The economic downturn has sent dozens of Taiwan firms implementing policies requiring employees to take unpaid leave since the fourth quarter of 2011. Ablecom Technology, however, is braving the economic storm by committing itself to a joint project to build the biggest technology park that the northern Taiwan county of Taoyuan has ever seen. In addition to creating thousands of job openings, it will also boost the business opportunities of the entire Taoyuan County. The establishment of Ablecom's Bade production base is particularly significant as compared to many other firms that have been aggressively setting up operations in China. Ablecom is not following suit but instead has chosen to remain firmly rooted in Taiwan. Ablecom wants to repay Taiwan society, and its intention to make as much contribution as possible to society is highly commendable.
Ablecom and its client, US-listed SuperMicro (a well-known leading server brand vendor), in order to have a logistics center for R&D and manufacturing of high quality servers, is jointly building the SuperMicro Technology Park in Bade, Taoyuan on a plot of land around 60,000 square meters. The project is proceeding in two phases, with the first phase having already been completed at the end of December in 2011. Ablecom’s investment in the project totals almost NT$5 billion. After the second phase of the project is complete, Ablecom will become the largest company in Taiwan in terms of server R&D and manufacturing, with annual server output estimated at more than one million units. The park will officially start volume production in the first quarter of this year. At the same time, it will gradually increase R&D and manufacturing of related products to further boost the output value of the entire park. The park will also offer nearly 3,000 job openings for server R&D and manufacturing. The entire project is expected drive the economic prosperity of the entire Taoyuan County. Ablecom’s move undoubtedly has injected fresh momentum into the ailing economy and job market.
Ablecom's General Manager Chien Fa Liang pointed out: “Previously our manufacturing plants were all in China. This time, we’re targeting the strong server OEM demand and business opportunities in the Asia Pacific region. We feel that there will be extremely strong growth of demand in the market in the next three years. Therefore we need to expand our production capacity. In order to repay Taiwan society and help create employment opportunities, we have chosen Bade, Taoyuan as the production base in Taiwan. In the future, output from the Bade facilities is estimated to account for more than 50% of our overall revenues and in the next five years, Ablecom should be able to achieve annual sales of more than NT$12 billion. This year we will soon release 800 job vacancies, and for any R&D personnel and assembly line workers who are interested in this field, we believe that Ablecom, with a corporate philosophy that values determination and perseverance, is your best career choice."
Liang added: "To save cost, many IT firms have chosen to establish plants in China. But we believe that establishing plants in Taiwan is a practical move to support the government’s investment promotion policy and to take advantage of Taiwan makers’ competitiveness coming from flexible and dynamic services that enable fast delivery of multiple products in small volumes. And in response to the global trends in saving energy and reducing carbon emissions, the Bade base comprises of smart green facilities with all production equipment designed in line with the concept of automation to achieve a balance in cost variance." As for ODM/OEM for such products as servers, multimedia terminals, industrial control and security surveillance systems, Ablecom creates faster and better product value for clients. Anticipating the preferential tariffs and the government five-year tax-exemption incentive program accompanying the implementation of the cross-strait Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement (ECFA) in the future, Ablecom has chosen to return to Taiwan to establish production plants. With the timely assistance from both the InvesTaiwan Service Center (ITSC) of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and the Taoyuan County government, Ablecom has succeeded in developing the technology park project, establishing its Asia Pacific center for R&D, manufacturing and operations in Bade, Taoyuan, and achieving a win-win situation for the business and government sectors.