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Slow investment a drag on MSMEs in engineering sector

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CRISIL has analysed the performance of 2,185 micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in the manufacturing sector, which were rated on the basis of their financials in 2013-14 (financial year April 1 to March 31).

The study revealed that MSMEs in the engineering sector - i.e., auto ancillary and components, capital goods, machinery and machine tools, electrical and electronics components and equipment - registered lower growth as compared to other segments.

The average income of engineering-based MSMEs increased to Rs 16.89 crore in 2013-14, from Rs 14.33 crore in 2011-12, at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 8.58 per cent. In comparison, the average income for the other manufacturing segments (i.e. excluding engineering) increased to Rs 26.50crore in 2013-14, from Rs 19.11 crore in 2011-12, at a CAGR of 17.74 per cent.

MSMEs in the engineering-based segment, manufacturing electrical and electronics components and equipment, grew at a CAGR of 9.18 per cent, followed by those manufacturing capital goods and machinery at 8.77 per cent, and those in auto ancillary and components at 7.64 per cent.

A slowdown of investment in infrastructure projects and capacity expansion in the manufacturing sector and a decline in automobile demand has impacted growth. For 2015-16, the Economic Survey expects a GDP growth of 8-8.15 per cent in 2015-16 and CRISIL expects improvement in prospects for MSMEs in this sector.

First Published: Mon, March 16 2015. 21:26 IST