Motorola completes acquisition of R&D centre in Denmark  

2006.06.09
US mobile phone group Motorola, the world's second largest mobile phone company, has completed its acquisition of a BenQ R&D centre with a staff of 250 engineers in northern Jutland, Denmark

US mobile phone group Motorola, the world's second largest mobile phone company, has completed its acquisition of a BenQ R&D centre with a staff of 250 engineers in northern Jutland, Denmark. Taiwan's BenQ took over the former Siemens centre last year, when it acquired Siemens' entire mobile phone business activities. BenQ has since closed several centres in Germany and is now centralising development in Munich.

Three senior executives from Motorola's headquarters in Chicago visited the newly acquired R&D centre in Nørresundby, northern Jutland, on Wednesday. Scott Durchschlag, Roger Jellicoe and Bill Werner said at the occasion that Motorola has made a long-term investment in the centre. Scott Durchschlag was highly satisfied with the acquisition:

"We are very enthusiastic with the highly competent development people and the facilities Motorola now has in Denmark. The company fits perfectly into our future strategy, which is not narrowly about mobile phones, but about developing all forms of mobile equipment for communication and entertainment. So we no longer talk about the products as mobile phones, but more as the "remote control" to your life."

Scott Durchschlag is also keenly interested in the collaboration opportunities with Aalborg University: "Half the engineers in the northern Jutland development team have come from the university here, and that is an amazing resource which we also hope to collaborate with closely when things really get going." The news was reported by regional newspaper Nordjyske Stiftstidende.

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