Since decades Morbi is well-known for tiles and clock industry. Now there are new units started to manufacture different products. We have studied the current trends of new products and given below the summary.
1) Artificial quartz / marble industry:
Indian tile major H&R Johnson (India) is setting up a new plant at Morbi to launch artificial quartz stone and marble products range. The unit, having a cumulative annual capacity of 9.6 million square feet, is expected to begin commercial production by mid-February. A 50-50% JV partnership between H&R Johnson and Morbi-based Antique Granito, this new unit will be look after the engineered marble and quartz range of the group.
The commercial production of quartz stone will begin by mid-February at the Rs 50 crore unit, while that of composite marble will begin by March-end.
There are already 3 working units in Morbi manufacturing quartz stone. Argil Dura Quartz surface, Pearl Quartz stone and Varmora Marble are the first 3 to begin the commercial production of quartz stone.
Soon the step of HR Johnson will be followed by other industry giant and Morbi will witness a new era of engineered stone products.
Engineered marble is an artificial marble made from marble lumps or marble chips and powders.
Similarly, engineered quartz is a dense product, compare to natural granite stone. It is made entirely from hard quartzite powders and bonded together with resin binders, glass chips, mirror flakes etc.
2) Non-woven fabric companies:
During the year 2011-12 more than 7 new units has come up making non-woven plastic bags. And more than 10 other new such units are lined up to commence their production in 2012-13.
Recently the Government of India has decided to consider a prohibition on the manufacture and use of plastic bags or make manufacturers liable for implementing a mechanism for collecting such bags for further recycling. Thus the requirement of non-woven plastic products has markedly increased in 2011-12. With a view to grab the demand, plastic factories have started setting up new units of non-woven plastic products in & around Morbi and the other surrounding areas of Rajkot.
As per the data available with the Saurashtra Plastic Manufacturers’ Association, 7 to 8 units of non-woven plastic have already started their operations in Morbi alone and 10-12 more units are all slated to come up by end of 2012-13.
Morbi being a hub of ceramic industry the non-woven bag manufacturers can find their target customer locally. Also Morbi is ideal for logistics activities and near to major sea ports.
There is an estimate that more than 20 units of non-woven plastic would be operational in Morbi by 2012-13 and the cumulative figure would be around 40 units across the Saurashtra region. To start a non-woven plastic unit around Rs 5-7 crore of investment is required. Saurashtra houses nearly 4,000 plastic manufacturers. The industry has turnover of over Rs 6,000 crore and provides employment to more than 30,000 peoples.