Cheng Uei buys land in Arizona for a new facility

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GREEN ENERGY DEVICES:
The company plans to focus on marketing intelligent solutions for electric buses and other vehicles in US cities with high energy costs

  • By Chen Cheng-hui / Staff Reporter

Cheng Uei Precision Industry Co (正崴精密) announced on Friday that it has acquired 4 acres of land in Phoenix, Arizona, as the cable and connector maker plans to lease a factory and build a green energy manufacturing base.

It would be Cheng Uei’s first manufacturing facility in the United States, the company said in a statement.

Headquartered in the Tucheng (土城) district of New Taipei City, Cheng Uei operates research and development and marketing bases across the United States – in Los Angeles, San Jose and Seattle.

Photo: Chen Rou-chen, Taipei Times

Cheng Uei, also known as Foxlink, said it plans to invest in green energy-related industries to manufacture charging stations, battery assembly and energy storage devices, among others.

Cheng Uei spent $17.22 million on the Phoenix property, he added.

Since its inception in 1986, the company has supplied connectors, cable assemblies, power management devices and battery packs to some of the world’s leading manufacturers of communications equipment, computers and consumer electronics.

“Considering that energy saving and CO2 reduction has become an international consensus, the green energy industry has become one of the industries supported by various countries with promising prospects,” the company said.

“Therefore, in addition to investing in Shinfox Energy Co (森崴能源) in Taiwan to provide comprehensive green energy services, Cheng Uei is planning a new manufacturing base and expanding its green energy business to the US market,” it said.

Cheng Uei said it also plans to build charging stations and energy storage facilities in California for electric vehicles (EVs) and electric school buses.

The company is drawing up plans to work with US manufacturers of energy storage devices to set up a demonstration charging station in California, it said.

The demonstration facility would feature a 180-kilowatt-hour (kWh) DC fast-charging station and an energy storage facility with a capacity of 500 kWh, the company said, adding that it expects demand for electric vehicles and fast-charging to grow.

The Phoenix plant would provide comprehensive solutions for electric buses, charging stations and on-campus energy storage facilities that would allow electric buses to send power back to the grid through the use of vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology, the company said.

V2G systems reduce the need for additional charging stations and relieve energy suppliers while creating a new revenue stream and business model.

Cheng Uei said it is eyeing cities with high electricity costs to market its green energy solutions.

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