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FCA ICT India will be the company’s largest global digital hub outside of North America and EMEA

●Creating nearly 1,000 cutting-edge technology jobs by end of 2021

● Driving strategic competencies in niche technology areas for connected vehicle programs, artificial intelligence, data science, and cloud technologies

● Building an innovation powerhouse to deliver at the speed of customer expectations by harnessing intelligence throughout the customer lifecycle

●Establishing an ecosystem of strategic partners, start-ups, digital accelerators and universities

Hyderabad, NFAPost: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) announced its decision to invest $150 million to set up a new Global Digital Hub in Hyderabad. 

FCA ICT India, FCA’s new innovation and technology development facility is the company’s largest Digital Hub outside of North America and EMEA. The investment significantly expands the automobile manufacturing group’s presence in the country.

FCA ICT India will create nearly 1,000 new cutting-edge technology jobs by the end of 2021 and has plans to increase hiring over the next two to three years. The newly recruited employees will work on exciting products and concepts that will define the future of mobility at FCA.

Digital hub

The Global Digital Hub will serve as a ‘transformation and innovation engine’ for FCA and drive global IT strategy, and deliver excellence through a robust platform, technology and service centers of excellence. The Global Digital Hub will focus on building strategic competencies in niche technology areas such as connected vehicle programs, artificial intelligence, data accelerators, and cloud technologies, among others.

FCA has been expanding its manufacturing and engineering footprint across India for the past two decades and the new Global Digital Hub in Hyderabad marks FCA’s continued commitment to tap into India’s world class digital and IT talent.

Mamatha Chamarthi

Commenting on the development, North America and Asia Pacific CIO, FCA, Mamatha Chamarthi said in the digital era, data is the new currency.

“Our goal is to build an innovation powerhouse that harnesses the intelligence enabled by data to build exciting new products and services to deliver at the speed of our customers’ expectations,” said Mamatha Chamarthi.

“One of the key objectives of FCA ICT India is to digitalize every aspect of FCA’s automotive operations globally and within India, and to shift from legacy to digital through adoption of emerging technologies. We are fostering a strong, global culture of innovation and entrepreneurship to promote agility at scale, and drive customer-centricity,” said Mamatha Chamarthi.

The availability of talent coupled with a culture of innovation and pro-business policies played a major role in FCA’s decision to set-up the facility in Hyderabad.

“The Global Digital Hub will also expand FCA’s relationships with several ecosystem partners, including strategic partners, start-ups, digital accelerators and universities, to accelerate our innovation agenda,” said Mamatha Chamarthi.

FCA ICT India Director and Head Karim Lalani said the centre is working closely with strategic technology partners to accelerate our talent and competency ramp-up at FCA ICT India.

Karim Lalani

“We are also aggressively hiring, and the response has been overwhelming. I am excited to see the new ideas and technologies our talented engineers and data scientists will develop for our customers. We foresee our Global Digital Hub driving innovation in multiple areas, including customer safety, connected mobility and digital showroom experience,” said Karim Lalani,.

Karim Lalani said FCA ICT is excited to build a truly pioneering, global digital hub that will strengthen FCA’s position as a global mobility leader.

Joint venture

FCA has a major presence in Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu, with headquarters in Mumbai and employs over 3,000 people. With the Global Digital Hub, FCA will be expanding its presence in Telangana. The company has a joint venture vehicle and powertrain manufacturing facility in Ranjangaon, Maharashtra. The company’s engineering and product development operations are located in Pune and Chennai.

FCA India President and Managing Director Dr. Partha Datta said the $150 million investment to set up a Global Digital Hub in Hyderabad, Telangana cements our continued commitment to India and our customers

Partha Datta

“FCA ICT India will be our technology backbone that will not  only help us develop products for future mobility but will also sharpen our efforts to enhance customer-centricity. This is a significant step forward in realizing our vision to make our Indian operations more capable to develop digitally-driven products and technologies locally for India and also for the world,” said Dr. Partha Datta.

FCA India manufactures the award-winning Jeep Compass in Ranjangaon and exports the SUV to 13 international right-hand drive markets, including Japan and Australia. FCA India is gearing up to launch a number of new and exciting products in 2021.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) designs, engineers, manufactures, distributes and sells vehicles under the Abarth, Alfa Romeo, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Fiat Professional, Jeep,
Lancia, Ram, SRT brands as well as luxury cars under the Maserati brands.

FCA also operates in the components sector, through Teksid, and in the production systems sector, through Comau, and in after-sales services and products under the Mopar brand name. In addition, the Group provides retail and dealer finance, leasing and rental services in support of the car business through subsidiaries, joint ventures and commercial
agreements with specialized financing services providers.

FCA is an international auto group engaged in industrial activities in the automotive sector through companies located in 40 countries and has commercial relationships with customers in approximately 150 countries.

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