Plexus Corp. (Neenah, WI) is beginning the first phase of its strategy to deliver low-cost manufacturing to a broader region in Europe with a new site in Oradea, Romania. The company hopes the 72,000-sq-ft facility will be especially valuable to its global clients that have products that will be marketed in Europe.
“Oradea's location on the Hungarian-Romanian border is logistically attractive, while still providing the advantage of significant labor cost savings,” says Mike Buseman, senior vice president of global manufacturing operations at Plexus. “Oradea offers a skilled labor pool, as well as universities in the surrounding area that offer curriculum focused on electronics manufacturing.” Production at the facility is scheduled to begin in the second half of fiscal 2009.
The site in Oradea will help Plexus partner with European OEMs that want a flexible electronics manufacturing services (EMS) provider. “Our customers believe that the mid-to-low volume, higher-mix segment of the EMS industry is underserved in Europe, creating an opportunity for us to expand our regional footprint and exploit the growing demand of our services in the region,” says Todd Kelsey, senior vice president of global customer services at Plexus. The company also has a manufacturing facility in Kelso, Scotland, and a design services center in Livingston, Scotland.
Within the medical sector, Plexus's experience includes imaging, diagnostics, monitoring, and therapeutic products. The company is an FDA-registered manufacturer of Class II and Class III medical devices, with facilities in North America, Europe, and Asia. Last year, Plexus expanded its manufacturing site in Chicago, which the company says has seen more demand from customers in the medical industry. The 48,000-sq-ft expansion brings the facility's total size to 189,000 sq ft. The additional space has provided more support for current client demands, further growth in revenue for aftermarket services, and configure-to-order and distribution services for end customers in North America.
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