Staff Reporter

Ten clusters have registered for joining the expo at Ernakulam Town Hall

KOCHI: Kochi, home to the largest number of industrial clusters and product development consortiums in the State, will host the first-ever expo and sale of products from 25-odd clusters and consortiums in the State from Thursday.

Direct feedback from end-users

The Industries Department, which is organising the programme, has named it `Cluster Out Turn Expo 2006' and has described it an attempt to promote industrial/artisan cluster products in the domestic market and disseminate information on cluster development in the State. The expo aims at equipping the consortiums develop a trade fair culture that helps them get direct feedback from end-users, said a press release from Director of Industries T.O. Sooraj here on Tuesday.

Based on the feedback from the expo, entrepreneurs can modify their products. This will help increase their confidence level to participate in national or international-level fairs. The Department of Industries plans to provide the clusters a platform for interacting with export agencies in the country.

Industries Minister Elamaram Karim will inaugurate the expo at Ernakulam Town Hall at 6 p.m. on Thursday. Ten clusters have registered for joining the expo from Ernakulam district. They are Kalady Rice Millers' Consortium, Cochin Footwear Consortium, Mahila Apparel Park Private Limited, Angamaly, Paravoor Iron and Steel Consortium, Cochin Engineering Products Cluster, Kerala Furniture Consortium Private Limited, Business Forms Consortium, engaged in IT-related business, Printers' Consortium Kerala Private Limited, Ernakulam, Aluva Plastic Cluster Private Limited and Millennium Tread Rubber Consortium Private Limited.

Cluster development programme

Among the other clusters and consortiums that will participate are the Malabar Garments Consortium, Kozhikode Halva Consortium Private Limited, ethnic food and soft toys consortiums from Kottayam and a herbal medicines production cluster from Idukki.

The range of products from ethnic food to herbal medicines at the expo will be the first yields from the cluster development programme adopted by the State Industries Department.

The wide range of products will also showcase the diversity of possibilities available to the State in developing new industries through the cluster development programme.