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KTR inaugurates Johnson Controls’ innovation centre

IT and industries minister K.T. Rama Rao on Tuesday inaugurated the OpenBlue Innovation Centre of Johnson Controls India Pvt Ltd at Hitec City. Johnson Controls, which is into smart, healthy and sustainable buildings, has set up this centre for engineering and excellence in Hyderabad.

The company announced that it would set up its manufacturing unit in the city, in response to Rama Rao’s request.

Speaking on the occasion, Rama Rao said the Telangana government was giving utmost importance to local manufacturing in view of the employment potential to the locals and urged manufacturing companies to tap the opportunities available in the state and the country by setting up their plants in Telangana.

“Telangana can be the single-stop destination for Johnson Controls and the only gateway to India. The business experience in India will vary with the gateway chosen. Telangana is progressive and Hyderabad has grown well and offers a lot of growth opportunities,” he said.

“We realised that the quality of production here is good. This is the best place to manufacture our products,” Dave Pulling, president and general manager, Global Security Products, Johnson Controls, said and announced the decision to set up a manufacturing unit in the city.

“Business decisions should be that quick. It shows the company is agile. I wish all my interactions with the business community were like this,” Rama Rao said about the hard work involved in getting new investments. The company can use the Telangana manufacturing unit to tap the market potential of India, he said.

“The company grew from five employees to 500 employees. Telangana is strengthening the innovation ecosystem with new campuses for T-Hub, T-Works and IMAGE Towers,” Rama Rao said and asked Johnson Controls to be part of these. Also, the Police Command Centre and the seat of administration – Secretariat – were also getting ready for inauguration. These all would provide opportunities for companies like Johnson Controls, he added.

The OpenBlue Innovation Centre is spread across 41,000 sq. ft. at Gowra Fountainhead in Hitec City. It now has 500 engineers and plans to create additional roles over the next two years across functions. The centre focuses on research and development for security products.

“By deploying IoT, AI and 5G, buildings will be re-imagined to deliver on decarbonisation, sustainability, energy efficiency and renewable energy goals while optimising performance,” said Vijay Sankaran, Johnson Controls chief technology officer. Deccan Chronicle

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