Renishaw Opens Demonstration Centre in India

Renishaw plc has opened its first dedicated demonstration and training centre for the Indian market at its regional main office in Pune. The new 200-m² facility houses cnc machine tools and coordinate measuring machines (CMMs) made by local manufacturers, which, together with supporting seminar rooms, will enable Renishaw to meet the increasing need for training and support being generated by its rapidly expanding customer base in India.

Formally opening the facility, Ben Taylor, Renishaw’s assistant chief executive, said, “This investment marks a further chapter in Renishaw’s ongoing commitment to the Indian market.”

The company has done business in India for more than 25 years. In 2000, it created Renishaw Metrology Pvt. Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary based in Bangalore. “Today,” said Taylor, “I am proud to see the contribution we are making to the growth of Indian manufacturing, assisting companies to raise quality standards and productivity levels.”

The demonstration and training centre will offer technical support to both OEM customers and end-users of Renishaw’s wide range of metrology products, including CMM probe systems, touch probes, and laser tool setters for CNC machine tools; linear and rotary encoders for position feedback; calibration systems for machine performance analysis; and Raman spectroscopy systems for spectral analysis.

The UK government’s Trade & Investment organization invited Renishaw to speak about its experience in India at the Advanced Engineering Summit that took place in New Delhi in January. At this event, Ben Taylor outlined Renishaw’s history of investment in India, including its establishment of a wholly owned trading company and recent investment in a 100% export-orientated unit (EOU) located in Pune at the same site as the demonstration centre. The EOU manufactures components that previously were procured, as well as products whose assembly costs are critical to competitiveness.

Within India, Renishaw has also set up a procurement operation to directly source high-quality components from Indian vendors, and has set up a development team specializing in metrology software. Total Renishaw employees working in India at offices in Bangalore, Gurgaon, and Pune exceed 100.

The Renishaw Group has operations in 30 countries. For the year ended June 2007, its worldwide sales were £180.9 million ($360 million).

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