EMSNOW Profile: Asteelflash
Asteelflash is a global leader in Electronic Manufacturing Services (EMS) and Supply-Chain Management solutions, and now a member of USI (SSE: 601231), Universal Scientific Industrial (Shanghai) Co., Ltd., with 17 manufacturing locations and more than 6000 employees worldwide.
6, rue Van Gogh 93360 NEUILLY PLAISANCE, France
Phone: (+33) 1 49 44 53 00
Website: Home page (asteelflash.com)
Asteelflash is a global leader in Electronic Manufacturing Services (EMS) and Supply-Chain Management solutions, and now a member of USI (SSE: 601231), Universal Scientific Industrial (Shanghai) Co., Ltd., with 17 manufacturing locations and more than 6000 employees worldwide. Asteelflash strives to offer advanced technical capabilities, innovative manufacturing solutions, dedication and high level of service to all their customers. Flexibility, Reliability and Performance are their drivers. From Automotive to Medical, Connected Devices, or Industrial applications, Asteelflash services are comprehensive, which they say makes them one of the best partners for Electronic Manufacturing, across the board.
Asteelflash is wholly owned by USI Global which is in turn owned by ASE. ASE is a is a technology holding company with deep experience in semiconductor manufacturing. Miniaturization applications are key to growth as board space and components get smaller. Through the alliance with USI, Asteelflash is now close to the chip industry and has new capabilities in die bonding, SoC, and other packaging technologies.
Strategic growth drivers
The automotive industry, and specifically the global pressure to transition to electric vehicles (EV) is a key driver for growth, along with the explosion of applications in the industrialization of Internet of Things. Further, the intense pressure for China ‘plus one’ is bringing opportunities to Asteelflash’s robust global manufacturing footprint.
Facility tour Eberbach, Germany
Although the Eberbach facility has just one SMT line, it supports 3500 products, with lot sizes ranging from 1 to 1000. This is the definition of high mix/low volume, and customers are satisfied as evidenced by their long-term loyalty that ranges up to 30 years. Asteelflash’s focus is on the full product life cycle, calling themselves a D(MS)2 provider, which stands for Design, Miniaturization, and Manufacturing.
Eric Miscoll and Dieter Weiss toured the facility in December 2021 and spoke with the executive staff. The challenges of the facility at the end of 2021 include the continuing disruptions to the material supply chain, the difficulty of forecasting in general, and managing customer expectations in the current environment. The perceived growth opportunities include e-vehicles and the automotive industry; the trend of reshoring; and all things related to the Industrialization of IoT.