Huawei has announced it will open a new manufacturing facility to help expand its sales and service footprint in China, and it plans to open a second manufacturing facility there as well.
The announcement comes a week after the world’s largest smartphone maker unveiled its fourth-generation Moto X smartphone at a special event in Hangzhou, where it will be unveiled to the public.
The new facility will be in Shenzhen, the city with the second-largest concentration of smartphone manufacturing, and will create 200 jobs in the region, Huawei said in a statement.
“With this new manufacturing unit, Huawei will expand its presence in China to provide customers with a more advanced and cost-effective smartphone experience,” Huawei said.
Huawei has been one of China’s largest mobile phone makers for decades, but it’s the first time it’s opened up a manufacturing facility for a major device manufacturer.
The Chinese giant has struggled with poor sales of its smartphones, and the company’s sales have slumped in the past several years, with sales down to less than 10 percent of its revenue in the third quarter of 2017.