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Edwards Vacuum factory opens in Korea  

By Gerald Ondrey |

Edwards (Crawley, U.K.; www.edwardsvacuum.com) has opened its new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Cheonan, Korea to serve its Korean and other global customers. The U.K. Business Secretary, Vince Cable and Edwards CEO, Matthew Taylor, officially opened the site in the presence of the Governor of Chungchungnam-do; the Mayor of Cheonan; and HE Martin Uden, the British Ambassador, among others. Edwards has invested approximately $100 million in its advanced manufacturing site which is not only a factory but also a technical center, allowing more local technical applications support for its customers as well as development of product derivatives and the rapid introduction of new products. The facility will be an important hub for the company’s growing range of high-quality dry vacuum pumps and systems for the most demanding of processes in the semiconductor, LCD, solar, LED and flat panel display markets and it boasts the latest manufacturing equipment to assure product quality, together with lean manufacturing techniques to reduce production times and a range of sophisticated energy saving features. The new facility, which will have a manufacturing capacity in excess of 25,000 units per year, will employ 300 staff initially,…
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