Huawei’s Finnish success story continues with new R&D unit in Tampere
Invest in Finland has helped Huawei to establish its business in Finland and to open its R&D centres that employ hundreds of engineers in Helsinki and Tampere.
Huawei’s success story in Finland has continued to evolve strongly since the Chinese IT and communications technology giant first set up a sales office in Helsinki at the dawn of the 4G mobile networks era in 2008. Today Huawei’s R&D entities in Helsinki and Tampere are among the largest ones the corporate has outside of China. The company invested globally USD 9.2 billion in R&D, making it number 8 R&D investor globally in 2016.
In 2012, Huawei invested EUR 70 million in Finland as it opened a smartphone R&D centre in Helsinki. The investments continued in September 2016 with the inauguration of Huawei’s new R&D unit at the Tampere University of Technology campus. Huawei currently employs 340 people in Finland, many of whom are experienced engineers with a Nokia background.
Support from Invest in Finland
Invest in Finland has helped Huawei to set up its Finnish operations quickly and efficiently by finding the necessary information about local laws, regulations and business practices. It has also introduced the company to the Finnish business ecosystem.
“Invest in Finland has been an important partner for us for years. They have helped us set up meetings with the authorities whenever needed, connect and network with the key players in the Finnish tech industry, and find the relevant information in every possible situation,” says Dr. Guoping Luo, Director of the Reliability Competence Center at Huawei Finland.
“Without Invest in Finland’s proactive action and great support, our investment into Tampere would have never happened,” says Charles Ai, VP of Technology Cooperation at Huawei headquarter.
Tampere R&D unit focuses on imaging and audio, Helsinki on 4G, 5G –antennas
Huawei’s new Tampere unit is part of its wider R&D hub for mobile device technology. It already employs over 40 people, and recruitment is still ongoing. The unit’s focus is on camera solutions and imaging and audio algorithms for consumer electronics products. In total, Huawei’s R&D centres in Finland currently employ 340 people. The Helsinki R&D unit concentrates on 4G and 5G –antennas, simulation and smartphone thermal and reliability research.
According to Mikko Terho, CTO, Mobile Software and Site Manager for Huawei Finland R&D Centers, Tampere is an attractive R&D location thanks to the region’s highly educated and professional workforce that is available in Huawei’s areas of research. The new research unit has been established in cooperation with Tampere University of Technology, University Properties of Finland Ltd., City of Tampere, Invest in Finland and Tampere Region Economic Development Agency Tredea.
Finland offers attractive R&D environment
From Huawei’s perspective, Finland is a particularly attractive market for R&D operations because foreign companies’ Finnish subsidiaries are on an equal footing to Finnish companies when it comes to government development programs and public R&D funding. Invest in Finland has also helped Huawei to benefit from these possibilities.
“Some European countries have similar government funding schemes in place, but there are big differences from country to country, and in certain aspects Finland can be significantly more beneficial to foreign companies. The fact that companies are treated fairly and impartially regardless of their origin has been very appealing and important to us from day one,” says Dr. Guoping Luo.