Apple has plans to open a new research and development center in Jakarta next year, according to Indonesia Communication and Information Minister Rudiantara. The project is said to be in its final stages and building is expected to begin in late December.
Apple has placed a major focus on R&D in recent years, opening up new R&D centers around the world. Recent reports have revealed locations in Germany, France, Japan, and a second center for China that will open next year. The next will be in Jakarta, reports Tempo.
“Just wait. [The preparation of the project development] is in the final stage,” revealed Rudiantara at the Indonesia PPP Day 2016 last week. “The Industry Ministry and the Communication and Informatics Ministry are finalizing the plan.”
“It’s more important. By late December, they will commence the execution for the location. So, in 2017, they will start building structures and recruiting employees,” he added.
It’s unclear what the focus of Apple’s new R&D center will be, but according to Rudiantara, the company has proposed several options. Rudiantara declined to reveal how much Apple is investing in the project. “I know how much the investment worth, but I can’t say it,” he said.
Rudiantara is hoping Apple will now make plans to open additional R&D centers in other regions throughout Indonesia.