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Asian Fabricx gears up for IKEA's India operations

The Karur, Tamil Nadu-based supplier is focusing on automation, worker benefits to beat labour shortage

This seemingly sleepy town, almost sandwiched between Bangalore on one side and Kanyakumari on the other, breathes textile. About two and a half hours' drive from Coimbatore on an easy morning, with lush coconut trees, mills, car & bike showrooms, medical colleges and shops such as 'Coffee Prince' and 'Flying Cakes' lining the roads leading to the town, Karur is quite unlike Tamil Nadu's other textile bastion, Tirupur, which is more about latest fashion, designers, international buyers and now, somewhat idling factories. Karur doesn't offer much in terms of ...