GREENSBORO, N.C.--In a move to expand in China's cellular phone market, RF Micro Devices Inc. here today announced plans to open a final assembly facility and logistics center in Beijing to supply radio-frequency components to Nokia Group.
Construction on the facility is expected to start in the fall and be completed within 12 months. The facility will be located in the Beijing Xingwang Industrial Park, which was set up a year ago by Nokia in conjunction with Chinese state governments, the Beijing municipal government and representatives of the Beijing Economic-Technological Development Area.
RF Micro Devices said it has become one of the first suppliers to be invited by Nokia to participate in the Beijing Xingwang Industrial Park. The complex will support the Nokia's business in China and other world markets, said RF Micro Devices.
David A. Norbury, president and CEO of the Greensboro company, said the invitation "underscores the strength of our ongoing strategic relationship with Nokia." No estimates were released on the cost of the Beijing facility or volume of products planned for China's handset market.
The RF Micro Devices said the new plant will contain test and tape-and-reel operations. It will serve as the final stage of assembly for RF components manufactured at the company's Greensboro campus. RF Micro Devices said it expects the Beijing facility to help accelerate product delivery to Nokia, reduce shipping costs, and contribute to improved inventory management.