The delegation trip had been organized by the European Ceramic Technology Suppliers’ Working Group (ECTS) in the VDMA. The group had been invited by the Indian conference organizers, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), the “Punjab State Council for Science and Technology” and the “Brick Fraternity of Uttar Pradesh”. Aim of the European manufacturers was to acquaint representatives from the Indian heavy clay sector with modern technologies that can facilitate lower cost, faster, and more environmentally friendly manufacture of bricks with improved quality.
Besides the presentations at the two conferences, the programme included a meeting with high-profile representatives of TERI. TERI is a foundation of the Tata family and serves several sectors of Indian industry and society as a whole. For more than fifteen years, it has also been active for the clay brick and tile industry, organizing awareness programmes to promote energy-efficient production and establishing training centres in different regions of India. ECTS and TERI agreed on closer co-operation. As the Indian brick industry is just starting with modernization, there is great potential for the future here.
During the two conferences, representatives from Bangladesh, Nepal and Vietnam also sought information from the European manufacturers. In their countries they are working within the framework of a United Nations programme intended to improve industry and public awareness of energy efficiency in emerging industrial nations.
The ECTS deflates came from Belgium, Germany, Greece, the Netherlands and Spain. Their feedback on this ECTS group activity was extremely positive.