On November 14, 2020, a commencement ceremony marked the official start of construction for Universal Scientific Industrial’s (USI) new production base located in DEEP C Industrial Zones in the northern port city of Haiphong, Vietnam.
The 65,000-square-metre plant attracted the investment of $200 million in the initial phase. USI will produce electronic circuit boards for wearable devices (watch, phone, earphone) to supply the world’s top electronic companies. During this phase, USI commits the capacity to produce up to 14 million products, equivalent to 57.6 tonnes annually, creating 2,000 jobs in full production and leveraging advanced technology to promote digital transformation in Haiphong.
Construction work is expected to be completed in the second quarter of 2021, followed by initial commissioning and testing period. An official production launch is targeted for the third quarter of 2021. The future investment scale and plan will be determined according to the needs of customers and company development. For the moment, USI expects to increase the investment capital to $400 million in the next phase.
Kuei Chun Chi, manufacturing service director of USI affirmed that the sizeable investment in the Southeast Asian facility was intended to move USI closer to their overseas customers and accommodate their customer’s ever-increasing demand. In addition, the preferential economic zone tax incentives and competitive labour cost give USI significant advantages in international competition.
“The plant we are building in Vietnam constitutes a key element in our approach to increase manufacturing capacities on a global scale,” said Kuei Chun Chi.
At the ceremony, Bui Ngoc Hai, deputy head of Haiphong Economic Zones Management Authority expressed hope that USI would become a key manufacturer in the growing electronics manufacturing sector of Haiphong by giving rise to the formation of a new production hub and contributing to the development of electronic supply chain.
“Having a global electronics manufacturer like USI in Haiphong is a ringing endorsement of the quality of the workforce and the opportunities that exist in our area. This will build up the confidence of other big players who are seeking for a reliable destination for their next expansion,” said Bruno Jaspaert, general director of DEEP C Industrial Zones, adding that they are proud to be selected as the site for USI’s new production facility after an intensive search and investigation.
Universal Scientific Industrial (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. provides design, miniaturisation, material sourcing, manufacturing, logistics, and after services of electronic devices/modules for brand owners. USI is a member of ASE Technology Holding and has many years of experience in the electronics manufacturing services industry and leverages the industry-leading technology of ASE Group, which enables USI to offer customer diversified products in the sectors of wireless communication, computer and storage, consumer, industrial, and automotive electronics worldwide. USI has a sales service network in America, Europe, and Asia; and manufacturing sites in Mainland China, Taiwan, Mexico, and Poland.
DEEP C Industrial Zones is a Belgian developer and operator of an industrial zone and port infrastructure cluster in Haiphong city and Quang Ninh province – the most dynamically growing region in North Vietnam. DEEP C has become one of the largest industrial property developers in Vietnam with five industrial zones, forming DEEP C industrial zone cluster covering 3,400 hectares at the epicenter of the region’s manufacturing and infrastructure boom. DEEP C provides a large portfolio of products and services including industrial land and workshop/warehouse for lease, port development, and operation, utilities supply and distribution, renewable energy generation.