TWI was delighted to be invited to participate in a series of technical and commercial workshops, held late last year in India, by UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) and the UK Science and Innovation Network.
These events, held as part of UK-India Manufacturing Week, were part of a growing strategic interaction between the UK and India, aimed at increasing business and promoting manufacturing opportunities between the countries.
This relationship is already strong and growing, with the UK being India's largest G20 investor and employer. UK companies currently employ around 691,000 people across India, five-and-a-half per cent of total organised private sector jobs in the country. Similarly, India, which now has the world's third-largest economy, is also the third-largest source of foreign direct investment into the UK. There are now more than 800 Indian-owned businesses in the UK, employing more than 110,000 people.
Two main workshops were held in in Pune and Bengaluru, with the industry sector themes being advanced manufacturing technologies in the automotive and aerospace sectors respectively.
TWI Corporate Sector Manager Chris Wiseman shared platforms with presenters from Indian and UK organisations representing industry, research and technology organisations and academia. These included Indian companies TATA Technologies, TACO, Mahindra, Rolls-Royce (India) and National Aerospace Laboratories. UK presenters included Cranfield University, Airbus, IET, AMRC, NCN, Delcam, and Renishaw.
Chris presented overviews of TWI and NSIRC, highlighting key technical capabilities and activities in materials joining, surface engineering and inspection.
Both workshops were very well attended with over 100 delegates at each location contributing to rewarding discussions ranging from light-weighting, structural integrity and productivity, to digital manufacturing, and recyclability. The event in Bengaluru was enhanced by Pablo Garcia, of Airbus, who gave fascinating insights into 'How to build a civilian aeroplane', when he delivered the Annual Lord Austin Lecture, sponsored by IET.
In the weeks since these events, TWI has received a number of related technical enquiries from delegates which are now being followed up.
TWI values its established working relationship with UKTI, with whom it has an excellent track record of developing potential for new opportunities in a number of key overseas markets. India is an increasingly important part of this success.
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