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    Stadium Sets Up New High-tech Manufacturing Facility in China


    Stadium Group plc has officially opened its new high-tech manufacturing and electronics assembly facility at the Zhengwei Science Park in Dongkeng, near Dongguan, in southern China. The modern site offers upgraded operations that boast leading-edge infrastructure and technology.

    Stadium also set up dedicated production capabilities within the factory to support the growing demand for its power products and wireless devices.

    Spread across a 12,000sqm 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 and 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 ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO 13485 (medical devices) and TS 16949 (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 centers of excellence,” said Charlie Peppiatt, CEO of Stadium Group. “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.”