Ford’s Chen­nai tech cen­tre to be global in­no­va­tion hub

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Ford Mo­tor Com­pany will set up a green and modern Global Tech­nol­ogy and Business Cen­tre in Chen­nai that will serve as a hub for prod­uct devel­op­ment, mo­bil­ity so­lu­tions and business ser­vices for In­dia and other mar­kets around the world. The US auto ma­jor will be in­vest­ing $195 mil­lion (Rs 1300 crore) and hire 3,000 skilled work­ers over the next 5 years.

Ford will also con­sol­i­date 9,000 em­ploy­ees from the 6 ex­ist­ing fa­cil­i­ties in Chen­nai on the 28-acre cam­pus. With 12,000 em­ploy­ees in to­tal, the Chen­nai fa­cil­ity will be­come Ford’s sec­ond-largest cen­tre of em­ploy­ment glob­ally af­ter Dear­born, Michi­gan, USA.

Ford Ex­ec­u­tive Chair­man Bill Ford said in Chen­nai that, “In­dia is not only a vi­brant mar­ket for cars and new mo­bil­ity ideas, but also is rich with tal­ent, tech­ni­cal ex­per­tise and in­ge­nu­ity. This new cen­tre will help us at­tract the best and bright­est, and make Chen­nai a true hub of in­no­va­tion for Ford around the world,” he said.

Ex­pected to be com­pleted by early 2019, the Ford Global Tech­nol­ogy and Business Cen­tre in Chen­nai will be­come Ford’s third global prod­uct devel­op­ment cen­tre in Asia Pa­cific and part of Ford’s global prod­uct devel­op­ment net­work. Along with hous­ing en­gi­neer­ing tal­ent, the cam­pus will be home to em­ploy­ees from IT, fi­nance, ac­count­ing, data an­a­lyt­ics and man­u­fac­tur­ing.

The cen­tre will em­ploy In­dian en­gi­neers, sci­en­tists and skilled work­ers. It will also fea­ture a wide range of lab­o­ra­to­ries and test­ing fa­cil­i­ties for both full ve­hi­cles and com­po­nents, en­abling Ford to con­duct ex­ten­sive test­ing of fu­ture ve­hi­cles in In­dia.

“This is an ex­cit­ing plan for Ford in Chen­nai, and it un­der­scores the bright fu­ture we are cre­at­ing to­gether. We want to ex­press our deep­est grat­i­tude to the Tamil Nadu gov­ern­ment and Chief Min­is­ter J Jay­alalithaa for work­ing with Ford over many years to make this vi­sion a re­al­ity,” Dave Schoch, Pres­i­dent, Ford Asia Pa­cific, said.

Business ser­vices

The pro­posed business and tech­nol­ogy cen­tre will house Ford’s sec­ond-largest IT or­gan­i­sa­tion out­side of the com­pany’s global head­quar­ters. Mak­ing the most of lo­cal tal­ent, this team will help drive in­no­va­tive ideas for Ford’s core and emerg­ing business mod­els in mo­bil­ity, an­a­lyt­ics and con­nected ve­hi­cles.

The cen­tre will also help Ford con­tinue to in­no­vate in man­u­fac­tur­ing around the world, stan­dar­d­is­ing pro­cesses and mak­ing use of the lat­est tech­nolo­gies to en­hance ef­fi­ciency. Teams work­ing on ad­vanced fi­nan­cial anal­y­sis and fu­ture data an­a­lyt­ics will fur­ther strengthen the new fa­cil­ity as a global cen­tre of ex­cel­lence.

Bring­ing to­gether all em­ploy­ees from skill teams cur­rently spread across 6 dif­fer­ent lo­ca­tions in Chen­nai, will help democra­tise in­no­va­tion. It will de­liver business so­lu­tions to nearly ev­ery Ford lo­ca­tion around the world in the ar­eas of prod­uct devel­op­ment, in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy, fi­nance and ac­count­ing, man­u­fac­tur­ing, data an­a­lyt­ics, mar­ket­ing, sales and ser­vice, pur­chas­ing, and au­to­mo­tive fi­nanc­ing.

The pro­posed Ford Global Tech­nol­ogy and Business Cen­tre in Chen­nai

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