Goal: Being the First Point of Contact in Germany

06.03.2010 | DIE RHEINPFALZ

Location advantages for the future and a stronger competitive edge are what the PRE Park hopes to gain from its collaboration with an Indian technology park. The cooperation with the Infopark Kochi was officially sealed yesterday – as the first partnership of its kind in Rhineland-Palatinate.

In a globalized world, it is necessary to have an international orientation and be part of a network, stressed PRE associate Michael Wenk, saying that the main ingredient of this partnership will be an exchange of experiences, strategies, and concepts – “which may help both sides to improve“. The PRE Park wants to be the first point of contact for Indian companies intending to settle in Europe, in Germany – and vice versa, the same is true for the Infopark in the southwestern Indian state of Kerala. This includes providing assistance to make the first steps in a foreign country easier, explained Wenk. A virtual office, a kind of marketplace, shall support the exchange. Not only the PRE GmbH shall benefit from this network, but companies as well, continued Wenk. Next year, for example, a visit of company managers is planned to the sub-continent. It is envisioned to expand the partnership to companies, university, and research institutes in a future step.
With the help of this cooperation, both parties will be able to combine their different solution approaches into one joint approach, said Siddhartha Bhattacharya, managing director of the Infopark Kochi, about the possible benefit of the cooperation, which he called the next logical step – about one year after the first bridges had been built between the PRE Park and the Indians. Contacts between Mainz and Kerala – there are two contact offices that strive to establish economic relations between Rhineland-Palatinate and India – led to the visit in Kaiserslautern. Just a few days later, Michael Wenk was there when a delegation accompanying Minister President Kurt Beck traveled to India, among other countries. The PRE associate used the opportunity to make a short visit to Kerala.
It turns out that the two future partners had quickly found commonalities. This included the excellent infrastructure, according to Bhattacharya. Wenk added: Both parks are still relatively young, innovative, and strive to operate highly professionally. Whereas the PRE Park site with about 100 companies employs almost 2800 people, these figures are about 10,000 employees in 80 companies, including Tata Consultancy Services or Wipro, at the Infopark Kochi, which was founded in 2004. The majority of them are IT companies, stated Wenk. Furthermore, the Infopark is currently in the process of developing three new technology areas. Managing director Bhattacharya underlined that it is one of the fastest booming technology parks in India. The country’s economy is one of the most rapidly growing economies in the word, and India is a talent foundry for people working in the field of IT, stressed Hans-Georg Schneider, section chief in the Ministry of Economic Affairs in Mainz, on the occasion of the signing of the partnership agreement.
Lord Mayor Klaus Weichel stated on his part that this cooperation signifies the consistent evolution of Kaiserslautern towards an IT hub. It shall not remain the only one: Rather, plans call for building up a larger international network of technology parks, reported PRE associate Michael Wenk. The next possible candidate might be Dubai. (zs)

Pens at the ready: Siddhartha Bhattacharya, managing director of the Infopark Kochi, and PRE associate Michael Wenk (right) signing the agreement. PHOTO: VIEW