R&D: Huawei is an ideal partner for the EU

    Friday, 24 January 2020
    This is an opinion article by an external contributor. The views belong to the writer.
    Huawei ranks fifth out of 2,500 companies in the European Commission's recently published R&D scoreboard 2019.

    The European Commission has recently published what is known as the 2019 R&D (research and development) scoreboard for 2019.

    This study identifies the levels of financial investment into research and development by 2500 companies in the world.

    Huawei ranks fifth in this European Commission study. This demonstrates clearly that Huawei is one of the leading private sector companies investing into basic research in the world today.

    This, in fact, is the DNA of the company. Huawei invests a minimum of 10% per cent of our revenues back into basic research activities such as in the fields of mathematical algorithms, energy efficiencies and materials sciences. It is really only by engaging in collaborative research initiatives, that one is able to deliver innovative solutions and products into the marketplace.

    Much of Huawei’s success in the research arena is down to the operations that we run inside Europe. Huawei has 23 research facilities in 12 countries in Europe including in Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK.

    Europe has excellent software engineers and scientists and this is a key reason why Huawei has such a strong imprint in Europe in the field of software collaborative research activity. Huawei employs 2400 researchers in Europe and we have 230 technology partnership agreements with different universities and research institutes in Europe.

    Huawei has been operating in Europe within the research arena since the year 2000.

    The company is an active participant within EU backed research programmes such as Horizon 2020. Huawei is very much in a position to deliver upon the political goals of the EU institutions over the next five year mandate.

    This includes making Europe fit for the digital age, strengthening the industrial base of Europe and effectively tacking the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

    By Abraham Liu, Huawei Chief Representative to the EU Institutions