Work on the plant, which is to manufacture base stations, is expected to begin this year, Catherine Chen, vice president and member of Huawei’s supervisory board, told a video press conference.
The site “could produce the first mobile station sometime in 2023,” she said, adding that the official decision to locate a manufacturing plant outside of China was “a historic date for Huawei.”
Last month, the company announced it would invest at least 200 million euros ($ 240 million) and create 300 jobs to start at the “Huawei European Wireless Factory” in Brumath, near Strasbourg.
Located near the border with Germany, the site aims to produce 1.0 billion euros of mainly 5G equipment per year for the European market.
The Chinese group is under pressure both from accusations by the United States that its mobile network equipment is a spy risk and accusations of aiding Beijing’s efforts to monitor Uyghur Muslims.
Huawei has rejected accusations that Beijing could access its equipment to monitor voice and data traffic, but a growing number of countries, including France, have restricted or even banned Huawei equipment from their 5G mobile networks.