Chinese smartphone and telecom equipment maker Huawei is setting up a manufacturing plant in Japan, as the company looks to leverage Japanese expertise in marketing to buyers in established markets.

The plant will be the first full-scale manufacturing facility built in Japan by a Chinese company, according to China Money Network.

Production of network equipment in the refurbished DMG Mori plant is expected to begin later this year, with a total investment of US$44.5 million.