As electronics OEMs increasingly look to the low-cost Far East for manufacturing services, Benchmark Electronics Inc. announced it will expand its presence in Asia by opening a second facility in Thailand.
The site in Korat, approximately 125 miles northeast of Bangkok, is one of two Thai plants acquired in 2002 from ACT Manufacturing Inc. The other, a PCB assembly plant in Ayudhaya Province, is operational.
Benchmark (Angleton, Texas) said the decision to ramp the second facility is in response to strong demand for electronic manufacturing services in Asia. Increased need for contract engineering services has also spurred the company to boost its design resources in the region.
With 2003 revenue of $1.8 billion, Benchmark ranked no. 10 on Electronics Supply & Manufacturing's 2004 listing of the top 50 global EMS companies. In addition to Thailand, the company's Asian manufacturing operations include sites in Singapore, Suzhou, China.
The new facility will have 125,000 sq. ft. of manufacturing space, with an additional 55,000 sq. ft. available for future expansion. Benchmark anticipates the facility will be fully operational by the third quarter of 2004.