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Agilent dips $40M in new India campus

Posted: 22 Apr 2010 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Agilent India campus? R&D? communications?

Agilent Technologies Inc. has invested approximately $40 million for a new campus in Manesar, India, highlighting the company's commitment to country and its growth potential.

The new facility will house 1,200 of the company's total 1500 workforce in India, with a total seating capacity of 1,800 people, leaving ample room for further expansion. The campus will support the company's back office operations, including corporate controllership, IT and business centers, field entities, field operations as well as R&D operations.

In electronic measurement, the communications space in India has seen rapid growth over the past few years, as the country has built its infrastructure: aerospace defense spending continues to be robust. In bio-analytical measurement, a higher standard of living has meant increased per capita spend on healthcare, and additionally, CRO and CMO business models for several Indian companies are also growing. These are spaces where Agilent competes globally, so the markets in India are very well suited for Agilent products.

"I am very excited; this is a momentous occasion for us as we move into our own campus. It highlights the continued commitment and support Team India enjoys from Agilent HQ, and we will work hard and deliver results that justify that belief. With the new site, we will finally see the benefits of working out of a unified campusbetter team coordination, more facilities for our employees, and a much better working environment," said Parmeet Ahuja, president and country general manager, Agilent Technologies India.

Rajiv Arora, managing director, Haryana State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corp. further added, "We are delighted to welcome Agilent Technologies as our first tenant in the IMT Manesar Tech Park. We are committed to creating and nurturing the IT infrastructure that Haryana offers and making our state the preferred destination for IT and ITES organizations looking to set up or enhance their presence in the country."

In line with Agilent's focus on "green" technology, the facility has been built with special energy-saving features. The design of the campus saves the company 50 percent costs on power, by harnessing glare-free daylight, and running ACs through the floors instead of the ceilings. In all, site should save around three million kilos of carbon emissions. The new facility also has a massive rainwater harvesting system with a capacity of five million liters that can cater to 90 days of ongoing demand. All heated water requirements are met by utilizing waste heat and solar energy. To support "green-minded" employees, there is a provision of charging points for hybrid/ electric cars in the basement block.

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