Japanese auto manufacturer Nissan Motor Co today said it is establishing its first global center for digital operations in India. The company also said it will hire around 500 people for the same by the end of this fiscal.
The company said the hub will be set up in Kerala. It will be followed by a number of software and information technology development centers in Asia, Europe, and North America.
Nissan Motor Corporation Chief Information Officer Tony Thomas told PTI that “We are building our team up for this new-age digital capability. We thought that India would be a great market for us from a technology and talent perspective”. Nissan sets up first global digital hub in India.
He said developing such new-age capability has been necessitated by the transformation happening in the automotive industry across the globe with respect to manufacturing, automation, engineering design and how cars are sold.
He added It has become even more important with the advent of autonomous and connected cars along with the emergence of electric vehicle technology.
Thomas said, “This is for the global market. The talent that we are building here will be serving all over the globe for Nissan”.
The company has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Kerala government today.
“The first is to take the current IT capability that we have and evolve it to the next generation,” Thomas added.
The second part, he said, would be the on development of security and data analysis to cater to the needs of modern cars, which have become “computer on wheels”.
“Connected, electric and autonomous cars, a lot of technologies go into these cars. (There is a) need for security and analysis of data…We will be focusing on building some of those capabilities here to serve our company,” Thomas said.
When asked how big the centre would be in terms of manpower, he said,”Our assumption is that we will have about 500-odd employees here driving outcomes for Nissan across the globe”.
The centre will start with around 20-odd people.
“We have almost 100 offers ready to go as soon as we finalise with the government. Before the end of the fiscal we will hit 500 or more,” he said.
Thomas said Nissan will also work with its partners to build an ecosystem for future technology at the centre.
“We will be building it up. From thereon, based on our performance we will build up and the number (headcount) will grow up,” he added.