Huawei begins mfg in India, to invest $150 million in R and D

Huawei begins mfg in India, to invest $150 million in R and D

As part of its localisation strategy in India, Chinese telecom company Huawei today commenced manufacturing in Chennai and announced a fresh USD 150 million investment to set up a R&D campus in Bangalore.

The company has invested USD 400 million over the last 10 years in India and is planning to invest an additional USD 150 million in a new R&D campus in Bangalore, Huawei said in a statement.

The company has commenced production of components of network equipment gear in both its facilities in Chennai, it said.

"Both the manufacturing facilities in Chennai will cater to the growing demand of telecom network equipment supplied by Huawei India to Indian telecom service providers in the domain of 2G expansion, 3G and LTE networks," the company said.

It added that in line with a vision to support the development of the local Indian industry,
Huawei is committed towards investing further in India in the future.

The company has a fully-owned manufacturing facility in Sriperumbudur in Chennai and also does contract manufacturing with Flextronics India.

The facilities employ 1,800 technical and managerial staff.

Recently Huawei, as part of its global strategy, announced its future engines of growth and expansion into areas like devices, enterprise solutions and its traditional "bread and butter" focus on supplying network equipment gear.

Huawei has more than 6,000 employees in India, over 90 per cent of which are local Indian professionals. In addition, Huawei views India as a strategic global hub for R&D and network operation services.

Huawei offers end-to-end telecommunication solutions as well as hand-held devices. The company has supplied equipment to both private and state-owned firms, including RCom, Aircel, Airtel, Tatas and BSNL.

In keeping with its India commitment, Huawei has also a very large CSR footprint and claims to have contributed a programme to supply computers and laptops to economically backward children in various parts of the country.