The first Apple research and development center in China has been created in Zhongguancun Science Park , according to a statement issued by the park’s management committee, Apple will open its first offices in this technological network.
Zhongguancun Science Park is a technology center located in the Haidian district in northwest Beijing. It is often referred to as China’s Silicon Valley. The area has brought together more than 20,000 technology companies since its inception in 1950. In addition, it is home to several major technology companies, such as Google, Intel, AMD, Sony or Microsoft, now also to Apple.
According to the report, Apple’s new research and development center in Zhongguancun Science Park will house approximately 500 people . The initial investment will be around $15 million, although in the future it could reach up to $45 million. The research and development centre will focus on “creating software and hardware, communication products, audio and video devices, as well as advanced technologies for consumer electronics products and the information industry”.
The new offices are expected to be available by the end of 2016 , and will house Apple’s engineering and business teams in the area to increase regional sales and services, according to several Chinese media reports. During Tim Cook’s last trip to the eastern country, he promised a research and development center in the country by the end of this year.
Apple has established similar research and development centres in other countries such as Japan, Israel and the United Kingdom, and they are expected to reach other countries such as Canada, India, Indonesia and Vietnam to take advantage of local human resources.