Adaptec Inc. has officially opened its new $17 million manufacturing facility in the Chai Chee area of Singapore, significantly expanding its presence in the Asian market.
"Our Singapore expansion reflects our belief in the continuing rebound of Asian markets and the growing global need for more I/O resulting from the proliferation of Internet, collaborative computing, and e-business," said Bob Stephens, president and chief executive officer of Adaptec (Milpitas, Calif.). "With a larger, state-of-the-art manufacturing house in one of the world's most dynamic economic regions, we are better able to serve our customers in all geographies, and to increase our manufacturing capacity and efficiency."
The facility, which also houses marketing and design personnel, is a major expansion of Adaptec Manufacturing Singapore, which was set up in 1987, employed 34 people, occupied 12,000 square feet, and produced one product line. The new facility is Adaptec's only in-house board manufacturing and IC assembly and test operation, employs 850 workers, occupies 220,000 square feet, and produces over 200 products.
The facility is certified to ISO 9001 and ISO 14000 standards for manufacturing and environmental standards, respectively.
According to K.Y. Lim, vice president and managing director for Adaptec Manufacturing Singapore, "We are committed to being a part of the knowledge-based economy promoted by the Singapore government. Adaptec's vision for technology in the country and the region is in sync with the government's forward-looking initiatives to boost the information technology industry in Singapore."