With over 4,000 employees worldwide and global turnover of $250 million, the NeST Group is a fast growing industrial conglomerate based in Kerala spearheading the industrial revival of the State.

NeST Group's exposure to multifarious entrepreneurial fronts covers world-class industrial projects in sectors spanning hi-tech electronics hardware and software, food and beverages, infrastructure, education and training.

The Group's technology business in the name of SFO Technologies is headquartered at Kochi and has its product development and manufacturing facilities in Kochi, Bangalore, Chennai and Mysore.

Global presence

The software development centres are located in Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram and Bangalore. The group has a global presence 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, fibre 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 is a unique company which is capable of executing total service from ‘concept to product' focused on delivering value by creating customised solutions using appropriate technology and processes, thus forging enduring partnerships.

NeST provides its unique technology solutions to vertical markets such as healthcare, communication, transportation, telecom, aerospace, energy (thermal, wind, solar and fuel cells) and industrial. The NeST group 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 centres (quick turnaround facility with advanced equipments) to 4,500 sq ft at various locations.

Technopark campus

A new multi-storied, modern, fully equipped software development centre is being readied in the lush campus of Technopark at Thiruvananthapuram, with a total area of 430,000 sq. feet.

The software division of NeST is one of the first companies to have been set up in Technopark, way back in 1995.

This division has now grown to a level where it now engages 1,200 technology professionals crafting cutting-edge engineering technologies on various domains including healthcare, industrial automation, wireless and networking, automotive, embedded systems and product engineering.

This group offers a wide range of services to the global Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) leaders of the US, Japan, Europe, Australia and West Asia. In the infrastructure sector, NeST is 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 KINFRA (Kerala Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation).

When completed, this prestigious project will have 10 lakh sq. ft of world-class manufacturing space with support facilities for housing, hospital and recreation, providing direct employment to over 10,000 people. Many leading companies from the US and Japan have expressed keen interest to set up their manufacturing facilities in the NeST Hi-Tek Park.

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 centres, management training institute and finishing school.

Food & beverages

In the foods and beverages sector, NeST has brought in world-class technology, operational excellence and international quality standards in the manufacture of packaged drinking water, sparkling mineral water, condiments, rice and value-added food products from its manufacturing facilities in and around Kochi.

The award of coveted ISO 22000 quality and safety certification to NeST Foods and Beverages product is recognition of NeST's commitment to quality and safety.

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(This article was published on March 29, 2011)
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