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Chemicals and Pharmaceutical Ingredients and Services Trade Mission to India

14 - 22 February 2018

The Department for International Trade, in partnership with North East of England Process Industry Cluster (NEPIC), is offering a trade mission to India to promote the UK's chemicals and pharmaceutical ingredients and services sectors as a source of expertise and innovation. 

India’s chemicals industry reached $155-160bn in 2013 and forecasts from India’s Draft National Chemical Policy predicts it will reach $373bn by 2022. Alongside this, bilateral trade between India and the UK is growing at a rate of 30-40% a year, and investment is on a similarly strong upward trend. 

Join the mission to India to learn more about the market and its business opportunities. UK companies can expect to network and build relationships with senior representatives of organisations such as FICCI, KDPMA, ICC members and Tata Chemicals. Over the course of nine days, delegates will travel to three cities, visit India Pharm Expo, and take part in organised meetings and networking events.


Draft programme:

14 February - Travel from UK to Bangalore.

15 February - AM: Arrive in Bangalore, PM: Visit India Pharma Expo 2018.

16 & 17 February - India Pharma Expo and 1-2-1 meetings, networking events in conjunction with KDPMA/FICCI/DIT High Commission.

18 February - AM: 1-2-1 meetings with KDPMA, PM: Fly to Pune.

19 February - Day with Tata Chemicals Innovation and other invited companies.

20 February - AM: Travel to Mumbai, PM: informal networking with chemicals companies and ICC members.

21 February - Workshops with local chemical companies and ICC members, depart Mumbai early evening for airport.

22 February – Early morning return flight Mumbai to UK.

For those attending this trade mission, there is also the opportunity to join NEPIC at the 11th Annual Indian Chemical Council (ICC) Conference (27-28 February 2018). The topic for the 2018 Conference is ‘The Future – Energy, Mobility and Chemicals’ and will be held at Grand Hyatt Hotel Mumbai. This is an excellent opportunity to meet and network with over 300 key decision makers from the process chemical and pharmaceutical industries. Participants could either stay in India for the interim period, or return for the Conference.


Why take part

Why take part

A unique opportunity to learn about the Indian Market and its business conditions, while taking advantage of a network that has been built up over many years.

There is no participation fee for joining this mission.



Series of meetings, workshops and networking events in Bangalore, Pune and Mumbai with buyers and key stakeholders.



14-22 February 2018

Who should attend

Who should attend

UK companies across the chemicals and pharmaceutical ingredients and services sector, whether new or established exporters.