21 August 2012

Benjamin West opens new office in New Delhi, India

New Delhi & Boulder, Colo.- 21 August 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) - Officials of Benjamin West, the hotel industry’s leading global purchasing firm for furniture, fixtures and equipment (FF&E) and operating supplies and equipment (OS&E), today announced that the company has opened an office in New Delhi, India. The new branch will begin with an initial assignment for SAMHI, an India-based firm that is developing five, new-build hotels under the Marriot and Hyatt brands. 

The hotels under agreement include the 178-room Hyatt Place, Gurgaon, the 171-room Courtyard Marriott, Bengaluru (ORR), the 161-room Fairfield by Marriott, Bengaluru (Outer Ring Road), the 153-room Fairfield by Marriott, Sriperumbudur, and the 148-room Fairfield by Marriott, Bengaluru (City Centre). 

India remains one of the world’s hottest hotel development markets, which we believe will continue for the foreseeable future,” said Alan Benjamin, president of Benjamin West. “This projected growth compelled us to open our fourth international office to provide on-the-ground service and support to our clients. Every country has its own specific customs and regulations for purchasing. Our staff there has extensive purchasing background both in terms of specifying/regulations and local, regional and international sourcing.” 

“Easily for the next decade, India has vast development potential that is just beginning to be realized,” said Suprio Ghosh, managing director for Benjamin West India. “Our country’s economy has enjoyed robust growth for 20 years, and the outlook remains positive. As the economy expands, demand for quality, branded hotels will rise.” 

Benjamin West has a proven track record of working with all of the major brands, most of whom are active in India,” he added. “Working in some 25-plus countries around the world, Benjamin West is one of a small handful of firms globally approved to handle Hyatt Place FF&E and OS&E purchasing. Our well-established relationship with Marriott-branded properties includes over 575 properties around the world, having provided purchasing services to more than 20 percent of all Marriott hotels in the United States and 15 percent of all Marriot properties worldwide. We look forward to continue expanding these brand affiliations.” 

“Hotel development in India is complex, and we wanted to work with a purchasing firm that had the expertise to help ensure that our FF&E was properly managed from the early stages of sourcing through fabrication and delivery, all the way through project closeout,” said Mr. Ashish Jakhanwala, managing director and CEO, SAMHI. “Their knowledge of how to navigate the complexities of hotel FF&E purchasing and installation simplified our decision-making process.” 

Located in New Delhi, the India office will host a team with more than 35 years of purchasing experience. The group’s accomplishments include the development of large, complex, commercial, corporate, convention and public sector projects with rigorous schedules, which they consistently improved upon, as well as the management and direction of diverse teams of project management specialists around the globe. 

In addition to their new office opening in India, Boulder, Colorado-headquartered Benjamin West also operates from offices in Chicago, Dallas, Hong Kong, London and Miami. The firm’s staff of more than 70 professionals ranks Benjamin West as the world’s largest hotel FF&E and OS&E procurement firm providing a full range of purchasing services. 

Source: Benjamin West