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There are many Products / Brands that are budding from Coimbatore (Kongu Region) in recent days. Also there were many Signature Products from this region which are well-known in the market.

Lets track it down here to pass it to the upcoming generation. Lets support the local product.

Let this thread be a motivation factor for the entrepreneurs to start their brands from Coimbatore.
 

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Ampere Vehicles

http://www.amperevehicles.com/





One of the Leading Eco-Friendly Battery Operated Vehicles company in India - Ampere Vehicles is from Coimbatore.

Ratan Tata bets big on electric vehicle company in Coimbatore

Ratan Tata, chairman emeritus of Tata Sons, has invested an undisclosed amount in Ampere, a Coimbatore-based electric vehicle start-up founded by a woman entrepreneur.

Mr. Tata made the investment along with Ampere’s existing investor, Forum Synergies. The start-up, founded by Hemalatha Annamalai, will use the funds to scale up operations and hire talent over two years.

Ampere is the first automobile start-up investment for Mr. Tata, who conceived Nano, now one of the world’s cheapest cars.

In the last one year, he has invested in a slew of consumer Internet companies such as Ola, Snapdeal, Paytm, and Xiaomi.

Ms. Annamalai, alumna of the Government College of Technology, Coimbatore, and Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia, used her savings to start the venture in 2008. Ampere sells electric vehicles — cycles, scooters, trolleys — and special purpose vehicles for the differently-abled — in Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala and Maharashtra.

Start-up boom leading to funds flow

Ampere designs and makes its own chargers, motors and controllers. The company has developed its own method to revive old batteries and offers after-sales service.

“Our vehicles are designed to suit Indian rugged conditions and it was well appreciated by Mr. Tata,” Hemalatha Annamalai, who founded the company, says.

She says her firm focusses on rural areas as farmers use two-wheelers to transport chicken feed, eggs and grains. “These equity investments are a vote of confidence on Ampere’s brand strength, market presence and product design capabilities,” she says.

The firm’s vehicles are part of a waste management project running for the last year and a half in the Kurudampalayam panchayat in Coimbatore.

Two years ago, Ampere received funding from private equity firms Forum Synergies India and Spain’s IMI Investments. As the country witnesses an entrepreneurship boom, Mr. Tata has been among a number of corporate leaders who are backing young companies.


http://www.thehindu.com/business/Industry/ratan-tata-bets-big-on-electric-vehicle-company-ampere-in-coimbatore/article7396545.ece

 

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Suguna Chicken

Suguna Chicken is a Coimbatore based Company with 5000+ Employee with the revenue of $770 Million USD.



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yOSz4-ByWP8



http://www.theweekendleader.com/Success/2205/chicken-dream.html

Starting with an investment of Rs 5000, he has come a long way selling chicken

Having started his poultry business with an investment of Rs.5000 about three decades ago and making a turnover of Rs.5500 crore today, you would think B Soundararajan, the managing director of Suguna Holdings, would have very little time for sleep.

But far from it, he is off to bed quite early, and has a good 8-hour sleep. He goes to bed around 8.30-9 pm and wakes up at 5 am.



“It is important to sleep well to be fresh for the next day’s work. When I lie down on the bed I hardly remain awake for half a minute to one minute,” says the 53-year-old first generation entrepreneur, who hails from a village near Udumalpet, about 70 km from Coimbatore.

A self-made man, who likes to do anything he does “with perfection”, he quit his studies after Class Eleven to take up farming on the suggestion of his father, who was then a teacher in a government middle school.

“He encouraged me to do something on my own and I took up agriculture. He felt that if I joined college and took a degree I would end up searching for a job,” says Soundararajan, who cultivated vegetable crops for three years.

He lost Rs.2 lakh in farming, then worked in a furniture manufacturing company in Coimbatore for a year and a half without salary, and later moved to Hyderabad as a “one-man army” for an agricultural pump company looking after their sales and marketing in Andhra Pradesh.

“I had no knowledge of Telugu or English, but travelled around the State and sold pumps. I gained experience in sales, marketing, and accounting.

“But the company was affected by strikes and could not meet the demand in the market. So I lost interest and quit the job,” says Soundararajan, who returned to his village and ventured into the poultry business with his younger brother, G B Sundararajan.

Three decades later, as MD of Suguna Holdings, Soundararajan sits in their head office in Coimbatore and steers the overall activities of the group’s subsidiaries, which includes their flagship poultry firm, Suguna Foods Private Limited.

