Apple to open research and development center in China
Apple is planning to boost its investment in China and build its first Asia-Pacific research and development center in the country, Chief Executive Tim Cook said on Tuesday. China remains one of Apple’s largest but increasingly challenging markets.
It is the CEO’s second official trip to China this year, during which Cook met with China's vice premier Zhang Gaoli to discuss future investment opportunities.
Apple's new research and development center will be built by the end of the year. The center will unite Apple's engineering and operations teams in China and is also intended to deepen the company's ties to partners and universities.
Apple also announced that major Chinese touchscreen glass supplier Lens Technology has committed to running its Apple-focused operations entirely with renewable energy by the end of 2018. "We're pleased to be the first supplier to commit to covering all of our Apple production with renewable energy, and proud to source from local Hunan wind farms to power our facilities in Changsha,"
says Lens CEO Zhou Qunfei in a statement.
The move represents Apple’s effort to get better ties with Beijing's. The company's online stores for iBooks and movies closed in the country after Beijing in March imposed strict curbs on online publishing, particularly for foreign firms.
Earlier this year Apple have already announced a $1 billion investment in ride-hailing app Didi Chuxing, which Cook said was being made "for a number of strategic reasons, including a chance to learn more about certain segments of the China market."