Chinese tech powerhouse Huawei is expanding its Dublin, Cork and Athlone operations and in turn creating 20 new jobs in Cork as part of a €17.7m investment in its growing R&D department in Ireland.
The announcement came from Huawei’s deputy chair Guo Ping saying “We are continuing to tap into Ireland’s growing clusters of video, artificial intelligence, cloud, telecoms and technology businesses, nurturing future talent and providing additional new opportunities for highly skilled professionals”.
These developments bring Huawei’s R&D investment in Ireland to $21m (€17.7m) in 2017. A new research facility in Trinity is also confirmed with cooperation with TCD, it will focus on video intelligence and how the emerging area of artificial intelligence will impact society. It will be supported by the Huawei R&D team in Dublin.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is pleased with the announcement by saying “The company’s new research partnership with Trinity, and its expanding R&D footprint across its Dublin, Cork and Athlone operations, are a strong endorsement of Ireland’s tech credentials and illustrates Huawei’s ongoing commitment to its Irish operations,” and “Bilateral trade between Ireland and China is now worth over €12bn each year and, by strengthening our links with companies like Huawei, we can increase this further in the years ahead.”
Huawei is a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider and have established end-to-end advantages in telecom networks, devices and cloud computing. Huawei has been in Ireland for 13 years now and employs 160 people in Dublin, Athlone and Cork across its business and R&D operations. About 75% of staff at these operations have been recruited locally.
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