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Scottish technology to improve India’s clean water supply and healthcare sector.

Scottish technology companies Dryden Aqua and this-tel have signed strategic agreements with Indian firms that will help improve the supply of clean drinking water across India as well improve patient care in Indian hospitals.

Both agreements have been facilitated by Scottish Development International, the international arm of Scottish Enterprise.

Innovative water cleaning technology

Edinburgh-based Dryden Aqua will work with Indian firm SVS Aqua to deploy its innovative water cleaning technology across remote parts of India, where more than 250 million people are exposed to water that is not in compliance with WHO World Health Standards.

Dryden Aqua’s Activated Filter Media is already being used in Bangladesh and some parts of India for drinking water as well as waste water and industrial applications. 

It will now work with SVS Aqua on the new Eco-India project, co funded by the European Commission and the Indian Department of Science and Technology, which will see its technology systems deployed at pilot sites in arsenic-affected water-stressed regions in India.

Digital solution to India's healthcare

Perthshire-based company this-tel entered into a new distribution agreement with Indian-based IT company Crane Global Solutions Ltd for its digital pen and forms products which scan information written by the user and transmits it to a central server. The technology will initially be sold into the Indian healthcare sector following a successful trial of 50 pens being used in a cancer hospital in Hyderabad. 

The contract will generate an additional £4.6 million of additional sales for the Scottish company and allow it to expand into the fast growing Indian market.

In October 2013, Scotland’s Minister for External Affairs & International Development Humza Yousaf met with both SVS Aqua and Crane Global Solutions in Mumbai as part of a wider visit to India to develop trade and business links between the two countries.

Mr Yousaf said: “The partnerships signed today highlight that Scotland is a nation which embraces and promotes innovation and builds our reputation as a country at the leading edge of technology, development and research.

“We want to strengthen our relationship with India and these new partnerships will benefit both countries, by enhancing research and development opportunities, promoting business and paving the way for further trade and co-operation with the world’s second most populated country."

Trade opportunities

Rooma Bussi, India Country Manager, Scottish Development International said: “The agreements are excellent examples of how we are partnering with Indian companies to facilitate opportunities for Scottish companies to enter the market.

“We've also been witnessing a tremendous increase in business and collaboration opportunities across knowledge-based sectors in India, including life sciences, education and ICT. From our three offices in Delhi, Mumbai and Hyderabad we continue to work with Indian and Scottish companies to support economic growth."

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