March 16, 2011
Siemens PLM (product lifecycle management) Software, a business unit of the Siemens Industry Automation Division, is accelerating its R& D programs in India.
“Our R&D staff in Pune has more than doubled. We now have 1000 people working there. We are also increasing the spread from maintenance projects to product development…..this is a paradigm shift,” says Raj Khoshoo, Vice President , Strategic Planning, Siemens PLM.
Siemens PLM Software now has its largest center in India. “We are not here just for cost, but for resources and for long-term.We have moved up the value chain (significantly),” says Khoshoo.
While in the past, Indian manufacturers had a captive market, the trend now is to think sustainability and consider PLM costs, he adds.
The thawing of India-US relations is helping. The next major change for Siemens is to look at end-to-end (of product life cycle). The company is also viewing PLM solutions for homeland security and looking into design and production of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles.
Through co-development and partnerships soon to be announced in India, Siemens is looking at covering the needs of customers across the entire PLM space, from design to manufacturing. Last month, for instance, along with U.S Vistagy a leading provider of industry-specific engineering software and services, Siemens announced a significant upgrade and long-term extension to their partnership designed to meet the growing composite engineering and PLM needs of customers.
The new agreement, announced at the AERO INDIA 2011 air show in Bengaluru, will have an improved ability for an end-to-end composites engineering solution based on Siemens and Vistagy software.