Chennai: Hapag-Lloyd Technology Center (HLTC) has launched a new global technology centre in Chennai. This is the shipping company’s third technology centre overall alongside those in Gdansk (Poland), and Hamburg (Germany).The facility, located in the World Trade Centre in Chennai, will start with a team of 180 IT professionals and will develop software solutions for the maritime industry. It will be operated as part of a joint venture that Hapag-Lloyd has established with the technology company Solverminds in June this year.It will be led by a four-person management team comprising Balamurugan Palanivelu (CEO) and Venkatesh Balaji Ramamoorthy (CTO) from Solverminds as well as Vaishali Shetty (CHRO) and Sameer Saxena (CFO) from Hapag-Lloyd. “In the Hapag-Lloyd technology center, we will be bundling our strengths and competences,” Donya-Florence Amer, CIO/CHRO at Hapag-Lloyd, said in a statement. “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 staff of HLTC to between 300 and 400 specialists,” Amer added.Across its sales office, quality service centres and global capability and technology centres, Hapag-Lloyd employs more than 3,000 people in India. The company has a container capacity of 2.9 million TEU and a total of 113 liner services worldwide.
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