Virudhachalam ceramics and refractory cluster (Tamil Nadu)


The Virudhachalam ceramics and refractory industries cluster is 50 years old; it was started by the Tamil Nadu state government with the aim of creating a local ceramic industrial hub, considering the availability of relevant raw materials. A skill development institute, the Institute of Ceramic Technology, was also established to create a pool of trained persons in the area. There are about 300 MSME units in the cluster producing various types of ceramic and refractory products.

Products manufactured

Ceramic products like refractory bricks, tiles, insulators, other electrical items, decorative items, etc.; terracotta toys and other items

Number of MSMEs


Energy consumption


Main fuels

Firewood; coal; petcoke; rubber process oil (RPO); electricity

Production & turnover

60,000 tonnes per annum

Total energy consumption (toe)


Leading industry association(s)

  • Tamil Nadu Refractory Manufacturers Association, D-1 Industrial Estate, Virudhachalam - 606001
  • Virudhachalam Industrial Estate Ceramic Manufacturers Association, C-6 Industrial Estate, Virudhachalam – 606001

Cluster Profile

Other Resources

  • District Industries Centre, Cuddalore
  • Institute of Ceramic Technology Aladi Road, Virudhachalam - 606 001 Phone: 260 319; Cell: 94428 33113; Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Virudhachalam Integrated Ceramic SHG Association (a Common Facility Centre set up with the support of MSME Development Institute, Chennai; it has about 100 members)

Data pertains to 2015-16, collected primarily under the TERI-SDC EESE project

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