Keane, Unilog Plan To Tap Europe Via India Development Centres

Hyderabad: | Updated: Feb 28 2003, 05:30am hrs
In a move, which could increase the role played by its Indian development centres and grow its business multi-fold, US-based $875 million Keane Inc intends to utilise its development centres in India to address the huge untapped European markets through a strategic alliance with France-based Unilog group.

Following a recent transatlantic business alliance with Unilog, Keane Inc has decided to bring in senior officials of the French company to visit their facilities in Hyderabad and Delhi to serve the European markets with a combined resource pool of more than 18,000 business and IT professionals, said Keanes president and chief operating officer Brian T Keane.

Unilog is similar to Keane Inc in terms of size and areas of business.

Addressing the press conference here on Thursday to announce the companys plans for India, Mr Keane said, We want to make India the global hub for future growth and development of new products and technologies. We hope that the Indian centres would take up the challenge and earn sizeable revenues for the parent company.

Keanes strategic alliance with Unilog has come at a time when the European companies have shifted their focus towards India to outsource projects.

With both companies engaged in financial services and applications development, we feel that Unilog would definitely consider exploiting Keanes development centres in India, he said further.

Through our alliance with Unilog, Keane can immediately support North American clients requirements for service in continental Europe and leverage our combined capabilities, Mr Keane added.

Though Keane Inc continues to focus on organic growth, the company is also open to acquisitions, depending on the synergies, he said. The focus now is to grow Indian development centres, particularly the Hyderabad centre with additional infrastructure, manpower and other basic facilities.

The centre at Hyderabad is the largest Keane DC across the globe.