Official opening of Stadium’s new hi-tech manufacturing facility in China

Stacey Vinther Connectivity, Electronics, Group News, HMI, Power

We are pleased to announce the official opening of our new hi-tech manufacturing and electronics assembly facility near the city of Dongguan in southern China. The modern site offers upgraded operations that boast leading-edge infrastructure and technology. It also establishes dedicated production capabilities within the factory to support the growing demand for Stadium Group’s power products and wireless devices, through greater integrated manufacturing capability for a wide range of industry sectors including healthcare, defence, aviation, marine, security, industrial, transport, energy and smart home.

On 17th February 2016, Stadium’s Board of Directors cut the ribbon to signify the official opening of the new hi-tech facility. Based at the Zhengwei Science Park in Dongkeng, near Dongguan, the site is approximately one hour’s drive from Shenzhen Airport and 1.5 hours via train from Hong Kong.

Spread across a 12,000m2 site, the new facility has four surface-mount production lines that can handle small-pitch micro-BGA ICs and miniature 0201-sized and odd-form components with in line automated optical inspection (AOI), as well as through-hole assembly lines and lead-free wave soldering. The site offers medium- to high-volume capability including a chip-placement capacity of >6 million devices per day. The site also has an EMC chamber along with functional and in-circuit test capabilities, as well as equipment for automatic conformal coating and 24 injection moulding machines up to 450 tonnes.

The new facility has been in operation since July 2015, following the Group’s decision to move its Asia operations from its previous manufacturing site in China after 15 successful years at a site near to the new facility. Due to meticulous planning and preparation, primarily carried out by the local team in China, the move was accomplished in just three weeks and disruption to customer orders was avoided.

Since the move, the facility has received continual enhancements with significant investments in manufacturing, design & test equipment and personnel , as well as ensuring that the site is fully compliant with all health, safety and environmental approvals, and also meeting the requirements and receiving recertification for ISO9001, ISO14001, ISO13485 (medical devices) and TS16949 (automotive) quality standards.

“This new facility is a key component of our global strategy to build a leading design-led electronic technology solutions business with regional centres of excellence” said Charlie Peppiatt, CEO of Stadium Group plc. “With increasing demand for our wireless and power solutions, we require additional manufacturing capacity with upgraded equipment and capabilities to build ever-more complex and sophisticated products for our existing and new customers”

“Deployment of the latest manufacturing technologies and improved infrastructure make this a truly world-class facility,” said Sohan Singh, Managing Director of Stadium Asia. “Additionally, the move to the new site has meant we are better placed to attract and retain talent to support our growth plans, as well as being located in a greener environment and therefore providing improved working conditions for our people.”

Photo caption: Stadium Group’s Board of Directors pictured with the new site’s MD and Senior Management Team.