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Thursday, November 16, 2006

Tata Elxsi for bigger presence in Thiruvananthapuram

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The technology arm of the Tata Group, Tata Elxsi, is expanding its operations here by setting up its own campus at the Technopark, the company's chief for worldwide marketing Nitin Pai said here on Wednesday.

The new campus will have working space for 500 engineers by June 2007 and another 1,500 engineers by June 2008. The expansion is planned in three phases, Mr. Nitin Pai added.

Tata Elxsi is presently functioning from the Gayathri Block on Technopark campus, employing nearly 300 engineers. The company proposes to retain this facility even after opening its own campus on a three-acre plot within the Technopark zone.

Head of the Thiruvananthapuram centre of Tata Elxsi R. Natarajan, who too addressed the press conference, said the company considered Technopark an ideal place to locate its expansion programme.

Quality manpower was one reason and the low cost of living when compared to cities such as Bangalore, another. Young engineers working in other cities in India and even abroad were beginning to prefer moving out to Thiruvananthapuram nowadays. "A lot of Keralites working elsewhere want to come back," he said. He said the company had plans to recruit 500 engineers and specialists in the next 12 months. This Bangalore-headquartered company has four divisions engaged in software and hardware development, styling and mechanical design and animation special effects, he said.

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