Electronics company Molex announced on Friday it is expanding its existing manufacturing operations in Hanoi to include a new 16,000-sq.-m. (172,228-sq.-ft.) facility. Molex said the expansion will help support the growing demand for its products that are used in applications such as smartphones, TVs, home appliances, test equipment and medical devices. “Molex has operated in Vietnam for 15 years and this expansion represents our long-term commitment to the country and the community,” said Joe Nelligan, CEO, Molex. The fully integrated connector manufacturing facility will feature advanced robotics, high-speed injection molding, stamping, plating and automated assembly processes along with tooling fabrication and reliability lab testing capabilities. The company’s most recent expansions before this were within its Phillips-Medisize med-tech company’s facility investments in Katowice, Poland; Little Rock, Arkansas; and St. Crox Meadows in the company’s home state of Wisconsin.
As reported by The Hindu Businessline and other news organizations, Taiwan-based iPhone manufacturer Pegatron last Friday inaugurated its new plant at Mahindra World City in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. Chennai is also where Foxconn recently announced it would make the iPhone 14. The Economic Times observed that “Taiwanese manufacturers are diversifying rapidly to other Asian destinations amid stringent anti-Covid-19 policies in China, and the ripple effect of Taiwan's geopolitical tensions with China.” In the company’s 2021 annual report, released in early 2022, Pegatron stated that it “has been actively finetuning its global deployment production capacity in recent years, and continues to build and expand new production bases in Vietnam, India and North America.” Pegatron’s manufacturing footprint, according to that annual report, includes Suzhou, Shanghai, Kunshan and Chongqing in China; Juarez, Mexico; Ostrava, Czech Republic; Taoyuan and Xindian in Taiwan; and sites in Indonesia, Vietnam and India.