LONDON Exception VAR (eVAR), which specializes in the offshore sourcing of PCBs and electronic components, has opened a supply management centre (SMC) in Penang, Malaysia, as part of its global sourcing strategy.
Part of the Exception Group, eVAR (Calne, U.K.) has seen demand for its managed offshore manufacturing solutions increase by 25 per cent over the last year, which has lead to its investing in its first Far Eastern facility. Initially, the business has employed two tri-lingual managers, who are Malaysian nationals.
The facility has been established to develop Exception’s supplier base in South East Asia, programme manage the existing supply contracts in the region and create greater efficiencies across the supply chain.
The centre is also being developed to support Exception’s increased capacity in the supply of outsourced electronic products and sub-assemblies including PCAs, cable and harnesses, metalwork and plastic components from the lowest cost economies.
“We invested a lot of senior management time getting to know the region before making the final decision to base our facility in Penang,” said Justin Olejnik, strategic procurement director at Exception VAR. “It is our plan to develop Penang as the regional centre for our operations in South East Asia”.
Working with a small number of PCB manufacturers in Malaysia, China, Taiwan and Europe, eVAR provides a PCB sales, engineering, logistics, quality control and product stocking service to customers in the automotive, industrial, contract assembly, consumer and telecom/datacoms markets.