“Suguna Foods contributes 98 per cent of the group’s revenues and is associated with the livelihood of 23,000 farmers around India,” says Soundararajan.

As the company’s website states: “We are energizing rural India and are proud to say that our vision has come a long way.”

Though involved in poultry business since 1984, it was in 1990 that Soundararajan and his brother introduced the concept of contract farming in poultry in Tamil Nadu.

By this method the brothers began to partner with farmers who would set up the infrastructure for the poultry in their land and they would supply the chicks, feed, and the medicines for the birds.

In those days, a farmer had to invest around Rs.1.20 lakh to set up a shed in 8,000 sq ft area for 5,000 birds with feeders and watering equipment. They would get back their money in two years.

Every 45 days or so they would buy the chicken from the farmers and sell it in the market. They used to pay 50 paise per kg of chicken at the time of harvest. (Now, they are paying about Rs.5 per kg).

“We started with 2-3 farmers in Udumalpet. Next couple of years was a learning process for us. We learned about raising good chicks, handling the farmers, and defining their responsibilities,” recalls Soundararajan.

Farmers were happy with the business model, as it gave them an assured income that supplemented their unpredictable earnings from agriculture.

“Now, the investment for 5,000 birds would be roughly about Rs.6 lakh. The payback period is usually three years in normal circumstances,” he adds.

Back in 1997, when about 40 farmers had joined them and the turnover touched Rs.7 crore, they turned into a private limited company.

“We felt this was a sustainable model, and we could scale it up. At that time there were around 25 persons employed with us,” says Soundararajan, who turned his attention to professionalising the organisation, creating separate divisions for HR, accounts, production and sales.

The company reached out to farmers across Tamil Nadu and soon spread its wings into 10 districts. Their chicken was marketed all over the State and their turnover touched Rs.100 crore in year 2000.

It was time to look beyond Tamil Nadu and they expanded into the neighbouring States of Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. Chandrababu Naidu, who was the then CM of Andhra Pradesh, supported their expansion in the State.

From then on, the growth was rapid and they slowly expanded to other States as well.

At present, Suguna works in 9,000 villages, 18 States, with 23,000 farmers, who between them hold 10 crore sq feet enclosed area, and produce about 8 million chickens per week.

“We have 250 branches around the country. Each branch has 15-20 employees, and all branches are connected via internet. We implemented ERM (Enterprise Resource Management) way back in 2004,” says Soundararajan.

The company provides day-old chicks to the farmers. They also provide the feed, health care and technical support to the farmers, who hand over the fully grown chicken every 40 days.

On an average each farmer holds about 6000 birds, though some farmers in UP have just 500 birds.

“Poultry needs direct attention of the farmers. We do not encourage non-farmers who may look at poultry as a business opportunity,” says Soundararajan.

That way, he admits, there is a social angle to their business. He shares how the lives of many of the farmers who have been associated with them have changed for the better.

“They can now count on some regular income and no longer need to depend on their agricultural income alone, which is unpredictable. They send their children to good schools and have the money to pay for their daughters’ weddings. This gives us great satisfaction,” he says.

Another benefit for the farmers is that the chicken litter from the poultry can be used as natural manure for their crops. “By doing so, input of chemical fertilisers is reduced and their agricultural output also increases,” he adds.

Suguna Foods controls 18 per cent of the poultry market in India. Through a network of 250-strong Suguna Daily Fresh outlets in Tamil Nadu and Kerala, they also sell processed chicken, but as Soundararajan observes, "Indian acceptance as on today for live chicken is 98 per cent."

Suguna has set up a poultry subsidiary in Bangladesh, but does not have big plans for export market. Currently their export is predominantly to the Middle East and it accounts for Rs 80-100 crore of their annual revenue.

“We cannot compete with the US and Brazil, who are the market leaders. In Brazil chicken production cost is low, because the price of poultry feeds, maize and soya, are 20 per cent less there,” he says.

As MD, Suguna Holdings, Soundararajan’s mandate now is to de-risk the group’s business model by diversifying into new businesses.

The group, which already has interests in poultry feeds and vaccines, and assets management, is now exploring gold and iron ore mining in Madagascar.

“We are looking at different markets and different businesses, new opportunities and new geographies,” says Soundararajan, who regularly attends programmes at reputed business institutes to update his knowledge of business and management practices.

Looking back, though, he has no regret of missing college. “Without a degree I was compelled to get into business, which was good,” he says.

