Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Wipro expands presence in United Kingdom

IT major Wipro Technologies has expanded its facility in Reading in UK, and opened a new office in London to strengthen its presence in old Blighty.

The facility at Reading was inaugurated by Mayor of Reading Mr Fred Pugh yesterday.

This center was an extension of the existing development center facility, which had been bought by Wipro. It would be used for building centers of excellence, delivering customer projects and training purposes, a company release said here today.

Speaking on the occasion, the Mayor said it was very encouraging that an international company was ready to invest in Reading in these difficult times. Wipro was a major employer in Reading and a major player in the business community and the Council is pledged to support, he added.

Continuing its business expansion in the UK, Wipro also opened its new office premises in London. This office would be the headquarters for Wipro’s UK operations. The facility would serve as a sales office with state-of the art infrastructure.

Laxman Badiga, Chief Information Officer, Wipro Technologies, said taking on the ownership of the facility at Reading, was the first of its kind for Wipro overseas and hence makes this occasion special.

Ayan Mukerji, Head of Europe Operations, said Wipro had emerged as a leading IT Services company in the UK. Both the centers at Reading and London would be a key hub for recruiting, training of local staff and also give an opportunity to offer an on-site development center premises to more customers.

Revenues from Wipro’s European operations account for nearly 26 per cent of the IT major’s overall IT Services revenue. UK was one of the key markets for Wipro with a large customer base. The establishment of the new offices would now facilitate Wipro’s growth strategy in the UK and the overall growth in the European region, the release added.
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