Left to right: Newtec’s Serge Van Herck, CETC54 President Tu Tianjie and the Belgian Government’s Elke Sleurs.
In an effort to strengthen its position in China and across the Asia-Pacific region, Belgium-based Newtec, a specialist in designing, developing and manufacturing equipment and technologies for satellite communications, has entered into a strategic partnership with the 54th Research Institute of China Electronics Technology Group Corporation (CETC54).
Under the agreement, which was signed earlier last month at Newtec’s headquarters in Belgium, CETC54 will use Newtec technology in its newest VSAT systems in China. In addition, Newtec will be able to source RF and antenna products, enabling the company to bring more elaborate ground segment solutions to the Asian markets.
“As a global player, our partnership with CETC54 is a logical expansion of the success we have already seen in Asia and will allow us to further expand, both in China and across Asia,” said Serge Van Herck on behalf of the Newtec Board of Directors. “The partnership is endorsed by our long-standing partner ESA, as well as the Belgian authorities, both of which have a long history of supporting industrial innovations which lead to the development of state-of-the-art products. We are confident that this partnership will do the same and enable us to provide our customers with even better Satcom solutions, wherever they are in the world.”
In addition to ESA and State Secretary Elke Sleurs, the contract signing was also witnessed and supported by the Counselor of the Chinese Embassy and the Executive Director of Flanders-China FCC.
“With demand for broadband continuing to grow, satellite communication has an important role to play both within and outside of China,” said Tu Tianjie, President of CETC54. “Newtec has a track record of providing innovative and advanced technology which will enhance both our companies’ offering and enable our customers to take advantage of growing trends in the industry such as High Throughput Satellites.”
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