Hon Hai Precision Industry Co Ltd (鴻海精密), a major manufacturer of Apple Inc’s iPhones and iPads, yesterday said that it has launched a research and testing center in China that will boost its abilities of developing cloud-computing-enabled products and smart TV products like set-top boxes.
Hon Hai said it planned to invest 150 million yuan (US$24.6 million) in the research and testing center, located in Nanning, the capital of Guangxi Province, through 2015, according to an e-mailed company statement. The center is to include several laboratories and a cloud-computing data center.
“We believe having a research center in Nanning will help boost the company’s exports [to the ASEAN nations] as ASEAN representatives meet regularly in Nanning,” Hon Hai chairman and CEO Terry Gou (郭台銘) said in the statement.
The move “will also help boost [Hon Hai’s] sales in the local market,” Gou said.
The center would help to “integrate product design, manufacturing and verifying certifications before going to the market,” Hon Hai vice president Lu Fang-ming (呂芳銘) said in the statement.
Hon Hai will focus on developing telecom and communications products in the center, including smart set-top boxes for smart TVs, 4G wireless communications equipment and 5G Wi-Fi products, as well as products that support cloud-computing technology, according to the statement.
By the end of 2015, Hon Hai plans to have gradually increased the number of researchers to 1,000, the statement said. The center is expected to launch 10 research projects a year, starting next year.
The Nanning center is the second large-scale research and testing facilities launched by Hon Hai after the company opened operating a food safety testing center in Zhengzhou, Henan Province, earlier this year.