‘QuEST Global’ Staff to Double with Massive Revenue Target


Thiruvananthapuram: QuEST Global, the Singapore-based diversified engineering solutions provider, which is celebrating 20 years of its operations, is eyeing a billion dollars in revenue by 2020 and, in turn, expecting a double-fold increase in the number of employees across its 35 centres spread all over the world.

“We usually make a five-year growth plan. Currently, we are in the 2020 plan period and our goal is to exceed a billion dollars in revenue by 2020. As of now, we have 8000-plus employees of which more than 2000 work at Technopark in Thiruvananthapuram. The growth by 2020 will translate into a total headcount of 20,000 employees. Consequently, we expect the number of employees at Technopark campus to rise to somewhere between 4000 and 5000,” said Dr. Ajay Prabhu, COO, who was on a visit to the Technopark campus in connection with the second anniversary of the company’s takeover of NeST Software.

Speaking to Destination Kerala, Prabhu said: “Over the last couple of years, the QuEST Thiruvananthapuram team has been playing a prominent role in contributing towards the accelerated growth of the organisation. The team here has demonstrated a high degree of openness in adapting to the global culture, and I believe they will continue to play a significant role in helping the organisation achieve our billion-dollar goal.”

‘‘We have been successfully offering software and embedded engineering solutions, to address the emerging engineering needs of our global customers. We also aim to become the preferred destination for talented engineers from both inside and outside the State, providing those who are passionate about engineering, an opportunity to work with Fortune 500 organisations, and on emerging technologies.’’

QuEST Global provides engineering software and embedded solutions to medical devices, transportation (automotive), oil & gas, power, aerospace and defence sectors. Narayanan S, Vice President and Centre Head, Thiruvananthapuram, said the company has completed the process of integration of businesses post takeover, on schedule. “It has been a mammoth task and maintaining the best practices of both the companies formed the bottom line. We have embraced the change and now are on course to realising Vision 2020,” he said.

The business is predominantly in the US and Europe, with both markets sharing 40 per cent each, and the rest is spread over the Asia-Pacific region.

According to Prabhu, the company’s key growth areas will be automotive and oil & gas. “After acquiring NeST in 2014, we have closed two more deals. Acquisition will be a part of growth strategy in terms of ensuring our presence and market access in different geographies. For instance, we are looking to make a foray into the French market via acquisition mode,” he said, adding that the company was also tracking startups which were working on products and technology platforms relevant to its business.