About KIA



About KIA

The Kanara Industries Association (formerly KIA) was established in the year 1978 with an objective to encourage entrepreneurs in industrial area Baikampady, Mangalore and promote the interest of the trade and industry in the coastal region of Dakshina Kannada. Today it is one of the primary bodies in this region to represent all industries. The association has over 4 decades of leadership record and over 500 active members contributing significantly to the overall growth of the region. The members of the association provide employment to around 20,000 people in the Dakshina Kannada region in sectors like Automobile, pharmaceutical, plastic, rubber, engineering industries, Agri and food processing etc. with a significant contribution to exports and the exchequer.

KIA has played a crucial role in the region by interacting with Government departments in suggesting and implementing various Government Schemes. It has been a catalyst in implementing several projects under ASIDE SCHEMES. In the year 2020 KIA was chosen one among the 19 Industry Clusters to drive the skill development under the Government’s STRIVE program and has actively started implementing it contributing to employment generation and retention of skilled labour in the District.
KIA is committed to clean and environment friendly manufacturing practices. Every single road is covered with a variety of trees, nurtured and protected. The Association is also committed to rejuvenate the Bagundi Lake and has been working towards restoring the ecology of this huge water body adjacent to the Area.

Setting up multi level industrial Sheds, an Exhibition Centre, Logistic Park and a common ETP and Solid Waste Management Plant and making available new Industrial Plots to the MSMEs, promoting the Industrial Area into a township. are the thrust areas of the future. “We are on a mission to ESTABLISH RELATIONSHIP, EXPAND BUSINESS”


To be the voice of the industrial community and the lead resource for information, education, networking and commercial opportunities for member enterprises.



  • To facilitate industrial growth while balancing socio-economic environment in Dakshina Kannada district.
  • Facilitate ongoing networking, communications, and commercial opportunities for the members.
  • Provide members with the highest quality, industry-specific, relevant information.
  • Ensure the finest infrastructural development and facilities with a futuristic edge.
  • Be the most widely accepted resource for knowledge and standards regarding professional business practices
  • Promote research, development and production in the field of science and technology




President’s Message

Ananthesh V Prabhu

A key part of entrepreneurial DNA is to lead and not to follow. The KIA has been in existence for almost half a century now. While the entrepreneurship quality is still very much alive, most of us barring one or two struggle for bare survival. There may be many external reasons but the primary one lies within us and we must strive to make intrinsic changes.

It’s a pleasure to state that industry owners from the Dakshina Kannada region are bringing in about Rs. 1000 crores in export revenue annually, giving employment to more than Ten Thousand people from the lowest strata of society majority being women. The Association has been encouraging and promoting gender sensitivity for the past three decades, a norm that is now gaining momentum with multinationals.

The need of the hour is to employ literate young workforce belonging to this region and prevent their migration to other parts of the country in search of employment in the process dislodging the social equilibrium of this region.


Today technology plays a key role in business. The need to innovate is very vital for the business of the future. Changing technology will dislodge existing way of doing business, which are called disruptive business practices. We have to search and look into new technologies that are suitable for each one of us. Business of the future may not be what it was 10 years ago. Lets prepare for the change and change for the better for all the stakeholders. Technology needs capital, borrowing funds may be expensive and may not be economically viable too. We must create a playground for venture capitalists/Angel investors who will nurture our high tech ambitions and making Baikampady into High tech destination of the future.

Your association puts in all its efforts for the formation of BYKAMPADY INDUSTRIAL TOWNSHIP AUTHORITY (BITA), a world class township with excellent and intelligent infrastructure which focuses heavily on social responsibility and environmental sustainability as major areas for business to concentrate on besides achieving economic success. Installation of LED lights is a first step towards this after a long and sustained effort.
Business is the greatest creator of value in the world. Both non-profit organizations and government depend on the prosperity and wealth business creates, as business is the ultimate source of all taxes and donations.

Lets join hands for the greater success.