Bangalore gets Shell's first tech center

By siliconindia   |   Thursday, 22 February 2007, 06:00 Hrs
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Bangalore: Chemicals major company, Shell, will open the first technology center in India in Bangalore to focus on cutting edge technology in energy by 2010.

This is the third technology hub besides the ones in Netherlands and United States. According to Bob Firth, President Shell Technology, ?We will have a research and development campus spread over 40 acres of land hopefully by 2010.

The application for land is already before the Karnataka Industrial Area Development Board (KIADB), said Bob Firth, reported a website.

This will be the first R&D centre for energy business in Asia, told Deepka Mukarji, country head corporate and external affairs, Shell companies in India.

Currently located at a leased facility here, the 200-strong Shell Technology India, which began operations in 2006 hopes to ramp up its strength to 500 by the end of this year and to 1,000 in the next five years, Firth said.

"We are looking at students from IITs and also professionals with 10-15 years of experience and even NRIs."

The technology centre will focus on cutting edge downstream research and development as well as working with latest upstream technologies and processes.

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