AIMO was founded by Bharat Ratna Sir. M. Visvesvaraya over 75 years ago. The Organisation has established itself as a body committed to Industrial progress with the motto "Prosperity through Industry". It has been recognized by Government as an apex Organisation of industry and given representation on most of the policy making bodies of the Central and State Governments. The Tamil Nadu State Board continues to be represented on number of Government / Quasi Government Bodies viz.
STRUCTURE : Members of AIMO are drawn from Small, Medium and Large scale industries from all over the country with diverse interests such as engineering, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, food processing and services. With headquarters in Mumbai, AIMO has State/Regional level boards elected annually, supported by Secretariats at headquarters and State Boards. The Tamil Nadu State Board operates from Chennai.
AIMO has been instrumental in creating an environment for co-operation between Government and Industry, in promoting and co-coordinating industrial and economic growth, and has worked for servicing trade and industry and the community. In order to effectively represent industry, AIMO actively participates in over 150 National and State level Government and quasi Government bodies.
OPERATION : Over 20 Councils/Committees with experienced senior executives of member companies study and analyze various legislative and other matters of concern to industry and provide expert guidance to the National Working Committee of AIMO. Periodic workshops/training programme are organized to help members keep abreast of developments in industry. Particular stress is made of the significant role of the small industry in national development. AIMO has been focusing attention on several areas to avoid sickness in industry.
TNSB has been in the forefront of the Organisation's growth. Apart from acting as industry-representative, TNSB has established a continuing interaction with major institutions such as the Anna University. Through its Industrial Research & Development Trust, TNSB has instituted a number of awards and endowments at the University. The Trust has extended financial assistance through interest free loans to students undergoing engineering education. The Trust pioneered the concept of Ideal Home Exhibition as a marketing support for manufacturers of domestic goods and services. This exhibition is now being organized in different mofussil centers. Tamil Nadu State Board and its I R & D Trust had a significant role in major industrial expositions. INDEXPO'91 held during June 1991 along with the Directorate of Industries and Commerce and Tamil Small & Tiny Industries Association was a landmark in creating awareness of the industrial potential in the State. In 1993 and 1994 an ENTREPRENEUR FESTIVAL was held to provide complete guidance to prospective entrepreneurs. AIMO (TNSB) had a major role in an industrial exposition, viz; TECH-200 conducted in April, 1994 to commemorate the Bi-centenary of College of Engineering, Guindy, Chennai. A food processing exhibition and seminar were conducted in June 2001 called FOODTECH 2001. Recently, AIMO has taken the initiative of starting a programme to incubate Rural Innovations. The enormous knowledge in Rural India will be 'incubated' and converted into commercial reality.