Legit Editorial Reviews
Touring Kingston Technology's Memory Facility In Taiwan
|Date:||Thu, Jun 03, 2010 - 10:00 AM|
|Written By:||Brian Wallace -|
Kingston Plant in Taiwan
Kingston Technology Company, Inc. is the world’s independent memory leader. Founded in 1987 with a single product offering, Kingston now offers more than 2,000 memory products that support nearly every device that uses memory, from computers, servers and printers to MP3 players, digital cameras and mobile phones. In 2009, the company's sales reached $4.1 billion.
With global headquarters in Fountain Valley, California, Kingston employs more than 4,000 people worldwide. Regarded as one of the “Best Companies to Work for in America” by Fortune magazine, Kingston’s tenets of respect, loyalty, flexibility and integrity create an exemplary corporate culture. Kingston believes that investing in its people is essential, and each employee is a vital part of Kingston’s success.
Kingston serves an international network of distributors, resellers, retailers and OEM customers on six continents. The company also provides contract manufacturing and supply chain management services for semiconductor manufacturers and system OEMs.
Day 3 at Computex 2010 here in Taiwan and Legit Reviews was given a chance to visit the Kingston manufacturing facility in Hsin-Chu. Here is a just a bit of what we saw!
The Kingston Taiwan manufacturing plant is about 80 kilometers southwest of Taipei, in an industrial technology park in Hsin-Chu, a city of about 350,000 people that is near Taiwan's west coast. The subtropical weather was in full effect for our visit so there was a steady rain that made it difficult for taking pictures outside.
Inside the building of the Hsin-Chu manufacturing plant, one will find Kingston's Far East Headquarters as well as four production levels where memory modules are being assembled. The Hsin-Chu manufacturing plant was opened in 1997, and has state-of-the-art Surface Mount Technology (SMT) lines that are used to make memory modules. Once the memory has been made, they go through quality control, some of which is now completely automated through proprietary software to make sure each module is of the highest quality.
We were given a very brief rundown of what the schedule was and then suited up for a quick tour of the facility. We were then taken up the elevators to the production floor to see the SMT lines.
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