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The First 38 Foreign-funded R&D Centers Authenticated

Along with the entry of international capital in Suzhou, more and more foreign-invested enterprises are establishing R&D centers to engage in the research and development of the latest technologies. On Dec. 4, Suzhou Municipality announced authentication of the  38 foreign-funded R&D centers for the year 2005. Another 16 R&D institutes were certified as provincial-level foreign-invested R&D units. Plates of authentication were conferred to these units yesterday.

Production, R&D, and market operation constitute the three major factors in enterprise development, and R&D is considered the "soul". The location of R&D centers in Suzhou signifies the confidence of foreign investors in the local environment. Statistics show that of the 101 Fortune-500 corporations in Suzhou, Samsung and Bosch have set up R&D centers in Suzhou. The certified 38 R&D centers are chiefly related to electronics, materials, and chemicals, and many of them belong to well-known multinational corporations.

The localization of foreign-invested R&D center arises from the strategic demand of international capital, and is facilitated by improvement in human resources, industrial upgrading, and environmental protection in Suzhou, shown in the technical talents in research units and institutions of higher learning, the clustering of IT, mechanical, and chemical industries, the thriving market, and adequate policies. As is said by the executive president of Bosch Technology Center (Suzhou) Co., Ltd. at the authentication ceremony, "We find in Suzhou excellent foundation of industrial structures, high-quality HR reserves, and the powerful support and quality service of the government." These advantages give Bosch the confidence to organize a technology center to develop effectively the Chinese market.

The foreign-invested enterprises, which have rooted themselves in Suzhou like Bosch, are now reaping the fruit of their decision-making. Freescale Semiconductor (Suzhou) Designing Center, a grafting from Motorola Semiconductor, has grown into the most prestigious IC R&D center in China after 7 years’ operation with staff increased from 17 to 190, and it has established good relations of cooperation with Sony, Motorola, Bird, TCL, and other leading enterprises in China and abroad. The application of new technologies in Suzhou have not only added the "technical content" to enterprises, but helped to train high-level talents for the local needs in the course of practice.

The municipal authorities have promulgated a series of incentive policies to encourage the establishment of foreign-funded R&D institutes in Suzhou, such as "Methods of Encouraging and Attracting Overseas R&D Institutions".

Dec. 6, 2005

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