Trivandrum: Chief Minister, Shri Pinarayi Vijayan today inaugurated Nissan Motor Co’s first Nissan Global Digital Hub in Trivandrum in the presence of HE Kenji Hiramatsu, Japanese Ambassador to India; Union Minister of State for Tourism, Shri K J Alphons; Dr Shashi Tharoor, MP Thiruvananthapuram; and Tony Thomas, CIO of Nissan.
In his address, the Chief Minister said, “Nissan coming to Thiruvananthapuram marks the beginning of a new era for Kerala IT. We will do our best to ensure Kerala proves to be Nissan’s second home after Japan.”
Nissan Global Digital Hub is a 24,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art facility located in Kerala’s IT hub, Technopark in Thiruvananthapuram and will be the first of its kind in a number of software development centres in Asia, Europe North America and Latin America. These centres will drive digital transformation for Nissan’s business by placing digital technology at the heart of key operations and services.
Earlier, briefing the media, Tony said, “Since our announcement of this centre in June earlier this year, we have recruited 350 employees and our plan is to have 500 by the end of this financial year. We have had good success in attracting talent from different parts of the country and the world and the Trivandrum facility will be home for 50% of Nissan’s worldwide digital workforce. AI, ML, Cybersecurity and Data Science are the focus areas and the work here will support tech enablement of electric and autonomous vehicles for us. It is heartening to note that Nissan’s vendors are adding more employees in Trivandrum thus making up the eco-system. Future plans include our own campus in Technocity.”
Nissan is a global full-line vehicle manufacturer that sells more than 60 models under the Nissan, Infiniti and Datsun brands. Nissan’s global headquarters in Yokohama, Japan, manages operations in six regions: Asia & Oceania; Africa, the Middle East & India; China; Europe; Latin America; and North America.
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