PORTS chiefs said the visit of Indian delegates as a chance to spread the word about the Tees Valley to the rest of the world.
PD Ports, owners of dockland, in Hartlepool, welcomed a delegation from the Indian Chemical Council (ICC) as part of its drive to encourage investment in Teesside.
Senior Indian industry delegates from the ICC, the national body representing the interests of the chemical industry in India, visited factories and educational establishments in the North-East. They were given a tour of Teesport and met senior port personnel.
PD Ports chief executive David Robinson said: “We have always look for opportunities to build business opportunities in the region and we have strong long-term links with the chemical sector.
“Despite tough economic times, every effort is being made to bring business to the North-East and the port remains a major pull factor.”
Mr Robinson added: “As well as talking to them about the potential trade and investment opportunities for the chemical industry, we wanted to ensure they will want to pass on the positive messages about the region through their extensive business networks.
“This is a great opportunity for PD Ports to work with other North-East companies to promote business ideas.”