1 November 2012
TÜV SÜD South Asia partners with the Asia Pacific Conference (APK) of German Business to ideate on sustainable business solutions
- Conference to return to India after almost two decades
- To focus on partnership in innovation and sustainability of businesses in Asia
- Dr. Axel Stepken, Chairman of the Board of Management, TÜV SÜD AG to share global trends on quality management and supply chain security
New Delhi, November 1, 2012: TÜV SÜD South Asia announced its partnership with the Asia Pacific Conference (APK) of German Business that begins in Gurgaon, today. The three day conference will focus on partnership in innovation and sustainability of businesses across the region. Dr. Axel Stepken, Chairman of the Board of Management, TÜV SÜD AG, will be addressing the conference as a member of the panel discussion on quality management and supply chain security. He will be speaking alongside N.R. Narayana Murthy, Founder Chairman, Infosys Limited; Adi Godrej, President, Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and Chairman, Godrej Group; Kamal Nath, Minister for Urban Development, Government of India; and Dr. Rajendra K. Pachauri, Director General, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), India.
The conference was first started in 1986 as an initiative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Economics in Germany with an aim to bring together the leadership of all German businesses in Asia to debate and discuss the business environment in the region and collectively align their growth plans. Through the years, the conference has constantly focused on promoting greater cooperation between Germany and its Asia-Pacific partners. This year the conference is being organized by Indo-German Chamber of Commerce (IGCC) and German Chambers of Commerce Abroad in cooperation with the Asia Pacific Committee of German Business. Although, the conference has been in existence for about three decades now, this is the second time it is being hosted in India; its 6th edition was held in Delhi in 1996.
Ahead of the conference, Dr Stepken said, “The Asia Pacific Conference of German Business is the most prestigious symposium for German business leaders in the region and is an important platform to strengthen Indo-German trade relations. With the Indian business landscape presenting immense opportunities for companies to grow exponentially, we think this is an ideal time for India to host an event of this stature.”
“We have been successfully operating in the country for close to two decades by recommending innovative and sustainable growth solutions to companies across sectors and we plan to continue expanding our operations in India in coming years.” added Dr. Stepken.
TÜV SÜD South Asia recently inaugurated a state-of-the-art Consumer Product Testing laboratory at Gurgaon, its 11th laboratory in the country. The company over the past two years has invested in setting up a highly specialized network of lab and offices to provide domestic and international companies with a holistic testing, inspection and certification solution across India.
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TÜV SÜD is a leading international service organization catering to the strategic business segments INDUSTRY, MOBILITY and CERTIFICATION. Over 17000 employees are represented at more than 800 locations throughout the world. Optimizing technology, systems and know-how, the interdisciplinary specialist teams act as process partners to strengthen their customers' competitiveness.
TÜV SÜD South Asia is the leading quality certification, inspection and testing company with presence across India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. With an annual turnover (2011) of close to EUR 20 million and talent pool of more than 1200 employees TÜV SÜD South Asia has serviced over 10,000 clients to date. It is present at 28 locations including 11 labs across the three countries. Today, TÜV SÜD is an internationally competent source for solutions in the field of auto, plant engineering, environmental technology, food safety, textile & hardlines like toy testing, infrastructure consultancy and technical as well as soft-skills training.
The Asia-Pacific Conference (APK) of German Business was an initiative of Hans-Dietrich Genscher, the then Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Republic of Germany, and the German Federal Ministry of Economics. The conference’s purpose was to create a discussion forum for the stimulation of business involvement in Asia. The first APK was held in Tokyo in 1986 with a participation of 52 delegates, since then the conference has been organized every alternate year across the cities of Tokyo, Jakarta, Sydney, Seoul, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Tokyo, Singapore and New Delhi.