With good enquiries received for both domestic and commercial wet grinders from Singapore and Malaysia, Coimbatore’s wet grinder manufacturers hoped to tap the potential in the two markets having a large number of south Indians.
As a part of the cluster programme being implemented by the Small Industries Service Institute (Sisi) and the Coimbatore Wet Grinder and Accessories Manufacturers’ Association (Cowma), 16 manufacturers visited Singapore and Malaysia recently and held business meets.
“The aim was to supply wet grinders to South Indians living there. The manufacturers received enquiries for domestic and commercial grinders from the two countries. While they can export the domestic grinders without any modification, the commercial ones need to be re – designed and exported”, Mr V Ramakrishnan, assistant director, Sisi, told ET.
According to a Cowma spokesperson, the restaurants in these countries are now buying grinders from India and making the changes according to their requirements. They want the manufacturers to incorporate these changes at the production stage itself.
As such, some wet grinder manufacturers here plan to modify the design of commercial wet grinders (mainly used in restaurants) to meet the demands of overseas customers.
There are nearly 700 units in Coimbatore involved in the manufacture of wet grinders and their accessories including domestic, commercial and table – top wet grinders. Of the total production of 60,000 units a month, around 40 % is being exported to the Middle East countries, South Africa, America and Canada.
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