Nissan Motor Co Ltd signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) today with the Government of Kerala, to establish a new global centre for digital operations in India. The new Nissan Digital Hub will be the first of a number of software and information technology development centres for the company in Asia, Europe and North America. These centres will comprehensively transform Nissan’s business by placing digital technology at the heart of key operations and services, the company noted.
The Digital Hub will enable Nissan to provide best-in-class user experiences, product development capabilities, security and connectivity to its customers. This is especially important as the automotive industry evolves, with growing use of autonomous, connected and electric vehicle technology. The first Digital Hub will initially be set up in the Kerala Government-owned Technopark in Thiruvananthapuram, before moving to a permanent location in the city. Once fully operational, it will provide a range of in-house services to strengthen the company’s digital capabilities in India and other global markets, Nissan noted.
The investment to build the new Digital Hub adds to Nissan’s commitment to India, the company said. Together with its Alliance partner Renault, Nissan already has a manufacturing plant outside Chennai with annual production capacity of 480,000 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.
Tony Thomas, Corporate Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Nissan, said the new Digital Hub in Kerala will serve as an important engine to drive the company’s global digital transformation. This hub will help Nissan develop and maintain a talented workforce in-house, to improve the way in which it serves its customers around the world, he added.
Setting up the company’s first global Digital Hub in India reflects its commitment to this market and its belief in investing for the long term, noted Peyman Kargar, Chairman, Nissan Africa, Middle East and India region. He said that 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.