TEHRAN, Feb. 16 (RIPI) -- The abundance of educated and well-trained engineers is a facet that can ensure rapid development of all industries, particularly the automobile industry, in Iran, said managing director of French company Flex Things, adding the facet makes the country ready to “grab technologies”.
Speaking at an exhibition held on the sidelines of the 9th International Conference on Internal Combustion Engines and Oil Industry in Tehran on Tuesday, Hugues Drion said: “That is a real luck for Iran that they have this knowledge to invent and create things and that is very good for the business.”
He said it is a chance in Iran for foreign firms willing to step in the Iranian market that there are plenty of educated and skilled engineers that can help them conduct projects.
Regarding the transfer of knowledge to Iranian companies now that the international restrictions have been lifted against Iran following the landmark nuclear deal Iran clinched with world powers last July, Drion said Iranian companies do not have to be concerned about having the latest technologies; instead, they “can step to new technologies; you don’t have to invest for the last version of new technologies, but u can invest in the next generation of technologies.”
He said there is plenty of new technologies that Flex Things as well as other foreign firms can implement in Iran and there are a lot of prospects for them.
“I am sure that within the next ten years, if the sanctions are still away, and if everything is released because we have issues about selling software programs in Iran, the business will develop dramatically and I think Iran will be one of the actors in the economy of developing new products,” he added.
He said Flex Things has no partners in the region because “Iran is the only country with so many engineers. It is different from Dubai or Qatar, for example. There are no engineers over there and they only capture the data and capture knowledge from outside and ask for Indian or German or French companies to come in and develop the products for them and what is different here is that you see how much you have developed products even though you have had no support from external companies.”
Iran has held an international conference and exhibition on internal combustion engines and oil industry to woo foreign investments to develop the sector now than international bans on Tehran’s nuclear program have been lifted.
Exhibitors from 700 participants from 10 countries, including Germany, Austria, Netherlands, France, Italy, India, China and South Korea, have attended the conference and presented their latest products on the sidelines of the event.
Beginning on Tuesday, February 16, the three-day event is put together by the Iranian Society of Engine and the Research Institute of Petroleum Industry (RIPI) and is aimed at devising a strategic document on fuel, propulsion and environment in Iran, as well as promotion of oil industry interactions and cooperation with the engine industry.