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Industries should care for nature: Sheela Thomas
13 March 2014

All industries should strive to avoid environmental pollution, said Ms. Sheela Thomas, Chairman, Rubber Board. She was speaking in a function held for the commissioning of the new Dust Extraction System at the Meenachil Rubber Wood (Metrowood) factory, a company jointly promoted by the Rubber Board and Rubber Producersí Societies (RPSs).
The company was established in 1996 on the initiative of the Rubber Board for processing rubber wood and thereby transferring the benefits of value addition to the small rubber growers. Further, by using treated rubber wood for the timber requirements for house construction and other purposes, the pressure on forest for timber can be reduced. Metrowood is currently manufacturing furniture and other products from rubber wood. It is one of the biggest manufacturers of school furniture in South India. As the capacity of the factory increased over the last two decades, the extraction unit originally set up in the factory had become inadequate to handle the saw dust generated. The new system now installed at a cost of Rs.16.00 lakh can handle all the saw dust generated in the factory and provide a clean and healthy atmosphere in and around the factory.
The function held in the factory hall at Peringulam near Poonjar was presided over by Mr. N. Rajagopal (Director, P&PD, Rubber Board). Ms. P.S. Salomi (Dy. Rubber Production Commissioner, Pala), Mr. P.G. Parameswaran (Development Officer, Rubber Board, Erattupetta), Mr. Ouseppachan Vellimoozhayil, Mr. Francis Jacob (RPS representatives), Mr. C. Thomas (Managing Director, Kavanar Latex) and Mr. M.G. Sathees Chandran Nair (Dy. Director, P&PR, Rubber Board) spoke on the occasion. Mr. C. Sabu (MD, Metrowood) welcomed the gathering and Mr. Binny Mathew (Director, Metrowood) offered a vote of thanks.

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