Facility to Initially Produce Antennas for Handset Applications


Laird Technologies, a leading designer and manufacturer of antennas, electromagnetic interference (EMI) shielding, telematics and thermal management solutions, announced today that it will open a manufacturing facility in Chennai, India, further strengthening its proximity and support capabilities to key customers. 

The new facility, expected to open in mid 2007, will be approximately 150,000 square feet.  Ground breaking is planned for January 2007.  The manufacturing facility will initially accommodate antenna production followed by EMI products for handset applications. In the future, Laird Technologies plans to expand the scope of the facility to include design engineering, research and development, tooling and manufacturing of all the company’s products used to support customers in India.

“The Indian market for electronic products is substantial and growing very quickly,” said Martin Rapp, CEO of Laird Technologies. “The establishment of this new facility and organization in Chennai is just the start of what we anticipate to be a much more extensive presence for Laird Technologies’ in India in the future.”

The company also will establish a local technical sales force to support the Indian market. Laird Technologies currently provides its customers in India with products for use in mobile phones, telecommunications infrastructure equipment, computer hardware and automotive electronics from facilities outside of India. Chennai, located in the state of Tamil Nadu, is positioned near a developing major center for electronics manufacturing.

About Laird Technologies 

Laird Technologies is the world’s leading designer and manufacturer of electromagnetic interference [EMI] shielding materials, thermal interface products, and wireless antenna solutions for the telecommunications, data-communications, computer, general electronics, network equipment, aerospace, defense, automotive and medical equipment industries.

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