This "plant will be built" and "will start (production) normally towards the end of 2025". According to the statements of Minggang Zhang, the deputy general manager of the French branch of Huawei on France Inter this Saturday, the factory he is building in Alsace, the first outside China, will begin its production of equipment for mobile networks "at the end of 2025".
"The ambition is to produce 1 billion goods per year with 500 jobs at stake, and it is to manufacture in France to supply the entire European market," he said.
This is the goal even though Germany plans to ban parts made by Huawei and ZTE, another Chinese manufacturer, in its 5G networks from 2026. And even though the European Commission has called on the 27 member states and telecoms operators to exclude these two providers from their mobile networks, which it considers to be at risk to the EU's security.
10,000 jobs generated claimed
"Construction is progressing and it's progressing well. And the whole European market, we are there, we are progressing, we are working well and while adopting a totally transparent way for the different states, the different interlocutors," said Minggang Zhang, saying he was "confident".
Amid the U.S.-China trade war, Washington has already banned the sale of equipment from five Chinese suppliers, including Huawei and ZTE, citing risks of espionage or sabotage of Western networks, which the companies deny. Regarding France, Huawei had announced at the end of 2020 its decision to install a factory at the Business Park of Brumath (Bas-Rhin), a city of about 10,000 inhabitants located about twenty kilometers from Strasbourg, not far from Haguenau, and to invest 200 million euros.
This site, described as "green", is intended to produce the main equipment that makes up the wireless base stations (i.e. antennas) for the European market. Arrived in 2003 in France, where the group opened six research centers and a global design center in Paris, Huawei says it achieved in France 2.5 billion euros in turnover in 2021 and claims nearly 10,000 jobs generated.
The company also claims a 20% share of the French telecoms infrastructure market, despite the strong restrictions resulting from the so-called "anti-Huawei" law of 2019, aimed at protecting French networks from the "risks of espionage, hacking and sabotage" enabled by 5G.