The Chinese company Huawei ranked second in the global ranking in terms of investment in research and development (R&D), which is better than last year’s result – then the giant was in the third position. This is evidenced by the data of the Joint Research Center (JRC) of the European Union, which were prepared for the European Commission. Alphabet became the leader of the rating this year, and Microsoft closes the top three.
Huawei has become one of the leaders in R&D investment in 2021
“Huawei is now second in the world in terms of private sector investment in research and development. The European Commission’s Industrial R&D Investment Scoreboard 2021 report is one of the most authoritative global studies of private sector investment in research and development. International cooperation in research and science is essential to ensure that the most innovative products and services are developed”, commented Tony Jin, Huawei’s EU head of state, on the results of the JRC study.
The report notes that a significant part of Huawei’s research took place in Europe. The company organized its first research center in the region back in 2000 in Sweden. Huawei currently collaborates with over 2,400 researchers at 23 research centers across Europe. The company also maintains partnerships with over 150 European universities. The company believes that international cooperation in the field of research increases the competitiveness of the EU and contributes to mitigating the effects of climate change.
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New lab will help Huawei improve its wearables
Back in the second quarter of 2020, Huawei Technologies remained the largest supplier of smartphones; but under the yoke of US sanctions in the fall of the same year, it began to quickly lose ground. Now the Chinese giant is trying to compensate for the losses at the expense of the segment of wearable devices; for which it is building new research centers that will allow them to improve in practice.
So, as example, the Nikkei Asian Review explains that the opening of a new laboratory in Guangdong, home to the Chinese tech giant has recently took place. In addition, this test site began functioning in October this year; and recently it was the subject of a visit by representatives of foreign media for the first time. Also, this is the third research center of its kind, it costs $ 31.4 million and has 4680 square meters. In addition, under the roof of the center, there is a 400-meter jogging track, a basketball and tennis court, a swimming pool, a climbing wall and a special laboratory simulating the conditions of a high mountainous area.
This site enables Huawei to collect and analyze over 80 types of data; including heart rate, calorie consumption, and blood oxygen levels. In addition, the number of types of training that they can practice at the training ground exceeds 100 types. Huawei is open to cooperation with third-party developers in this area; hoping for deeper integration with services and products of other companies. In China, Huawei Technologies has already become the largest supplier of wearable devices; and has sold more than 80 million products worldwide.