East Kilbride, Scotland--June 26, 1997--SMART Modular Technologies Inc. (Fremont, Calif.) officially opened its European Production Facility.
Gerald Wilson, education and industry secretary of the Scottish office, announced the opening. The European Production Facility, SMART's first outside the American continent, is located in East Kilbride--an area known in Europe as "Silicon Glen."
Speaking at the opening ceremony, Ajay Shah, president and CEO of SMART, paid tribute to the operations team, who established the facility in under two months, and to the new Scottish workforce--now over 100 people--who have helped to make the new facility so successful. Shah announced plans for the European production facility in September 1996 after selecting East Kilbride as the most suitable location.
It was originally anticipated that the new facility would have two surface mount manufacturing lines with a head count rising towards 100 in the first year of operation. Today, the facility has four manufacturing lines working on a three shift basis and a head count over the 100 mark.
At present, SMART is occupying 25,000 square feet of an available 50,000 square feet. The company is producing around 75 percent of its total product offerings at the new facility, and all of its output is shipped to customers in Europe.
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