Starting in late 2012, and into the third quarter of 2013, it will transfer production of the XPM reflow line from the company’s Camdenton, Missouri plant to the existing Vitronics Soltec facility in Suzhou, China.
Also as part of the realignment, the Vitronics Soltec myReflow oven produced in the Netherlands will be discontinued at a future date.
“Moving production of the XPM to Suzhou and discontinuation the MyReflow product line will allow us to consolidate and focus our reflow resources on further improvements and development of the reflow line,” said Laurie Hume, Business Unit Manager of Vitronics Soltec Americas. “We are also pleased that this move will only involve manufacturing. Our training, support, spares, helpdesk, service, and order entry will all remain at our Camdenton, Missouri facility, which will remain our Americas regional operations center.”
The move to China helps Vitronics Soltec’s products remain competitive with regards to pricing without sacrificing their quality or reliability, which will be held to the same high level as all of the company’s products, said Hume. “This is not a joint venture,” she said. “Vitronics Soltec Suzhou is staffed by our own employees, and they’ve produced over 2,000 machines. The quality is there and we plan to increase our workforce with even more talented engineers and technicians.”
During the transition period, Vitronics Soltec is continuing to work with its customers to maintain all the benefits from the previous systems that were manufactured in the USA. “It will be business as usual in North America,” said Mick Austin, Vitronics Soltec’s Director-Americas Region. “Our same sales and support staff will continue providing the customer service our company has been known for.”
A spokesperson for the company said that no job cuts would be made in connection with the transfer.