Ricoh to set up Rs300cr business zone in Gujarat

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Printing and IT giant Ricoh India has said that it is going to invest Rs300cr for setting up a data centre and a state-of-the-art business zone at its Gandhinagar-based facility.

Manoj Kumar, MD & CEO, Ricoh India, said, “This will be our third data centre in India.”

He added, “We have a facility at Gandhinagar since the last two decades, where we run our toner refilling operations, along with a warehouse and a logistics support centre. Now, we are planning to set up our data centre as well as a business zone in that facility with an investment of Rs 300 crore.”

The business zone, once set up, will serve as a one-stop destination for other companies, as they will get support of Ricoh’s IT and communication infrastructure to run their operations.

“The time-frame of investment would be around two-three years. Though we already have two data centres in India — one in Kolkata and another in Delhi — this will be much larger in capacity.

This centre will help us in strengthening our presence here through services like cloud computing and data storage,” Kumar said.

As per the Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the company, Anil Saini, the company is working closely with the Government of Gujarat to strengthen the IT infrastructure in the State for Unique Identification Number (UID) or Aadhaar Project.

Saini said, “We are working closely with Gujarat Informatics Ltd (GIL), Sate’s nodal agency for IT services. We have recently supplied 1,500 UID kits to the agency to set up permanent Aadhaar enrolment centres at 400 locations across the State.”

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