Huawei boosted Europe’s economy by €12.8 billion

Huawei said today that it boosted Europe’s economy by €12.8 billion through its economic activity in 2018, supporting 169,700 jobs either directly or through the supply chain, according to a study by Oxford Economics.

Huawei’s direct contribution to European GDP of €2.5 billion in 2018 is more than double what it was back in 2014, representing annual growth of 19% per year in real terms. Over the same period, the total employment supported by Huawei rose by an average of 13% a year, and the total tax revenue it generated by 17% a year.

“The new European Commission wants to deliver digital sovereignty for the EU by establishing a strong technological ecosystem across the continent. This report clearly shows Huawei to be among the top companies in Europe innovating the products and services that will help the EU accomplish its targets,” commented Abraham Liu, Huawei’s Chief Representative to the EU Institutions.

“We are making a sizeable contribution to the EU economy, helping Europe improve productive capacity and ensuring its firms and industries are not left behind by the pace of digital transformation. Our aim now is to help the European Commission achieve its goal of making Europe ‘fit for the Digital Age’.”

Huawei says it is among the companies leading the way in accomplishing the EU’s targets by building fast and reliable networks with all major European operators, and investing in research and development. Its 23 research facilities across 12 countries in Europe, and research programme involving 140 European universities, focusing on everything from wireless to optical technology, cloud computing and new materials, are helping European industries strengthen their advantage in these areas.

Moreover, by actively working with European businesses, Huawei is ensuring that its technologies are implemented in ways that maximise the benefits for both individual firms and society more widely.

Oxford Economics measured Huawei’s total economic impact in terms of its contribution to European GDP, the jobs it supports across the continent, and the tax revenues it generates.

Breakdown of Huawei’s impact

In total, it found that Huawei sustained a €12.8 billion contribution to Europe’s GDP in 2018. This comprised:

  • Huawei’s direct €2.5 billion contribution, stemming from operational expenditure at its sites across the EU, Iceland, Norway, and Switzerland.
  • A €5.4 billion indirect contribution along the supply chain through Huawei’s procurement of goods and services from suppliers in the 12 European countries from which Huawei purchases the most.
  • An induced contribution of €4.9 billion, capturing the wider economic benefits arising from payment of wages by Huawei, and by the firms in its supply chain, to employees, who then spend their earnings in retail, leisure and other outlets. It also includes the economic activity stimulated in these outlets’ supply chains.

Huawei supported a total of 169,700 European jobs in 2018 through these three channels of impact. This includes 13,300 permanent employees and contracted staff at Huawei’s European entities, plus a further 80,300 jobs in European firms within Huawei’s worldwide supply chain.

Oxford Economics report

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