The Japan unit of Huawei Technologies Co. announced July 19 that it will open a new research-and-development facility in Yokohama, where many of its suppliers and information and communication technology companies are located.
Huawei Technologies Japan K.K. will move its two R&D facilities currently located in Tokyo into the new institute in Yokohama's Kanagawa Ward.
The Yokohama facility will employ 80 to 100 researchers, more than doubling the current 40 at the two Tokyo bases.
Huawei expects the new facility will enable it to better respond to the needs of Japanese customers and enhance development of new products and technologies.
The Huawei group procured parts and modules worth $900 million from Japanese suppliers in fiscal 2012 and plans to double the figure in several years.
Based in Shenzen, Guandong province, China, Huawei Technologies is one of the largest telecommunications equipment makers in the world.
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