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Nissan to establish its first global digital hub in India

July 01, 2018, 08:42 AM IST by Nikhil Puthran
Nissan to establish its first global digital hub in India

- Signed MoU with the Government of Kerala
- Initially to be set up in Technopark before being permanently set up in city

Japanese car manufacturer Nissan has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Government of Kerala to set up a new global center for digital operations in India. Nissan claims that the digital hub will be the first of a number of software and information technology development centers 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 company further claims that the hubs will offer 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 first centre will initially be set up in Technopark - a technology park owned by the government of Kerala in Trivandrum - before moving to a permanent location in the city. Once fully operational, it will enable the company to strengthen its digital capabilities in India and other global markets.

Speaking on the occasion, Tony Thomas, corporate vice president and chief information officer at Nissan, said, “The new Digital Hub in Kerala will serve as an important engine to drive Nissan’s global digital transformation. This hub will help us develop and maintain a talented workforce in-house, to improve the way we serve our customers around the world.”

“Today, this landmark announcement marks the arrival of the first global brand to Kerala,” said Pinarayi Vijayan, chief minister for the government of Kerala, who also holds the information technology portfolio and attended the MoU signing. “The center 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."

Peyman Kargar, chairman of Nissan’s Africa, Middle East and India region, added, “The creation of Nissan’s first global Digital Hub in India reflects our commitment to this growing market and our belief in investing in India for the long term. Harnessing the skills and talents of the workforce in India is another way that Nissan is working to capture the full potential of the region.”

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