A little over five months after Nissan Motor Co first announced that it was setting up its first-ever global digital hub in India, the facility was inaugurated yesterday at Technopark in Trivandrum. The inauguration was done by the chief minister of Kerala, Pinarayi Vijayan in the presence of KJ Alphons, minister of state for tourism; Kenji Hiramatsu, Japanese ambassador to India; Shashi Tharoor, MP Thiruvananthapuram; and Tony Thomas, chief information officer of Nissan.
Inaugurating the facility, Pinarayi Vijayan, chief minister of Kerala, said, "Nissan’s 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."
The state-of-the-art facility located in Kerala's IT hub, Technopark in Thiruvananthapuram, will be the first of kind in a number of software and information technology development centres in Asia, Europe North America and Latin America. These centres will drive the digital transformation for Nissan's business by placing digital technology at the heart of key operations and services.
The hub in Thiruvananthapuram will allow Nissan to provide application portfolio management, best-in-class user experiences, product development capabilities, data science, cyber security and connectivity as the automotive industry evolves, with growing use of autonomous, connected and electric vehicle technology.
Kenji Hiramatsu, ambassador of Japan to India, said: "Japan-India relations have never been as strong as they are today based on the trust between our two prime ministers. During Prime Minister Modi's visit to Japan in October, both governments agreed on digital partnership and the cooperation in the field of IT. I deeply welcome Nissan's establishment of a digital hub in Kerala to take advantage of India's high-level IT talents. I hope that this partnership helps to drive forward the future of innovation, technology collaboration and talent sharing between our two great nations."
Congratulating Nissan for setting up the digital hub in Thiruvananthapuram, Dr Shashi Tharoor said, "I am happy that Nissan decided to set up its first global digital hub in my constituency. I am equally happy about the fact that I could play an early and useful role in convincing the Nissan management about the advantages Thiruvananthapuram offers. I wish Nissan Digital a very successful future."
"We are excited to accomplish this key milestone in the journey of Nissan Digital. This hub in India will serve as an important engine to drive Nissan's global digital transformation and we already have some of the finest technology talent driving outcomes to serve our customers around the world better," said Tony Thomas, corporate vice-president and chief information officer at Nissan.
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