Huawei and US consumer product firm P&G have announced plans of stepping up investments in their innovation centres in Asian cities.
Huawei to invest $23m in OpenLab branches in India, Thailand
China’s leading technology firm Huawei will be investing $23 million in its OpenLab innovation centres in India and Thailand over the next three years, according to Tech Observer. The plan is part of Huawei’s Global OpenLab Program launched last year with an aim to invest $200 million over the next three years.
OpenLab Delhi is Huawei’s 12th facility globally and it plans to offer ICT training to over 400 people a year. “OpenLab Delhi marks a new step in our commitment and collaboration with India which began more than 18 years ago. It is going to pave the way for a more rapid development of a new “Smart Nation” offering various type services to its citizens,” said Jay Chen, CEO, Huawei India.
The OpenLab Bangkok facility was launched a year ago with an investment of $15 million. OpenLab’s earliest innovation hubs are established in cities like Suzhou, Munich, Mexico City, Singapore and Dubai.
P&G to invest $30m more in Singapore digital innovation centre
U.S. consumer goods company Procter & Gamble Co (P&G) has made a follow-on investment of $30 million in its digital innovation center in Singapore, according to the Business Times.
The additional investment was made a year after the company announced an injection of more than $100 million over five years to facilitate the setting up of the project.
As the first such centre outside the US, the Singapore facility plans to look into digital innovation across supply chain management, e-analytics and e-business by partnering with local SMEs and startups. Part of the investment will be used to establish a digital omni-channel retail centre, i-Singapore digital omni-channel center where regional retailers will be working with P&G to develop the retail experience.