17th November, 2015. London, UK. PM Narendra Modi, in keeping with the format, addressed the Indian dispora of the United Kingdom to a packed Wembley Stadium. It is clear that no other Indian Prime Minister has ever represented the Indian nation from a cultural and political standpoint to the world. Our knowledge and interest on the visit was based on the societal benefit of having additional markets to supply, to collaborate with and bring even further economies of scale to the increase in electronic manufacturing.
(Jay Shah, Friends of India and Bikal partner, second from the right).
Bikal has been to India on three occasions in 2015 sparked by a February UKTI trade mission that took place. This highly concentrated 4 days, attending IESA (India Electronic & Semi-conductor Association) and ELCINA annual events in Bangalore and Chennai respectively, reinforced the emerging market opportunity but also gave the team the detail in where the opportunities lie. Having been long term partners with Chinese product and component manufacturers Bikal has been researching how to partner with other factories around the world. The timing of this mission, the Make in India campaign (to promote manufacturing in India and reduce imports) and then Modi’s visit to the UK have contributed to our set up of our manufacturing partners in the UK.