Aspen Technology, Inc., a leading provider of software and services to the process industries, has announced it has opened a Middle East office, in Bahrain.

According to AspenTech, the Middle East is a key region in its growth strategy for expanding its leadership position in the process optimisation market.

Many Middle East-based process manufacturers already use AspenTech solutions across the globe.

To lead AspenTech’s expanded efforts in the Middle East, the company has hired Jay Manouchehri as General Manager of Middle East Operations.

Manouchehri brings to AspenTech extensive Middle East market experience, having worked in managerial positions at Honeywell, ABB and most recently in a Bahrain-based process industry consulting company.

AspenTech has also announced that AspenTech Middle East W.L.L. is no longer a reseller of AspenTech solutions. All Middle East sales, marketing and business development will be handled out of the company’s new Bahrain office.

Antonio Pietri, Executive Vice President of Field Operations at AspenTech said, “Growing our strong base of operations in the Middle East is an important strategic initiative for AspenTech in FY10 and beyond. Hiring Jay Manouchehri and centralising our operations in the new Bahrain office is a major step forward in executing AspenTech’s growth plan for this vital region.”