"The best time of my life!"

Indian managers negotiate tangible cooperation with German firms after their stay

"The past four weeks have been the best time of my life!," So summed up Neelesh Chogule his participation in the "Fit for Partnership with Germany" manager training program of the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy. The head of the Indian technology company Creintors Teknosol from the city of Belgaum in the southwest region of the subcontinent, together with another 17 managers, completed training, company visits and business meetings with German companies at GICON® InTraBiD GmbH in Dresden for one month. Neelesh: "Cooperation with German companies is a springboard for me, my company and our industrial community in India."

Neelesh used the time particularly intensively and tackled seven meetings with predominantly Saxon companies in the field of wastewater treatment, including GICON - Großmann Ingenieur Consult GmbH. "Sewage sludge from our sewage treatment plants is simply disposed of, but here it is referred to as "brown gold", because it is used for energy generation in biogas plants," the manager said. He sees such innovations as a major competitive advantage to German companies, which his Indian colleagues want to profit from. Sebastian Otto, GICON Division Head for Facility Planning and Building Design, adds: "GICON has the technical know-how to advance the topic of bioenergy in combination with improved wastewater management in India. We have several years of experience in the development of new markets and have successfully erected biogas plants in several countries."

Bucking the current trend, Trushal Jethwa, from Mumbai, wants to sell high-quality photovoltaic solutions from Germany, including Solarwatt GmbH from Dresden and Calyxo GmbH, from Wolfen, in India. Piyali Mondal, on the other hand, is looking for a partner for hydropower plants in India and found the Bavarian company Krönauer Maschinenbau GmbH in Teisnach: "We had a very constructive meeting, which is to be continued this year with a reciprocal visit from the head of the company to India."


As part of the BMWi program entitled “Fit for Partnership with Germany”, more then 200 managers and executives from Egypt, Belarus, India, Kyrgyzstan, Mexico, Turkmenistan, Moldova, Mongolia, the Russian Federation and Ukraine have participated in training at GICON® InTraBiD GmbH since 2014. The program is coordinated by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), acting as general manager on behalf of BMWi, and is implemented throughout Germany at 13 training centers - including GICON® INTRABID.

Indian managers visiting the innovative tube producer Essel in Dresden