There are about 250 units in the industry, employing nearly 4,000 people. The industry largely manufactures copper wires, insulated cables and conductors, and earns a collective annual turnover of about Rs.15 crore.
“ This is an old industry. We have managed to make our mark in various countries in the long period since the inception of the industry. We export our products to countries like the UK, USA, Africa, South-East Asia and Nepal,” said Raunak Kumar, one of the manufacturers.
“Our products are in demand by traders from various countries. Though our products are quite famous in several countries, we have not been able to build a brand image for the industry,” he added.
“We use old technology and testing techniques. There is no standardization. There is a lack of skilled labour in the industry, too,” stated Pradeep Patel, another industrialist.
“The state government should help the manufacturers improve the infrastructure in the industry, and also in bringing in some new technology,” he added.