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CM inaugurates India’s First Global Development Centre by Johnson Controls-Hitachi Air Conditioning

In a bid to enhance innovation in advanced controls, energy efficiency and Internet of Things (IoT), Chief Minister of Gujarat Mr. Vijay Rupani, in the presence of Deputy Chief Minister Mr. Nitin Patel, inaugurated India’s first Global Development Centre (GDC) developed by Johnson Controls-Hitachi Air Conditioning at Kadi. It is the organisation’s fourth GDC globally which includes 2 in Japan and one in China.

This is a crucial step towards realising Prime Minister’s mission of ‘Make In India’. The GDC is the result of an investment of around Rs. 157 crores. The state-of-the-art facility will drive the company's world class innovation capabilities with a strong focus on developing residential air conditioners and commercial packaged air conditioners for India as well as the Southeast Asia, East Asia and European markets.

The CM said, “The GDC will provide with a plethora of opportunities in Gujarat for start-ups, skill development and employment that are at par with the global standards.” Gujarat has been developing at a rapid pace in the industrial sector with an approximate of 275 GIDC in addition to being a hub of various manufacturing products. The recent decision by Finance Minster Mrs. Nirmala Sitharaman to reduce Corporate Tax to15% will accelerate investments and opportunities in India and Gujarat.

A number of manufacturing units have been set up at Sanand, Viththalapur, Bechraji , Kadi due to the biennial Vibrant Gujarat Global Business Summits started by the PM during his term as the CM. This has resulted in providing ample employment opportunities to the youth of Gujarat.

Deputy Chief Minister Mr. Nitin Patel said, “ Gujarat has yet again earned a feather in its cap by becoming a home to India’s first GDC by Johnson Controls-Hitachi Air Conditioning. A number of Japanese companies have set up their manufacturing units in Mehsana. The state government is working in a dedicated manner to ensure more investments in the state.”

Prime Minister Mr. Modi has strengthened the bi-lateral ties between India and Japan which has provided a new direction for investments in Gujarat.

"This is a crucial step for Johnson Controls-Hitachi Air Conditioning to further strengthen our global position. We have already seen our India-made products being well accepted in West Asia, Sri Lanka, Africa and other South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) countries. Now this new Global Development Center will play a critical role in developing new and exciting products, particularly for Southeast Asia, the Middle East and Europe to enhance our ability to meet diverse market needs in these regions," said Mr. Franz Cerwinka, Chief Executive Officer, Johnson Controls-Hitachi Air Conditioning.

Mr. Gurmeet Singh, Chairman and Managing Director, Johnson Controls-Hitachi Air Conditioning India Ltd. said, "Since we signed a memorandum of understanding in 2009 to invest in Gujarat, our manufacturing facilities at Kadi have become one of the largest air conditioner manufacturing facilities in India. It was an outcome of the Vibrant Gujarat Global Investor's Summit 2009 which was inaugurated by Mr. Narendra Modi, India's current Prime Minister, and the then Chief Minister of Gujarat. The launch of the new Global Development Center is yet another milestone for investment in Gujarat. This engineering and innovation hub will put the state on the world map for industrial research, product development and skill enhancement. With the launch of the new Global Development Center, we have created additional opportunities for the local talent to demonstrate their skills and capabilities to respond to the dynamic global market needs.”

With a floor space of 21,042 square meters, the Global Development Center is located adjacent to the Johnson Controls-Hitachi Air Conditioning India factory to maximize synergy with the manufacturing teams. It is Johnson Controls-Hitachi Air Conditioning's fourth Global Development Center, alongside two centers in Japan and one in China. It represents an important step towards the company's goal of globalizing its product development process in order to leverage its global talent pool and develop products suited to the needs of diverse markets.

Staffed at launch with over 150 engineers and with capacity to accommodate up to 300 in total, the new center is equipped with state-of-the-art research and testing laboratories, including Reliability Labs, Annual Performance Factor Labs, Electromagnetic Compatibility Labs, Electronics Labs and Semi-anechoic Labs to maximize the potential of the local engineering talent. The center also offers a wide range of capabilities, including user experience design, industrial design, simulation, controls, design quality, project management and engineering information systems. It also features an experience zone that will give customers hands-on experience of the latest air conditioning innovations and technologies.

M.P Mrs. Shardaben Patel, M.P Mr. Jugalsinh Lokhandwala, MLAs Mr. Karshanbhai Solanki, Mrs. Ashaben Patel and senior officers from Johnson Controls-Hitachi Air Conditioning were present during the event.

 
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