29th June, 2021
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM (MEZ) / 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM (IST)

We often get asked:

“Are there any business activities of foreign companies in India at the moment? ”

In this webinar, we provide answers to this and many other highly topical questions. 

There has been hardly a news program anywhere that does not include India. The reason: India has been so suddenly and dramatically affected by the pandemic in this wave.

Outside India, most people do not realize that there has been a big effort to ensure “Business in India” (B2B) could continue through this wave of the pandemic.

Has everything come to a standstill on the subcontinent or is business still going on?

How strong is the influence on business life?

Is there a need for a strategy adjustment?

Learn more about how companies in India are adjusting & adapting in this webinar. Rajesh Nath, MD of VDMA India since 2017, and Klaus Maier, MD Maier + Vidorno, report first hand on the situation of companies and their business activities in times of pandemic. They will also look at the consequences of Germany’s recent law concerning due diligence in international supply chains.

Target group: Heavy & Light Engineering / Medical & Pharmaceuticals/ FMCG / Industrial / Automation / Consumer Goods, Companies operational in India for more than 3 years.

Event language: English


This webinar includes:

10:00 COVID News with facts from India

  • General political/economic situation
  • Lockdown and its consequences
  • Bilateral Relations and Supply Chain Act
  • Results EU-India Summit

10:10 am Klaus Maier interviews Rajesh Nath, VDMA

  • Business in India “as usual”? In many companies up to 20% of the Indian workforce was infected, what were the consequences? - Exclusive insights into the “day to day” business during the pandemic
  • Results of the current VDMA business climate study
  • Effects of the Supply Chain Act (Very specific for German companies)
  • Adjustment of the sales strategy of companies during and after the pandemic
  • What is the VDMA doing to support its members during this time
  • Will there be a third wave in India? - Outlook

10:50 questions and answers



Rajesh NATH  has been awarded the Federal Cross of Merit and has been managing director of the Association of German Mechanical and Plant Engineering (VDMA) in India since 1999. NATH is a mechanical engineer and completed an “International Business Program” at IIM Kolkata. He has 30 years of experience in German-Indian trade and has worked with several well-known German and Indian companies in various sectors.

Rajesh NATH plays a vital role in promoting and strengthening business and economic ties between India and Germany. The VDMA represents over 3,100 mostly medium-sized companies in the capital goods industry, making it the largest industry association in Europe. The association, founded in 1892 and headquartered in Frankfurt am Main, represents the common economic, technical, and scientific interests of mechanical engineering, especially vis-à-vis national and international authorities, and business circles.

Barbara SCHMIDT-AJAYI  is regional manager India / South Asia at the East Asian Association (OAV), the association of the German Asian economy. After studying “Business Languages ​​Asia and Management”, Barbara SCHMIDT-AJAYI dealt with practical questions of entrepreneurial activities during several months in India. Among other things, she worked as a project coordinator at the AHK in Bangalore and supervised business delegations from both countries. Since July 2006 Ms. SCHMIDT-AJAYI has been responsible for the South Asia region at the OAV – German Asia-Pacific Business Association in Hamburg. As part of her work, she advises German member companies on their activities in South Asia, organizes seminars in Germany, and delegation trips to the region.

Klaus MAIER  is the Managing Director and Founder of Maier+Vidorno. He supports international companies from German-speaking countries with their business in India and, after the merger with ALTIOS in May 2021, in 21 other countries worldwide. Before and after studying business administration with a focus on international management in Spain and Germany, he worked in the raw materials trading division of the STINNES / EON Group in New York and Germany. As M+V founder and managing partner, he has more than 25 years of experience in India and lives in New Delhi.

Event Partner


Since it was founded in 1900, the  OAV has been  a business association with a lot of experience, commitment and excellent contacts for its members. As the largest of the national associations, the OAV has more than 800 members. This includes around 500 company members from all industries from all over Germany such as representatives of large industrial groups, medium-sized manufacturing companies, trading companies, banks, insurance companies and numerous service companies. The common interest is the Asia-Pacific region: The OAV offers both Asian-experienced companies and newcomers the ideal platform for the cross-industry exchange of experience and a comprehensive range of practical services.


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