Trivandrum: Nissan Motor Co. today signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Government of Kerala to establish a new global centre for digital operations in Trivandrum. The MoU was signed by Tony Thomas, VP & CIO, Nissan and Paul Antony IAS, Chief Secretary, GoK in the presence of Chief Minister, Shri Pinarayi Vijayan in Thiruvananthapuram.
The Nissan Digital Hub will be the first of a number of software development centres in Asia, Europe and North America. These will comprehensively transform Nissan’s business by placing digital technology at the heart of key operations and services. The hubs will allow Nissan to provide best-in-class user experiences, product development capabilities, security and connectivity as the automotive industry evolves, with growing use of autonomous, connected and electric vehicle technology. The centre will initially be based in Technopark before moving to a permanent location in Technocity.
“The new Digital Hub in Kerala will serve as an important engine to drive Nissan’s global digital transformation,” said Tony Thomas, Corporate VP & CIO, Nissan. “This hub will help us develop and maintain a talented workforce in-house, to improve the way we serve our customers around the world. We hope to add 500 new jobs by the end of this year.”
The investment to build the new Digital Hub adds to Nissan’s commitment to India. Together with its Alliance partner Renault, Nissan already has a large manufacturing plant outside Chennai with a potential annual capacity of 4,80,000 vehicles for the domestic market and exports. A global Alliance R&D centre, also in Chennai, employs 7,000 engineers working on projects including vehicle and technology development. Nissan’s sales company for India is based in Gurgaon.
“Today, this landmark announcement marks the arrival of the first global brand to Kerala. The centre brings a great opportunity for both Nissan and the region. It will not only provide Nissan access to a skilled and dedicated workforce but also allow Kerala to showcase its significant potential as a base for global business”, said the CM.
M Sivasankar IAS, IT Secretary and Dr K M Abraham, CEO, KIIFB were among those present on the occasion.
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