Molex locates global tooling centre in China

Electronic components supplier Molex Incorporated has expanded its global tooling capabilities with the opening of a new Global Tooling Centre at its operations in the Chengdu Hi-Tech Development Zone in China. The 200,000 sq ft facility features high-tech automation and robotic tool and system design and development, including high-precision mould and die capabilities.

According to CEO Martin Slark, the centre will support the company’s growing customer-base not only in Asia but all over the world. “We are continuing our investment in Chengdu, which is an emerging economic hub in China,” Slark said. “This high-tech facility expands our ability to serve our global customers with the highly-engineered tools that are critical for manufacturing the innovative interconnect solutions our customers require.”

Meanwhile, Joe Nelligan, Senior Vice President, Commercial Products Division, Molex, says the Global Tooling Centre will give the company a competitive advantage. “The sophisticated capabilities that this advanced tooling centre offers gives Molex a versatile, global resource that will help us bring new products to market faster and quickly respond to customer needs,” said Nelligan. “It will nearly triple our tooling capacity here and create new highly-skilled jobs.”

Molex began operations in Chengdu in 2005 and completed construction of the one million square foot plant in 2008 making it the largest Molex operation in the world. To date, Molex has invested over US$160 million in its Chengdu operations. Each year, Molex Chengdu produces over 1 billion parts for applications in automotive, commercial, infotech, mobile and telecom industries.

Providing more than connectors, Molex delivers complete interconnect solutions for a number of markets including: data communications, telecommunications, consumer electronics, industrial, automotive, commercial vehicle, aerospace and defense, medical, and lighting. Established in 1938, the company operates 45 manufacturing locations in 17 countries. The US-headquartered firm was acquired by industrial industries conglomerate Koch Industries for US$7.2 billion late last year.


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