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50 SMT007 MAGAZINE I MARCH 2019 Building a Smart Factory Supply Line Feature by Barry Matties I-CONNECT007 I-Connect007 recently toured Victory Gi- ant Technology (VGT) Co. Ltd. in Huizhou, China—one of China's largest PCB producers. Currently, VGT generates about US$500 million in annual sales, and have plans to reach $1.5 billion in the coming years. VGT's facility cov- ers an area of 236,000 square meters with a staff of around 4,000. Its monthly production capacity achieved is currently 600,000 square meters per month and increasing. Mr. Chen Tao founded VGT in Danshui Sub- district, Huiyang District, Huizhou. Before this, Mr. Chen had been working in a Taiwan enter- prise as the special assistant to the company president in the early days where he oversaw quality and sales. VGT started construction in 2006 and became operational in 2008. Today, they have three manufacturing facilities with more under construction. Today, Mr. Chen continues to lead his team through an impres- sive expansion plan. Background Our tour began in the front offices, and con- tinued through engineering and into factories one, two, and three. The fourth factory—a dedicated HDI facility—is now under construc- tion. Though some resources are shared be- tween the factories, core operations are set up as individual factories. Factory one is basically a traditional PCB shop staffed with operators

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