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Although the recorded history of Chennai dates back only to the British era, the area was inhabited by the Homo sapiens even in the Stone Age.  

However, the first recorded industry we can talk about is textile industry. Goods produced by textile mills of the region were of such superior quality that they were exported even to the Great Britain.

Companies in Chennai

Chennai as a Commercial Center:

Today, Chennai is the most important commercial as well as industrial center in whole of South India. There are two important reasons for that.  

Among them, the automobile industry deserves special mention. Many small and big automobile manufacturing companies have opened up units in and round the city. Let us start with Ashok Leyland.

Automobile Companies in Chennai

Ashok Leyland , the renowned commercial vehicle manufacturing company, first started as Ashok Motors in the year of 1948. The company then used to assemble Austin cars. 

However, it is not long before it had equity arrangements with British Leyland and started manufacturing commercial vehicles under the name of Ashok Leyland. Ashok Leyland Nissan, on the other hand is a joint venture of Ashok Leyland and Nissam. The company produces light commercial vehicles in their plant near Chennai.

Ford also started their operation in Chennai in collaboration with Mahindra And Mahindra back in 1995. It is in fact their first venture in India. Escort was their first model and the company produces around 2, 00,000 cars per annum.  

BMW has a plant in Chennai for the assembly of their 3 and 5 series. It is a highly modern plant with state-of-art facilities.  Other than these, there are quite a few renowned names that have opened up their unit in Chennai. Among them the following names need special mention:

Growth Of Ancillary Companies in Chennai

With so many well known names setting up their units in Chennai, it is natural that ancillary industry too will develop in and around the area. 

Textile Companies in Chennai

Other than automobile, textile industry too has a major impact in the industrial scenario of Chennai. There are quite a few big and small names producing high quality fabric and this too has given rise to a healthy ancillary industry. 

Such ancillary companies in Chennai not only produce good quality textile machinery, they also produce high quality dyes, chemicals, labels etc.

Moreover, companies in Chennai also produce high quality garments, a large part of which is exported not only to different parts of India, but also to foreign countries. 

IT Companies in Chennai

Information Technology too is an important sector in Chennai. Following are some major software companies doing businesses here:
  • Cognizant Technology Solutions
  • Accenture,
  • CSC
  • Satyam
  • EDS
  • HP
  • HCL
  • Infosys
  • IBM
  • Sun Microsystems
  • Symantec
  • Verizon TCS
  • Polaris Software Labs Ltd
  • Wipro and many more
There are also quite a few local companies engaged in this sector.  All these companies together make Chennai the second largest exporter of Information Technology and IT related matter in India.

Corporate Houses in Chennai

Other than the above mentioned sectors, Chennai is also home to many Corporate Houses. For instance, Bharti Airtel Ltd has its head office here. Moreover, companies like Sun TV Network, Sterling Holiday Resorts India Ltd, Larsen Toubro, Aircell Cellular Ltd, MRF Ltd, Videocon Telecommunications Ltd, Johnson And Johnson Ltd, Nestle India too have made the Chennai their home. 

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