116482372557_chenguhitech_tn.jpgIBM has added another global delivery centre to the three it currently has in China, in the latest demonstration of China’s growing attractions for foreign IT services firms.

Interestingly, the new centre is in Chengdu, Sichuan province, and it is designed to tap into emerging opportunities in western China. Based in Chengdu Hi-Tech Zone (pictured), the new facility will start operating in February 2007.

Despite its wild west image, IBM argues that Chengdu is home to a large number of highly-trained IT professionals, providing a strong pool of talent for the centre. IBM has further committed to work with local universities and government bodies to ensure key skills such as languages are developed locally.

Just as well, because the new centre is designed to provide multi-lingual application development and maintenance services to clients globally in English, Japanese and Chinese, and to IBM’s new global procurement centre, which was recently relocated from the New York to Shenzhen in a move charged with significance — see this EngagingChina for more.

Earlier this month IBM’s CEO Sam Palmisano launched a big initiative to drum up more business for IBM in China. As well as projects involving China’s education and health ministries, he also announced that IBM’s China research labs would develop services specifically aimed at China’s SMEs.

See this EngagingChina story for more on IT opportunities with China’s SMEs. More on Chengdu Hi-Tech Zone here.