Pune, 23rd April 2018. Schmersal India Private Ltd., a subsidiary of the Schmersal Group, Germany, and manufacturer of electromechanical safety and lift switchgear and systems, inaugurated its first global support IT centre in Pune today. The centre was inaugurated by the Managing Director of the K.A. Schmersal GmbH &Co. KG., Germany, Mr. Michael Ambros. It is spread across an area of 3305 square feet with a workforce of 15 Functional and Technical Consultants.
At the launch of the centre Michael Ambros expressed: “This is the first global support activity that has been established outside Germany, and India has been recognized 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 Indians”.
Under the motto, ‘Turning workplaces into safer places’ Schmersal India started operations in 2007 as a sales organisation to participate in the growing India market for machine safety. In 2012, a cornerstone for the production factory in India was laid in Ranjangaon near Pune, Maharashtra, with a total investment of about 8 million Euros, by the Schmersal Group in the construction of the new factory which started production in July 2013 and today 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 of Schmersal India is enhancing its product range by designing and manufacturing customised safety products as per the needs of the customer specific application. We produce for the local market as well as export to the Schmersal Group from our 100% export-oriented unit (EOU) located within the current Indian factory,” said Mr. Sagar Bhosale, Managing Director, Schmersal India Pvt. Ltd.
“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. By the end of 2017, the Indian factory manufactured and supplied more than one million safety switches to the Indian market. The current manufacturing capacity is five million safety switches per year. “