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Consortium of mattress units inaugurated

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KANNUR: A consortium formed by the industrial units manufacturing rubberised coir mattresses in the district for setting up common facilities as part of the District Industries Centre-sponsored cluster development programme was inaugurated at Parassinikkadavu on Friday.

The Director of Industries and Commerce, T.O. Sooraj, inaugurated the consortium — Kannur Coir Mattress Associates Pvt. Ltd. — at a function at Andoor in Parasssinikkadavu. The District Industries Manager, J. Somaraj, was present at the function.

The consortium Managing Director, C.P. Muhammed Kunhi, said that the consortium had been formed with the objective of equipping the units to collectively face the problems in the rubberised coir mattress sector and to introduce changes in the sector. Initially six units formed part of the consortium.

The consortium would establish facilities such as raw material bank and facility centres with the objective of reducing the production cost.

The production cost at present was high because quilting process in the manufacturing of the mattresses was being done in Bangalore.

The Rs. 60-lakh quilting machine purchased by the consortium was also inaugurated at the function. It would help the manufacturers reduce the cost, Mr. Kunhi said.

He said that the curled coir, a key raw material required for the industry, was now being imported from Tamil Nadu and Karnataka.

The consortium had invested Rs. 30 lakhs for setting up six curling units with a production capacity of 250 tonnes per month.

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