RIM opent R&D centrum in Bochum, Duitsland
Bochum, Duitsland en Waterloo, 23 april 2008 - Research in Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ: RIMM; TSX: RIM) gaat een Research and Development-centrum openen in Bochum, in de noordelijke Rijn-Westfalia-regio van Duitsland. De planning is dat het centrum in de zomer van 2008 wordt geopend. Er zullen in eerste instantie 140 mensen komen te werken. Er zijn plannen om dit aantal in de toekomst te vergroten naar 500 werknemers.
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RIM to Open R&D Facility in Bochum, Germany
Bochum, Germany and Waterloo, ON – Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ: RIMM; TSX: RIM), today announced that it will open a Research and Development (R&D) facility in Bochum, in the North Rhine-Westphalia region of Germany. The facility is scheduled to open in summer 2008 with 140 new employees and with plans for future growth of up to 500 people.
The facility will be based in the Uni-Tech-Center on the campus of Ruhr-Universität, Bochum. It will focus on hardware and software development for the BlackBerry® wireless solution and represents an investment of $45 million in the first year of operation.
“At RIM we are committed to innovation and excellence and I am very pleased to announce our plans for a world class R&D facility in Bochum,” said Mike Lazaridis, Founder, President and Co-CEO of Research In Motion. “This new R&D facility will play a pivotal role in extending RIM's leadership in the smartphone market as we continue to focus on delivering best-in-class solutions to our customers,” he continued.
"This is a great day for the region of North Rhine-Westphalia and particularly the City of Bochum. RIM’s decision underlines the quality of universities and scientific institutes in this region. The area is an innovation powerhouse with a global reputation and we are delighted RIM has selected Bochum as the home of its new R&D facility,” said North Rhine-Westphalia's Minister of Economics, Christa Thoben.
“The new R&D facility will support our growth and help RIM continue to provide our carrier partners and customers with the very best products,” said Thorsten Heins, Senior Vice President Handheld Business at Research In Motion. “Consistent with RIM’s global strategy, we will be working in close co-operation with the surrounding Universities and Institutes in the North Rhine-Westphalia region,” he added.
About Research In Motion (RIM)
Research In Motion is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of innovative wireless solutions for the worldwide mobile communications market. Through the development of integrated hardware, software and services that support multiple wireless network standards, RIM provides platforms and solutions for seamless access to time-sensitive information including email, phone, SMS messaging, Internet and intranet-based applications. RIM technology also enables a broad array of third party developers and manufacturers to enhance their products and services with wireless connectivity to data. RIM’s portfolio of award-winning products, services and embedded technologies are used by thousands of organizations around the world and include the BlackBerry® wireless platform, the RIM Wireless Handheld™ product line, software development tools, radio-modems and software/hardware licensing agreements. Founded in 1984 and based in Waterloo, Ontario, RIM operates offices in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific. RIM is listed on the Nasdaq Stock Market (Nasdaq: RIMM) and the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: RIM). For more information, visit www.rim.com or www.blackberry.com.
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