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Indiana delegation builds, reinforces ties with India, China 

Business Weekly , Oct 09, 2019

Gov. Eric Holcomb and Indiana Secretary of Commerce Jim Schellinger returned home Oct. 6 after leading delegations to India and China to reinforce business ties between Asia and the Hoosier State.

At least eight India-based corporations have operations in Indiana, specializing in industries such as information technology, life sciences and automotive manufacturing.

Together, these businesses support 1,000 jobs in Indiana, according to the governorís office.

Many Indiana-based companies have global operations in India, including Allison Transmission, Cummins, CuroGens, Eli Lilly, zenVista, Franklin Electric, Genesys, Hillenbrand, Hurco Companies, Windstream Technologies, Urschel Laboratories and Zimmer Biomet.

The delegation also saw the Indiana Pacers play the first ever NBA game in India.

Indiana is also home to 21 China-based business establishments, which support about 2,500 jobs across the state. Since 2013, 17 businesses in China and India have committed to locating or growing in Indiana. Together, they plan to invest more than $584 million in their Indiana operations and create up to 5,425 new Hoosier jobs, according to the governorís office.

Holcomb and the delegation began the trip in China, meeting with global business leaders and government officials in Beijing, Shanghai and Hangzhou from Sept. 24 to 30. In China, the delegation was joined by Naomi Kwang, attorney and president of the America China Society of Indiana (ACSI); Colin Renk, executive director of ACSI; Harrison Ding, chairman of ACSI; as well as Weilin Long, director of the Indiana Economic Development Corp.ís office in Hangzhou.

Holcomb and Schellinger then traveled to India on Sept. 30, where they visited New Delhi and Mumbai. There, the delegation was joined by Richard Hall, partner and chair of the Government Services and Finance Department at Barnes & Thornburg LLP, and chair of the board of trustees at Ball State University; Jason Sondhi, founder and president of Sondhi Solutions and secureUP; and Melissa Proffitt, Ppartner-in-charge of client relations at Ice Miller LLP.


Holcomb began his trip in Beijing, meeting with Chinese businesses invested in Indiana, including Shougang Group, parent company of BeijingWest Industries (BWI), which recently cut the ribbon on its first U.S. production facility in Greenfield, with businesses considering locating in Indiana, as well as with U.S.- and Indiana-based companies operating in China at a business roundtable event hosted by the American Chamber of Commerce China Ė Beijing.

In Beijing, Holcomb also met with Chinese government officials and with leadership of Indiana University China Gateway, which opened in 2014. Holcomb and the delegation also hosted a Friends of Indiana reception with U.S. Ambassador to China Terry Branstad, welcoming partners in business, education, government and cultural organizations with ties to Indiana and China.

On Sept. 26, the delegation traveled to Hangzhou, the capital of Indianaís sister state, Zhejiang Province. The governor commemorated the 32-year relationship with provincial officials and met representatives of the regionís economy during a roundtable event with the Zhejiang Department of Commerce. The delegation also met with Chinese and Indiana companies with operations in Zhejiang, including Zimmer Biomet, which is headquartered in Warsaw, and Heng Feng, which is the parent company of Westfield Outdoors in Indianapolis.

On Sept. 29, Holcomb traveled to Shanghai to continue building ties between Indiana and China. The delegation concluded the trip by hosting a Friends of Indiana reception in Shanghai with U.S. Consul General Sean Stein and leadership of Faegre Baker Daniels.


On Oct. 1, Holcomb arrived in New Delhi, beginning the delegationís economic development trip in India by meeting with government, academic and business partners. There, the governor and Secretary met with a number of Indian businesses, including Wipro, and promoted Indianaís competitive advantages to members of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry.

In New Delhi, the governor also participated in the World Economic Forumís India Economic Summit, and the delegation joined a celebration to commemorate the 150th birthday of Mahatma Gandhi.

On Oct. 3, the delegation traveled to Mumbai, where the Indiana Pacers played in the National Basketball Associationís inaugural games in India against the Sacramento Kings. While there, the governor connected with leadership of Infosys and with alumni of Indiana University. The delegation also engaged with Indian businesses already invested in the U.S. and those interested in expanding through meetings with the IMS Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the U.S.-India Business Council, the Confederation of Indian Industry, and the World Trade Center Ė Mumbai.

After cheering on the Pacers in India, the governor and the delegation departed for Indiana.