High-tech engineering consultant Altran plans to significantly expand its India operations in order to tap the domestic market as well as support its global clients.
The Altran group employs 17,000 employees worldwide, and envisions India as a key market in the aerospace, automotive, railway, and energy sectors.
The firm is hoping to employ 2,000 high-technology experts in India by 2014, either through hiring or acquisition.
Altran is the official engineering partner of Solar Impulse, the world's first solar-powered aircraft. It took seven years of studies, simulation, construction and tests to achieve the first solar day-and-night flight in history for 26 hours, 10 minutes and 19 seconds, using no fuel and propelled by solar energy alone.