from this there are museums, gardens, fort, backwaters, coastal areas all of which make Ernakulam district a love place to visit. In fact it has recorded the highest number of footfalls from both international and domestic visitors which is a huge boost for the tourism industry. Apart from this, it is budding in various industries and successful business ventures that have, today, turned Ernakulam the commercial capital of Kerala. Various people from all over the world visit the place for business links of multiple types. All of this together facilitates the tourism industry and makes it a profitable contributor to the economy of the state.

Entertainment Industry in Ernakulam has been made equally strong especially for such a huge population and loads of visitors round the year. To entertain this massive crowd there is exclusive multiplex, theaters, shopping malls, fun zones and art galleries which can be accessed all through the year. Some of the best restaurants with specialized food styles, and exquisite arrangements are available here. One can dine with friends and family in few of the best star-rated hotels with all facilities. Apart from this there are classy lounge and restaurant bars which provide authentic alcohol in best environment. For all those who prefer to entertain themselves with a nice relaxing body massage and grooming sessions, Ernakulam has a collection of some of the country renowned best spa centres with world-class facility. It provides absolute relaxation and a stress-free mind and soul which is absolutely rejuvenating.

However, the contributions from other sectors are equally notable. The Government is aware of the prospect of the area and has taken positive initiatives for the growth and development of the area so that it can pull in more and more industries and multinational level companies which in turn can accelerate the growth of the district.

Infrastructure Companies in Ernakulam

Ernakulam district, like every distinguished part of other states in the country, provides an excellent future for the infrastructure companies in the district. They have environmental support from the area which helps the industry to grow and bloom in Ernakulam district promising revenue for the district as well as job opportunities for the natives here. The infrastructure industry can be of various types but it is majorly referred to civil engineering companies and the high rated real estate firms present in Ernakulam. It is the joint effort of these two divisions of the industry which shows active initiative in development of Ernakulam district. Various prominent upcoming areas in the district along with modern facilitated places have enriched this industry to become one of the prominent contributors in the growth of the state.

List of Infrastructure Companies in Ernakulam

Some of this best rated popular Infrastructure Companies having its operation in Ernakulam district are listed below for reference.

Kerala Industrial Infrastructure
1x / 159a, Kusumagiri P O
Kakkanad Ernakulam Kerala 682030 Phone: 9746488002

Pota Global Logistics India Pvt Ltd
No 24/1157 Lobo Building
Naval Road HMT Colony
Ernakulam Kerala 683503
Phone: 484 2666855

Pearls Infrastructure Projects Ltd

Girinagar Club Road, Kadavanthara Near Kseb
Ernakulam Kerala 682020
Phone: 8086996866, 484 4067307, 18001021154

Tecpro Infra Projects Ltd

3rd Floor, Kurickal Arcade Edapally
Ernakulam Kerala 682024
Phone: 8606903308, 484 2970306

Green Vistas Infrastructure Projects

Maya,G-159, Panampilly Nagar Ernakulam district
Kerala 682036
Phone: 094460 37318

Sanathan Infrastructure & Developers Private Limited

Aisha Rd, Near SBI ATM Ernakulam
Kerala 682032
Phone: 484 2340793

RMCO Infrastructure & Developers

Opp. Little Flower Hospital Near Juma Masjid
MC Rd Ernakulam District
Kerala 683572
Phone: 9605955160

Pearls Infrastructure Projects Ltd

H.No.CC/53/2047, Giri Nagar Club Road Near KSEB Office
Kadavanthra Kochi Ernakulam Kerala 682020
Phone: 8086996866

Flair Alliance Infrastructure and Hospitalities Pvt Ltd

Floor No2, Penta Estate
Janatha Jn. Palarivattom
Kochi, Ernakulam Kerala 682025
Phone: 9846238000

Aban Infrastructure Private Limited
6th Floor, Penta Tower
Banerji Rd Kaloor, Ernakulam, Kerala 682017
Phone: 9845285044

Kerala Enviro Infrastructure Limited
Inside FACT -CD Campus, FACT Rd Ambalamugal
Ernakulam, Kerala 682303
Phone: 0484 3117937

BRM Group

33/832A Lakeshore, Chalikkavattom Vennala
Kochi Ernakulam, Kerala 682028
Phone: 0484 - 3241862

Silpa Projects & Infrastructure India Private Limited
3rd Floor, North Avenue Bldg
Paramara Rd Ernakulam North
Kacheripady, Kochi Ernakulam Kerala 682018
Phone: 0484 2394002

INKEL Limited

Inkel Centre Opposite Vallathol Junction Seaport Airport Road
Ernakulam 682021

Raj Construction Company

3M Building South Naluvazhy
North Paravur, Ernakulam 683513
Phone: 0484 2444478

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