With China investing billions of dollars in 3G networks, Andrew Solutions, a division of CommScope Inc., is completing expansion of its Suzhou, China manufacturing and distribution center to better support its local customers. In operation since August 1998, the factory currently has more than 2,000 employees and a production area of more than 20,000 m2. The expansion will increase the workforce by approximately 400 people and the production space for base station antenna manufacturing by 50 percent.

The highly skilled Suzhou workforce manufactures base station antennas for deployment in Chinese networks and for export to the rest of Asia and beyond, with all major frequency bands and technologies represented, such as TD-SCDMA, WiMAX, W-CDMA, CDMA, LTE and GSM. The company also manufactures HELIAX® 2.0 coaxial RF cable, RADIAX® radiating cable, and cable components and accessories in the facility. By making wireless products locally, Andrew can better support Chinese clients with complete wireless communication solutions and promptly respond to tight implementation and delivery requirements.

“Despite the global economic crisis, Andrew continues to see significant opportunity in the Chinese wireless marketplace, with the issuance of China’s 3G licenses and the efforts of the Chinese government to revitalize technology industries,” said Shi Zhihong, vice president, Andrew China. “With our vast experience in supporting 3G networks all over the world, we can offer our China customers the broadest solution portfolio and global experience at a lower total cost of ownership. As the wireless market continues to evolve, Andrew is well-positioned to help its customers succeed now and in the future.”