Motorola has announced plans to build a £20 million ($29 million) technology centre in Scotland, alongside Scottish Enterprise’s ALBA Campus in Livingston.
Over the next five years, Motorola’s Technology Centre is planning to create 550 highly-skilled jobs in software engineering. Motorola is already the largest manufacturing employer in Scotland with a total workforce of 6,500, and is a significant long-term investor in Scotland, the UK and Europe.
This investment builds on Motorola’s investments in Dunfermline, East Kilbride, South Queensferry and Easter Inch and positions Motorola in Scotland in three markets – high growth cellular communications, mature embedded software solutions in the communications and automotive industries, and now advanced software engineering.
In the Technology Centre, software will be developed to make Motorola’s cellular telephone and other manufacturing operations more efficient and cost effective.
The company’s systems design will be enhanced by the close working relationship with the Institute for System Level Integration on the ALBA Campus in Livingston.
Terry Heng, senior vice president of the Motorola Global Software Group said, “We are delighted to announce the establishment of a Technology Centre in Scotland, which will be a centre of excellence in the development of software and software solutions, from design to manufacturing, for semiconductor and telecommunication markets.”
The centre will be part of the Motorola Global Software Group which has centres in twelve other countries around the world, developing new technology platforms.
David Brown, chairman of Motorola, added, “The jobs created by this exciting project will be very highly skilled. Indeed, most of them will be filled by graduates and we look forward to developing particularly close relationships with Scotland’s universities. We look forward to building a close relationship with the ALBA Centre too. This initiative highlights Motorola’s global drive to provide communications solutions for the person, the work team, the home and the car.”
Motorola has been operating in the UK since 1967 and employs around 10,000 people in research, development, manufacturing and marketing. The company is one of the UK’s top ten exporters.
The company established its first manufacturing operations at East Kilbride in 1969, since when the company has invested more than £1bn in the Scottish economy.