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Relations strengthened between India and Cardiff

21 Mawrth 2008

MEC Indian company visit

A delegation of six Indian companies have seen how expertise at Cardiff’s Manufacturing Engineering Centre is leading the way in developing new technologies for industry worldwide.

As part of a Wales-wide visit supported by International Business Wales Objective 1 funded programme Export Assist, the representatives from automotive engineering companies in Jamshedpur, India, visited the world-leading centre to witness first-hand the engineering excellence available in Wales.

The delegates were shown the Centre’s Electro-Discharge Machining, which uses electrical sparks to create very small structures. It has been involved in creating a tiny die for the world’s most advanced fly-fishing line, now breaking into markets in Japan, Scandinavia and North America.

MicroBridge Services Ltd at MEC was also showcased, providing the opportunity to witness recent nanotechnology work, including the world first moth eye lens which exhibits features of 100 nanometers (billionths of a meter). The mould was made using the Centre’s Focussed Ion Beam machine and then lenses were manufactured using the Nano-Imprint Lithography machine.

As well as hearing about the University’s links with academia in India via the Development and Alumni team, the delegates were also briefed on MEC’s work since its inception in 1996, with industry, providing advanced research and development support for business throughout Wales and beyond.

Cardiff University already has strong links in India. The School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies has a high reputation in the subcontinent, with its MA in International Journalism proving very popular with Indian journalism students. Large numbers of Indian students are enrolled on business, law and engineering courses and there is an active Indian Student Society. The School also has a close relationship with the Asian College of Journalism, Chennai, one of India's leading media schools. The University has collaborative programmes with many other leading Indian universities including IIM Calcutta and the Indian Institute of Science Bangalore.

Export Assist helps Welsh businesses trade overseas, and also raises general awareness of Wales in overseas markets.