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Electronics manufacturers follow New Kinpo Group’s footprints to Southeast Asia

Southeast Asia is increasingly becoming a popular place for major brands to make gadgets, widgets and all things electronic.

Analysts have attributed the increase to the high-quality labor available in the region coupled with  lower costs and more favorable economic climate compared to China. Although this global market shift is relatively new for many electronics manufacturers, New Kinpo Group (NKG) has long predicted additional EMS growth will be fueled by the Southeast Asia market. This early vision and strategic investment has allowed NKG to develop a vast, stable supply chain in the region.

Although the industry is notoriously slow and often belabored, NKG forecasts more companies will begin to shift operations to the region. Below are three reasons Southeast Asia will continue to grow as a strategic location for electronics manufacturers.

  • Middle class growth – Southeast Asia’s middle class is diverse, confident in the economy and growing more affluent by the day. In 2012 there were an estimated 190 million people in Southeast Asia who could be defined as middle class. According to Nielsen, that number will more than double by 2020, to 400 million people. This will translate into an increased demand for consumer goods.
  • Infrastructure – Global shipping expenses have made it crucial to look for more effective production sites and Southeast Asia is becoming the center of gravity. As a result, the company’s international customers are able to capitalize on our robust infrastructure to better serve local customers. With our extensive knowledge of local markets, NKG is able to vertically integrate stable supply chains and keep our design team close, drastically improving delivery time for our customers.
  • Modern technology – The increasing desire for mobility and productivity coupled with access to more disposable income will continue to drive overall demand for consumer electronics products.  IoT also represents a major opportunity for the region to foster innovation that would create a positive impact not only for consumers and businesses, but also in the education field.

Based in Taiwan for more than 40 years and in Southeast Asia for 24 years, NKG continues to invest throughout the region in order to offer customers greater flexibility, lower costs, faster delivery times, and world-class product quality. Most recently, NKG opened a new factory in the Philippines. This highly-automated, vertically-integrated factory employs more than 8,000 skilled workers dedicated to consumer product manufacturing. Watch the video from our recent grand opening celebration below.

With manufacturing sites located strategically throughout the world—including not only Southeast Asia, Thailand, the Philippines, and Malaysia, but also the U.S., Brazil and Mexico—and a vertically integrated model, NKG will continue to achieve lower manufacturing costs and greater efficiencies than other global EMS/ODM companies who are just now realizing the opportunity this vast and environmentally diverse region has to offer. As NKG strategically expands into new markets to best meet the needs of our customers, we expect other manufacturers will continue to follow the footprints along the path we’re forging.

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Robots Reach for New Roles in Manufacturing

In nearly every business and government sector across the globe, robots are handily making work easier and more consistent. They help assemble cars, perform operations and explore planets. In manufacturing, robots traditionally have been assigned to large tasks that require only gross movements, like painting, picking and placing. Now, however, they are able to handle fine movements and to work literally shoulder-to-shoulder with humans on complex projects.

So far, robots have been performing tasks that humans could do but that would be time-consuming, boring, hazardous or difficult for mere human hands. As we look to the future, we should anticipate that robots—networked with the Internet of Things (IoT)—will become much more progressive in their capabilities. They will become smarter, more dexterous and more reconfigurable, assuming new stature in the manufacturing ecosystem. Here are a few ways that robots are likely to evolve in the not-so-distant future:

  • Robots will become lighter and more portable, so that they can be used more flexibly for a variety of tasks and on multiple assembly lines. The results will be a much more agile and less expensive manufacturing infrastructure and an increased ability to customize smaller runs by moving robots around and programming them for short-term duties.
  • Robots will become increasingly agile, able to manipulate smaller components in more complex ways. They will begin to transform the concept of “assembly” into the concept of “craftsmanship,” with much more sensibility toward fine details.
  • Robots will become increasingly smart, able to learn to some extent from their past activity and predict work flow. They will begin to show the kinds of intelligence we see in today’s Internet, in which previous choices and actions help guide future actions toward desired goals and quality.
  • Assembly-line robots will connect to the Internet of Things so that they will be able to request parts when supplies are low and request replacements for parts they determine are damaged before those components are installed into products.
  • Through the Internet, robots will communicate with each other to simplify and accelerate just-in-time production. Going beyond ERP, robotic “peer-to-peer” communications will enable an assembly plant robot to notify a supplier robot when a particular work cell has deviated from the planned production schedule or a supplier to tell the assembly plant that it has run into problems, all in real time.
  • Researchers currently are taking advantage of artificial intelligence capabilities in robots to train them when to say “no” to a human command. The robots are being taught to speak up when they receive a command that could be dangerous to humans or cause damage in the facility, based on logical arguments that developers are implanting in the robot’s software.

