Huawei has announced that the company has started building its first factory outside China. The location of the factory should be in the northeast of France, in the Alsace region. The location in Brumath, a French municipality close to Strasbourg, will employ approximately 500 people and produce one billion devices per year.
It is not yet clear which products Huawei will produce in the company’s new facility, but the company may want to make 5G and EV components for the European market, among other things. The intention is for the factory to be very sustainable, including through the use of solar panels. About 200 million euros would be invested in the project by Huawei to complete the project, once the factory is ready it should have room for 300 employees and provide a total of 500 jobs in the region. From 2025, the entire European market should be able to be served by the new French location.
If Huawei manages to regain trust, cell towers could start using the company’s products again.
It is somewhat striking that the Chinese company has chosen France to place its first expansion outside China. From 2028 onwards it will be prohibited to use the company’s 5G equipment in the country and it must therefore be removed by the telecom companies before then. Huawei’s deputy director, Minggang Zhang, indicates that he hopes to regain confidence in the company by maintaining close contacts with the ANSSI (Agence Nationale de la Sécurité des Systèmes d’Information), the IT security agency in France. The company’s 5G products are also not welcome in the core systems of Dutch telecom networks in the Netherlands.