Huawei announces opening of R&D centre
9 January 2013 | 0
Huawei has announced the creation of 50 new research and development jobs at a new research and development centre spread across two sites in Cork City and Dublin. The move is supported through the IDA and will see company’s Irish footprint more than double from its current headcount of 40.
The centre will initially focus on Huawei’s next generation customer experience management product SmartCare before branching out into different areas.
Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton (pictured) said: "International Information and Communications Technology R&D is a key sector in the Action Plan for Jobs, and in the past 18 months we have implemented a number of changes to support expansion and job creation in this sector. In recent months we have seen some good news in this sector and the Government will continue to work hard on implementing the necessary changes to ensure that we can see further announcements like this in the near future."
Derek Ding, managing director, Huawei Ireland, said: "The new centre is a significant commitment to Ireland over the next three years, with many more highly skilled jobs being created. It reflects a deep and long-term commitment to the country. Cork and Dublin were chosen for their well-educated, skilled workforce offering the high quality of talent needed to provide the range of services needed for a strategic OSS R&D centre.
"Ireland has an open environment for overseas investment and the new R&D centre is a perfect fit for our continued growth here. We are pleased to be collaborating with the IDA and I want to thank them for their support in this venture."
Huawei employs 70,000 people in research and development worldwide. Recruitment for the new Irish operation has already begun.