INDUSTRY

Cracking up the wheels of progress


Foundaries

 

From the early 1970ís, Belgaum began developing as an important centre for the manufacture of heavy machine tools. Foundries and units producing auto components are to tjis day daunting the international markets. Autonagar houses 1200 auto related industrial units making body building autocomponents, crankshafts and machine tools that act as ancillary units to large scale enterprises. The Government of India recently approved a Foundry Cluster Project costing Rs.24.7 Crores to improve infrastructure coupled with research and development. Booming automobile industry attracts a great leap in foundry sector of Belgaum

 

Sugar

 

Belgaum is popularly known as the SUGAR BOWL of Karnataka with over 150000 hectares being utilized for commercial production. The annual production of sugar amounts to 120,000 quintals with only 95 lakh tones being crushed annually out of 140 lakh tones being grown. There is one mega unit supported by 14 medium and large industries with co generation and distilleries. Many projects of the sugar genre are in the pipeline.

 

Textiles

 

Belgaum has established itself as an indigenous axis of the textile sector. Yarn processing, fabric processing, calendaring, silk reeling, twisting, hosiery, knitted garments and t-shirts form Belgaumís export forte. With over 13610 power looms and 4546 handlooms, the sector behests 54440 employees. For more than five decades now, Belgaum has been known the world over for its distinct Shahpur sareers. Enormous scope for investments daunts the textile sector in Belgaum.

 

Mineral Processing

 

Belgaum has a string base of mineral resources with over 120000 metric tones of aluminum literate, over 40,000 metric tones of dolomite, over 45000 metric tones of limestone supported by minor mineral stakes like silica, bauxite, china clay and manganese ore. These huge resources are yet to explore.

 

Agro and Food Processing

 

Belgaum produces over 40,000 tones of mango and over 43000 tones of bananas every year. More than 13100 tones of grapes are rolled out annually from a cumulative area of 714 hectares. Over 5600 tones of citric fruits are cultivated every year from a bed of over 245 acres. There is a wide scope for units like pulp extraction, food processing and wine packs.