Tamilnadu News Print and Papers Ltd., better known as TNPL the country’s largest non-wood based paper maker was established in the early 80’s at Pugalur near Karur. It is acknowledged as the world leader in the technology for manufacture of newsprint from bagasse which became operational from January 1996. The production of news print and paper have been raised from 90000 Tones to 180000 Tones per annum. It is the most Modern Paper Mill in the country with an unique bagasse handling and pulping system, multifuel boilers, mechanized finishing section and a sophisticate R & D center. The TNPL’s 6.8 metre wide paper machine from the U.K. designed for maximum, operational since 1985, producting quality news print and printing and writing paper.
Chettinad Cement Corporation Ltd was formed in 1962 the cater to growing demands of cement in the country. The manufacturing unit located at Puliyur, Karur District, in Tamilnadu commenced production in April 1968. Apart from cement, the Chettinad House is today engaged in activities as diverse as granite, engineering, silica, garnet, information technology, Steel & Textile trading, horse breeding, plantations, shipping, transportation, stevedoring, clearing and forwarding and logistics having a combined turnover of Rs.8500 million.
India is the world’s largest producer of sugar. parry’s pioneered sugar production in India. In 1842, the Company set up India’s first sugar factory at Vandipalayam. Since then, they have maintained the edge in the industry through advanced technologies. At Pugalur, Karur the company has one its manufacturing units apart from Nellikuppam, Pettavaithalai and Pudukkottai. The factory at Pugalur has a capacity of 4000 TCD.
On the international Textile map, Karur has become synonymous with handloom “made-ups” first as Tirupur in the hosiery product. The weaving industry came to Karur from Kerala and has earned a reputation for its high quality handloom products today. Exports of handlooms from karur began on a modest scale with just 15 exporters in 1975 and today Karur has 124 numbers of exporters. The handloom products being exported have been broadly classified under three heads- Kitchen, bathroom and bedroom furniture items.Some of the handloom made-ups exported from Karur are Bedspreads, Towels, Floor rugs, Tea towels, Napkins, Aprons, Kitchen towels, Pot holders Plate mats, Bathmats.
Tea mats, Curtains, Pillow, Quill covers, Shower curtains etc., The products are exported to Europe, U.S.A., japan, Canada, Austrialia, Singapore, South Korea, South Africa and the Scandinevian countries among others. The handloom industry in Karur generates nearly an annual turn over of Rs.3400 Crores with Rs.1400 Crores of direct and indirect exports of textile goods. The development of export as a major trade has led to the enormous growth of other allied industries like handloom and power loom weaving units, dyeing and bleaching units, tailoring, packaging units etc. The handloom and its allied industries provide direct and indirect employment to over a lakh of persons.