Nissan has announced that the company will be establishing its first global centre for digital operations in India. The Japanese car maker has also said that for its first global hub in India, the company will also be hiring around 500 people by the end of the current financial year.
Nissan has said that the first Nissan Digital Hub will be set up in Kerala, which will be followed by multiple software and information technology development centres in Asia, North America and Europe. The Japanese company has also already signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Kerala government.
The Nissan centre in Kerala will be focusing on creating latest digital capabilities to improve user experiences, product development capabilities, security as well as connectivity in keeping with the advancement of the futuristic autonomous, fully connected, electric vehicle technologies.
While speaking on the development, Nissan Motor Corporation’s Chief Information Officer, Tony Thomas told the media that the company is building its for new-age digital capability. The company thinks India would be a great market for it from the technology and talent perspective.
Thomas added by saying that developing new-age capabilities are necessary owing to the rapid transformation of the global automotive industry in terms of manufacturing practice, designing, engineering, automation and sales.
It has become highly important because of the advent of the autonomous and connected vehicles and the sudden rise of the electric car technology, he further added.
While commenting on the role of the new Kerala based centre, Thomas revealed that this centre is meant for the global market. The talent that the company will be building in Kerala will be serving all across the international markets for Nissan.
He added by saying that this centre will be focusing on two primary aspects.
First, is to take the present IT capability of the company to the next level. It will be focusing on digitization of Nissan's present manufacturing and engineering capabilities as well as improving the customer experience to take it to the next level.
Secondly, the centre will be focusing on the development of security and data analysis to meet the requirements of the new-age vehicles, which are basically "computer on wheels" now.
Thomas said a whole lot of advanced technologies like connected, electric and autonomous systems go into these model cars. Thus, the need of security and analysis of data, and the centre will focus on building some of these capabilities for Nissan.
He also revealed that the company is estimating to have around 500 employees in the Kerala centre, and it will start with just around 20 odd employees. Thomas also said that the company will work along with its partners to create a future technology ready ecosystem at the Indian centre.
While commenting on the development, Peyman Kargar, the Chairman at Nissan for Africa, Middle East and India region, said, that the setting up of Nissan's first global Digital Hub in India reflects the company’s commitment to the country’s growing market and the company’s belief in investing in the country for long term.
Nissan and its French partner Renault, have a manufacturing facility close to Chennai with a potential annual capacity of 4.8 lakh cars. The Renault-Nissan alliance also has a global R&D centre based in Chennai that employs 7,000 engineers.