Cheng Uei buys land in Arizona for a new factory

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GREEN ENERGY EQUIPMENT:
The company said it plans to focus on bringing smart solutions to market for electric buses and other vehicles in high-energy-cost US cities.

  • By Chen Cheng-hui / Staff Reporter

Cheng Uei Precision Industry Co (正崴精密) announced on Friday that it had acquired 1.6 hectares of land in Phoenix, Arizona, as the cable and connector maker plans to lease a factory and build a production base linked to green energy.

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

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

Photo: Chen Rouchen, Taipei Times

Cheng Uei, also known as Foxlink, said he plans to invest in green energy-related industries to produce charging stations and battery assembly and energy storage equipment, among other products.

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

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

“As energy conservation and carbon emission reduction have become an international consensus, the green energy industry has become one of the industries supported by various countries with promising prospects,” said the society.

“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 production base and expanding its green energy-related business to the market. American,” he said.

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

The company is developing plans to cooperate with US energy storage equipment manufacturers to establish a charging demonstration station in California, she said.

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

The Phoenix plant would provide complete solutions for electric buses, charging stations and on-campus energy storage facilities, which would allow electric buses to send electricity back to the grid using vehicle- network (V2G), the company said.

V2G installations reduce the need for additional charging stations and ease the pressure on power companies, while creating a new source of revenue and a new business model.

Cheng Uei said he is looking at cities with high electricity costs to market his green energy solutions.

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