Pune was known as Punnaka – an agricultural settlement in the 8th century.City has a glorious history of nearly 1600 years.
Pune is recognized as the Cultural Capital of Maharashtra as it truly carries the heritage of Maharashtra along with modernization.
“Oxford of the East”, simply put, Pune is a bona fide,tremendous vibrancy, one hundred percent university City
Pune is emerging as a pioneer Business hub with well equipped infrastructure & facilities.
The many cultural activities and renowned places of interests for art lovers have made Pune earn a distinct popularity and among tourists to Maharashtra
The center of education, culture, art and history in Maharashtra, Pune city has often been referred to as the Oxford of the East.
Several educational institutes thrive in this city, home to Pune University, which has a large number of educational affiliates.
Pune is the eighth largest city in India and the second largest in Maharashtra. The city is the administrative capital of Pune district. Pune is a major transportation hub for Western Maharashtra.
Pune has well established manufacturing, glass, sugar, and forging industries since the 1950-60s. It has a growing industrial hinterland, with many information technology and automotive companies setting up factories in Pune district. The city is known for various cultural activities like classical music, spirituality, theater, sports, and literature. As one of the largest cities in India, and as a result of its many colleges and universities, these activities and job opportunities attract migrants and students from all over India and abroad, which makes for a city of many communities and cultures.
In 1990 Pune began to attract foreign capital, particularly in the information technology and engineering industries; new businesses like floriculture and food processing, Wineries started to take root in and around the city. In 1998, work on the six-lane Mumbai-Pune expressway began, the expressway being completed in 2001.
IT Parks were established in Aundh, Hinjawadi and on Nagar Road. In 2008 the Commonwealth Youth Games took place in Pune, which encouraged additional development in the northwest region of the city.
Pune is emerging as a prominent location for IT and manufacturing companies to expand. Pune has the sixth largest metropolitan economy and the second highest per capita income in the country.
IT & Software companies
Wipro, TCS, Capgemini, KPIT Cummins, Persistent, Symphony Services, SunGard, Tech-Mahindra, IBM, Accenture, Allscripts, Symantec, Systems Plus Technologies, Aztec, Atos, Siemens, John Deer, WNS, Tata Technologies, Capgemini, Veritas, Cognizant, Patni Computer Systems, Larsen and Tourbo Infotech, Infosys, Eaton, AVAYA, Zensar, Parametric, Geometric, Xansa, HSBC, Barclays, Credit Suisse, Syntel, Fujitsu, Softenger, Oracle Financial Software Solutions (Formerly Iflex), ThoughtWorks, Red Hat. Geometric Limited, Symphony Services, Syntel, Fujitsu ,Cybage, IBM global, Sybase and Crest Premedia Solutions (P) Ltd.
BPO and Call Centres
EXL Services, WNS Global, Convergys, Aegis, Mphasis, Vcustomer, Capita.
Some large manufacturing industries
KSB Pumps, Thyssen Krupp, Atlas Copco, SKF Bearings, Forbes Marshall, Serum Institute, Kirloskar Oil Engines, Bharat Forge, Thermax, Jaihind Industries, Tata Autocomp, Tata Ficosa, Tata Johnson, Cummins India, Honeywell Automation, Honeywell Turbochargers, Pudumjee Papers, Tyco, Leoni, Godrej Appliances, 3M, Avery Dennison, St. Gobain, Suzlon, Kalyani Lemerz, Tata Yutaka, Tata Hendricks, Bobst India, Kinetic Motors, Century Enka, Akzo Nobel, Vishay Components, Jabil Circuits, Emerson, Tata Bluescope, POSCO, Emcure, Venky’s, ITC, Frito-Lay’s, Coca Cola.
Tata Motors, Bajaj Auto, Volkswagen, Mercedes Benz India, Behr Engineering Services (BES), FIAT, General Motors, Force Motors, Mahindra Navistar, John Deere, JCB, Premier Automobiles, Mahindra & Mahindra, Kinetic Motors, Saint-Gobain Sekurit, TATA Autocomp Systems Limited, Robert Bosch GmbH, ZF Friedrichshafen AG, Visteon, and Continental Corporation
Consumer durables manufacturers
LG, Whirlpool, Godrej Appliances, Sharp, Haier.
Alfa Laval, Sandvik, Atlas Copco, Keihin FIE, Panasonic, Sharp, Enkei, Tata Tokyo, Tata Yazaki, Tata Yutaka, Lumax and many more.
The 3 wheeler or the auto rickshaw is the best means of public transportation in Pune.
On how to get to Pune or get around in Pune for new expats
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