L in 2013, we had published an article about the possible opening of the first research and development center at China. Time has passed and nothing more has been said about it until the past month.
In 2016, Tim cook He has visited the country several times and made a billion dollar investment in a Chinese company. Apple's CEO understands the importance of the Chinese market and seems to be doing his best to win it. On one of his visits last month, he told Deputy Prime Minister Zhang Gaoli that Ma would (finally) open a R&D center in Beijing by the end of this year, but without disclosing further information.
Today, details appeared on the site DigiTimes, which reproduced information from the Zhongguancun Park Management Committee, the center's chosen location. The Zhongguancun Technology Park has been home to more than 20,000 technology companies since 1950 (including Google, Microsoft, Intel, etc.) and is therefore recurrently referred to as “China's Silicon Valley”.
For the time being, investments of US $ 15 million have been made, but this amount is expected to reach US $ 45 million until its inauguration. The focus of the center will be on the development of advanced technologies, including computer hardware and communication devices, audio and video. 500 jobs will be available and are expected to open by the end of 2016.
Definitely, investments in the country are not being few. However, it is sufficient to know if really the users of low cost alternatives (which are the majority in the country) will start to be more interested in Ma for this attention that is being poured into their country.