India is the seventh largest country in the world. With over 1.2 billion inhabitants, it is the second most populated country on Earth. India sees its diversity as a unique selling point and has masterfully adjusted to international change. The small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in India drive in 8% of the its GDP, they employ more than 69 million people, and they produce more than 6,000 products – ranging from traditional products to high-tech components. The Steinbeis Centre for Technology Transfer India lends support to this by placing its focus on fostering knowledge and technology transfer in India.
India’s national manufacturing policy (NMP) was launched in 2011. Its aim is to raise the manufacturing share of GDP to 25% by 2022. In 2010, manufacturing only accounted for roughly 16% of GDP, while in other Asian countries it makes up at least 30% of GDP. Now the hopes are to create at least 100 million new jobs by 2022, while also improving international competitiveness, domestic added value, technological penetration, and the environmental friendliness of domestic growth.
To achieve this, Indian SMEs must improve in areas like quality, productivity, and market access by leveraging innovations and technologies introduced to business in order to gradually enhance products and services. This would allow them to achieve forward integration in the value chain and tap into new markets, which are looking for more variety. To this end, experts from the Steinbeis Centre for Technology Transfer India are on hand to lend support.
The Steinbeis Centre for Technology Transfer India was jointly founded in January 2009 by 2E Knowledge Ventures Pvt. Ltd. and Steinbeis. It offers its customers a variety of services:
The current projects conducted by the Steinbeis Centre for Technology Transfer India are very diverse. For example, the enterprise is currently working with select premium institutions in India, preparing training programs for innovation management at SMEs and technology brokering organizations. This project is supported by the GIZ, a German association for international collaboration. The Indian Steinbeis Enterprise also worked closely with Steinbeis Technology Transfer GmbH & Co. KG to submit offers for two large-scale projects, both of which are being funded by the World Bank through the Indian Ministry of Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises (MSME). These projects are related to modernizations in automotive, electronics, and technology centers and Steinbeis has the technical qualifications to tender for these projects. What’s more, the Steinbeis Centre for Technology Transfer India is working closely with IPEX Singapore on the transfer and commercial use of technologies in India. This project is being financed by the Asian Development Bank.
The Steinbeis partner enterprise was also involved in Humboldt University Berlin’s megacity project in Hyderabad. The German Federal Ministry for Research and Education supports sustainable megacities in many cities across the globe through this project. In addition, the Steinbeis team supported technology transfer from Germany to India related to photovoltaic power inverters. As part of this project, a joint venture was established between a German company (which owns the intellectual property rights for the solar-hybrid power inverters) and an Indian SME working in the field of photovoltaics.
Together with the European Business and Technology Centre (EBTC) – as part of a project funded by the European Commission and the Union of European Chambers of Commerce and Industry (UECC) – a report was published on Holistic Mobility Solutions for Indian Cities along with a Compendium for Technology Transfer with Case Studies from Europe to India. More than 50 training programs have been carried out in cooperation with the experts at the Steinbeis Centre for Technology Transfer India in India and Germany – all of which were in various technology areas including: photovoltaic technology, surface coatings, molding technology, production, machine design, automotive project planning, industrial sensors, and technology transfer management.
Vineet Kumar Goyal is director of the Steinbeis Centre for Technology Transfer India and offers Indian companies technology consulting, technology transfer, applied research and development, and the development of training courses and continuing professional development programs.