European demand drives Bulgaria plant for Escatec

European demand drives Bulgaria plant for Escatec

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By Nick Flaherty

Contract manufacturer Escatec is expanding its European electronic systems production with a new plant in Bulgaria.

The electronic manufacturing services (EMS) provider says it is responding to requests to nearshore cost-effective production in Europe with the plant in Plovdiv. This will be the company’s ninth production complex globally, alongside plants in the UK and Czech Republic.

The 4000m² facility in Bulgaria is already operational with the necessary equipment, processes, and skilled workforce, to vertically integrate plastic moulding and electronics assembly. It has begun to support Escatec’s production commitments in Europe as order volumes pick up.

“Escatec Bulgaria is an important new site in the portfolio as we move to complete our global manufacturing footprint. Customers can expect that we deliver a best-value solution, regardless of region, as we continue to harness the benefits of our multi-site strategy,” said Charles-Alexandre Albin, Executive Director and Director of Strategic Development.

This could well become the group’s main production facility in Europe for plastic moulding and electronics assembly, says Albin, due to Bulgaria’s membership in the European Union and Plovdiv’s strategic location, sizeable population, its large industrial base, and its transport links providing convenient access to the wider European market.

“Escatec remains committed to expanding its global production footprint and capabilities to cater to customers that are in the process of bringing new technologies and products to market,” he added.

Customers largely comprise of major OEM brands based in Europe and North America. Headquartered in Penang Island, Malaysia, the Group’s production network now comprises of two facilities each in Penang and Johor Bahru, Malaysia; two in Chomutov in the Czech Republic; one in Lutterworth in the United Kingdom and an advanced production facility in Heerbrugg, Switzerland. The group also operates a Design & Development (D&D) Centre in Switzerland and has strategic partnerships in Croatia and the United States.

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