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  • Apple's R&D Center in Japan Hiring Local Talent in Materials, Vehicles and Health Areas

    Along with a growing retail presence, the Cupertino California company is building out research and development operations around the globe, including a facility in Yokohama, Japan. This particular facility is reported going to focus on materials, vehicle and health segments. The Japanese print publication, Nikkei Electronics reported that Apple is looking to use its Japanese research center in an effort to hire local talent that has expertise in industries that the company is new to.

    Although Apple has multiple teams that are working on materials science and consumer applications, as evidenced by recent metallurgy breakthroughs introduced with Apple Watch, there are only a few teams that are rumored to be focusing on vehicles and health. It is not known if Apple plans to concentrate on in-car entertainment or actual automotive heavy industries but one thing for sure is that Japan is a leader in both areas.

    The fact that Apple was able to pitch an R&D facility on Japanese soil on the other hand shows a sign that the country is traditionally wary of outsiders. According to the report that cited industry sources, what strengthened Apple’s efforts along was likely a plan to help set up the local government to boost supply chain development and encourage innovation. Tech from China and South Korea seems to have gained ground in recent years as demand for Japanese technology has waned.

    The Cupertino California company’s R&D center is set to spread 269,000 square feet of works pace over four floors in a building located on land that was previously owned by Panasonic. The initiative was originally revealed by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe previously in December said the facility would be comparable to other Apple assets in the region. Construction is currently set to begin later this year with an estimated completion date in 2016.

    We’ll have to wait and see how the efforts pan out.

    Source: Nikkei Electronics via DigiTimes
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple's R&D Center in Japan Hiring Local Talent in Materials, Vehicles and Health Areas started by Akshay Masand View original post