President and representative of Maharashtra Chamber of Commerce, Ram Bhogale, has thrown his support behind the new Liverpool2 container port.
Liverpool2, set to open in 2015, will be able to offload cargo from some of the largest container ships in the world and has the potential to create hundreds of jobs. Ram Bhogale believes that the port will also help improve trade and working relationships between Liverpool and the rest of the world.
As a representative of one of India’s leading business groups, Ram Bhogale was given a tour of the £300 million container port as part of his two-day visit to the city. As President of Maharashtra Chamber of Commerce, Bhogale represents one of India’s most influential business organisations. The Chamber has a history of almost 90 years in business representing India’s largest state. Home to the capital of Mumbai, Maharashtra hosts the headquarters of India’s major financial institutions and insurance companies and the base of a thriving media scene, including Bollywood.
Ram Bhogale, also the chairman of manufacturer AITG, suppliers of motorbike components, consumer durables, hospital equipment, said:
“You need a visionary to change traditional thinking and there is a need to shift paradigms if you are to create new business models. The Peel Group exhibits that visionary thinking with a passion to shift paradigms.
“In the Indian manufacturing industry we always say that breakthrough innovation will increase the competitiveness of industry. The logic behind the deep sea container port, Liverpool2 is not only an example of breakthrough innovation but could qualify as disruptive innovation.
“There is an opportunity for India to deliver goods into densely populated areas of the UK at a reduced distribution cost which in turn opens up new opportunities. We are looking forward to Liverpool2 being operational so that we can tap into these opportunities.”
Mark Whitworth, chief executive of Peel Ports, added:
“Given our proximity to the majority of the UK population and our record as one of Europe’s leading ports, we are in an excellent position to support increased trade with India by helping the supply chain take their goods closer to the marketplace.”
Words: Peter Cribley