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Trade mission to India is underway

Managers from nearly 30 companies in Northern Ireland are taking part in a trade mission to India this week.

Representatives from Queen’s and the University of Ulster are also taking part in the mission, one of the biggest to India to be arranged by Invest NI.

The delegates will explore business opportunities in Delhi and Mumbai, and travel to other commercial centres such as Bangalore and Chennai. Eleven of the companies are visiting India for the first time, while others have already forged business links.

These include Delta Print and Packaging, a west Belfast manufacturer of folded cartons, Denman International, a Bangor specialist in hairbrushes, PWS Ireland of Newry, Randox Laboratories of Crumlin and SRS of Ballygawley, a supplier of blockmaking machinery.

Telestack International in Omagh has also provided machinery to India’s iron ore mining industry and Schrader Electronics in Antrim provides its remote tyre pressure monitoring system to an Indian automotive corporation. Queen’s University and the University of Ulster are hoping to extend links with institutions in India, including the Bengal Engineering and Science University in Calcutta, the National Institute of Immunology in New Delhi and the University of Madras in Chennai.

Dr Vicky Kell, Invest NI trade director, said: “The size of this mission shows India is continuing to attract the interest of companies across a range of business sectors here. What is particularly encouraging about this mission is the support it has attracted from companies offering professional services in building, project management and the law. There’s strong representation from architectural practices seeking to benefit from the extensive infrastructural investment now underway throughout India. I am confident they have the expertise to win business in India, but they need to be patient and to invest time and resources.

“Several local companies offering screening and recycling |machinery are already established in the market and their success has encouraged others to explore opportunities there.

“All the participating companies have been able to take advantage of the advice and strongly practical support provided by our staff in Mumbai and their team of business advisers.”