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Huawei expansion in Hungary to create 2,000 new jobs

Huawei plans to establish a European supply center in Hungary and boost production capacity in the country, which will raise the number of staff employed ─ mostly indirectly ─ by the Chinese telecommunications company from 1,000 to 3,000.

The value of Huawei's production in Hungary is expected to reach $1.2 billion this year and $3 billion in the next, William Chen, who heads Huawei's European supply centre, said in Pécs (SW Hungary) on Wednesday.

Huawei's director in charge of government relations Sun Ye said the company is looking first for existing properties standing empty that it can use for the logistics base.Huawei has a global supply center in China and now in Hungary.

It has regional supply centers in Brazil, Mexico, India and Dubai.Huawei established a supply center for Europe in Hungary in 2004.

It has production bases in Komárom (NW Hungary) and in Pécs (SW Hungary). It shares the base in Pécs with Finnish peer Elcoteq, employing about 500 people.

From next month, Huawei wants to start supplying its partners in west Africa from the base in Pécs.

Huawei is currently looking for the best location for the supply center and will decide on a final site in the coming months, Chen said.