Aircraft maker Airbus aims to accelerate development of next-generation planes by working with Huawei Technologies and other Chinese companies at an innovation center it recently opened in Shenzhen.
The facility in Guangdong Province marks only Airbus' second lab of its kind outside of its home in Europe, with the other location in America's Silicon Valley. Investment in the new center is expected to total 10 million euros ($11.4 million).
Huawei, based in Shenzhen, will be among the first partners. The plan is to develop internet of things technology to connect various hardware on board aircraft.
Airbus will also work with display maker Royole -- a Chinese startup that grabbed international attention last year by announcing the first foldable-screen smartphone -- to develop advanced LCD panels for passenger entertainment systems.
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