North Andover, MA – November 21, 2006 – L-com Connectivity Products officially announced today the opening of their first wholly-owned manufacturing facility in SuZhou, China. The 30,000 square foot facility joins L-com’s recently expanded United States manufacturing plant, which opened near their home office in North Andover, MA about one year ago.
The new plant in China features state-of-the-art assembly and molding machinery, a large office area which can be expanded as the number of personnel grows, and a video-linked conference area for real-time communication between managers.
Adding this factory is expected to dramatically increase L-com’s custom and standard connectivity product capabilities while keeping costs and lead times low. “We’ve been interested in opening a plant in China for a while now,” commented Tom Barczak, L-com’s Corporate Director of Manufacturing, who provided domestic oversight of the plant’s development. “Our customers should be as excited as we are at what this means for their product needs.”
Mr. Barczak stressed that the China plant is not replacing any domestic manufacturing initiatives. “In fact,” he said, “it directly complements what we’re doing in the United States by coupling advanced production capability with our domestic quick-turnaround capabilities. Basically, we’ll have the individual attention and response to customers’ needs that a small company can offer, with the manufacturing muscle of a much larger company.”
L-com has long held strategic alliances with manufacturers in China to produce its industry-famous connectivity products at a competitive price. These relationships are expected to remain strong.
L-com designs and manufactures copper and fiber cable assemblies, interconnection adaptors, connectors and cable test equipment. In addition to a vast inventory of standard products, L-com has extensive custom product design and manufacturing capabilities that include:
· Assembled and Injection Molded Data Cables
· Fiber Optic Cable Assemblies and Adaptors
· Modular and Telco Assemblies
· Low Loss Video and Monitor Cables
· Unique Bulkhead Connectors
· Machined or Cast Coaxial Connectors and Adaptors
· Sheet Metal Fabrication of Rack Panels and Enclosures
· Special Bulk Cable Formulations (Low Smoke Zero Halogen, Ultra-Flexible, etc.)
· Military and Special Packaging, Kitting, Custom Labeling and Bar-coding
L-com also distributes selected products to complement its manufactured goods including: Ethernet hubs and switches, routers, media converters, protocol converters, KVM switches, video distribution amplifiers/switches and network test equipment. The company provides simple, one-stop shopping for its customers. For more information, please visit www.L-com.com.