BANGALORE, India Taiwan original device maker BenQ Corp. will set up an R & D center in Mumbai in western India to develop software for its mobile phones.
However, unlike many other mobile phone manufacturers such as LG and Nokia, BenQ has no plans to manufacture in this country, according to a Press Trust of India report earlier today. The center will initially be maned by 50 engineers, with the number expected to double in a year.
"We are looking at India as a global resource base, particularly for knowledge capital to aid us in developing embedded software for our digital lifestyle products," said K.Y. Lee, chairman and chief executive of BenQ, in the report. "We will increase the headcount of software professionals to several hundred in the coming years."
The company expects to double its 3 percent market share in GSM-based mobile phones in India, the report said.