In response to strong demand from North American customers, particularly “a double-digit growth” in the electrified vehicles segment, Asteelflash Group, a French electronics contract manufacturing company, announced it has invested an undisclosed amount in additional output capacity at its Tijuana, Mexico location.
As such, two additional SMT lines (Surface Mount Technology) will be added to its existing equipment portfolio, doubling its capacity for PCBA (Printed Circuit Board Assembly). Currently being installed, these will be ready for manufacturing during the third quarter of this year.
“Located only a few miles away from the U.S. border with San Diego, Asteelflash Tijuana has experienced tremendous growth over the past two years and continues to generate interest from North American based customers, as well as from companies serving the North American market,” said the company in a statement.
“While we see a trend from customers and prospects to bring manufacturing back to the U.S., Mexico also appears as a more than suitable alternative to Asia, particularly from a logistics and supply chain perspective” said Albert C. Yanez, Executive Vice President of Asteelflash Group and President of Asteelflash Americas.
“We are increasing our existing Tijuana capacity in response to customer demand for a robust, low-cost supply-base that has a short and flexible supply-chain able to service the US-market. AFG’s Tijuana facility provides our customers with a range of highly flexible manufacturing and near-shore fulfillment options,” the official added.
This newly expanded site is capable of fulfilling customers’ product manufacturing requirements from board assembly to finished product for the Automotive, Electric Vehicles (EV), Aerospace, IoT, Industrial, Consumer and Medical markets.
According to Yanez, Asteelflash Tijuana will now be “more than sufficiently equipped” to strengthen its existing level of service to key market segments but is also ready to tackle the double-digit growth in these verticals from automotive electronics to IoT (Internet of Things) and connected devices, but also industrial grade electronic assemblies and sub-assemblies.