Nissan signs MoU with Kerala government for digital hub

Signalling Kerala’s evolution as a major destination for technology companies, Japanese automotive firm Nissan Motor Company on Friday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the State government to set up a Digital Innovation Hub in the capital city.

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan who attended the signing ceremony said the new venture marked a milestone in the State’s emergence as a major driver for digital technologies.

“It 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.” Promising all support for the digital hub, he hoped it would encourage other companies to establish their operations in the State.

Job opportunities

“We are confident that this centre will create job opportunities and give an impetus to the development of the State,” he added.

The hub will seek to transform Nissan’s global business by placing digital technology at the heart of key operations and services like product development, user experience, security, and connectivity. “This centre will help us develop and maintain a talented workforce to improve the way we serve our customers around the world,” said Tony Thomas, Chief Information Officer, Nissan.

Chief Secretary Paul Antony and Mr. Thomas signed the memorandum before exchanging the documents in the presence of the Chief Minister. Secretary, IT, M. Sivasankar, Technopark CEO Hrishikesh Nair, and Kerala Infrastructure Investment Fund Board CEO K.M. Abraham were present.

The government has provided 70 acres for Nissan to set up the digital hub at the Technocity campus, Pallipuram. The facility, to be shared by the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance, a Franco-Japanese strategic partnership, will function as the nerve centre of the company’s research in electric and automated vehicles.

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