Todya is Ayesa’s 10th anniversary in India. In 2009, the company decided to travel the 7,600 kilometres that separate Seville from Gurgaon, where it opened its first office, the aim being to establish a permanent presence on the subcontinent and become an international engineering company in Asia.
For José Luis Manzanares Abásolo, CEO of Ayesa, ‘the formula chosen by the company to establish itself in India was unusual. We changed our international strategy of going from one project to another to establish a permanent presence in certain markets with the aim of becoming a local player with a long-term, multi-project vision’. The company’s Vice President for International Business, Nagi Chehab, predicted impressive results, and has been proven right: ‘the decision was particularly difficult as our knowledge of the region and local laws was non-existent. However, we were ready to accept a long and steep learning curve in order to secure projects and ensure outstanding results’.
As such, India was an exception in terms of the process of international expansion the company followed. Nevertheless, the strategy of becoming a local player is what has made Ayesa so competitive in comparison to other major global engineering firms.
It was not long before Ayesa began to secure contract after contract and in 2010, it was awarded its first project, which involved providing supervision services for maintenance work on the Sister Nivedita Bridge in Calcutta. In 2011, it achieved its first major project, which consisted of designing 26 stations on the Delhi Metro’s Magenta Line, this being the first of many important contracts to come.
As such, over its ten years in India, Ayesa has participated in a dozen metro projects, including in Calcutta, Jaipur, Greater Noida, Lucknow, Bangalore and Pune, with some of these infrastructures currently in operation. It has also undertaken important road infrastructure projects, such as project management for the Agra Lucknow Expressway, the longest in India at 300 kilometres in length, and is currently providing supervision services in Purvanchal, a contract which it was awarded at the end of 2018.
Our latest milestone came this year when we were awarded two work packages for the country’s semi high-speed rail line (180km/h).