Visit of the trade mission from Wisconsin Economic Corporation

January 2, 2017 | Suresh Ghorpade

Wisconsin has some of the most diverse offerings for manufacturers and products in the United States.  As one of leading manufacturing states in the U.S., Wisconsin is strong in aerospace manufacturing; bio science; energy, power and control; food and beverage, and water technology, as well as advanced manufacturing more broadly.


WEDC leads economic development efforts for the State of Wisconsin, including identifying and fostering mutually beneficial global business opportunities with


targeted international markets, nurturing business growth and job creation in Wisconsin. WEDC’s International Business Development Division aims to elevate Wisconsin’s economy by increasing Wisconsin exports, increasing foreign investment and expanding export assistance capacity in the state of Wisconsin.


WEDC’s market development directors help clients in foreign markets source Wisconsin products to fulfill their critical development needs. WEDC also helps to identify promising opportunities for international investors interested in proven and emerging products and services provided by Wisconsin companies.


The purpose of the interactive meeting is to give them an overview of the economic and investment friendly scenario of the State of Maharashtra and how the State is a numerous preference for investments and business.  The official of the WEDC expressed their desire to work jointly with MEDC in fostering efforts.


After formal welcome and brief about MEDC by Cdr. Dipak Naik, President, MEDC pointed out various business opportunities Wisconsin and India in general and Maharashtra in particular and possible collaboration with business houses in Wisconsin.  Mostly in agriculture, solar Energy, food processing industries and educational sector also. 


While interactive session following participants expressed their views:


Mr. Mark Hogan, CEO & Secretary of WEDC made a brief presentation on ‘Business Opportunities in Wisconsin and possible guidance from WEDC.  He appreciated Indian Market Trend and ‘Make in India’ concept.,


Ms. Katy Sinnott , Vice-President, WEDC explain sector wise business opportunities in Wisconsin including, aerospace manufacturing; bioscience; energy, power and control; food and beverage, education and water technology. The business environment for FDI, Export in Wisconsin was very friendly and healthy she added.   


Mr. Kay Kong,  Market Development Director – Asia, International Business Development of WEDC explained the ‘Business Opportunities in IT-BT Industries in Wisconsin more than 16000 employees are working in IT sector. EPIC System is the major IT company operational from Wisconsin,


Mr. Vikaran Kohali, Head-India Operation, WEDC will provide all possible help to Indian businessman those want to make investment and business collaboration in Wisconsin. 


We will difinately co-ordinate and mention about opportunities to do business with Wisconsin, with our members industries said  Cdr. Dipak Naik.


Mr. Arun Hardikar brief about Indian Pharm Industry, Defense Expo organize in India, India Export commodities and trade, successful companies in Wisconsin.  He was described the Manufacturing sector under Make in India concept where company will get 100% FDI.  He also elaborated the Indian Packaging Industry.


Mr. Anil Gachke, Member, MEDC Governing Board said that it is possibility in Bilateral Exchange with Wisconsin possible joint venture in  Solar Power Generation, tie up as India is best in manufacturing Solar panels, etc., Wafer Manufacturing (either in Silicon & CTD), Raw material is available in India , Semi processing base in India, Water technology, Education Exchange Programme


Mr. Chandrakant Sadadekar, Member, MEDC Governing Board suggested that we can make joint venture with Wisconsin’s company for ‘Portable water from sea water’ , Together we can create a base line of  water management at economical rate


Prof. B.N. Lad, Director suggested that we will conduct Joint research project & Student Exchange Programme (SEP) with Chicago.


Apart from these eminent participants the  meeting was attended by

Dr. P. Sekhar, Chairman of Micro Foundation,  

Mr. Mehul Shah, Onlookar Press,

Ms. Sonali Jakatdar, GM,

Mr. Suresh Ghorpade, DGM,

Ms. Pooja kalamkar, from MEDC,

Mrs. Meenal Mohadikar, Vice-President expressed the vote of thanks.


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