Black Box Eyes 3x Growth To $2 Bn By 2027 With Focus On Critical Infra

Black Box, an Indian IT firm, targets a revenue surge to $2B by 2027, focusing on critical digital infrastructure and cybersecurity. With a robust growth plan, the company aims to capitalize on the global demand for advanced data centers and hybrid workplaces, leveraging its presence in 35 countries and strategic talent acquisition, particularly in India.
Black Box Eyes 3x Growth To $2 Bn By 2027 With Focus On Critical Infra

Indian IT company Black Box is expecting a threefold increase in revenue to USD 2 billion over the next three years, driven by demand for critical technological infrastructure.

Black Box President and CEO Sanjeev Verma told PTI that focusing on digital infrastructure, connectivity, networking, modern workplace cybersecurity, along with artificial integration, is going to provide a huge runway to the company.

"I think we see the future for digital infrastructure business ramping up on the back of hybrid activity on the data centre side, requirement for people to collaborate across continents and cultures, hybrid workplaces that have become a norm post-Covid."

"We are looking at double-digit growth organically over the next few years and expect to push towards USD 2 billion (Rs 16,632 crore) revenues in the next three years," Verma said.

The company had reported a consolidated revenue of Rs 6,233 crore in FY23, as per a BSE filing.

Black Box works with big tech companies like Amazon, Google, Meta, and Microsoft, to help build their high-density data centres.

Verma said the opportunity for the company lies in 5 and 10 gigawatts of data centres, which is a USD 300 billion-plus market globally.

"Our addressable market is 15 per cent of that. That's USD 45 billion. Even a 5 per cent of that is USD 2 billion."

"I think we are focused on getting the right talent so that we are able to address the potential that we see in the infrastructure space worldwide, and of course America will always lead there," Verma said.

Black Box gets 70 per cent of its business from the US, and 15 per cent from Europe, and the rest from the Asia Pacific.

"As we speak, I think we are 4,000-people-strong, operating in 35 countries. From a revenue standpoint, I think we are touching about Rs 7,000 crore. That's about a 7-8 times increase from 2019, when we were only at Rs 700 crore."

India is important from a talent perspective, he said, adding that the company recently launched a centre of excellence in Bengaluru, which will expand over the next couple of years.

"If you reach USD 2 billion, I expect significant hiring. The number of people will possibly go up from 4,000 to 7,000-8,000 and a large part of the hiring will also be in India," Verma said.

It will be critical for Black Box to bring in high quality talent in Bengaluru and Mumbai to support our global rollout, he said, adding, "And that has started off with 500 people last year in Bengaluru... we are expecting to double that over the next couple of years."

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