Hapag-Lloyd opens technology centre in Chennai
HLTC will be operated as part of JV that Hapag-Lloyd established with Indian technology company Solverminds in June
Hapag-Lloyd Technology Centre (HLTC) is being launched in Chennai where a team of 180 IT professionals will develop innovative software solutions for the maritime industry.
"Housed in the World Trade Center Chennai, HLTC will be operated as part of a joint venture that Hapag-Lloyd established with the Indian technology company Solverminds in June this year," says an official release from Hapag.
As one of the leading providers of management solutions for the maritime industry, Solverminds has been working closely with Hapag-Lloyd since 2017 in the areas of IT operations support and software development, the release added.
"In the Hapag-Lloyd Technology Centre, we will be bundling our strengths and competences,” says Donya-Florence Amer, CIO/CHRO, Hapag-Lloyd. “HLTC will thereby make an important contribution to our technological transformation. We are continuing to expand our global IT presence and are able to provide industry-leading software solutions.
“In the medium term, we plan to increase the number of talents in our HLTC to between 300 and 400 specialists – thereby also grow the talent base and attractiveness of the whole company going forward."
The HLTC will be led by a four-person management team including Balamurugan Palanivelu (CEO) and Venkatesh Balaji Ramamoorthy (CTO) from Solverminds and Vaishali Shetty (CHRO) and Sameer Saxena (CFO) from Hapag-Lloyd.
“Chennai has always been an important business hub, and, in recent years, it has become a major centre for software solutions,” says Palanivelu. “All these factors – port, business, software – offer us the perfect environment for our technology centre and for developing smart software solutions. We look forward to intensely interacting with Hapag-Lloyd’s global IT teams.”
Chennai will become the third Hapag-Lloyd IT Technology Centre alongside Gdansk (Poland) and Hamburg (Germany). Hapag-Lloyd employs more than 3,000 people in India across its sales office, and quality service, global capability and technology centres.