Soundararajan lives in Coimbatore with his family. His wife looks after the home, his daughter is married, and his son joined the business after completing B.Com two years ago.

He and his family love trekking and take off for some place on the Western Ghats near Coimbatore. “We go trekking every month or so. All of us in the family love to trek,” he says.

Add to it his daily walking or swimming routine, and you get the picture of a hard working, fitness conscious, family-loving entrepreneur, whose best days are yet to come by.
 

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Brand Coimbatore | Make in Coimbatore - The Manchester of South India | Produ...

Air Pollution monitoring device developed by a local entrepreneur Deepak Antony would be fixed at Coimbatore smart city office soon .
 

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Rivatex factory upgrade to commence this month

Eldoret, Kenya based Rift Valley Textile Mills (Rivatex) has completed its technology upgrade which is slated to start this month. The factory has been modernised by India based textile machinery firm Lakshmi Machine Works Ltd (LMW), while the Indian government has granted Sh3.016 billion to the textile mill to help expand its productivity.

Rivatex has already completed machine installations, said R. Chandramouli, first secretary and head of chancery, Indian High Commission. Machine installations were delayed to complete some other work in the factory, he added.

The upgrade of Rivatex is expected to commence in May, said Kenyan media reports quoting Chandramouli. About 20 per cent of the funds has already been disbursed to the mill by the Indian government.

The factory’s production was below capacity owing to lack of raw materials and obsolete technology. The upgrade is expected to provide employment to over 10,000 workers as the factory aims to produce textile to fulfil local and foreign demands.

Source: http://www.fibre2fashion.com/news/textile-news/rivatex-factory-upgrade-to-commence-this-month-242050-newsdetails.htm
 

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Product developed by IIT-M. My friend was part of it.

http://www.jmitra.co.in/ourdivision/diagnosticdivision/fitestkits/fi.aspx




iQuant is an immunofluorescence assay reader. Quantitative measurements of intended analytes in human blood/serum/plasma is performed by reading Quanti lateral immunofluorescence assay (FIA) cartridge device. The iQuant instrument scans this device, detects the relevant signal using fluorescence detection and computes the final result of the test by applying a proprietary calibration method.

iQuant analyzer is intended only for professional use and is compatible with Quanti™ range of fluorescence immunoassay test kits from J. Mitra & Co. Pvt. Ltd.


Fluorescence Immunoassay Test Kits Range
Vitamin D Quanti Card
HbA1c Quanti Card
DENGUE NS1 Ag Quanti Card
T3 Quanti Card
T4 Quanti Card
TSH Quanti Card
Cross posting from Chennai startup. Reason for posting this in this thread is the instrument is made in Coimbatore. I will update the company which is making this product for J mitra
 

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https://www.emotionmotors.in/

Coimbatore: India’s first indigenously developed geared electric two-wheeler performance bike was unveiled by e-Motion Motors on Monday to mark the World Environment Day.
Founder and CEO of eMotion Motors S Pranav said, “Electric vehicles in India have a long way to go, as performance issues in currently available models continue to hinder their use. Using electricity for transport does not have to be a compromise in terms of performance.”
The Coimbatore-based start-up has named the two-wheeler as ‘Surge’.
 

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Jayem Neo EV







The Jayem Neo EV, is based on the Tata Nano. As part of the agreement, Tata Motors supplies complete Nano body shells, apart from engine and gearbox, to Jayem Automotives, which then assembles the car and adds a 48-Volt electric system that puts out 17kW (23hp). This powertrain is supplied by Electra EV, a technology company that develops and produces electric drive systems.
http://www.jayemauto.com/

Image source : https://www.autocarindia.com/
 

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Coimbatore entrepreneur makes pencils from recycled paper



