Australian mining software leader Deswik has described the opening of an office in India as “the next piece in a truly global support network”. The firm, acquired by Sandvik earlier this year, now has 15 international offices in 11 countries.
Brisbane-headquartered Deswik, established in 2008, is part of the new Digital Mining Technologies unit within Sandvik’s Mining and Rock Solutions business.
Maxim Holcroft, Deswik’s India territory manager, aims to expand a team based in Gurugram, in the northern state of Haryana, to meet demand from a growing number of clients in the country.
“As the world’s fastest growing and fifth largest economy, India has some challenges to meet the domestic needs of the 1.3 billion population,” Holcroft told InvestMETS.
“Our experience shows that the mining industry is only able to meet those challenges with the adoption of robust and innovative technical solutions that are supported locally.
“We are committed to the long-term success of our clients globally and this investment extends that capability to India.”
Holcroft will spend the next 12 months building Deswik’s presence out of the new office. While not immune to mining’s global skills attraction and retention challenges, India is not expected to present barriers to the company’s talent drive.
“The Deswik culture has always been one built on trust and empowering our workers to be outcome focused,” Holcroft said.
“Our global track record of empowering our teams, offering professional growth opportunities and investing in our people has historically mitigated the challenges some of our competitors face.
“We have a number of ongoing implementations locally that will expand into 2023 and we are very excited to witness the results that get delivered in the next year.”