Small and medium-sized businesses, wherever they are, benefit greatly from a wider network to provide them with support and resources, especially in a hostile environment for startups. In 2011, the India SME Forum was established with the aim of recognizing and supporting small and medium-sized enterprises, many of which are struggling against what the organization calls “un-entrepreneur-friendly government policies”. In five years, the SME Forum, which started with 400 members, has grown to include more than 76,000 MSMEs (micro, small and medium-sized enterprises), with the support of more than 270 sectoral and regional associations and partnerships with 35 banks and companies.
The India SME Forum recognizes the achievements of small businesses through the “India’s Small Giants” award, an oxymoronic title that distinguishes organizations that the forum believes have the potential to become true giants in the future. This year’s prize was awarded to 40 companies, chosen by a jury from more than 1,600 applicants. One of those 40 was Altem Technologies of Bangalore, one of the leading providers of 3D technology in Southeast Asia. Founded in 2010, Altem Technologies serves as a distributor for several major 3D manufacturers, including Stratasys, Dassault Systèmes, Artec 3D and more.
Altem has also been instrumental in getting people excited about 3D printing in a country that until recently has been relatively slow to adopt the technology. Projects like creating a six-foot-tall 3D-printed statue of the Hindu god Ganesha not only wowed people with the capabilities of 3D printing, but also publicized the company and the technology. that she offers. Altem Technologies is also known for developing printmyCAD.com, a service that allows customers to try out 3D printing technology by having their first 3D design printed and shipped for free.
The enthusiasm, creativity and customer service that Altem brings to their business are certainly major factors in their success, and the Small Giants award is not the first time they have been recognized. They were honored with the “India SME 100” award, which recognizes the top 100 small and medium enterprises in the country, in 2014, and have also received official accolades from several of their partners.
“We are very proud to win this prestigious India Small Giants award,” said Sharath Chandra, co-founder of Altem Technologies. “This is a testament to the hard work and vision of our team. Altem, since its inception, has been dedicated to raising awareness of 3D printing technologies in India and helping more people realize the benefits of this technology in India. This award encourages us to continue our work and take it to new heights. We thank the India SME Forum for recognizing our efforts with this award.
It also probably won’t be the last award they receive. The popularity of 3D printing has grown rapidly in India over the past couple of years, and Altem Technologies is largely grateful for that. Let’s discuss this recent award on the 3D Tech Company Altem Receives Award forum on 3DPB.com.
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