HTC Invests in New European and UK Headquarters
LONDON, UK – June 27, 2011 – HTC Corporation, a global designer of mobile devices, today opened the doors to its new European and UK headquarters based in Slough in a ceremony officiated by Ed Vaizey MP, the Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries. The ceremony was attended by The Worshipful the Mayor of Slough, Sukhjit Dhaliwal, Peter Chou, CEO of HTC Corporation, members of the HTC board and Florian Seiche, President of HTC EMEA, who highlighted this important milestone in the company’s history, affirming HTC’s commitment to consumers, operators and partners across the region.
HTC’s European operations have grown steadily over recent years to encompass more than 50 territories. Its commitment to Europe has influenced HTC’s global strategy through engagement, investment in local talent and strategic partnerships with local and regional operators and partners. It has also been a source of new inspiration to the designers and engineering teams behind HTC’s expanding portfolio of mobile devices, delivering experiences that strongly resonate with local cultures. Melding Eastern culture with Western ideals, HTC has developed a fast-paced innovation environment and people-centric business model that has propelled the company to a global consumer brand. The investment in the EMEA market’s own headquarters symbolises the rapid growth HTC has experienced in recent years.
“HTC is on a hugely exciting journey, from humble beginnings to a global brand,” said Peter Chou, CEO of HTC Corporation. “HTC is growing on all fronts in 2011; we’re attracting new, exciting talent to the senior management team and increasing our commitment to local markets through investment in people and partnerships. Our new European office is a natural next step to show our commitment to the EMEA market and we look forward to using this office as a base from which to drive the European mobile market forward in the years to come.”
The new facility will house the senior management, sales & marketing and engineering teams for HTC EMEA and HTC UK. Florian Seiche, President of HTC EMEA commented, “Slough is the ideal base from which to operate in Europe and run our UK business, which we have seen go from strength to strength. It offers great transport links with easy access to London and the major travel hubs for the rest of Europe. HTC is committed to expanding our influence in EMEA over the next few years and look forward to using this new state-of-the-art base to derive more insights into how we will communicate in the future in order to fuel mobile innovation now and in the future.”
Notes to editors
2010 key figures:
- 25 million handsets sold worldwide
- Revenue in 2010 topped $9 billion, representing a 93% growth on previous year
- 50% consumer brand awareness achieved
Q1 2011 key figures:
- 9.7 million smartphones sold globally: an increase of 192% year-on-year, and 6% on the previous quarter.
- In the first quarter of 2011, smartphone sales across EMEA jumped 67 percent from a year earlier. (Canalys data)
About the new HQ
- The new European and UK headquarters is 6,500 square metres (69,692 square feet) in size
- The new headquarters was formerly the UK headquarters of O2
- The facility provides additional space for nearly 150 new positions to be created over the coming 12 months
HTC Corporation (HTC) is one of the fastest growing companies in the mobile phone industry. By putting people at the center of everything it does, HTC creates innovative smartphones that better serve the lives and needs of individuals. The company is listed on the Taiwan Stock Exchange under ticker 2498. For more information about HTC, please visit www.htc.com.