Dominic McAllister, British Deputy High Commissioner, Bengaluru
Nurturing the Bond
Dominic McAllister, British Deputy High Commissioner, Bengaluru, brings into focus new initiatives for strengthening the enduring relationship between the UK and India and getting the best out of the ‘unbeatable combination’
As India is looking to nurture, incubate, fund, commercialise and scale innovations, significant partnership opportunities are being opened up in a big way for Indian and UK companies, said Dominic McAllister, British Deputy High Commissioner, Bengaluru. He was speaking at the third edition of the Aerospace and Defence Manufacturing Show (ADMS), held recently in Bengaluru.
India is moving from a model in which foreign technologies are adapted and manufactured here, to a scenario where technologies are developed in-country as part of the ‘Make in India’ initiative. But India is still at a growing stage. In this context, we need to look at ways to further strengthen the enduring relationship between the UK and India.
In 2016 UK Trade and Investment will be launching its Global Engineering Technologies (GET) Together campaign of which aerospace is a major component. The campaign will focus on ‘Growing Aerospace Together’ in sales, supply chain, training, and maintenance repair and overhaul (MRO).
In February UK Trade and Investment linked up with the Indian ACMA (Automotive Components Manufacturers’ Association) to take a delegation of 18 Indian companies to various centres of engineering excellence in the UK.
This visit generated a lot of interest from both sides and several discussions are ongoing.
McAllister spoke about the plans to showcase UK aerospace expertise at the CII Tech Summit in November in New Delhi, and a range of engagement activities for the Aero India show in Bengaluru early next year. Among the recent collaborations, he pointed out the India-UK focused engagement at the Farnborough International Air Show through their partners ADS and UKIBC.
Why collaborate with the UK? Britain’s economy is fifth largest in the world, and we are well placed to face the future. The UK is the third largest investor in India, while India invests more in the UK than the rest of the European Union combined. The UK has a world class aerospace and defence supply chain involving about 3,000 companies and is the largest in Europe and second only to the US globally. Half the world’s modern large aircraft fly on Airbus wings designed and manufactured in UK. India and the UK already work together on supply chain collaboration (mainly in aerospace), low carbon automotive technologies and a range of manufacturing technologies including automation and robotics. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that the UK and India are “an unbeatable combination.” At the Deputy High Commission we are tasked with delivering this partnership, but we don’t do this alone. Our successes are built through working with you, McAllister said.
While thanking SIATI for the opportunity to address this major conference for the aero and defence sector, in which speakers were to explore how new thinking in technology will ensure more efficient and effective processes and the importance of manufacturing and design, the Deputy High Commissioner cited the presentation to be made by Kishore Jayaraman, Country Head of Rolls-Royce, about how Rolls-Royce and the UK are at the forefront of cutting-edge aerospace technologies.