CADCAM developer Delcam has been chosen as one of five UK companies to take part in an advanced manufacturing delegation to India later this month. The delegation will be lead by Vince Cable, the UK Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, while the other companies to be included will be Agusta Westland, BAE Systems, Intelligent Energy and Rolls Royce.
"I am very pleased that Delcam have been able to join us on this important trade mission,” said the Secretary of State. "The UK’s ICT sector is the biggest in Europe and India’s ICT sector is one of the most exciting in the world. I hope that this mission will help Delcam forge partnerships for the future and act as an example to other UK firms to follow in their footsteps.”
The main meeting of the visit will be the re-launch of the UK/India Joint Economic & Trade Committee (JETCO) Advanced Manufacturing Sub-Group in New Delhi on 19th January. JETCO is the bilateral Government to Government mechanism through which the UK and Indian Governments discuss commercial issues, including key business environment drivers such as Government policy, market access and technology development. The Advanced Manufacturing Sub-Group meeting will focus on ways to build and manage the relationship between the countries’ manufacturing industries more effectively.
The UK has been working with the Indian manufacturing sector for many years, with active engagement with India on advanced engineering, in particular in the aerospace and automotive sectors, having increased over the past two years. The UK’s profile in the country was raised considerably with the Prime Minister’s visit to India in July 2010.
Delcam’s CADCAM business in India has expanded significantly since the establishment of a wholly-owned subsidiary in the country in 2000. In the intervening ten years, Delcam India has grown from its initial staff of three to more than 125 employees. The company is based in new, purpose-built headquarters in Pune that cost around $1 million when they were constructed in 2006. Delcam India also operates 14 regional offices spread across the country, to support a growing customer base of over 1,400 customers.
Asian Business Development Manager Sandy Moffat will represent Delcam at the JETCO meeting. He commented, "I am both pleased and honoured to be able to represent the UK’s advanced manufacturing industry at such a high-profile event. Our success in India has shown that it is possible for British companies to do business in the country. In particular, we see growing opportunities from the continued development of the local supply chains to the aerospace and automotive industries.”