Ludhiana knitwear cluster (Punjab)


Ludhiana, in Punjab, is an important textile manufacturing cluster, with around 14000 MSMEs of which 9800 are micro (70%), 2800 are small-scale (20%) and 1400 are medium-sized (10%) enterprises. Knitwear manufacturers (including manufacturers-cum-traders/ exporters) form the core of the cluster. Spinners, dyers and sub-contracting knitting units provide backward process support. The Ludhiana knitwear industry is highly labour-intensive. Including the large-scale industries, the cluster provides direct and indirect employment to about 400,000 people. There are around 70 industry associations in the cluster representing various interest groups such as exporters, dyers, readymade hosiery manufacturers, spinners, knitters etc.

Products manufactured

Garments, T-shirts, sweat shirts, pullovers, jackets and grey fabric

Number of MSMEs


Main fuels

Wood, rice husk, pet coke, high speed diesel (HSD), Electricity

Production & turnover

Rs 15000 crores

Leading industry association(s)

Cluster profile

Source:: Data pertains to 2010–11, collected primarily under a SIDBI-supported project

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