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Quest lines up $ 110 mn investment in South India

By Staff
Google Oneindia News

Chennai, Feb 18: Hong Kong-based Quest International (QI) haslined up a string of investment proposals for India including afive-star hotel, business class resorts and two watch making units inSouth India involving a total investment of over 100 million US Dollar,according to a top official.

Talking to UNI on the sidelines of Madras Management Association(MMA) Convention here, QI Group MD and CEO Vijay Easwaran said thegroup had already bought the world renowned Swiss watch brand "Cimier"and would be setting up its assembling unit in Andhra Pradesh, itsfirst unit outside Switzerland.

The group company had approached Andhra Pradesh Government when MrN Chandrababu Naidu was the Chief Minister to set up the unit atRishivalley to manufacture "Cimier," the 80-year-old elite brand.

Mr Easwaran said the special handicrafted watches priced between500 USD to 5,000 USD would be made in stages with the company makingleather straps and buckles in the first stage.

In the subsequent stages, the company would make the cases anddials. Finally, it would work on the machines for which young andtalented Indians would be trained on technology and craftsmanship.

"We are looking at this as a five-year programme," he added.

The QI Group has plans to set up a unit at Hosur in Tamil Nadu to make"Bernhard H Mayer," a popular German watch brand. "We are planning tore-assemble the plant and commence production in the next five years,"he said. The company had already established a joint venture with Titanfor the purpose. Mr Easwaran was confident of a growing market forwatches, especially handicrafted luxury watches.

"The watch market has been growing very fast in India of late. Wehave taken a bold leap forward with Cimier...it will pay off in thelong run and we believe in India," he said.

The company had already bought a 47-acre site at the touristdestination of Mahabalipuram and proposed to build a five star resort.

"We are also working with another group for developing a township and looking into developing business class hotel projects.

Mr Easwaran said the group was also looking into building anAyurvedic resort and planning to convert an existing Ayurvedictreatment centre in Kerala and develop the same into a luxury resort.

The business class hotels were targeted primarily at businessmenand they would be located in second tier cities in Madurai, Coimbatoreand Tiruchirapalli in Tamil Nadu, besides Mangalore and Cochin.

''In all, we will bring in about 100 million USD stage by stage.

We have already planned 100 million USD in Sri Lanka and it could be more in India,'' Mr Easwaran said.


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