NTC mill gearing for modernisation

FOR A FRESH SPIN: Spinning division of Murugan Mills, one of the units of the National Textile Corporation, in Coimbatore. Photo: K. Ananthan  

M. Soundariya Preetha

COIMBATORE: This seven-decade old textile mill, one of the profit making units of the National Textile Corporation (NTC) here, is soon to get a new lease of life.

After nearly 15 years, the spinning division of the Coimbatore Murugan Mills will get a new blow room (automated), carding machines and nearly 20 new long frames at a total cost of Rs. 6 crore. The mill hopes to realise Rs. 1 crore to Rs. 1.5 crore by selling the existing machines.

This is part of the modernisation programme of NTC, which has identified 22 mills in the country for the purpose. Of these, 15 will be taken up in the first phase and modernisation in five of the 15 units will be completed by March 2007.

Orders had been placed for new machines at the Murugan Mills and this included some imported ones too, said P.P. Natarajan, Director (Finance) of the NTC.

Started in 1935, the spinning division has 15,000 spindles and now employs about 500 people. Most of the machines used now are about 15 years old. Replacing them will help to improve quality. The mill, an ISO 9001 certified unit and one of the very few composite mills of the NTC, has a weaving division too with 48 shuttleless looms. With modernisation, "we will be able to use the yarn at our weaving division. Now we buy yarn from other mills for the weaving division and the mill exports the fabric made," he said. During the last financial year, fabric worth Rs. 10 crores (indirect exports) was exported.

The other five NTC mills here would also be modernised in the second phase and the process would start soon, he added.