1 min read.Updated: 17 Dec 2020, 05:19 AM ISTAmit Panday
Global carmakers such as Hyundai Motor Co, Renault-Nissan, Ford Motor Co, Mercedes-Benz, and Volkswagen Group already run technology centres in India
FCA aims to tap into India’s vast talent pool of software engineers to build new capabilities to meet new disruptions in the auto industry
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has invested $150 million to open a global innovation and technology development centre in Hyderabad, joining other global automakers tapping the high-quality, low-cost technology skills in India.
The Italian-American automaker said the information and communication technology centre is its biggest such facility outside North America, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.
“India has been at the centre of our plans when it comes to vehicle development and technology. FCA’s engineering capabilities are being expanded in India. This is in line with the increased volumes of work we foresee globally and in India," said Partha Datta, president and managing director, FCA India. The new centre would have about 1,000 engineers when fully operational by end of 2021.
Global carmakers such as Hyundai Motor Co, Renault-Nissan, Ford Motor Co, Mercedes-Benz, and Volkswagen Group already run technology centres in India.
FCA aims to tap into India’s vast talent pool of software engineers to build new capabilities to meet new disruptions in the auto industry as it continues to rapidly adopt digital technologies, Mamatha Chamarthi, its chief information officer for North America and the Asia Pacific, said.
“While reviewing our strategy last year, we knew that the next step for us was to set up a global digital hub, which would serve the company in its digital transformation and drive global technology strategy," she said.
India is a global leader in skilled IT talent pool, she said. “We chose India because it already is one of top four automobile markets globally, has one of the largest millennial populations and youngest labour forces in the world. This is expected to drive strong growth in urban household income over the coming years," Chamarthi said.
FCA India, which already runs engineering centres in Pune and Chennai, has a manufacturing plant in Ranjangaon, Pune, in a joint venture with Tata Motors Ltd. The plant can produce 165,000 cars and 350,000 engines a year.
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