There are over 600 units in the industry, which manufacture various types of surgical instruments like surgical knives, chisels, forceps, gauges, directors and elevators, among others.
Over 8,000 people work in this industry, which has a collective annual turnover of over Rs. 5 crore.
“We export our products to countries like Britain, USA, Germany and the Middle-East. However, this industry is now losing its grip in exports,” said Ranjan Tagore, a manufacturer.
“Traders of surgical instruments within India have now started importing products from other countries, instead of buying them from us. This has adversely affected the industry at Baruipur,” he said.
“The manufacturers are not aware of the importance of brand image and being aware of the changing preferences of customers. The traders export only those products that are in demand, and make more profits than the manufacturers,” said Anupam Kumar, another manufacturer.
“There should be modern machines to help us in production, and a testing centre to test the quality of our products. It is very important to ensure high quality of products to retain our grip in the market,” he said.