The words 'sports goods' have become synonymous with the passion that India has for sports. The sports goods industry in India is nearly a century old and has flourished due to the skills of its workforce. Being labor-intensive in nature, the industry provides employment to more than 500,000 people.
The nucleus of this industry in India is in and around the states of Punjab and Uttar Pradesh.
- Jalandhar in the state of Punjab and Meerut in the state of Uttar Pradesh account for nearly 81.8 per cent of total production.
- Together, the two towns house more than 3,000 manufacturing units and 130 exporters.
- About 60 per cent of the sports goods manufactured in Jalandhar are different kinds of inflatable balls.
- The Indian sports goods industry also has a presence in the cities of Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai, albeit at a lower scale.
Bowling Over the World
Indian sporting goods are well known around the world and have made a mark in the global sports goods market. The industry exports nearly 60 per cent of its total output to sports-loving people the world over.
Sports Goods Export Promotion Council
The Sports Goods Export Promotion Council (SGEPC) promotes the export of sports goods and toys from India. SGEPC represents the leading 200 manufacturers and exporters of sports goods and toys in India.
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