July 26, 2017, 2:49 am
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German firms eye PH for shared services

German companies now look at the Philippines as the location of their shared service centers catering to the Asia Pacific markets, according to Ramon Lopez, secretary of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). 

Lopez met recently with some German firms which have expressed plans to either locate or expand in the Philippines.

Boehringer Ingelheim (BI), the third largest multinational in the country, plans to make the Philippines as a global center for BI shared services.

BI has been present in the Philippines for 50 years and has designated Manila as the service location for Asia-Pacific. It has has two service locations: Ingelheim (for the EU market) and Buenos Aires (South America market.

Lopez said the choice of Manila is mainly because of the country’s good university system and access to talented workforce. The Manila operations will start in October 2017, with 200 employees, initially servicing the Australia and New Zealand markets.

Merck plans to expand its information technology-business process management (IT-BPM operations in the Philippines in the next three to four years by offering more services and increasing its workforce to 800 people by 2020.

Merck opened its IT-BPM operations in the Philippines in July 2016 with an initial 125 employees, offering procurement, accounting, human resources and IT services for its North America and Asia-Pacific markets.

Automaker BMW meanwhile has tapped Bosch Communications Center in the Philippines for its Asean inquiries.

Fresenius Medical Care, which operates 21 dialysis clinics all over the country, will hire more staff from its IT-BPM operations in the Philippines.

Lopez said Fresenius has opened its shared service center in Alabang in 2015, servicing the accounting and finance operations of 30 countries. From a staff complement of 77 in 2017, Fresenius Medical Care will increase number of employees to 130 in three years.

In terms of its medical care operations, Fresenius sees the need to further expand operations in the country to 25 clinics by end 2017 and up to 37 by 2020.
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