China’s OPPO Ready to Build US$1.5-B R&D Complex in Guandong Province

By EDD K. USMAN, SDN, Twitter @edd1819, Instagram @bluestar0910, Facebook: SDN — Science, Digital & Current News

(SDN) — CHINA phone manufacturer OPPO is establishing a 10 billion Renminbi (RMB)  research and development (R&D) complex in Guandong province.

The site will be in the town of Chang’an, Dongguan, Guandong.

In today’s currency exchange rate, the RMB10 billion is around Php75 billion and some US$1.5 billion. In any form of currency, the budget is huge.

In a statement sent to SDN — Science and Digital News, it was learned that OPPO has already broken ground for the R&D Center.

OPPO’s Chang’an R&D Center is aimed at accelerating global innovation strategy and, hopefully, pave the way for groundbreaking technology innovations.

Recall that OPPO in the 4th quarter of 2018 (4Q18) grabbed the No. 4 spot in the global smartphone shipments, a one-year shipments of 113.1 million, which rose by 1.3 percent compared to 2017.

Oppo complex

An architectural rendering of OPPO’s new Chang’an R&D Center.

The new facilities, along with the company’s existing R&D centers, will form a robust research engine that powers OPPO’s continued innovation for the emerging era of intelligent connectivity.

On completion around 5,000 R&D researchers are expected to occupy the center, one of Dongguan’s major initiatives to drive the development of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area..

OPPO Vice President Eric Zhu cited the center’s groundbreaking.

“We are very pleased to officially break ground on OPPO’s new Chang’an R&D center. It will play a strategic role in OPPO’s R&D endeavors, further enhancing the core technological capabilities of the company and accelerating the implementation of our R&D strategy and objectives.”

He added:

“The project will be built to the highest industrial standards and we will spare no effort in making the new R&D center a masterpiece initiative in the Guangzhou-Shenzhen Science and Technology Innovation Corridor, helping to bolster the development of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area.”

OPPO will spend RMB 10 Billion (approximately Php75 Billion) on R&D this year.

As a global R&D engine for the company, OPPO’s new Chang’an R&D center will be responsible for the R&D, design and testing of a vast range of smart devices, including smartphones and IoT (Internet of Things) products.

The R&D will support OPPO’s mission of providing cutting-edge smart devices and services for the era of intelligent connectivity.

OPPO’s new Chang’an R&D center, designed by

Top global architecture firm Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates and in partnership with dozens of professional consultants was tapped to design the complex.

OPPO Chang'an 1

A close of the part of the planned OPPO R&D Center.

It will cover an area of approximately 123.5 mu (roughly 82,000 square meters) and will consist of 10 all-glass towers, including offices, a talent development center, an R&D center, a mobile internet research center, and a testing center.

Standing at 249.5 meters tall, the landmark office tower, upon completion, will represent a spectacular fixture of Dongguan’s skyline.

About OPPO

OPPO is a leading global smart device brand. Since launching its first smartphone -“Smiley Face” – in 2008, OPPO has been in relentless pursuit of the synergy of aesthetic satisfaction and innovative technology, Today, OPPO provides customers with a wide range of smart devices spearheaded by the Find and Reno series, ColorOS operating system, as well as internet services such as OPPO Cloud and OPPO+. OPPO operates in more than 40 countries and regions, with 6 research institutes and 4 R&D
centers worldwide and an international design center in London, OPPO’s more than 40,000 employees are dedicated to creating a better life for customers around the world.

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