BEIJING, Jan. 23, 2013 /PRNewswire/ – iSoftStone Holdings Limited ("iSoftStone," NYSE: ISS), a leading China-based IT services provider, and Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. ("Huawei"), a leading global information and communications technology ("ICT") solutions provider, have completed the formation of iSoftStone Technology Service Limited ("the new joint venture"), a joint venture based in Wuhan, Hubei province, China. The new joint venture began operations today, January 24, 2013.
In September 2012, iSoftStone announced the planned formation of the new joint venture that focuses on serving the technology and communications ("T&C") industry. The new joint venture has registered capital of RMB 100 million, with 75% owned by iSoftStone and 25% owned by Huawei. As previously announced, iSoftStone has not contributed any U.S. assets to the new joint venture.
Mr. T.W. Liu, Chairman and CEO of iSoftStone, will also serve as Chairman and CEO of the new joint venture. The new joint venture's workforce is expected to reach more than 20,000 employees by 2015. The new joint venture should be mutually beneficial to both Huawei and iSoftStone. In addition to securing a long-term, large-scale, and sustained business account from Huawei, the new joint venture should help iSoftStone strengthen its core competitiveness through the continued integration of the fragmented IT services industry in China. The new joint venture should provide Huawei with a long-term and committed partner that will deliver outstanding IT services through the new joint venture's team of highly qualified and talented employees.
Mr. Liu said, "Thanks to the impressive growth of the information & communications technology industry in the region, IT services in China have continued to grow rapidly amid slower growth or reductions in IT expenditures in other parts of the world."The new joint venture is part of iSoftStone's strategy to benefit from this market opportunity. The new joint venture fuses Huawei's excellent practices in management and its leading position in the ICT market with iSoftStone's accumulated vertical depth in technology & communications services. We expect the new joint venture to become a leading global IT services company focused on serving current and prospective clients in the T&C industry, in both the private and public sectors.