MTC innovation expertise showcased on UK trade mission to India
Date: Wednesday 9 November 2016
Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) operations director Paul Markwick is championing the MTC on a government-led trade mission to India this week.
UK Prime Minister Theresa May and international trade secretary Liam Fox lead the delegation on the UK Advanced Engineering & Manufacturing trade mission.
India’s manufacturing sector is predicted to be worth more than £0.5trillion by 2025 and the trade mission is exploring closer UK-India collaboration, promoting inward investment and forging new deals post-Brexit with the Asian powerhouse.
Markwick, one of a number of key UK speakers heading to the subcontinent, is showcasing the MTC’s capabilities, expertise and experience in developing cutting-edge innovation, its position as a centre of excellence and the role it is playing in inspiring Great British manufacturing on the global stage to leading figures in Indian industry.
The delegation arrived in India on November 6 and attended the India-UK Tech Summit in Delhi before heading to Pune, the epicentre of the Indian automotive industry and home of industrial giant Tata, and Bangalore, the silicon valley of India.
Markwick, who has considerable experience of working in India, is drawing on that as he promotes the MTC and its role in the future of UK manufacturing. He is part of a wider High Value Manufacturing Catapult (HVMC) representation which includes Dick Elsy, HVMC CEO and Alison Starr, executive director of strategy and business at the National Composites Centre.
“My aim this week is to improve the profile of the MTC and the HVMC in India,” said Markwick (pictured).
“The HVMC is supporting the mission and we’re part of the team aiming to increase interest from Indian industry to invest in the UK.
“I am presenting the MTC as a centre of excellence for manufacturing innovation and how this makes the UK, and the Midlands in particular, a superb place to invest in.
“The mission has a very thorough programme. There will be a manufacturing focussed workshop in which I’m presenting, a panel discussion and a number of B2B meetings and networking opportunities with leading figures in Indian manufacturing sectors.
“I have been to India on several occasions and there will be a number of people I already know such as Tata president Dr Tim Leverton. I am also culturally aware of how Indian business works, which is a great asset.”