From potato chips makers to auto-rickshaw manufactures, tiles producers and young women entrepreneurs, the case study of self-made local houses that have made big from scratch have been shortlisted to be showcased to the world industrialists at the Vibrant Gujarat Global Investors’ Summit (VGGIS), 2015. The Gujarat Government will narrate to the world how these industrialists, starting operations from one-room factory, have turned their ventures into export houses today.
“There are two objectives. One, to encourage small and medium enterprises, to tell them the details of evolution of manufacturing units. Second, to fetch fund and technology from visiting foreign industry leaders for the local industries,” said a top official from industry department. “Along with the CEOs of these local industrial houses, the story of young women entrepreneurs will also be presented,” added the official.
At the three-day VGGIS 2015, which will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on January 11, industry delegates from 121 countries are expected. The Small and Medium Scale Enterprises is one of the focus sectors in this seventh edition of the biennial business summit, started in 2003 by Modi.
Nine self-made industrial houses have been shortlisted and the government has made an audio and video films. While the films will showcase their success stories, the leaders of theses houses will also share their experiences.
Selected units include Balaji Wafers Pvt Limited, which from one small shop of sandwich and potato wafers in a crowded Sanganwa Chowk, has turned into a leading wafers and other snacks producers today, capturing market even outside Gujarat. The story of “Chhakkado” will show how the designer and manufacturer of Atul Auto made the indigenous noisy and unsafe three-wheeler a boon for commuters in rural Saurashtra. Today, they are producers of more than half a dozen types of auto-rickshaws. Others include exporter and manufacturer of textile chemicals Harsha Engineers Limited and tiles manufacturer and exporter Asia Granito, Shree Umiya Surgical Pvt Ltd and Hare Krishna Exports.