Flex Ltd, has begun production in its new 35,000 square meters mass production manufacturing facility in Modi’in, a small town near Tel aviv. The new facility is highly automated and employs robotic processes and Industry 4.0 methods. According to Mr. Rafi Haddad, GM of business development in Flex Israel, the new production plant consists of Machining, Metal-processing, Electronics Production and Assemble and Packaging Machines, needed for the production of large complete systems such as Industrial 3D Printers or Semiconductor Manufacturing Machines.
The new plant employs approximately 740 employees. Flex plans to expand its workforce in the near future to 1,000 employees. Besides the production floor, flex had also established a new 3D printing center in the site to provide Additive Production Services for its costumers in Israel and in Europe. “Flex chose Israel for the 3D Production, because Israel is a center of excellence in additive manufacturing,” said Haddad to Techtime.
The new plant complement other production capabilities of Flex in Israel. With approximately 4,000 employees, flex is the biggest Electronics Manufacturing Services provider in the country. Its operation includes a large scale 2,300 employees plant in Migdal Haemek (Northern District of Israel), a production facility of 1,000 employees in Ofakim (small city in the Negev district) and 2 design centers providing engineering services for the company’s costumers.
The decision to build a new modern factory in Israel is also related to the Global Trade wars. Haddad: “Israel had signed free trade agreements with the EU countries, the United States and other countries. The trade tension between China and the US brings European companies to Israel, to look for alternative production services.” Flex is ranked the third largest Electronics Manufacturing Services Provider in the world. It employs about 200,000 people in about 100 manufacturing plants worldwide. Its annual sales in the last fiscal year (ended March 2019) totaled $26.3 billion.