US-based Gerber Technology yesterday opened its new regional headquarters for South East Asia in Bangalore.

The new office will support the company's operations in countries such as Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan, and the Middle East where it offers a range of solutions from product and pattern design, grading and marker making, material spreading, handling and cutting to product data management.

According to Gerber's president James S Arthurs, the firm has installed more than $500 million of computer-aided design and manufacturing systems in over 5,000 customer operations in Asia.

India, where it has 250 customers and has been operating for the past 12 years through its agent India Industrial Garment Machines Pvt Ltd, has also been identified as an important growth market.