Chinese telecoms giant and smartphone manufacturer Huawei is continuing to harness the UK’s technological skills with plans to open a second R&D centre, based in Bristol.
The opening of the new centre will see Huawei create a total of 140 R&D jobs in the UK this year, increasing to 300 jobs by 2017. This includes staff at its existing R&D centre in Ipswich. The move is part of the company's wider innovation strategy in the UK which plans to harness the countires R&D skills to drive technological research.
The new centre will recruit 30 high-caliber R&D employees and focus on researching ICT chips, software, and analog chip technology for the future. It will complement the work of its existing Ipswich-based optoelectronics R&D office.The new R&D centre is expected to open later this year.
George Osborne, the UK Chancellor of the Exchequer, welcomed Huawei’s decision to open the centre in the UK. He said: ‘Technology is one of the fastest growing sectors in the UK, which is why I am determined to make Britain the centre of tech industries. When I went to China, I visited the Huawei headquarters and met with CEO and Founder, Mr Ren, to highlight the opportunities in Britain.
‘I am delighted that today Huawei are announcing a new R&D centre in the UK. The decision of the world’s largest telecommunications equipment maker to innovate in Britain is testament to the outstanding quality of our highly skilled workforce and further evidence that our long term economic plan is working.’
Guo Ping, Huawei Rotating and Acting CEO, said: ‘ The UK is forward-thinking, progressive, and fosters innovation. This creativity is a major asset to our R&D efforts and gives us the perfect platform to continue pioneering the new, ground-breaking technologies that are building the future. We are committed to working with our customers and partners in the UK to leverage our global presence and customer-centric approach to innovation, bringing value to the UK ICT industry and helping its products and technologies go global.’
Huawei has operated in the UK from 2001. It has 15 offices and over 900 employees in the UK, with plans to increase the total number of jobs to 1,500 by 2017.