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.
Headquarters of the Southern Naval Command
The Southern Naval Command has its headquarters in Cochin. The base is home to the Navy's main training centre, an air station (which was used by commercial airlines till the new airport was established). INS
Venduruthy, the premier officers/sailors training centre of the Indian Navy, and INS
Dronacharya, the leading gunnery school, are based here. The base is located on Willingdon Island.
Kochi Refineries Limited
Kochi Refineries Limited (formerly known as Cochin Refineries Limited) is a 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.
International Pepper Exchange
Kerala accounts for 90% of the pepper that India produces. Malabar grade of pepper from India, traded at Kochi, is considered to be the premium grade of pepper that rules above other international grades.
Wish a vast expanse of sea on one side and an all-weather port it goes without saying that fishing and seafood export is one of the major industries in and around Cochin.
Infopark Kochi, an IT infrastructural programme promoted by the government of
Kerala, is a 100-acre campus situated close to the Cochin Special Economic Zone
(SEZ). The Infopark is the best connected IT park in India with a host of ISPs as well as being close to VSNLs primary gateway that handles around 70% of the country's internet traffic. The Infopark aims to provide excellent infrastructure including office space and connectivity along with ease of starting up intotech companies within its campus.
High Court of Kerala
The High Court of Kerala is situated in Cochin near the north end of Marine Drive, close to the coast. The presence of the highest court in the state provides ample business opportunities directly and indirectly related to the legal system.
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 Cables