Robotic microfactory concept helps reshore LED luminaire manufacture

March 15, 2018 // By Julien Happich
Increases in personnel spending, poor quality, shipping costs and long delivery times are just a few reasons why electronics industry companies are looking for ways to manufacture their products outside of cheap labour countries. 

With its ANT Plant microfactory concept, Finnish company EID Tech Oy claims that the local production of LED lighting products is actually profitable.

"In China, 100–200 people work on an assembly line, whereas a fully automated production line operates with one or two operators per shift and manufactures 100% quality,” stated the company's Sales Director Paavo Käkelä. In this case, robotization does not take away domestic jobs because LED lighting products are currently manufactured almost exclusively abroad in cheap labour countries, notes EID Tech Oy, claiming that with its full-service and robotic solution, the company marketing the final product needs nearly no manufacturing expertise because EID Tech is responsible for the supplying end-product materials, maintenance of the microfactory and life cycle services under a partnership agreement.

“ANT Plant is suitable for companies that want to produce high-quality products close to their customers. The brand, which is based on quality and local work, is a sustainable competitive advantage that makes it possible to have a profitable business. We’ve had feedback that brand value has increased dramatically after switching to local manufacturing,” says Käkelä.

EID Tech Oy - www.eidtech.fi


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