Patton to set up another unit in state

7 Mar 2017

Patton International Ltd, which has five manufacturing units in different locations in West Bengal, is planning to set up one more unit in the state, according to Patton’s MD Sanjay Budhia.
Addressing a seminar on Rising Bengal: Roadmap 2020 organised here today by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Budhia said the company has decided to expand as its experience of operating in the state has been good. Praising chief minister Mamata Banerjee for her 'proactive' approach for attracting investment to the state, he observed: "There is positivity among the government departments and officials. Not a single man day is lost in the state now for strikes, which encourages us to continue operations in the state. So let us be positive".
Siddharth, principal advisor (industry) and chairman of West Bengal Industrial Development and Promotional Board (WBIDPB), said that the state's MSME sector had been able to attract significant investments in the last few years, which shows the state government's positive approach towards industrialisation. Under the CM’s instruction, secretaries of all departments now sit once in every fortnight to sort out industry-related issues. 
Siddharth called for more emphasis on the tea and jute industries. "Plastic has to go and it will not take too long for jute to replace plastic completely. West Bengal is number one in the cultivation of jute and manufacture of jute goods.  But we need better cultivation technologies to increase the productivity of superior quality jute that could be used for packaging". He mentioned that during chief minister's recent Germany visit, CEOs of some companies in Berlin had expressed interest in importing jute bags from the state for packaging purposes.
"Tea is another area where the state's prospect is very bright. We export Darjeeling tea in bulk but the product is being packaged outside. Why can't we have a packaging industry here", he asked. 
Mentioning sport as a big business, he spoke of the state government’s plan to set up a sports city where facilities for football, cricket, swimming and various indoor games would come up. (EOIC)