Manitowoc signs crane engineering deal with Indian IT firm6 December 2012
Manitowoc has signed a deal with HCL, that will see the Indian IT services firm provide engineering services supporting the cranebuilder's design centres around the world, and new product development initiatives in emerging markets. The companies have built a global engineering centre in Pune, where Manitowoc currently builds some models of its Potain tower cranes.
The firms signed a five year, multi-million dollar agreement with cranebuilding giant, covering crane operations in the Americas, EMEA, and Asia/Pacific regions, it was announced late last week.
Manitowoc has had a factory in Pune, India, where it builds tower cranes since 2007. Manitowoc and HCL have now also set up a global engineering centre in Pune to support Manitowoc's design centres and new product development initiatives in emerging regions such as India, China, and Brazil, HCL said. The service offerings are focussed around product design, value engineering, structural engineering, embedded software development, and hardware engineering.
"Partnering with HCL enables us to further strengthen the core tenets of our strategy - to provide superior products and capitalize on global growth opportunities," said Jens Ennen, senior VP Global Engineering & Innovation, Manitowoc Cranes. "We are confident that our partnership with HCL will accelerate our business imperatives in the emerging markets."
Suresh Natarajan, director of Global Engineering Services, Manitowoc Cranes, added: "HCL's alignment to the key business imperatives of Manitowoc and synergies between our business objectives proved to be the key differentiators during our partner evaluation process. A combination of decades of experience in engineering, out-of-the-box thinking, and a solid foundation of talent, processes, systems, frameworks, and tools are just few of the reasons why we chose to partner with HCL for our project."
GH Rao, president, Engineering and R&D services, HCL Technologies, said: "We are pleased to partner with Manitowoc Cranes on their advent to capture the potential manufacturing opportunities in the growing economies. This partnership stands testimony to HCL's engineering prowess and innovation culture which drives global corporations to engage with us."