Pune: Schmersal India Pvt Ltd, a subsidiary of The Schmersal Group, Germany, and a manufacturer of electro-mechanical safety systems and lift switchgears, inaugurated its first global support IT centre in Pune. The centre is spread across an area of 3,305 sq ft with a workforce of 15 functional and technical consultants.
As the IT centre is the first global support activity that has been established outside Germany, India is recognised as one of the competence centres with skilled resources to provide support for SAP implementation and software development to the entire Schmersal Group.
Schmersal India started operations in 2007 as a sales organisation to participate in the growing India market for machine safety. In 2012, the cornerstone for the production factory in India was laid in Ranjangaon near Pune, with a total investment of about 8 million euros by the Schmersal Group. The new factory, which started production in July 2013, currently has a headcount of 86 employees.
To further strengthen its India presence, the company is increasing its skilled manpower to enhance their local R&D centre and Product Management to focus on developing more products for the Indian market.
Embracing the ‘Make in India’ initiative, the manufacturing facility of Schmersal India is enhancing its product range by designing and manufacturing customised safety products as per the needs of the customer-specific application, for the local market as well as export to foreign countries from their 100 per cent export-oriented unit (EOU) located within the current Indian factory. They have also set up a Free Trade and Warehousing Zone (FTWZ) near Mumbai, which specifically allows global Indian companies to import goods at a special concessional duty.