Sao Paulo, Brazil, 15 Sept – Chinese group Huawei plans to start manufacturing tablet personal computers in Brazil by the first half of 2012 at the latest and has not ruled out the possibility of acquiring Brazilian companies to carry out a more aggressive strategy in the country, the chairman of Huawei Brazil said in Sao Paulo.
The group, which Monday announced that its intelligent mobile phone, Ideos, had begun to be assembled in Brazil and some components also manufactured there through a contract with Flextronics, in the interior of the state of Sao Paulo no interior do Estado de São Paulo, also plans to benefit from tax breaks for construction of tablet computers.
Cited by financial news agency Reuters, Li Ke said at Futurecom, a telecommunications fair in Sao Paulo, that “we want to produce tablets by the beginning of 2012.”
The Chinese group, which is based in Shenzhen, next to Hong Kong, already manufactures telecommunications equipment in Brazil and, with an investment of US$350 million announced for the next five years, will produce other mobile phone models as well as the tablet computers and also plans to set up a research and development centre and train over 3,000 technical staff.
Li Ke also said that manufacturing the new computers could be passed on to a third party or be done at a factory built by the group, and added that he did not rule out the possibility of the group having its own production units. (macauhub)