CHENNAI: Tamil Nadu chief minister M K Stalin on Tuesday inaugurated Amazon India’s new office in Chennai- the company’s largest in the state and the second largest in India after its Hyderabad campus.
Spanning 18 floors and across 8.3 lakh square feet in the World Trade Centre in Perungudi, the new office marks Amazon’s fourth office in Tamil Nadu. The modern office space will support around 6,000 employees.
While the office will house employees across various Amazon divisions including tech, engineering, customer support and others, it is expected to play a key role in R&D work relating to Amazon’s flagship device Echo.
With this, Amazon’s total office area in TN goes to over 21 lakh square feet. Amazon also has two offices on the OMR in Chennai and one office in Saravanmpatti, Coimbatore.
Amazon first began operations in Tamil Nadu with close to 50 people based in Chennai in the year of 2005. Today, it has over 14,000 employees in the state. The company said Tamil Nadu is a significant location for its various divisions.
“The infrastructure developments in Tamil Nadu have been a result of our investment friendly policies and commitment to create new jobs for the talent pool in the state. We believe that the launch of Amazon’s new office in Chennai will have a multiplier effect on the state economy. The expansion and investment will bind both the economic and social well-being of the state. We welcome this development from Amazon and congratulate them on launching their new office. We look forward to further investments by Amazon in Tamil Nadu focused on job creation and infrastructure expansion,” Stalin said.
“With its uniquely skilled talent that has led some of our best innovations, the state of Tamil Nadu has emerged as a critical talent hub for Amazon in India. The new office is a reaffirmation of our growth and commitment to the state, and we will continue to expand and invest in our employee base in the region to serve our customers and enhance their experience,” Vinod Mathews, director, Global Real Estate & Facilities said.
Among other modern workspace elements, the new office houses meetings rooms, board rooms, phone booths, huddle rooms, mail room, wellness rooms, interfaith prayer rooms, mother’s room, defined recreation space and a 24-hour multi-cuisine food court accessible for all employees. It is also expected to contribute to significant carbon reduction, as Amazon said it will allow an estimated 23% reduction in annual energy consumption and a 76% reduction in drinking water consumption.
Amazon also has four fulfilment centres and three sort centres, enabling work opportunities for tens of thousands of youth in the state.
In 2021, Amazon set up its first devices manufacturing unit in India, in Chennai. “Hundreds of thousands of Fire TV Stick devices are manufactured in this facility, catering to the demands of customers across India,” the company said.
IT minister Mano Thangaraj, IT secretary Neeraj Mittal and other senior officials from the state government were also present at the opening of the office.