London, UK – 10 June 2014 – Huawei will set up a new R&D centre in Bristol as part of its UK Innovation Program. The new centre, expected to open later this year, will recruit 30 R&D employees and focus on researching ICT chips, software, and analog chip technology for the future. All together, the number of UK-based R&D jobs will increase to 140 by the end of 2014, and as previously announced will reach 300 by 2017.
George Osborne, the UK Chancellor of the Exchequer, 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 been creating local jobs since it first opened its operations in the UK in 2001. Today the company has 15 offices and over 900 employees in the UK, planned to rise to 1,500 by 2017.