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Semi-mechanised match units on verge of closure

Praveen Paul Joseph

Tuticorin: Semi-mechanised match factories are in dire straits owing to emergence of fully-mechanised units and other factors.

Production of matches in semi-mechanised units was on the wane also due to scarcity of labour, and many units were on the verge of closure, M. Paramasivam, president, National Small Match Manufacturers' Association, Kovilpatti, told The Hindu on Sunday.

Though proprietors of 20 semi-mechanised units were prepared to sell their businesses, there were no takers, he said. If these hard times continued, almost 200 units would be forced to down shutters before this Deepavali, he said.

As many as 1,030 cottage match units that solely rely on 70 semi-mechanised units in the district were functioning in the district. Only four fully mechanised units were into production, without much manpower.

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