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CLUSTERS FOR THE GROWTH OF SMEs/SSIs:
Authoritative reports confirm that small industries have tended to concentrate in the vicinity of
large industries or in metropolises and big cities. This "spatial concentration" of the SSIs
of a certain product is called Cluster. The pull of the market, availability of physical and
social infrastructural facilities and skilled labour have been major facilitating factors.
The setting up of large public sector / private sector undertakings in some places
has encouraged growth of small-scale
industries in those areas (e.g.
Over the years, small units have exhibited significant growth in some new towns
and cities. Government Support Programmes, Entrepreneurship, raw material availability,
improved infrastructure, increasing demand and a lot of other factors have contributed to
this phenomenon. A major aspect of "spatial concentration" of SSI is that clusters of certain
product lines have come up.
clusters of some selected industries, according to a study by the NCAER,
in some areas are as indicated below (Product Group - District/Region):
Woollen & Cotton Hosiery - Tirupur, Ludhiana, Calcutta, Delhi
Sports Goods - Meerut, Jullundhur
Handtools - Jullundhur, Nagaur
Glass and Ceramics - Khurja, Farukkabad
Locks - Aligarh
Scientific Instruments - Ambala, Ajmer
Safety Matches - Sivakasi
Bicycles & Parts - Ludhiana
Brass Parts - Jamnagar
Diesel Engines and Parts - Kolhapur, Agra, Rajkot, Coimbatore, Ghaziabad
Electronics - Bombay, Pune, Bangalore, Delhi
Domestic Electrical Appliances - Bombay, Delhi
Wall Clocks – Morvi
The UNIDO report on 'Restructuring and Modernisation of Small Medium Enterprise Clusters
need to network with both domestic and overseas clusters in order to become strong and
global sub-contractors for industrial clusters in foreign countries. Quality standards and
technological up-gradation are of utmost significance in this endeavour. Networking through
clusters ensures ready markets, at the same time adapting SMEs to be internationally competitive.
Industrial clusters in
may follow the Italian experience.
Networking can take several forms: training of entrepreneurs and managers;
supply of inputs (raw materials, components or intermediates); transfer of technology;
marketing tie-up. In Andhra Pradesh, for instance, the Toscana cluster from
through Toscana Progetti, has outlined some critical areas in which it could help upgrade
the leather industry: improving design departments, productive capacities of enterprises,
promoting the availability of shoe components and setting up links with service
centres located in countries with better technological development.
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