Whether it’s towering office buildings in London or large business parks on the outskirts of Birmingham, Chinese companies are taking up more and more office space. In recent years, a number of Chinese enterprises have developed “going to sea”, set up research and development centers in the UK, an established technology powerhouse, and actively explore the integration of overseas scientific research into the global market.
Xinhua News Agency reporters recently visited the Uk Research and Development Center of Chang’an Automobile in the suburbs of Birmingham. After nearly 9 years of development, the center has gradually built a concept design, engineering development, locomotive integration, simulation and analysis and other research and development capabilities of the institutions. Recently, the center also officially unveiled the power test base, including the engine test room, transmission test room, powertrain test room, new energy power system test area, vehicle work room and so on.
With the strengthening of the research and development force of Chang’an Automotive UK Research and Development Center, it is also more accessible to local support in terms of cutting-edge technology. “For example, fuel cells, the UK has very advanced technology and the UK government has invested a lot in this area, so we are also working with local technology companies and applying for a UK government project that includes funding. Qiao Jun, chief engineer of strategic planning at the center, told reporters.
Local businesses welcomed the investment of Chinese companies. Tim Pyle, chairman of the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Business Collaboration Group, said: “Changan Car’s choice to invest in us is fantastic news, not only to boost the local economy, but also to boost the development of local skilled people, while helping to grow the local supply chain and create new jobs in the region. ”
China’s Huawei has also set up a research institute in London in recent years, focusing on artificial intelligence technologies, including computer vision, natural language processing, decision-making and reasoning. These technologies can be used to enhance products and services such as current mobile phones, but also to facilitate long-term technology accumulation.
Yao Jun, director of Huawei’s London Institute, said in an interview with Xinhua that Huawei is gradually building research and development in London, focusing on the UK as “close to customers” and “close to talent”.
According to Yao Jun, Huawei’s London Institute has been adopting an open-minded approach to development, cooperating with local enterprises and academic institutions at different levels, and publishing some research results for use by all sectors. Such research is not about necessarily turning results into company products, but about moving the underlying theory a step further, so it is often discussed online from the stage of idea generation rather than rushing to patent.
Huawei’s cooperation with BRITISH universities includes basic scientific exploration, technology exploration, project research innovation and so on. “The last aspect of this is that we try to pull into specific products, and the first two are basically the basic competency training and technical ability to acquire, generally open to the world, so that universities are willing to do this.” Yao Jun said.
Huawei has established partnerships with more than 30 universities and research institutes in the UK and plans to increase the number of research and development staff in the UK to 400 by 2019, according to Huawei. In 2018, the company invested 112 million pounds ($144 million) in research and development in the UK.
As Chinese enterprises move to the global market, the global layout of research and development force has gradually become an important part of the international development. This will not only help to find a better way to integrate technology and talent resources, but also closer to the local market, providing an important technical support for enterprises to open up the global market.
“We think this is a trend, like the automotive industry is a fairly international industry, in the short term there are a lot of enterprises in China this big market development, but in fact the future enterprises to survive in a competitive environment, can not rely on the single market … We have been laying out international development, on the one hand is research and development technology, but also to observe what these markets are like, such as which European market is suitable for Chang’an, we have no corresponding products, etc. , but this is also a step-by-step. “