JANUARY 23, 2007 -- Global manufacturing services provider Fabrinet (search for Fabrinet) has announced that its latest factory, completed in November 2005, is near capacity, and a foundation-laying ceremony for a new factory in its Pinehurst campus manufacturing complex near Bangkok, Thailand, occurred yesterday.
The new facility of approximately 300,000 square feet will accommodate fast-growing demand for the company's optical components, module manufacturing, and system assembly services as well as anticipated growth in capital equipment, automotive, and medical markets. Scheduled for completion in late 2007, the new building will raise Fabrinet's global manufacturing capacity to over one million square feet, say company representatives.
The new factory's numerous assembly lines can be customized to support Class 100,000 to Class 100 Clean Rooms for high precision opto-electronic manufacturing and sophisticated "Dry-Rooms" to meet the ultralow humidity requirements of medical devices. Additionally, the factory will accommodate Fabrinet's customer-specific "factory within a factory" operations, ensuring complete IP security and exact adherence to each customer's desired manufacturing processes.
"Our factory within a factory infrastructure and extensive quality process requires particularly large and flexible facilities," explains Tom Mitchell, chairman and chief executive officer of Fabrinet. "The new building reflects the continued investment we're making in Thailand which we believe continues to offer a compelling manufacturing value proposition for complex, high-mix, low- to medium- volume products."