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Danish companies keen to take part in Make in India

Indian ambasssador to Copenhagen Rajeev Shahare said Denmark has embarked on a number of steps to be ahead of the curve in doing business with India

Denmark-based companies such as Danfoss, Grunfdfoss, sRamboll, Novo Nordisk and Novozymes are eyeing the benefits of Narendra Modi’s Make-in-India programme to set up their base in the country.

Indian ambasssador to Copenhagen Rajeev Shahare said Denmark has embarked on a number of steps to be ahead of the curve in doing business with India. “The Danish Confederation of Industries (DI) has an office in Mumbai; the Danish Trade Council (part of its Ministry of Foreign Office) has a strong representative office in Bangalore; Asia House in Copenhagen has commissioned a study on how to effectively participate in the Smart Cities project in India,” the ambassador told FE.

While many big companies like Danfoss and Carlsberg already have their units, some others are in the process of doing so. “One company is setting up a unit in Hyderabad for manufacturing of ocean cleaning pumps and equipment; another consulting company is exploring Mumbai for its regional office,” he said.

The Scandinavian country is keen on setting up production facilities in India taking advantage of India’s low cost of production, availability of technical and English speaking manpower and a compatible working environment, he added.

India can also partner Denmark and learn from its best practices in areas like health services, food technology, dairy management, agro services, solid waste management and waste water management.

There are around 125 Danish companies in India and probably all top companies have a strong presence — the shipping giant Maersk (AP Moller) which also developed the Pipavav port and is now looking for investments in ports on the eastern coast; Danfoss, Grunfdfoss, Ramboll, leading pharma company Novo Nordisk etc. The Danish companies operating in India are directly or indirectly providing around two lakh jobs to locals here.

According to Statistics Denmark, the Danish FDI in India was $854 million in 2014, $731 million in 2013 compared to $931 million in 2012 (up from $877 million in 2011). Major Danish investments in India have been made in sectors such as manufacturing, trade and transport, financial and business services.

On the other hand, the Indian investment in Denmark were $71 million in 2014, $89 million in 2013 compared to $103 million in 2012 (up from $112 million in 2011) (Source: Statistics Denmark). Around 30 Indian companies have a presence in Denmark. Of them, 24 are IT companies, two belong to life sciences field and four are diversified mainly in the renewable space.

There are some major success stories of companies from Denmark that need to be highlighted. “The largest Danish bank- Danske Bank has all its back end operations in India; the entire Kommune (municipal) operations of KMD are handled by an Indian software company,” according to Shahare.

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