The US high-tech industry hasn't seen a lot of Chinese companies opening up in Silicon Valley — yet. Today, China's WLCSP Co. Ltd. announced it has established an R&D subsidiary in Sunnyvale, Calif.
China WLCSP is a provider of wafer-level miniaturization technologies for the electronics industry. The R&D center will support China WLCSP’s regional activities with OEMs and industry partners in the growing mobile handset market.
“The US is a strategic market, which is experiencing solid growth in the high-end mobile device market,” says Wang Wei, CEO of China WLCSP. “We have several important customers and partners in this country, where we plan to play a leading role over the next few years.”
Chinese companies haven't received a warm welcome in California, according to an December article in The Wall Street Journal :
- California wants to tap Chinese companies to do everything from set up offices and factories to supply public busses and even maybe help build a high-speed train line. In an era of anemic budgets and eroding tax revenues, luring Chinese companies to set up shop is an increasingly attractive option for a number of state and local governments in the U.S. There’s just one problem: It’s not clear the technologies the Chinese want to bring over are entirely legal.
Given the current sentiment of many in the US, there's likely to be controversy over Chinese companies setting up shop here. However, if these companies hire US workers, pay US taxes, and compete on the US playing field, they should be given the same consideration other foreign companies get when opening up on US soil.
According to China WLCSP, its technology enables new levels of miniaturization and performance by applying its unique expertise in the electrical, thermal, and mechanical properties of materials and interconnects. As a result, China WLCSP’s technologies are widely adopted in high-growth markets including consumer, computing, communications, and medical. China WLCSP is headquartered in Suzhou, China.