IIA to export bullet-proof jackets ‘Made in Lucknow’

  • Gaurav Saigal, Hindustan Times, Lucknow
  • Updated: Mar 04, 2015 12:34 IST

Bullet-proof jackets manufactured with indigenous raw material in Lucknow - that’s Indian Industries Association’s (IIA) next venture in the state capital.

Taking a cue from the ‘Make in India’ theme of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the IIA aims to manufacture and export bullet-proof jackets and helmets, which were being imported till now.

“We have proposed setting up an export-oriented plastic cluster at an investment of over Rs. 100 crore at Amausi industrial enclave. It would be set up by Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) chamber, IIA in collaboration with Central Institute of Plastics Engineering & Technology (CIPET),” said Manmohan Agarwal, president, IIA Lucknow chapter.

Agarwal said the proposal had been placed before the UP State Industrial Development Corporation (UPSIDC) and around 1,800 sq mt of industrial plot for the cluster had been sought. The reply is awaited.

The cluster is projected to generate employment for about 2,500 individuals and spur industrial activity in the region.

“About 200 industrialists and entrepreneurs have shown interest in opening units in the proposed cluster,” he claimed.

Till now, Lucknow region has been a mini-hub of plastic industries, producing industrial products such as pipes, bathroom items, pellets, and packaging material. These are mostly low value products but with the new cluster, Uttar Pradesh could export bullet-proof jackets and helmets among other exportoriented products that are in demand in the South Asian, African and Latin American markets.

CIPET would provide consultancy to the project and also individual industries in the proposed cluster.

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