Present Moradabad city was established as the head office of Chaupala Pargana during Emperor AKBAR ‘s regime. In 1624, Rustom Khan, the governor of Sambhal, captured it and set up a fort at this place and named it as Rustom Nagar. Later on it was named as MORADABAD after the name of SHAHJAHAN ‘s son MURAD BUX and this name still persists. Physical development of the city was started after the construction of JAMA MASJID by Rustom Khan in 1632. Moradabad is renowned for brass work and has carved a niche for itself in the handicraft industry through out the world. The modern, attractive, and artistic brass ware, jewelry and trophies made by skilled artisans are the main crafts. The attractive brass ware are exported to countries like USA, Britain, Canada, Germany and Middle East Asia. There are about 600 export units and 5000 industries in this district of Uttar Pradesh, INDIA. Moradabad exports goods worth Rs. 2200 Crores every year.
Recently other products like Iron Sheet Metalwares, Aluminium Artworks and Glassware's have also been included as per need of the foreign Buyers. Mentha is also exported in several crores from Moradabad. These products are very popular in foreign market and are being exported in thousand of crores every year. Due to increase of exports and popularity in foreign specially in Europe, America, Italy and other countries, a large No. of exporters are establishing their units and started their export. Out of the seven industrial corridors declared by the State Govt. in Industrial Policy 1999-2002, Moradabad is one of them.
Apart from brass, there are other handicraft industries in Moradabad.
Animal bone and Horn Industry, in this industry following items are prepared –
Jewelry made out of bones and horns. Kitchen ware Combs Wooden sticks etc.