Finnish Salcomp opens world’s largest charger plant in China
Finnish developer of chargers and adapters Salcomp has opened a new plant in Guigang, China, with a capacity of more than 350 million chargers a year.
The construction of Salcomp’s massive new plant in China started in July 2016 and production ensued there in June this year. The plant’s inauguration was celebrated on 21 September and enjoyed the presence of Finland’s Ambassador to China Jarno Syrjälä.
The plant consists of production and storage facilities, offices as well as living quarters and spans a total area of 85 000 square metres. Salcomp has invested tens of millions of euros in its completion.
“The construction of the Guigang plant is an important strategic step for us,” says Markku Hangasjärvi, CEO of Salcomp. “The growth of the smartphone market has been especially strong in China in recent years, which has increased the need for additional capacity.”
Salcomp’s Guigang plant is the company’s second in China, where more than 70 per cent of the world’s smart phones are produced. The plant will also serve markets in Malaysia, Vietnam, India, South Korea, Brazil, Mexico and the US.
It will employ around 1 000 workers to start with, but the number will increase to around 5 500 by the end of 2018.
Environmental considerations have also been at the fore and 55 000 square metres of sun panels will be installed on the roofs to provide an estimated 20–30 per cent of the plant’s electricity need.
The Guigang plant raises Salcomp’s total production capacity to more than 600 million chargers a year for all six of its plants worldwide. It’s the third plant Salcomp has opened in the past year.