Hon Hai Precision Industry Co (鴻海), the world’s largest contract electronics maker, is scheduled to break ground on a cloud technology development center in southern Taiwan next month, a Ministry of Economic Affairs official said yesterday.
Huang Wen-guu (黃文谷), director of the ministry’s Export Processing Zone Administration, said the construction of the cloud technology base, which will be located in the Kaohsiung Software Technology Park, is expected to be completed in June 2015 and create 3,000 new jobs.
Earlier this month, Hon Hai held a job fair in Greater Kaohsiung where it hired several hundred software engineers especially for the software investment project.
Hon Hai confirmed the investment project, saying it will invest NT$1.9 billion (US$63 million) to construct two buildings in the software park, one to be a software development center and the other to be a cloud-based data center.
The company is one of many local electronics-related manufacturers which aim to tap the growing cloud technology business in an attempt to offset the impact from a down cycle in the hardware sector.
Greater Kaohsiung Deputy Mayor Lee Yung-te (李永得) said Hon Hai had previously planned to start building the center last year, but some regulatory barriers delayed the project.
Hon Hai is considering where to build a dormitory for the center’s future employees and the city government said the investment is expected to boost Greater Kaohsiung’s residential property development.