RIM to open German R&D centre

Blackberry developer Research In Motion (RIM) is opening an R&D facility in Germany. Opening with 140 new employees, the centre is planned to employ up to 500 people.

The facility will be based in the Uni-Tech-Center, part of the Ruhr-Universität Bochum campus. It will focus on hardware and software development for the BlackBerry wireless solution and represents an investment of $45million in the first year of operation. “At RIM, we are committed to innovation and excellence and I am very pleased to announce our plans for a world class R&D facility in Bochum,” said Mike Lazaridis, RIM’s founder, president and co ceo (pictured). “This facility will play a pivotal role in extending RIM’s leadership in the smartphone market as we continue to focus on delivering best in class solutions to our customers.”