Short Takes

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Short Takes

Denmark keen to Make in India The government of Denmark has embarked on a number of steps to be ahead of the curve in doing business with India. Danish firms like Danfoss, Grunfdfoss, sRamboll, Novo Nordisk and Novozymes are all keen to benefit from the Narendra Modi led government's Make in India initiative. Danfoss and Carlsberg already have a base in India, while others are in the process of setting up. Indian ambassador to Denmark Rajeev Shahare pointed out that the Danish Confederation of Industries has an office in Mumbai; the Danish Trade Council has a strong representative office in Bangalore; and Asia House in Copenhagen has commissioned a study on how to effectively participate in the Smart Cities project in India. He said: “One company is setting up a unit in Hyderabad for manufacturing of ocean cleaning pumps and equipment; another consulting company is exploring Mumbai for its regional office.” Denmark feels setting up production facilities in India would bring advantages such as low cost of production, availability of technical and English speaking manpower, and a compatible working environment. India, on the other hand, could benefit from the best practices in areas like health services, food technology, dairy management, agro services, solid waste management and waste water management from its partnership with Denmark. Russian power eyes assembly in India Russian atomic power corporation Rosatom has expressed an interest in the Make in India programme with the possibility of assembling of fuel rods and control system components in the country. India and Russia have already struck a joint venture in the nuclear power plant at Kudankulam, which has two of its reactors up and running while four more are in the pipeline. The two countries also plan to build 12 more reactors in the next two decades. Oleg A. Grigoryev, vice-president of TVEL, Rosatom's fuel company, said: “The fuel rods can be assembled in India using the fuel pellets we supply. We have already developed and signed a roadmap with schedule and specification of what has to be done, but much depends on the number of units.” Rusatom Automated Control Systems (RASU), the official business integrator of comprehensive industrial automation solutions provided by Rosatom for the international market, said the components can be produced in India for use by Russia and for exports. RASU director Andry Butko added: “Currently India and Russia have a programme for localisation of components of nuclear power plants. There is an intergovernmental agreement on localisation and we are ready to become a part of it with our systems as well.” Spain's Antolin plans India plant Grupo Antolin, a leading European car parts producer, recently opened a production facility in Sanand (Gujarat). The state, which is fast emerging as a manufacturing hub for global auto giants, will become a base for the Spanish firm to manufacture vehicle sunvisors, overhead systems and interior plastic parts. Antolin said its Sanand facility will be equipped with the latest production technology, will employ 130 workers and initially supply global automakers Ford and India-based Tata Motors. Grupo Antolin is one of the largest players in the car interiors market internationally and the leading supplier of headliner substrates. Antolin has been present in India since 1996 and already runs five factories, two “just in time” centers and a technical sales office.

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