Tamil Nadu plans furniture hub at Tuticorin

The state-run SIPCOT is currently preparing a feasibility report for setting up a furniture hub at Tuticorin, which is expected to house over 35 units, could attract a total investment of around Rs 4,000 crore, and will be India’s first large-scale furniture hub.

Currently, India is a minor player in the the $600 billion global furniture industry, with estimated global exports of $125 billion. According to The Hindu Businessline, Tuticorin’s advantage is the port, which has well-established connections to global destinations, and also availability of labour and raw material.

Some of the major challenges that need to be addressed are the limited availability of certified and cost-competitive raw materials, lack of scale of operations and in-efficient logistics.

Skill development and capacity building across all levels and developing training facilities for the furniture sector are also very important factors to strengthen the Indian furniture industry.

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