Mane Kancor opens its largest manufacturing facility
Mr. Jean Mane, president, Mane Group and Dr. Geemon Korah, executive director and CEO of Mane Kancor.
Mane Kancor launched its biggest manufacturing facility on the 20th of May at Byadgi, Karnataka, India, which spreads across 50 acres and will generate more employment and create indirect opportunities for many people, including farmers.
The new beginning was initiated jointly by Mr. Jean Mane, president, Mane Group and Dr. Geemon Korah, executive director and CEO of Mane Kancor.
While talking about the features of the new facility Mr. Mane said the company’s vision is to consolidate the bulk production in a single location to simplify processes and ensure efficient management.
“We are all the more glad about the launch as it will raise the production capacity of the company fourfold along with a 50 per cent rise in direct employment,” Mane said. “Also, will be generating opportunities for more than 10,000 people including farmers across four states – Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Kerala. Interestingly, the new plant occupies just one-third of the land in Byadgi. Hence, our scope for expansion is higher.”
The new facility in Byadgi, the main growing belt for high colour varieties of chilli, will fall under the Make-In-India programme of the government of India. The continuous extraction facility and the modern technologies incorporated at the plant is designed to ensure best process efficiencies. Additionally, the facility contains a super-critical fluid extraction plant that uses carbon dioxide as an extraction medium.
“Mane Kancor was the first company to set up a spice extraction unit in India, in 1969. Today, we have the new infrastructure covering 150,000 square feet around 50 acres of land, in Byadgi. The new plant supports both the development of our scientific manufacturing techniques and the addition of cutting-edge technologies to our business continuity strategy thereby stretching our manufacturing potential. Our focus on segments like natural colours, natural antioxidants, personal care ingredients and so on will be enhanced with the new addition,” said Dr. Geemon Korah, executive director and CEO of Mane Kancor at the launch event.
The completely eco-friendly site complements the company’s strategy of putting manufacturing facilities closer to their growing regions. Apart from chilli, the facility at Byadgi, is also capable of handling the processing of wide varieties of raw materials such as rosemary and other spices. Another speciality of the facility is zero waste management system. The entire biomass generated during production is converted to the fuel used in the boilers and the gas generated from the effluent treatment is used in the industry canteen. The water from effluent treatment is used for irrigation purpose.
The expansion of the existing Byadgi unit by setting up a totally new green field project is a part of the expansion plans announced during the Golden Jubilee celebration of Mane Kancor in 2019. Mane, the parent company, has invested more than 200 crores in this project as Foreign Direct Investment.