In­ven­tec to set up smart fac­tory in South­east Asia in 2016

The China Post - - LOCAL -

In­ven­tec Corp. ( ), a ma­jor Tai­wanese sup­plier of Chi­nese phone brand Xiaomi Inc., is think­ing of set­ting up an in­tel­li­gent man­u­fac­tur­ing plant in In­done­sia or the Philip­pines next year as part of its global ex­pan­sion.

The new fa­cil­ity would ini­tially man­u­fac­ture smart­phones and PC-re­lated prod­ucts such as all-in-one com­put­ers, com­mer­cial tablets and mini-desk­top com­put­ers based on cus­tomer de­mand, In­ven­tec Chair­man Richard Lee ( ) said dur­ing a break at an event mark­ing a cloud part­ner- ship be­tween Mi­crosoft Corp. and Chunghwa Tele­com Co. ( ).

Com­par­ing the two pos­si­ble lo­ca­tions, Lee said In­done­sia has a huge la­bor force thanks to the coun­try’s 200-mil­lion pop­u­la­tion, while peo­ple aged un­der 20 ac­count for nearly 50 per­cent of the Philip­pines pop­u­la­tion, in­di­cat­ing a younger la­bor force with a higher ac­cep­tance of cloud com­put­ing ap­pli­ca­tions at fac­to­ries.

More­over, the Philip­pines is ge­o­graph­i­cally closer to Tai­wan than In­done­sia, which can save time for busi­ness trips, he said.

“We’re not go­ing to copy our tra­di­tional la­bor- in­ten­sive Chi­nese fac­to­ries, which have also be­gun up­grades to the ‘In­dus­try 4.0’ model,” Lee said, adding that In­ven­tec is dis­cussing the new fa­cil­ity with its clients and has not fi­nal­ized the plan.

The chair­man noted that the new man­u­fac­tur­ing site could be set up some­time in 2016 be­cause In­ven­tec needs to fo­cus at present on its In­dian fac­tory, which was es­tab­lished ear­lier this year and has started com­mer­cial pro­duc­tion.

He also men­tioned that In­ven­tec’s cur­rent Chi­nese plants in Shang­hai and Nan­jing would be­gin to de­ploy Web-based in­tel­li­gent man­u­fac­tur­ing sys­tems af­ter the com­pany signed a let­ter of in­tent on Mon­day with Siemens PLM Soft­ware, a sub­sidiary of Ger­man en­gi­neer­ing firm Siemens AG, to cash in on a global push into up­grad­ing man­u­fac­tur­ing oper­a­tions.

The Mon­day agree­ment is part of a global push into the “In­dus­try 4.0” era, which aims to man­u­fac­ture more ef­fi­ciently by cre­at­ing a net­worked, flex­i­ble, and dy­nam­i­cally self-or­ga­niz­ing man­u­fac­tur­ing process for highly cus­tom­iz­a­ble prod­ucts, ac­cord­ing to Siemens.

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