A MAJOR delegation of North-East companies is heading out on a trade mission to India - with Hartlepool MP Iain Wright joining them.
Mr Wright will be part of a 10-day trip, starting this weekend, to four key regions of India which are involved in chemical and pharmaceutical production.
They include Mumbai, Pune, Bangalor and Orissa, and the aim is to establish links and promote the North-East as a place for investment.
Mr Wright, the Shadow Industry Minister,will be there to promote the region’s capabilities to potential investors and capture key messages from industrialists to take to Parliament.
He said: “It is vital that local businesses think about exports to emerging markets throughout the world, and India is a good example of a vast and growing marketplace for British firms.”
Delegates from the North East Process Industry Cluster (NEPIC) will also be part of the mission, which they organised along with the UK Trade and Industry organisation.
Mr Wright said Tees Valley was “an attractive location for investment in the chemical, engineering and manufacturing sectors, and I want to ensure that Indian companies are aware as to how our area is open for business, investment and trade”.
In Pune, companies with new products will visit innovation centres run by Tata Corporation and Hikal.
In Bangalore, those with logistics and educational interests will meet with businesses operating in the Karnataka region’s special economic zone.
In Orissa, the Indian Government will give NEPIC’s engineering members a unique insight into the work they are offering at the next Special Economic Zone in India.
And in Mumbai, the delegation will attend the 7th Annual Chemical Indian Outlook Conference.
Organisations heading out on the mission, which starts this Saturday, include Tees Valley Unlimited, the North East Chamber of Commerce and UK Trade & Investment.