Hartlepool to host Indian delegates

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INDIAN businessmen are on their way to Hartlepool as part of an ambitious Tees Valley bid to bring in more trade.

The historic ship HMS Trincomalee will host an evening dinner next month where delegates from the Indian Chemical Council (ICC), plus officials from the Indian Government Ministry, will be welcomed.

The event on Thursday, September 1, will also include Teesside’s industry leaders, local MPs and dignitaries.

Today, officials at the North East Process Industry Cluster (NEPIC) – which has organised the Indian Mission – told of their hopes for the major visit which will also include a coach tour of major companies such as Hartlepool firm Huntsman, Fine Organics, Ineos, ConocoPhillips, Johnson Matthey, SABIC, and Sembcorp.

NEPIC chief executive Dr Stan Higgins said: “Many Indian chemical companies are now significant global players and expanding into Europe. We want them to come to the UK to establish European business bases especially here within the NEPIC family, where we have the infrastructure, skills and commitment to these sectors that will make any investment a success.”

The Indian visit starts on Tuesday, August 30, when the party arrives at Newcastle International Airport.

They will also meet officials from Tees Valley Unlimited, the organisation responsible for heading the regeneration of areas including Hartlepool.

Dr Higgins added: “NEPIC has fostered relationships with the Indian Chemical Industry for many years and are seen by the ICC and its members as partners. We have Memorandum of Understanding’s (MOUs) in place with ICC and a number of chemical industry clusters in India.

“I am pleased to say more companies from our region are realising the opportunities that are available to them on the sub continent where the economy is still growing at over 10 per cent per annum.”

Ten Indian companies will be represented on the trip which will also include an evening dinner at Wynyard Hall with NEPIC representatives on Friday, September 2.

Indian officials say they are visiting North East England to study its process industry and to identify potential trade and investment opportunities.