Industries Minister Launches KSIDC’s Women Apparel Park


Kochi: ‘WE Space’, the first-of-its-kind infrastructure initiative to bring together women entrepreneurs, set up by Kerala State Industrial Development Corporation (KSIDC) was launched by A C Moideen, State Industries Minister, at Angamaly the other day. The 42,000 sq.ft. space is in INKEL Tower II at Angamaly, and it will be used entirely for apparel making. ‘WE Space’ is part of efforts by KSIDC, which had launched ‘WE Mission’ earlier. The new facility is expected to set the stage for women entrepreneurs to turn to apparel making and export. Paul Antony IAS, Additional Chief Secretary, Industries; Dr. Christy Fernandez IAS (Retd.), Chairman, KSIDC and Dr. M Beena IAS, Managing Director, KSIDC also attended.

Mahila Apparels Park, a successful model of women’s enterprises in the State, will be among the units that function from WE Space. A total of 150 women work with the Mahila Apparels unit, producing cotton products, mostly for export. Cottons shirt has been one of the most successful products from the Mahila Apparels stable. The unit also makes ladies and kidswear. It now plans to make surgical and theatre uniforms for both export and domestic market.