Two engineering graduates from Manipur, Samson Ningombam and Madonna Akoijam, have joined hands and launched the State’s first plastic factory. Called ‘PEARLEX’ Enterprises, it aims to revolutionize the sector and promote self reliance. In 2015, they set up a joint venture at Kwakeithel Nganappi Thong, in Imphal West District.
‘I wanted to contribute to society and help provide employment to others,’ shared, Akoijam. ‘Instead of becoming an employee, I wanted to become an employer. I was working in a private company but I was not satisfied. I wanted to go back home and do something different that’s how I started this venture,’ added another entrepreneur Ningombam.
The Central Institute of Plastics Engineering and Technology (CIPET) has assisted the duo and provided machinery at nominal charges. Presently, there are 15 staff members in the unit. Till date, the duo has produced three products – mugs, tubs and dustpans. They are now in the process of adding more products and to generate employment opportunities for jobless youngsters in the State. ‘In Manipur, most of the plastic products come from Myanmar. So, I think, there is a huge scope in this project,’ Moiranthem Upendro, a student of CIPET.
Young entrepreneurs like Ningombam and Akoijam will inspire the educated unemployed youth in the region to explore innovative ideas and become self-reliant.