© Enics Electronics Production | November 27, 2019
Enics is gearing up in Sweden
EMS provider Enics is adding some manufacturing muscles at its production unit in Västerås, Sweden in order to step up to the competition from abroad.
The electronics manufacturer’s facility in Västerås has undergone quite the facelift with the end goal of making electronics manufacturing more attractive in Sweden. Following the closure of the company’s unit in Malmö in southern Sweden the Enics shifted its focus towards its manufacturing facility in Västerås. The goal with this new focus was to make sure that the facility could meet future demands in electronics manufacturing and to be able to compete not just in Sweden, but also outside the country. The push has resulted in several new machines for the unit, adding some much needed muscles to the facility. Evertiq reached out to Thomas Larsson, sales manager for the company, as it was currently in the midst of testing out new collaborative robots for the plant. “This is party to replace some manual assembly, and partly to add automatic resting for some products. This is instead of having an employee lifting the products in and out of the test fixture, Thomas Larsson explains. The idea behind the addition is just as one might think, to increase the degree of automation and to improve current production processes. And speaking of production processes, some new strides have been made. Today the Västerås-unit is running three SMT lines, once of these is a brand new SMD SIPLACE SX2 line, equipped with a total of six pick-and-place units, Thomas tells Evertiq. The third lines has also allowed the company to do something that was previously simply not possible at the facility. “We previously talked about having two types of sites within Enics; one that runs low volume and high mix, and then sites in Asia and Eastern Europe that take on high volumes. This line however means that we can take on slightly higher volumes, even in Sweden.” According to Thomas, the speed has basically doubled through the new SMT line, thereby doubling the daily capacity. The extensive development of the Västerås plant has been described as a "powerpush" where the production in Eastern Europe and Asia is complemented by production alternatives in Sweden. “Designs today are made for automatic manufacturing in order to be able to place as many components in SMT as possible. The opportunity for us – with modern circuit board design – is that we can manufacture at almost the same prices as anywhere else like Eastern Europe or China” Currently the EMS provider has about 350 employees at the facility in Västerås, and there are no plans to change to composition of the workforce. There is however plans to sharpen the skills of its employees. Other improvement going forward might also include a layout change of the factory setup. “By working with automation, LEAN and 5S we can actually make more room in the existing factory. And with an SMT line that produces faster, we can have faster throughput time and do not need as much intermediate storage. In short, we can use the surface in a much smarter way,” Thomas Larsson.
A new production unit for mirror segments for ELT Safran's new production unit at the company's Saint-Benoît facility near Poitiers in central France will make the primary mirror segments for Europe's Extremely Large Telescope (ELT).
A more sustainable approach to semiconductor manufacturing Reuse; that is the key to driving environmental sustainability in global semiconductor manufacturing, says Steven Zhou, CEO of Moov Technologies.
Teslas German venture comes to a halt following court order A court in Germany has ordered the US electric carmaker to stop clearing the forest at its future location outside Berlin.
Marposs expands with acquisition of Stil Precision metrology equipment supplier Marposs has acquired STIL S.A.S., a French company specializing in research, development, production and sales of optical measurement instruments.
Z-AXIS shares good news from 2019 Electronics design and CMS provider Z-AXIS Inc. released 2019 data showing showing robust revenue growth as well as an expansion to its workforce.
Fluidra reaches a deal to acquire Fabtronics Fluidra, a company within the pool and wellness equipment industry, has acquired Australian electronics manufacturer Fabtronics to strengthen its R&D capabilities and to incorporate complete, efficient and cost-effective electronics design and manufacturing solutions.
Garz & Fricke acquires Keith & Koep Hamburg-based Garz & Fricke Group has acquired Keith & Koep GmbH, located in Wuppertal, Germany. With this move, a new powerhouse for ARM-based embedded technologies in Europe has been formed.
ABB to close Hungarian plant – 1’000 jobs lost The power and automation company will close its production facility in Ozd, in northeastern Hungary, by the end of the year.
AT&S' plant Chongqing II back in operation Austrian PCB manufacturer, AT&S, announces that the Plant II at its Chinese location in Chongqing will resume operations.
Arçelik A.Ş files IP lawsuit against LG Arçelik A.S, owners of the Beko and Grundig brands, filed a lawsuit against LG Electronics and its subsidiaries in Germany and France for patent infringement in relation to the unlicensed implementation of the company’s direct drive technology in LG Electronics’ “6 Motion” washing machines.
Seagate unifying workforce at green Fremont site Data storage and management solutions provider Seagate Technology plc is consolidating its San Francisco Bay Area workforce by relocating the company’s Cupertino operations to its existing sustainable Fremont facility.
Coronavirus afflicts more electronic supply chains With the epidemic arriving at dawn of 5G’s mainstream deployment phase, the coronavirus has the potential to disrupt the progress of the next-generation wireless standard, as the crisis slows or threatens to slow the production of key smartphone components, including displays and semiconductors, according to Omdia.
Solid financial improvements for Kitron EMS provider Kitron could show off solid financial improvements, both for the fourth quarter and full year 2019.
Zollner resumes operations in China The German EMS provider Zollner says that its plant in Taicang is reopened. Work continues under strict safety conditions and not to the full extent.
Step-by-Step: Foxconn makes progress in WI Next construction phases of vertical construction, including steel placement, have commenced at Foxconn’s 296,000-square-foot Smart Manufacturing Center at the Wisconn Valley Science and Technology Park (WVSTP).
Eaton boosts offerings with acquisition of PDI Inc. Power management company Eaton has struck a deal to purchase Virginia-based Power Distribution Inc. (PDI), a supplier of mission critical power distribution, static switching, and power monitoring equipment.
BASF to set up cathode active material production in Germany BASF is planning a new battery materials production site in Schwarzheide, Germany, as part of its multi-step investment plan to support the European electric vehicle (EV) value chain.
Shipment from China to GPV sites worldwide has restarted Some of GPV's most important suppliers in China are back in operation which means that important shipment to GPV sites worldwide has restarted. However, not all supplies might be complete, the company says.
Orbit One expands with new test team in Poland The Swedish EMS provider is launching another test team within the group.
Volvo and Geely considers a combined company Volvo Car AB and Geely Automobile Holdings Limited are considering combining their businesses to create a strong global group, which would accelerate financial and technological synergies between the two companies.
Cepton nails major funding from Koito Lidar technology specialist Cepton Technologies Inc. has secured USD 50 million in Series C funding from Koito Manufacturing Co. Ltd., a Tier 1 provider of automotive lighting systems.
RoboSense obtains IATF 16949 certification Automotive LiDAR manufacturer, RoboSense, has obtained the IATF 16949 certificate in the automotive field, which now fully qualifies it to supply to automotive customers.
Manz to deliver assembly lines to Akasol for battery production Manz AG has received an order from the German Akasol AG for assembly lines to produce lithium-ion battery modules. The placing of the order with a total volume of up to EUR 20 million euros has been split into several tranches.
ZKW with new locations in Korea and China The ZKW Group ended 2019 by establishing a branch in Incheon, Korea, near Seoul.Load more news