The centre which was inaugurated by Michael Ambros, Managing Director of K.A. Schmersal GmbH & Co. KG., Germany, is spread across an area of 3305 square feet with a workforce of 15 functional and technical consultants.
During the launch of the IT centre, Ambros expressed, “This is the first global support activity that has been established outside Germany, and India has been recognised as one of the competence centres with skilled resources to provide support for SAP implementation and software development to the entire Schmersal Group. This activity has also led to increased employment opportunities for the Indian IT professionals.”
With the motto, ‘turning workplaces into safer places’ Schmersal India started its operations in 2007 as a sales organisation to participate in the growing Indian market for machine safety. In 2012, a cornerstone for the production factory was laid in Ranjangaon near Pune, Maharashtra with a total investment of about 8 million Euros by the Schmersal Group. In 2013, production was started in the newly constructed factory and today Schmersal India has a headcount of 86 employees.
To further strengthen its India presence, the company plans on adding more 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 in 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 the Schmersal Group from their 100% export-oriented unit (EOU) located within the current Indian factory. Also, we have set up a free trade and warehousing zone (FTWZ) near Mumbai, which is specifically for global Indian companies who are allowed to import goods at a special concessional duty,” proclaimed Sagar Bhosale, Managing Director, Schmersal India.