Indian bosses are optimistic over mission

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INDIAN industry chiefs have revealed their hopes of setting up business opportunities in the North-East including Hartlepool.

The Hartlepool Mail told earlier this month how a delegation from the Indian Chemical Council (ICC) was coming to the North- East this week for a trade mission which includes an evening dinner on board HMS Trincomalee tomorrow.

Now top-level Indian officials have spoken out to say they had high hopes for the mission.

This week’s prestigious link-up has been organised by the ICC in conjunction with the North East Process Industry Cluster (NEPIC), and delegates are hoping it would lead to fresh business opportunities.

The director general of ICC, Mr H S Karangle, said: “We are delighted to be visiting this vibrant and important UK region for the chemical industry.

“We hope that this mission and those in future from the UK to India, will not only build on the NEPIC/ICC relationship, but bring future trade and investment opportunities to both countries.”

The dinner on board HMS Trincomalee will see ICC delegates and officials from the Indian Government Ministry welcomed.

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

The trip will also include a coach tour of major companies such as Hartlepool firm Huntsman, Fine Organics, Ineos, ConocoPhillips, Johnson Matthey, SABIC, and Sembcorp.

The Indian visit started yesterday when the party arrived at Newcastle International Airport.

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

NEPIC chief executive Dr Stan Higgins said: “The process sector is so important to the whole economy of the North-East and it is essential that industrialists work together to ensure the sector remains vibrant.

“It is only through reinvestment and by increasing trade that industry and the economy can be sustained.”

David Robinson, the chief executive of PD Ports which owns dockland in Hartlepool, said: “Promotion of the local infrastructure and industry to key industrialists, like those on this NEPIC/ICC Mission, is an important way of spreading the word about our capabilities.

“We can boast about our world class industry and also the differentiating collaborative approach achieved through NEPIC. It’s important that senior local industrialists get involved and further support this type of initiative by NEPIC and the local enterprise partnerships.”