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23 May 2007


Emcore begins shipping products from its China plant

Emcore Corp of Albuquerque, NM, USA, which makes components and subsystems for the broadband, fiber-optic, and solar power markets, has started shipping products from its recently opened low-cost manufacturing facility in the export-processing zone in Langfang City, about 20 miles southeast of Beijing, China.

Emcore China occupies 22,000 square feet, with a Class-10,000 cleanroom for optoelectronic device packaging. Another 60,000 square feet is available for future expansion. The firm says it will consolidate and move manufacturing of certain cost-sensitive optoelectronic device products to the plant.

"We will be packaging optical subassemblies for broader applications of storage-area network, local-area network, cable TV, and telecom markets,” says Dr Charlie Wang (former director of engineering of Emcore Fiber Optics), who has been appointed general manager. “We have already transferred and started the qualification processes for certain products.”

"We chose this location because of its convenient access to infrastructures and talent pools of nearby Beijing and Tianjin metro areas,” Wang adds. “This facility will experience a very low operating cost in addition to tax and import/export benefits for being located in an export-processing zone.”

"The establishment of Emcore China is an important accomplishment as we focus on achieving our goal of profitability,” says Emcore’s CEO Reuben F. Richards Jr. “Through our China operations, we will be able to tap into a vast talent pool of low-cost skilled labor and engineering resources. This facility, along with a strategic alignment with our existing contract-manufacturing partners, should enable us to improve our cost structure and gross margins across product lines within Emcore,” he adds. “We expect to develop and provide improved service to our global customers using a local presence in Asia.”

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