AWS, a European specialist contract electronics manufacturers, has announced that a major Tier 1 automotive manufacturer has contracted with the company for volume manufacture of its assemblies and systems at the companies CEE facility in Slovakia.
“We have won several significant automotive programs recently”, commented AWS CEO Paul Deehan, “which has led to very fast growth at our Namestovo facility in Slovakia. The latest deal is for LED lighting products that go into high end vehicles, so the business is both high volume and high quality.”
AWS has continued to invest and grow the the Namestovo plant to take advantage of such opportunities with Tier 1 auto suppliers benefiting from low cost manufacturing closer to their end user factories than S.E Asia. The Slovakian facility uses exactly the same processes, equipment and management systems that AWS has developed for its UK plant, which also handles Fast Track and NPI business as well as through life MRO. Therefore quality can be guaranteed. But the total manufacturing costs in Slovakia are lower – in fact they are lower than some parts of the Far East – therefore volume orders that are cost sensitive as well as high spec can be accommodated.
Added Deehan: “We expect to see a large amount of business – both from the automotive sector and elsewhere – reshoring to Europe as customers understand that it is possible to combine high quality and efficient cost models as long as you choose the correct manufacturing partner.”