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MSI™ to inaugurate Kunshan plant today

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Micro-Star International (MSI™), which began production at its Kunshan, Jiangsu Province (China) plant in July, will hold an inauguration ceremony for the plant today.

The inauguration heralds MSI™'s official foray into a broader range of system products, such as notebooks and optical storage drives. Company chairman and president Joseph Hsu said in May that MSI™ planned to introduce own-brand notebooks at year-end. It is now estimated that MSI™-branded notebooks will hit the market in the first quarter of next year. It is still unclear what brand name the company will use. MSI™ will also seek OEM/ODM notebook orders.

The Kunshan plant occupies 750 acres of land and includes two factories and an R&D center. It has nine high-speed SMT lines and is expected to have at least 20 assembly lines by year-end, handling back-end manufacturing for PC end-products such as notebooks, barebones and optical storage drives. The Kunshan plant has been producing notebook motherboards for Dell through a joint venture between MSI™ subsidiary MSI™ Pacific International Holding Company and LG Electronics (LGE). It is estimated that one-fourth of the plant's capacity will be devoted to the joint venture, for output of an estimated 50,000-100,000 notebook motherboards per month.

 

 

 

 

 

(News Source From Digitimes.com)

 

MSI: Production bases
Location Capacity Products Note
Taiwan
Chungho, Taipei County
9 SMT lines (5 motherboard lines, 1 server line, 3 graphics card lines)
Motherboards, graphics cards, barebones, mini-barebones, Tablet PCs
SMT lines reduced from 22 to 9 in June 2003, due to production shift to Kunshan plant
China
Shenzhen (Baoan), Guangdong Province
23 SMT lines
Motherboards, barebones, server boards, optical storage drives
Entered second-stage expansion project in March 2003 to increase barebone system production capacity. Construction expected to be completed by year-end or early 2004.
Kunshan, Jiangsu Province
9 SMT lines, 20 AMT lines by year-end
Motherboards, barebones, server boards, notebook boards, optical storage drives, notebooks
Began volume production in July 2003, focuses on PC system production.