Kerala State Industrial Enterprises Limited (KSIE) was set up in 1973 as a Holding Company of the Government of Kerala under the Industries Department. KSIE was formed to revive and nurse the sick units under the Industries Department.
In 1979, Government of India took a decision that Air Cargo Complexes should be set up at suitable locations by the concerned State Governments. The Complexes were intended to bring all Export/Import activities under one roof. To begin with Thiruvananthapuram was identified as a suitable location and the Government of Kerala appointed Kerala State Industrial Enterprises Limited as the Operating Agency for setting up and running Air Cargo Complexes in the State.
Thus as a Government of Kerala undertaking, KSIE was appointed as the custodian of the Air Cargo Complexes at Thiruvananthapuram Airport in 1979 by Govt. of India. Later on, KSIE extended its operations to Kochi and Kozhikode Airports during 1985 and 1995 respectively. KSIE had to stop functioning of Cochin Air Cargo Complex during the year 1999 when the Kochi International Airport was commissioned.
In addition to the operation of Air Cargo Complexes at Trivandrum and Calicut Airport, KSIE is engaged in the trading and marketing activities ranging from consumer goods to industrial products. KSIE is successful in establishing, managing and efficiently operating the Five Business Centres located at Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi, Kozhikode, Palakkad and Kottayam.
As part of expansion of Trading, the Company has stepped into e-business by hosting its own e-com portal which also provides opportunities for small and medium size business firms to join this venture as “partners in progress”. The E-com portal of the Company “www.keralarcade.com” is the first of its kind in Kerala with online payment facility.
KSIE is also functioning as the Virtual Office of Agricultural & Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA), Ministry of Commerce. Government of India has appointed KSIE as the Virtual Office of APEDA in for Kerala.
“Kerala Soaps” the only manufacturing unit of KSIE was inaugurated on 1st January 2010 at Vellayil, Kozhikode. The premium soaps like Kerala Sandal, Thrill Exotic and Thrill Chempaka introduced into the market have created a new sensation in the minds of the people. After inaugurating the 2nd phase of Kerala Soaps on 27th January 2011 more products like VEP, Kairali, Washwell detergent cake etc. will soon reach the hands of the people.
Kerala State industrial Enterprises Limited has launched our dream project – Cochin International Container Freight Station (CICFS) at Eloor, Kalamassery on 25th January 2011. This CICFS will be the first of its kind in the Public Sector of Government of Kerala having wide container stacking yard, godown and office facilities for user agencies. The CICFS will be made operational when the Vallarpadam International Container Transshipment Terminal starts functioning.
The Kerala State Industrial Enterprises Ltd. has seven Departments namely,
(I) Department of Air Cargo Complexes
(II) Marketing Department
(III) Development/Engineering Department
(IV) Finance & Accounts/Internal Audit Department
(V) Human Resources/Administration Department
(VI) Kerala Soaps
(VII) Container Freight Station