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Future manufacturing plants must consider green design in light of long-term power cuts

Oct 05, 2021 | By EDN

The increasing risks of China's power outages have impacted Taiwanese business operations. Chenbro Micom, a server housing manufacturer based in Dongyuan and Kunshan, Chairman Chen Mei-chi warned that companies should brace themselves, as the shortages of power and workers will become long-term issues.

Chen pointed out that factories will need to consider operation designs to be as power-efficient as possible, and with rising awareness of ESG among clients.
The company's new plant in Chiayi, Taiwan, is scheduled for a trial run in October and shipping in November. December will see the delivery of 40,000 sample units and makeup 1/3 of production and is scheduled to reach full production capabilities in Q1 next year.

Chenbro Micom's U.S-based orders are produced in Taiwan, while Chinese plants service clients in China, Chen said. The company has had to turn to outsourcing operations as they could not handle the influx of orders, yet with the new plants running, outsourcing would become a thing of the past, also thanks to low-cost smart manufacturing methods.

To meet ESG certifications, Chenbro Micom's Chiayi plant is also aiming to acquire green building standards, which Chen says that they have incorporated ventilation concepts into the design. They also built a water storage system into the building's foundations and reassessed how to reduce costs and packaging for that part of the production process. Chen admitted that much labor-oriented work had been replaced by technology.




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