KINFRA Park, Seethangoli, Kasaragod
Here the dreams will take wings: A manufacturing unit of the Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd, makers of fighter aircraft, will come up at the Kinfra Industrial Park at Seethangoli in Kasaragod. In the first phase, the facility would assemble, test and manufacture six types of air-borne mission computers. It will offer business opportunities to a number of vendor units in the vicinity.
The KINFRA Industrial Park at Seethangoli in Kasaragod is a paradox. For it hosts units that uses technologies varying from avionics to primordial, and complex metals to the leaves of arecnut trees.
HAL’s strategic electronics manufacturing unit is planned as an extension of the Hyderabad Avionics Division, which is engaged in the manufacture of a wide variety of electronic equipment in the areas of communication, radar, navigation, computers and electronic warfare. The initial investment for the project would be Rs.66.31 crore.
In the first phase, the facility would assemble, test and manufacture six types of air-borne mission computers. Thereafter, the facility would shift to production of other systems and sub-systems for various aircraft, such as the Medium Lift Helicopter and the fifth generation aircraft.
The division is coming up on 200 acres, made available to HAL on a 99-year lease by KINFRA. The strategic electronics manufacturing unit is the second defence establishment to be established in Kerala within a short span of time. BrahMos Aerospace, under the Defence Ministry, had taken over Kerala Hitech Ltd., a State public sector enterprise, giving a new fillip to Central investment in the State. The facility would be expanded to include new projects under the aircraft programs and converted into a full-fledged division manufacturing systems and sub-systems for various aircraft.
While HAL is busy developing its facility that will empower India’s air firepower, on another side of it is an eco-friendly unit that converts leaves of areca nut trees into plates that can hold tasty dishes. Made to food safety standards, the unit employs close to 10 people. They also mean value-addition for the farmers in the nearby areas: the leaves, which would have fallen to disuse otherwise, are being made into useful industrial products here.
Super Electrodes, a unit by H P Venugopal, is an interesting unit: it is the only unit that makes electrodes required for welding purposes in six districts north of Thrissur in Kerala. The powder coating was done by himself. “I was doing the R&D myself, experimenting with various combinations. Finally I hit the right mixture. The formula is a result of some real hard work.
Venugopal, who hails from Mangalore, is all praise for the park. “We feel like we are in a fortress. No agency is there to harass you. Regular supply of quality power is an important input in my industry, and KSEB has done a tremendous job in ensuring that. The supply is so reliable that few people have their own generators.”
Venugopal recommends the place to other induatrialist also. “We have all the infrastructure here: land, power and water. And the attitude of the KINFRA officials is really helpful.” No wonder, Venugopal, who started his industry in 2007 with a 2 tonne per shift is doubling his capacity.” At present he employs 15 people. This is a fantastic place to work, he says. People do not complain of my product, and that is the secret of my success.
Kamat Industrial Oil, another unit in the KINFRA park, is into some interesting product: it converts and industrial byproduct into a useful product. It makes uses of the cashew shells and producing double refined oil which can be a raw material for industrial paints.
Eco Asia, a unit which produces quality products for the industry out of the raw material. Srinivasa Majakar, who has set up the Eco Asia unit which makes palm leafs into various industrial products. It is an eco-friendly product The unit helps society in two ways: it pays the farmers for a products that seldom fetch them an income, and makes products that are so needed by society. The relevance of his products become more obvious when we realize that they are effectively replacing plastics.