IBM expands in Székesfehérvár by employing over 400 people
With its over 100 years of history, IBM is one of the world's largest and most valuable companies which is present in more than 170 countries. In 2015 the American giant company earned nearly USD 82 billion in sales and employed 377 757 people worldwide.
IBM has been present in Hungary since 1936, and in Székesfehérvár it has been running one of its international service centres of strategic importance since 1997. For IBM and its clients globally the IBM Client Innovation Centre Szekesfehervar&Budapest provides services related to operation-system assistance, data storage treatment and remote supervision of system networks. The significance of the centre is demonstrated by the fact that in the company's global network there are only 10 similar facilities around the world.
IBM Data Storage Systems has in recent years steadily developed the capacity of the Székesfehérvár-based international customer service centre. With the recently announced investment the company will carry out an expansion worth of approximately HUF 3.2 billion which, by virtue of an individual government decision (IGD), the Hungarian government—in collaboration with the Hungarian Investment Promotion Agency (HIPA)—will support with a non-repayable subsidy amounting to more than HUF 1.1 billion. As a result of the investment, 410 new, high value-added jobs will be created in Székesfehérvár.
By now, the United States has become Hungary's largest investor outside the EU: investments flowing from the US total more than USD 9 billion, and currently 1 600 US companies employ approximately 100 000 Hungarian people. At the same time, for Hungary the United States is the most important non-EU export market, and also is the second most important trading partner and the third most important source of import.