A few weeks after confirmation that the China would win his first research and development center (in Beijing) from Apple later this year, the news now that the second one would also be in planning.
According to the Shenzhen Economic Daily (via Reuters), Tim Cook announced the company's plans during a meeting with some employees in a city in southern China, where he participated in a national innovation event.
The new center will be located in the city of Shenzhen It is one of the main manufacturing hubs in the country and is expected to open in 2017. Josh Rosenstock, Apple representative, commented on the news by email:
We are excited to open a new research and development center here (in China) next year so that our engineering team can work even more closely and in collaboration with our manufacturing partners. The Shenzhen center, together with the Beijing center, aims to strengthen relations with local partners and universities as we work to support talent development across the country.
The country with the second largest economy in the world has received a lot of attention from Apple, whose market share there is still small. With the two centers, the company hopes to attract not only the eyes of more developers to its system, but also consumers to its products.
Didi Chuxing board chair
Do you remember the $ 1 billion investment Apple made in the Chinese company Didi Chuxing? Well then. At the time, it was rumored that Ma would have gotten a spot on the advice of the Chinese company, which was soon denied.
However, at the end of June, some documents showed that the rumors were really true, and now more details have been published in the The Information (exclusive material for subscribers). The nominee to represent Apple on Didi's board was Adrian Perica, head of mergers and acquisitions at Ma. Perica has been with the company since 2009 and was responsible for negotiating major acquisitions, including that of Beats.
Ma definitely seems to want to be in this market at any cost. 😝
(via AppleInsider, MacRumors)