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52 PCB007 MAGAZINE I MARCH 2019 by Barry Matties I-CONNECT007 Recently, I-Connect007 toured Victory Giant Tech- nology (VGT) Co. Ltd. in Huizhou, China—one of China's largest PCB producers. Currently, VGT generates about $500 million USD in annual sales, and have plans to reach $1.5 billion in the next few years. VGT's facility covers an area of 236,000 square meters with a staff of around 4,000. Its monthly production ca- pacity achieved is currently 600,000 square meters per month and increasing. Mr. Chen Tao founded VGT in Danshui Subdistrict, Huiyang District, Huizhou. VGT started construction in 2006 and became operational in 2008. Today, VGT have three manufacturing facilities with more under construction. Mr. Chen continues to lead his team through an impressive expansion plan. Our tour included engineering and factories one, two, and three. The fourth factory—a dedicated HDI facility—is under construction. Though some resourc- es are shared between the factories, core operations are set up as individual factories. Factory one is ba- sically a traditional PCB shop staffed with operators running each process, but it is being upgraded to support higher mix, lower volume, and higher-tech products. Factory two is a good example of what automation can do to reduce manpower. Built in 2007, and real- izing a 30% reduction in labor, VGT determined that costs could be reduced even further with a smart fac- tory. Which brought us to factory three—the smartest factory of all. Read about the tour and our interviews with VGT leadership in the March issue of SMT007 Magazine. Victory Giant Technology

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