Surat is located in the southern part of the state of Gujarat in India. It is the second largest commercial center in the state of Gujarat.


It is the eighth largest city in India and is also known as the Manchester of the East.  It is mainly known for its diamond processing and textile industries. In the year 2008, The Wall Street Journal had claimed that as much as 80% of the world's finished diamonds are cut and polished in Surat.


The infrastructure of Surat is also one of the best in India. The upgraded Surat airport has been envisaged to cater direct air connectivity with the important places in India and abroad. There are also no lacunae in terms of power in Surat. It has a sophisticated network of power stations and sub stations. Surat is also rich in ports and also has a well developed road and rail network.

With such world class infrastructures and several endeavors taken by the State Government of Gujarat, Surat is one of the best places to invest in India. The main focus industry sectors in Surat are:


  • Textile: Manufacturing Fabrics, Modern Energy Efficient Textile processing and technical textiles.


  • IT/ITeS: Knowledge Process Outsourcing (KPO), Business Process Outsourcing (BPO), Training and Educational centers and Software Development Centers.


  • Chemicals: Polymer Downstream Projects, Intermediary chemical manufacturing units


  • Gems and Jewelry: Assaying and Hallmarking Centre, Studded Jewelry, Gold Refinery Unit.


  • Power: Power Generation Plants under which investments can be seen in using non-conventional sources of energy and in using Thermal Energy.


Furthermore, the Surat Navsari Industrial area is also seen as one of the hotbeds for global investors. The Navsari Industrial area has approximately 23 large and medium scale industries ranging from agriculture and floriculture, marine based industries, textile, engineering  and plastic industries.


Another interesting point which needs to be taken into consideration is the burgeoning state of Surat is not due to the Special Economic Zones (SEZs) or the vibrant policies by the state government of Gujarat, but they are mainly due to the right conditions; that is the presence of highly skilled entrepreneurs, low cost small case manufacturing bases and the presence of transnational business connections which have developed over the years.


It has already opened doors for Foreign Investors in sectors such as oil, energy and petroleum. Surat has already seen an investment of $729 million alone in an LNG terminal project.


Surat has all the necessary natural resources, labor and government backing, which are self sufficient for the purpose of investing. Its world-class infrastructure and small scale industries, especially the textile industry, has really made Surat one of the most preferred destinations for investing. Though several global investors have already invested in Surat, a lot more industries in Surat have tremendous potential which need to be explored. The state of Gujarat, under the Vibrant Gujarat Project, has really made Surat one of the cynosures for foreign investors which should not be overlooked.

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