Foxconn's new research facility opens
By John Liu ,The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- Foxconn's Nanning Science Park officially commenced operations recently, and will serve as a research, testing and verification center for new electronic and internet communication products.
October 29, 2013, 12:22 am TWN
Foxconn chairman Terry Gou yesterday attended the science park's grand opening ceremony. Gou said that the opening of the science park marked an important milestone for the company, which is transforming from a contract manufacturer into a research-focused firm. In the future, Foxconn will be both a production- and a research-based company, Gou said.
According to Foxconn, the province of Guangxi — where Nanning is located — has been the company's major internet communication equipment production center, and the opening of the new science park will turn the province from a production center into a innovation center, which is consistent with Foxconn's “Integration Innovation Design Manufacturing” policy.
The construction of the science park began in March this year, and the total investment amount is estimated to be 150 million renminbi. The science park will encompass various laboratories and cloud data centers. The focus will be on the research, testing and verification of electronic and internet communication devices.
The construction of the first R&D building in the park has been completed, while the second one has been built up to the fifth floor. The company has already invested 40 million renminbi in the venture, and the science park's first wave of R&D personnel and facilities are ready to move in, the company said.
Upon its completion, the science park's research, development and testing performance will be measured against top-notch facilities across the world, Foxconn said, adding that the company plans to launch ten major research projects in 2014, and employ up to 1,000 R&D personnel by the end of 2015.
This is Foxconn's second major R&D and testing facility after its food safety testing center in Zhengzhou, Foxconn said.
Lu Fang-ming (呂芳銘) of Foxconn said that the new science park's research will include cloud education, high-speed wireless internet controlled by the cloud, the fourth-generation mobile internet communication devices, 5G wi-fi products, and wireless internet devices, among others.