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Major companies like Ashok Leyland, TVS, Hindustan Motors and Tetra have a presence

Press components, forged and machined components, fabricated components and assemblies are among the components produced Total turnover of small units alone is approximately Rs. 2000 crore per annum Within striking distance from Chennai, Bangalore airport

Hosur: After a lull due to industrial recession, the automobile sector is now looking up with multinational companies investing in India. The boom seems to be steady. Hosur, where products ranging from safety pins to aircraft parts are manufactured, is emerging as a major automobile hub in the State after Chennai.

With the presence of major automobile companies such as Ashok Leyland, TVS, Hindustan Motors, Tetra and a thousand ancillary automobile units, the production of automobile components has increased manifold in Hosur in the last few years.

The major components manufactured are press components, forged and machined components, fabricated components, electrical assemblies, seat components and assemblies required by the automobile and related industries.

A majority of the units are directly or indirectly catering to Ashok Leyland, TVS, TELCO, Hyundai, Kirloskar Toyota, Hindustan Motors, Maruthi Udyog and others besides leading assembly manufacturers such as MICO, Brakes India, Lucas TVS and Rane. The total turnover of the small units alone is approximately Rs. 2000 crores per annum, president of the Krishnagiri District Small and Tiny Industries Association G.S. Ganesan told The Hindu .

Hosur is ideally suited for development as a automobile component hub due to its proximity to Chennai, which is a 6-hour drive away. The port is 40 km from the international airport in Bangalore, which is advantageous to exporters.

Industrialists say that small-scale units are not in a position to invest substantial in testing facilities. As a result, the Small Industries Service Institute (SISI) should set up necessary testing and training facilities so that products manufactured here are tested to meet international standards.

A majority of the small and tiny units in Hosur have upgraded from conventional machines to Computerised Numerically Controlled (CNC) turning and machining centres, resulting in an increase in demand for skilled work force.

To meet this demand, the Krishnagiri District Small and Tiny Industries Association, in collaboration with Lakshmi Machine Works, Coimbatore, will soon organise a training programme for final year students of Polytechnics in and around Hosur, Mr. Ganesan said.

With over 2,500 tonnes of steel consumed in various forms in Hosur, the Tamil Nadu Small Industries Development Corporation Limited should create the necessary infrastructure to handle such a large volume. The Government should also offer incentives to set up new units.

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