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HP plans to expand Taiwan's research center: MOEA official

HP plans to expand Taiwan's research center: MOEA official

Taipei, July 16 (CNA) U.S. computer giant Hewlett-Packard (HP) is planning to expand its research and development (R&D) center in Taiwan to tap the country's high-tech talent, a Ministry of Economic Affairs official said Friday.
"HP has filed an application with the ministry to expand the workforce of its Taiwan R&D center to 1,000 staffers within three years from the current 600, " said an official of the MOEA's Department of Industrial Technology who is in charge of the case.
Speaking on condition of anonymity, the official said HP is seeking financial aid from the MOEA for the R&D center expansion, but he declined to disclose further details in this regard.
The government has come up with various incentives to encourage foreign companies to use Taiwan as an R&D hub.
HP expressed its R&D expansion intent to the MOEA 18 months ago, the official said, adding both HP and the government have been involved in long-term communication on the issue.
"Taiwan has long been part of HP's global supply chain and the company is expected to take advantage of the country's high-tech strength through the expansion," the official said.
"For Taiwan's part, the government hopes the expansion of HP, a world leader in the high-tech sector, will enhance the country's global visibility and boost sales," he said.
HP was one of the first batch of foreign high-tech companies to open a R&D center in Taiwan in the early 2000s, the official said.
HP Taiwan was not immediately available for comment on the expansion plan.
A day earlier, the MOEA said in a statement that the ministry had approved a financial aid application filed by Microsoft Corp. to support the company's Taiwan software and services center, which opened in June.
While the statement did not disclose the amount of aid, the official said the MOEA had agreed to shoulder 25 percent of the total NT$400 million (US$12.45 million) investment for Microsoft's research center.
The research center focuses on the development of cloud computing technology in collaboration with its Taiwanese partners.
Cloud computing refers to providing data and services on an Internet network that users can access with devices, such as computers or smartphones connected to the Web.
(By Frances Huang)




Updated : 2021-04-15 00:40 GMT+08:00