Staying tuned to the latest developments and a shift towards eco-friendly products, an entrepreneur in Coimbatore is making pencil from recycled paper under the name ‘Papcil’.S R Gowtham Prasath, who graduated in electronic and communication engineering and MBA operations management, is making his mark as an entrepreneur by producing eco-friendly recyclable paper pencil. His company’s objective is to save nature and produce eco-friendly products.He now deals with two variants recycled paper pencil and recycled paper seed pencil. Unlike other pencils, these are made from paper waste and are very affordable and of high quality.There is another variety where there are seeds at the one end of the pencil. Once the pencil is used to the maximum, it needs to be just buried in sand and the seed will sprout. The seeds are kept in a capsule which dissolves in water after which they sprout. This also instills in a children to be environment-friendly.The pencils come in 13 different types of flavours such as chili, mustard, morning glory, spinach, coriander, marigold, daisy white, vinca rosea, fenugreek, sunflower, lady’s finger, tomato and basil.“Our whole theme of business goes with saving nature. We visit NGO’s and help them in campaigns and we occasionally give our products to various charities to be given free of cost,” says Prasath’s friend Sanjeev Kumar.There are innovative plans to produce recycled paper pen using 80 per cent paper and rest plastic.The company was started a year ago by Prasath with the help of his friends with Rs 40,000 as initial investment. It supplies products products to Salem, Erode and the Nilgiris.Prasath told The Covai Post: “I always had attraction towards nature and plastic-free environment. From a very young age, I used to carry bags for shopping instead of plastic ones. I started business with the help of my friends. My parents are very supportive and encouraged my ideas.“Environmentalist Dr Rajendra Singh is my inspiration and I was associated with him before a few years for a project based on river Noyyal. He taught me a lot of things. I had a great learning from him. He is a remarkable person.”
 

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Hashiko to set up manufacturing unit for e-vehicles in Coimbatore



Hashiko, an electric vehicles manufacturer has proposed to set up a plant for manufacturing e-vehicles and lithium batteries in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu. The manufacturing unit will see an investment to the tune of Rs 500 crore.

The company had also identified land for the unit which will be operational in another two years. The company also launched three new models of two-wheeler e-vehicles in the Tamil Nadu market.

Moreover, it will expand its dealership and pre-paid battery servicing stations across the state. With demand for e-vehicles set to grow in another three to four years, the company will enter all segments including conversion of existing petrol two-wheelers to battery-operated and modifying e-bike to battery less bike (prepaid battery).

Besides, the company has proposed to convert existing autorickshaws into e-autos.
 

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https://m.timesofindia.com/city/chennai/made-in-coimbatore-raced-by-schumi-jr/articleshow/61845335.cms



Made in Coimbatore, raced by Schumi Jr

Former Formula One champion Michael Schumacher’s son Mick, a promising star on the international racing circuit, drives three races a year in a formula car manufactured in “namma kovai”. Formula racers Freddie Hunt and Mathias Lauda, sons of Formula One legends James Hunt and Nikki Lauda, too race in Kovai-made cars. Ondipudur to be precise.
The only two formula car manufacturers in the country are in Coimbatore. So, if you want to buy a race car or start a championship, Kovai is where you come down to.
Every year, around 22 drivers who participatein the MRF Challenge Championship, drive Kovai-made Formula 2000 cars on tracks in Dubai, Bahrain and Chennai. These cars are designed and manufactured completely by city-based J A Motorsport, the motorsports division of the automobile designing and engineering company Jayem Automatives. They are the only formula car manufacturers in Asia tohave their cars driven in Europe and by European drivers.

J A Motorsport, which was started by Jayem Automotives in 2008 to manufacture 32 track day car kits for a French manufacturing company, today has more than 50 formula racing cars in two classes - MRF 1,600 and MRF 2,000 - and track day cars. “It was around the time that the Indian Grand Prix was announced that MRF decided to develop racing cars and approached us because they knew our engineering capabilities,” said former formula three champion and managing director of J A Motorsports J Anand.
“Our car’s design and quality is so good that it gives top drivers like Mick Schumacher the confidence to drive them. Our cars can now be challenged or driven in any circuit in Europe,” said Anand who was crucial in the company signing an agreement with Dallara, one of the bestformula car manufacturers in the world.

Besides making cars race in European tracks, the city is also known for manufacturing the most affordable formula or race cars in the world. The credit for this goes to city-based L G Balakrishnan and Brothers Company Limited, which also owns Kari Speedtrack. Whileformula cars abroad cost at least 1,00,000 euros, this company based in Ganapathy manufactures formula cars for ₹3.5 lakh. “The aim was to bring in the lowest cost of racing in the world to India,” said former formula racer and automobile designer L G B Vijayakumar.
Vijayakumar decided to design a new car using the Maruti 800’s engine and ensuring that every part for it could be bought off the shelf, from any Maruti dealership, in 2000. It took him a year but he came out with a set of 16 cars in 2001 called the LGB 1300, which can go up to speeds of 170 kmph.
The main challenge in the industry seems to be the lack of sponsorship. “Manufacturing race cars cannot be the main business but only a hobby that you can hope to break even with,” said Vijayakumar. “We need more race tracks and race drivers and only then will more people venture into manufacturing race cars,” he said.
 
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