Apple today announced that it will be opening two additional R&D centers in China. The two R&D centres will opening in Shanghai and Suzhou, respectively.
This will be Apple’s fourth R&D center in China, with the first one being located in China’s ‘Silicon Valley’. The second R&D center is being setup in Shenzhen.
“We are looking forward to working with more local partners and academic institutions through the expansion of R&D centers in China,” said Dan Riccio, senior vice president of hardware engineering at Apple. “We are honored to have access to excellent talent and a positive entrepreneurial spirit in the region, where our developers and suppliers will be working together.
The Cupertino company will be using the two R&D centres to develop technical experts in supply chain. It will also be partnering with universities like Peking University, Tsinghua University and Shanghai Jiaotong University for this. In addition, the company will also be offering internship programs in selected schools to develop and nurture the next generation of entrepreneurs.
Apple’s sales in China have declined in recent quarters, but the region still remains important for the company’s future. By investing more money and setting up R&D centers in China, Apple will be able to please the Chinese government and also get the best brains in China to work for it.