Cochin is home to many large and medium scale industries
making it the commercial capital of Kerala. For centuries,
Cochin has been a very important trading post on the west
coast of India, paving way for trade with the Chinese,
Portuguese, Dutch and British. Today, Cochin is a bustling
industrial centre with industries ranging from ship building
to handicrafts and petrochemical refining to spice trading.
Cochin Shipyard Limited
Cochin Shipyard is one of the leading ship building and
ship repair yards in the country. It is in the top 10
public sector undertakings of the Indian government and
a builder of the largest ships for both the merchant navy
and the Indian Naval Services. Cochin Shipyard is involved
in building/repairing tankers, bulk carriers, tugs, patrol
vehicles, passenger vessels and docking pontoons.
Cochin Port Trust
Cochin has a strategic location on the international seafaring
route lying midway between Europe, Middle East and East
Asia and the Pacific Rim. The all weather natural harbour
and the large export of goods, especially spices and sea
food makes it a very important port in India. The port
is located on Willingdon Island. As part of its expansion
programme, the Port Trust is building an international
container transhipment terminal at Vallarpadam to tap
into the large cargo movement along the international
east-west sea lane.
Kochi Refineries Limited
Kochi Refineries Limited, formerly known as Cochin Refineries
Limited, is petroleum refining company, with Bharat Petroleum
Corporation Limited (BPCL) as the majority shareholder.
In addition to producing petrol, the company also makes
diesel, kerosene, liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), furnace
oil, aviation turbine fuel, and bitumen.
Fertilisers and Chemicals Travancore Limited
Fertilisers And Chemicals Travancore Limited (FACT) is
India's first large scale fertilizer plant. Set up in
1943 as a private enterprise, the Govenment of India is
the major shareholder now. From its original business
of manufacturing and distributing fertilisers FACT has
now diversified into engineering consultancy and equipment
manufacturing as well.
Cochin Stock Exchange
Cochin Stock Exchange was originally established in 1978.
Cochin Stock Exchange was the first exchange to introduce
computerization and online trading in 1990. In 1999, CSE
set up a subsidiary Cochin Stock Brokers Limited, which
is a coporate member of the National Stock Exchange, Delhi
and the Bombay Stock Exchange, providing trading facilities
on these exchanges to users all over the state.
Cochin is also home to many other large to small-scale
industries including Indian Rare Earths, Hindustan Machine
Tools, Premier Tyres, Ogale Glass Works, Carborandum Universal,
Hindustan Insecticides, Forest Industries of Travancore,
Travancore Cochin Chemicals, Asoka Textiles, Indian Aluminium
Company, Cominco Binani Zinc, Periyar Chemicals, Standard
Potteries, Kerala Agro Machinery Corporation, Modern Bakeries,
Kerala Electricals and Allied Engineering Company (Mamala),
Traco Cable Company (Irimpanam), Transformers and Electricals
(Angamali), Travancore Rayons (Perumbavoor) and Periyar
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