PD Ports has welcomed a delegation from the Indian Chemical Council (ICC) as part of its drive to encourage investment in the Teesside area.
Senior Indian industry delegates from the ICC, which is national body representing the interests of the chemical industry in India, visited factories and educational establishments in the North East before arriving at Teesport on 2 September for a guided tour of the facilities and to meet senior port personnel.
David Robinson, CEO, PD Ports, welcomed the opportunity to demonstrate the group’s range of facilities, the expertise and experience of its workforce and its close ties with both private industry and the public sector.
Mr Robinson says: “We have always been very proactive in seeking opportunities to build business opportunities in the region and we have strong long-term links with the chemical sector.
“Despite tough economic times, every effort is being made to bring business to the North East, and the port remains a major pull factor as a key infrastructure asset.”
He adds: “As well as talking to them about the potential trade and investment opportunities for the chemical industry, we wanted to ensure they will want to, in a more general sense, pass on the positive messages about the region through their extensive business networks.
“This is a great opportunity for PD Ports to work together with other North East companies to promote business ideas and encourage investment within the region.”
The visit was organised by PD Ports and the North East of England Process Industry Cluster (NEPIC), which has become a unified voice for the significant percentage of the UK’s chemical, petrochemical, specialty chemical, pharmaceutical, polymer and biotechnology industries which are based in the region.
PD Ports Limited is owned by Canadian based Brookfield. Brookfield is a global asset manager focused on property, renewable power and infrastructure assets, with over $100 billion of assets under management. PD Ports was bought by Brookfield in November 2009.
PD Ports is a high performing specialist ports business offering a wide variety of supply chain services to improve customers’ international product and material movements into and out of – as well as within – the UK.
PD Ports employs over 1200 members of staff, and generates an annual turnover of over £115 million from many UK locations.