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ST inaugurates Greater China HQ in Shanghai

Posted: 09 Apr 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:China headquarters? R&D center? IC design center?

STMicroelectronics has inaugurated its new headquarters for Greater China (China, Hong Kong and Taiwan) at the Zizhu Science Park in the Minhang District of Shanghai.

While the new HQ houses all regional business activities, its focus will be on R&D, creating innovative new solutions for ST customers both in the Greater China region and around the world. The size of the building, some 20,000mD178;, allows for growth of ST staff in Shanghai, from nearly 400 today to a maximum capacity of 1,200.

"Greater China already accounts for nearly 30 percent of our worldwide sales but is set to play an even greater part in our future growth. We are already an enthusiastic and committed part of the local ecosystem, thanks to the energy and creativity of the hundreds of local engineers we currently employ and we plan to recruit many hundreds more over the next few years," said Bob Krysiak, ST corporate VP and general manager, Greater China region.

Currently, around half of ST's employees in the region are engineers, either supporting local customers in developing innovative new products across the spectrum of electronics applications or working in Competence Centers, where silicon designers and applications engineers work together to develop solutions for partners and customers around the world. ST already has two Competence Centers in Shanghai, one focusing on digital TV software for worldwide platforms and the other dedicated to multi-segment applications. To date ST's Greater China silicon design team has developed more than 60 products for both local and worldwide customers.

"Since we set up our first office in Beijing as far back as 1984, ST has continually increased its commitment to the region, which is illustrated not only by the new HQ and R&D center in Shanghai but also by our second assembly and test facility which we are building in Shenzhen, and by the important research projects we are carrying out with leading Chinese universities and institutions," said Alain Dutheil, chief operating officer, ST.

The new Greater China HQ is built to high environmental standards and aims to provide the best working environment for the staff. The center features a long, narrow floor plan that maximizes the level of natural lighting, providing a better working experience while saving energy. There will also be wellbeing facilities onsite, including a gym and basketball field.

The building also includes a demo room where applications developed by ST's Greater China IC Design Center and Competence Center are exhibited. The applications include solutions for eBike for developing countries, robots, "green" air-conditioning equipment, a variety of advanced home entertainment solutions, and a demonstration car displaying the most advanced solutions for security, power train, in-car entertainment and navigation.

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