On 25 January 2023, the IGC held its second instalment of its Indo-German Business Talk Webinar series which focused on the topic of sustainable mobility and initiatives from India and Germany, both individually and collaboratively.
About the Indo-German Business Talk
The Indo-German Business Talk is an online Webinar that addresses timely business topics between the two countries. The Webinar will take place monthly and participation for panel and audience members is free.
India and Germany – A Greener Automotive Industry
With the introduction of green hydrogen, societal and population changes and a growing emphasis on digitalisation, the topic of sustainability mobility plays a crucial role in how automotive manufacturers move forward to cater for their changing markets and global trends.
Joining IGC Deputy Chairman, Matthias Catón, on the panel Rajesh Nath, Managing Director of VDMA India, Marius Ochel, Head of Cluster International Association Partnerships Africa and India of VDA and Alena Glanz, PhD Candidate at RWTH Aachen and Frankfurt School Alum combined their expertise and experiences to discuss the initiatives we see developing today.
Highlighted topics of discussion included: India’s role as a manufacturer and consumer market in the automotive industry; digital transformation and green mobility, societal and population trends; how the start-up culture is changing the industry; and the history and co-operation between Indo-German relations in making mobility more sustainable and attractive to their relative consumers.
Germany had a late entrance into the Indian market but now the major brands are present and assembling in the Indian market; they have also customised their production designs to cater to the Indian market.Rajesh Nath, Managing Director VDMA India
There are basic challenges as we move towards greener mobility – how do we implement the needed infrastructure to cater for sustainability mobility schemes?Alena Glanz, PhD Candidate at RWTH Aachen and Frankfurt School Alum
There is high German investment in component manufacturing and supplier industry companies that are deeply rooted in India. There are over 120 German manufacturer or production hubs in India.Marius Ochel, Head of Cluster International Association Partnerships Africa and India VDA
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The entire webinar discussion can be viewed below: