November 19, 2016

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November-December 2016


WOLFGANG HILDEBRAND-PETERS Training Center Head, Rhein-Ruhr

GSI – Gesellschaft für Schweißtechnik International mbHwasfounded in 1999 by DVS –the GermanWelding Society. It has 80 years of experience in joining and testingtechnology. GSI is a non-profit-makinglimited-liabilitycompanywhich worksneutrally for individuals, skilled-trade businesses, industrialcompanies, authorities and research bodies.

How important is the international market for your company? In which countries/regions have you been active and what have the results been so far? 

The GSI – Gesellschaft für Schweißtechnik International mbH (www.gsi-slv.de) is a competent partner in all areas of welding and testing engineering.With practical and theoretical training in all welding and test methods, quality assurance, materials application technology and process engineering, the GSI has the largest range of training programmes for welding engineering in the world.

In addition, we provide you with experts who advise on all questions concerning training, research, consulting, problems, safety and quality in welding.GSI is member of the German Welding Society (DVS). Our target groups are all companies of the metal branch. We have experience in several countries with branches in China, Turkey, Poland, the Czech republic, Egypt and the Baltic states. Besides that, we have several projects in nearly 50 countries around the world.

Have you had any exposure to India or presence in India? What has your experience been vis a vis India so far? 

In 2012, GSI participated in the India Essen Welding & Cutting fair in Mumbai, India, for the first time as a co-exhibitor on the booth of Messe Essen and DVS Media. Represented by the Head of the Foreign Department, the range offered by GSI was presented. Special main focal points were constituted by the training with its spectrum of available distance teaching in English as well as certification procedures according to ISO 3834 and EN 15085 but also, in particular, for practical training.Several activities in quality assurance were appointedby contracts with Indian companies.

In October 2012 Dr. Klaus Middeldorf signed for the DVS (German Association of Welding and Allied Processes) a Memorandum of Understanding and a cooperation contract with WRI (Welding Research Institute) India. DVS and GSI work closely together.

We perceive actually, that India and Germany are deepening their collaboration in the area of skill development. German technical assistance will be used to encourage industry institute partnerships between Indian and German organizations. Furthermore we recognize that it is planned in India to increase capacity of local training institutions and foster industry linkages which will help adapt elements of the German education, into the Indian context.And last but not least, the Indian market is an upcoming production market with a considerable need of technical welding education.

Do you know which of your product/ services could be best placed/ related to the requirements of the Indian market? What are the USPs about your company/institution which put you ahead of your rivals from around the world? 

Welding education with certification for International Welder, IWS (International Welding Specialist) up to
IWE (International Welding Engineer), and are required on the Indian market, especially for export products to Europe. Furthermore an opening of a branch or a cooperation with Indian companies is possible, because GSI is one of the largest supplier for theoretical and practical welding education as well as welding and testing engineering in the world. GSI has more than 90 years experience in those fields and is an expert in welding education according to the high level of German and international guidelines. Additionally we offer a bunch of courses for special needs.

What are your expectations from the Indian market? Which format of relation with India would be the best suited for you – invest in setting up a unit/subsidiary or joint venture in India, finding a franchisee in India, transfer of know-how or simply sell services/ products technology to India? 

We are interested in invest in setting up a unit/subsidiary or joint venture in India and in transfer of know-how. Other forms of cooperation are also welcome.

And what would you expect as a takeaway from the IISDS? 

We hope to find some support to get important information about government rules, special competences about the Indian market and contacts to potential partners. We are looking forward to increase our network for welding and education in and for India.