The Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) has travelled to India as part of a trade delegation to help boost UK-India business relations.
MTC operations director, Paul Markwick, is in India as part of a UK trade delegation championing the work of the centre. The delegation is led by Prime Minister Theresa May and Liam Fox, International Trade Secretary with the trade mission focusing on UK Advanced Engineering & Manufacturing.
It’s expected that by 2025, India’s manufacturing sector will be worth more than £500m and the trade mission is exploring closer collaboration between the UK and India. The mission aims at promoting inward investment as well as agreeing new deals with India post-Brexit.
Markwick is showcasing the MTC’s capabilities, experience and expertise in developing cutting-edge innovation. The MTC is also explaining its role as a centre of excellence and how it’s playing a part in helping UK manufacturing to take a prominent place on the global stage.
The delegation has expert speakers addressing leaders in Indian Industry, and arrived in India on November 6 before attending the India-UK Tech Summit in Delhi. After that, the delegation head to Pune – home of the Indian automotive industry and Tata – before travelling to Bangalore, known as the Silicon Valley of India.
Markwick is part of a wider High Value Manufacturing Catapult (HVMC) representation which includes Dick Elsy, HVMC CEO, and Alison Starr, executive director of strategy and business at the National Composites Centre.
He commented: “The mission has a very thorough programme. There will be a manufacturing focused workshop in which I’m presenting, a panel discussion and a number of B2B meetings and networking opportunities with leading figures in Indian manufacturing sectors.
“I have been to India on several occasions and there will be a number of people I already know such as Tata president Dr Tim Leverton. I am also culturally aware of how Indian business works, which is a great asset.”