The new global support IT centre in Pune is spread an area of 3,305 sq ft area. Manufacturer of electromechanical safety and lift switchgear and systems, Schmersal India, a subsidiary of The Schmersal Group, Germany, inaugurated its first global support IT centre in Pune. Inaugurated by the Managing Director of K.A. Schmersal GmbH & Co. KG., Germany, Michael Ambros, the new IT centre is spread across an area of 3,305 sq ft with a workforce of 15 functional and technical consultants. At the launch of the 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 Indians." With 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 EUR8 million, 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 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 per cent 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. By the end of 2017, the Indian factory manufactured and supplied more than one million safety switches in India market. The current manufacturing capacity is five million safety switches per year. Founded in 1945, the Schmersal Group employs 1,750 people worldwide and has seven manufacturing sites on three continents along with its own companies and sales partners in more than 60 nations.