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Trade mission coming to India

A mix of 24 big, medium and small high technology companies dealing in nuclear energy, aviation and defense products will be accompanying US secretary of commerce Gary Locke’s trade mission to India in February.

world Updated: Jan 15, 2011 01:29 IST
Yashwant Raj

A mix of 24 big, medium and small high technology companies dealing in nuclear energy, aviation and defense products will be accompanying US secretary of commerce Gary Locke’s trade mission to India in February.

“(The mission will) highlight export opportunities for U.S. businesses in the advanced industrial sectors, of civil-nuclear trade, defense and security, civil aviation, and information and communication technologies,” said the US department of commerce in a statement Friday.

The big ones include Boeing and Lockheed Martin, who are competing for the 126 combat aircraft the IAF is planning to purchase, and GE and Westinghouse, who are interested in setting up nuclear plants in India. Some of the companies in the mission manufacture products for both civilian and military uses, and were earlier barred from trading with India because of US controls.

The trade mission was announced by Locke during his visit to India last November with President Barack Obama. The composition of the mission was announced on Friday picking 24 companies from the 70 that applied.

A department of commerce official told Hindustan Times there was a huge interest in the mission to India, given the business opportunities there. The mission, which will include US Exim Bank officials, will be in Indian from February 6 to 11 and will visit Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore.

“The business leaders joining me on this mission see the great potential to sell their goods and services to India, helping drive innovation and create jobs in both countries,” said Locke according to the statement.

Here is the list of companies coming: ABSi Corporation, aero Controls, Curtiss-Wright Flow Control, Exelon Nuclear Partners, FLIR Systems, Fluidic Energy, GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy, Intuit Inc., Kent Displays, Kulite Semiconductor Products, Lockheed Martin Corporation, nLIGHT Corporation, North Star Aerospace, NuScale Power, Oshkosh Corporation, Palantir Technologies, Pelican Products, Rajant Corporation, Rapiscan Systems Inc., The Boeing Company, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Transco Products, VeriSign and Westinghouse Electric Company LLC.