One of the fastest growing business conglomerates in Kerala with over 4,000 employees worldwide and a global turnover of $250 million, the NeST Group is in the forefront of the State’s industrial revival efforts.
NeST Group’s business areas are spread over a number of areas ranging from hi-tech electronics hardware and software and infrastructure to and food and beverages and education and training.
SFO Technologies, NeST Group’s technology business headquartered at Kochi, has its product development and manufacturing facilities in Kochi, Bangalore, Chennai and Mysore. The software development centers are located in Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram, and Bangalore. The group also has offices across Japan, the US, the UK, Ireland, Germany, France, Sweden, Australia, China, Qatar, the UAE, the KSA, and Oman.
NeST has varied design and manufacturing capabilities spanning a vast spectrum of technologies viz., electronics, power supplies, fiber optics, RF (radio frequency) and wireless, magnetics, wire harness, sheet metal products, plastic injection moulding, research and development efforts in hardware and software, software development and product engineering.
These varied capabilities coupled with international standard quality practices ranging from ISO 9001-2000, ISO 14001, ISO 13485, AS 9100, TL 9000, CMMI Ver 1.2 Maturity Level 5, A-SPICE to Six Sigma have enabled NeST to establish long-term business relationships with many Fortune 500 companies.
NeST provides technology solutions to vertical markets such as healthcare, communication, transportation, telecom, aerospace, and energy (thermal, wind, solar and fuel cells). The company is currently expanding its infrastructure to accommodate its growing business in hardware manufacturing and engineering software development.
In the last two financial years, the group has expanded its hardware manufacturing unit to 1.40 lakh sq ft, mechanical divisions to two lakh sq ft and research and development centers (quick turnaround facility with advanced equipments) to 4,500 sq ft at various locations.
The company’s software development centre, with a total area of 430,000 sq. ft., is getting readied in Technopark Thiruvananthapuram. The company is also in the process of setting up Kerala’s first Special Economic Zone (SEZ) on hi-tech electronics hardware manufacture at Kalamassery in Kochi, in association with the Kerala Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation (KINFRA).
When completed, this prestigious project will have 10 lakh sq. ft of world-class manufacturing space with support facilities for housing, hospital, and recreation. It is also expected to provide direct employment to over 10,000 people.
NeST has also made its presence felt in the education and training field by setting up and managing K-12 school, engineering college, IT training centers, management training institute, and finishing school.
In the foods and beverages sector, NeST has presence in the manufacture of packaged drinking water, sparkling mineral water, condiments, rice, and value-added food products.
Source: Business Line