If all these prospects seem impossible, remember that many of us said the same thing about the Internet and email a generation ago. Chances are we’ll come to rely just as much on robots in manufacturing as they become an essential part of the industrial infrastructure.

 

How Intelligent Manufacturing is Changing Global Industries

3D printing is gaining popularity globally, and for good reason. The versatile technology is being used across industries including the healthcare, education and automotive sectors. Accordingly, the Boao Forum for Asia, a prestigious forum for government, business and academia leaders, has taken notice.

The conference, which highlights compelling areas of discussion year after year, featured a session called “3D Printing, Digital Manufacturing & the 3rd Industrial Revolution,” focusing on trending topics related to 3D printing and intelligent manufacturing.

Our very own Simon Shen, chairman of XYZPrinting, participated in the discussion.
“There are many things in our daily lives, such as mugs, plastic shoes, toys and cell phone cases that are produced by factories that merely involve three to five stages of simple production processes,” said Shen. “Those processes may be more likely replaced by 3D printers.” 

While the transition is probable, it won’t happen overnight. “There is still a long way to go for the industry to develop technology that allows people to produce sophisticated products such as smartphones or laptops, and more material suppliers will be joining the market as well,” said Shen. “XYZPrinting will continue to focus on material development and introducing different materials to the market.” Wei Miao, Chinese Minister of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, joined the conversation as well.

“The development and application of information communication technology (ICT), especially the integration between ICT and manufacturing industry, will become the trigger of the Third Industrial Revolution,” said Miao. “The Chinese government will encourage and support younger generations in China to become creators.” Miao’s statement on supporting the maker culture in China ultimately fits the vision of XYZPrinting. 

“Although only a few things can be realized through DIY, the cost for 3D printers is comparatively lower nowadays, so people can create the things they want or even start a business with a 3D printer. From this perspective, younger generations can buy a 3D printer to create something they desire,” added Shen. 

The da Vinci Junior 1.0, which was displayed at Boao, is a prime example. The 3D printer by XYZPrinting is designed for general consumers and was displayed during the session. The product has a compactdesign, weighing only 26 pounds, but with a robust size of 5.9” x 5.9” x 5.9” and is available for $349.99at Amazon.com, Newegg.com and BestBuy.com.

PChome Online and Cal-Comp Form Joint Venture to Enter e-Commerce Market in Thailand

Recently, we announced the exciting news that Cal-Comp, a subsidiary of New Kinpo Group, entered ajoint venture with PChome Online (8044-tw), an Internet media company offering e-commerce,advertisement, portal service, digital content, Internet access, and Internet community service.Together, the two well-known Taiwanese companies will build upon Cal-Comp’s established leadershipand in-market operations and PChome Online’s extensive Internet expertise to provide the ultimate e-commerce service in Thailand. The capital for the joint venture, PChome Thailand Co., Ltd., is $100million Thai baht (approximately $3,065,000 US Dollars).
PChome Online (http://www.pchome.com.tw) is the largest e-commerce group in Taiwan. The companydebuted its IPO in Taiwan in January 2005, and its consolidated revenue hit $16.3 billion Taiwan dollars(TWD) in 2013.  PChome Online owns numerous e-commerce websites including the biggest business-to-consumer online shopping website, PChome 24h Shopping, and the leading consumer online auctionwebsite, Ruten.
To complement this venture, Cal-Comp is the largest EMS company in Thailand with more than 18,700employees around the world. Cal-Comp became a public company in Thailand in 2001 and itsconsolidated revenue was $121.5 billion Thai Baht in 2013.
Through this milestone joint venture with PChome Online, Cal-Comp will take advantage of New KinpoGroup’s experience in global marketing and management to become a first-mover in AFTA (ASEAN FreeTrade Area) market by providing convenient e-commerce solutions to local customers in Thailand.