Eighteen companies and representatives from the University of Ulster are taking part in an Invest Northern Ireland backed business delegation to India from 20-27 September. The mission is the third Invest NI supported visit to India this year.
The current mission is centred on Kolkata and Mumbai, two of India’s leading business and industrial centres, and includes nine companies visiting the subcontinent for the first time with Invest NI.
Previous visits were in April; during an Invest NI mission led by Secretary of State Peter Hain, and also in January when a group of local companies were assisted by Invest NI to take part in the Enterprise Ireland visit led by Bertie Ahern, the Irish Prime Minister.
Leading the current delegation is Lord Diljit Rana, the Belfast businessman who is also Honorary Consul for India in Northern Ireland and senior vice president of the Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Taking part on an Invest NI mission to India for the first time are Adamsez, Dundonald, Andor Technology, Belfast; Cordia Technologies, also Belfast; Mentas, Crawfordsburn, Road Tanker Spares, Glenanne; Rubber and Plastics International, Belfast; Telestack International, Cookstown; Todd Chart Agency, Bangor; and Toughglass, Kilkeel.
The delegation also includes representatives from the University of Ulster’s International Office and Faculty of Social Sciences. The university is developing a network of partnerships with higher education institutions in India.
Five companies – Cordia Technologies, Mentas, Road Tanker Spares, Rubber and Plastics International and Todd Chart Agency – are also newcomers to the trade mission programme.
Commenting on the delegation, Lord Rana said: “It’s immensely encouraging to see so many newcomers to India in this delegation. Clearly Invest NI’s campaign to encourage many more Northern Ireland companies to explore the huge business opportunities, that India now offers most industry sectors, is bearing fruit.
“I am confident that all the companies taking part in this mission will find worthwhile opportunities in India in terms of trade and strategic partnerships. It is a very dynamic marketplace of over one billion people and in which UK companies are widely respected for the quality of the products and services,” he adds.
Alan Hingston, Invest NI’s Trade Director, says “Several companies on the current mission already have developed significant business in India, including CDE Ireland, which has won a series of substantial contracts. RutledgeJoblink has set up a network of centres in Mumbai, Cochin and Hyderabad to train staff for hotels in India and Dubai. Mivan is a market leading contractor engaged in housing projects in centres such as Mumbai.
“Relay Business Systems has formed a joint venture company in Mumbai and Randox Laboratories employs around 100 people in marketing and supporting its diagnostic systems throughout India. As a result of our trade mission programme, Northern Ireland companies are now positioned to benefit from one of the world’s most dynamic marketplaces.”