Videoton’s subsidiary in Győr is hungry for new success

Győr - Székesfehérvár, 02/07/2013The Győr-based VT Mechatronics Kft. entered into the energetics and medical markets as well. The company closing its last year with more than 7 million EUR revenue, extended its businesses in the field of machining and assembly in the second quarter of year 2013 further.

Due to an agreement at the end of 2012 on the production of 17 different types of machined parts VT Mechatronics expanded its customer range with ABB, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of high quality industrial products. The parts produced by VT Mechatronics are low volume high-precision parts that are built in high-voltage generator circuit breakers and delivered to Zurich.  
Moreover, following a successful audit, VT Mechatronics has become an approved vendor of the Swiss-based company at the level of the High Voltage Products division. Thus the Videoton group - after so many years of being present in the low-voltage and high current markets - has entered into the area of high-voltage products too.
The success is also due to the fact that in the second half of 2012 VT Mechatronics developed its machine park with a modern Mori Seiki CNC lathe and a DMU 60 EVO simultaneous five-axis machining center which represents high-tech in this category. With this 420 thousand euro investment the Győr-based company has improved its competitiveness and efficiency further.
The subsidiary also agreed with the Hungarian owned Mediso Kft. at the end of the last year on the complete mechanical and electrical assembly of the SPECT module of the multimodality imaging system, medical diagnostic device called „AnyScan”. With AnyScan certain clinical pictures can be analyzed simultaneously that required multiple different devices previously. The machine with its nearly 1000 pcs of components is assembled by the Győr-based subsidiary in more than 250 hours of work which includes the manufacturing of machined parts, the assembly of electromechanical subassemblies as well as the high level assembly, calibration and testing of the device. The final integration and checking of the system is concluded by Mediso Kft. in Budapest then the product is sold in many countries around the world.
Due to the ramp-up of new businesses and existing projects, VT Mechatronics is expected to increase its revenue compared to last year’s figures.
In terms of strategy the company continues to focus primarily on its main competence, the assembly of high complexity equipment produced in low volume and on - what is essential for this activity but is also offered as a stand-alone service to customers - the low volume machining of high complexity parts. 

Successful year-end and a dynamic kick off in 2013 at Videoton EAS Kft.

Székesfehérvár, 06/06/2013VT EAS Kft. finished last year with a headcount increase of 200 employees and a 3.8 billion HUF rise in income as well as a hall enlargement, and has started present year with a building expansion and an investment of 450 million HUF in technological development.

Videoton EAS Kft., the Videoton subsidiary specialized in electronic assembly had a rise of 25% in headcount and an increase of 40% in income in the year of 2012. The subsidiary employing more than 700 workers carried out a large technological development already last year, together with a close to 3000 m2 extension of the manufacturing area in the second half of 2012 in order to ensure the feasibility of the increased customer demand. Three projects were replaced to this new hall, thus the whole quantity of nearly 350 kinds of products is produced there. Almost the full range of our activities may be found here as well, like SMT insertion, wave soldering, hand mounting as well as final assembly and all of the required testing processes. The new hall allows the further extension of businesses, as an area of further 3000 m2 is available.
The Videoton-member company starts year 2013 with a new technological investment and building extension. The investment package aiming capacity extension and technological improvement includes devices in a total value of 500 million HUF.
„The investment is implemented in more steps. First phase includes the purchase of a new selective soldering machine and its peripheries, a new wave soldering machine and a complete selective varnishing line. Then the company extends its capacities by a further AOI (Automatic Optical Inspection) device. The machines arrive in Q2 2013, and mass production on the new devices can be started in the middle of this year.” – said Mr. Csaba Klambauer, Managing Director of Videoton EAS Kft.
In the forthcoming steps of the technology investment a new panel cleaner and a cleanness measuring machine, a special 3D laser measurement equipment, a new flying probe test-device, as well as another selective soldering machine and its supporting units will be purchased in 2013.
In addition, the demand for the procurement of Through Hole Technology Machines has come up related to a new project starting this year. The set-up of these machines is expected in the second half of 2013.
The subsidiary also extended its existing main building with a further 400 m2 where new offices, changing and social rooms were established. It was required partly due to the increasing headcount, partly owing to the larger space demand of the new technologies and manufacturing activities. The objective of Videoton EAS Kft. with these investments is to extend its existing manufacturing competence to be able to meet the new, continuously increasing customer expectations too.  Since the economic crisis the subsidiary has accomplished technological investments in a value of 2.6 billion HUF, and parallel to this, its income has increased with nearly 6.5 billion HUF, and it is expected to increase further in 2013.
Videoton EAS Kft. has been expanded continuously with new customers and projects in the recent years, which caused a significant change in its product portfolio. The former high volume electronics production was almost totally replaced by the production of low volume, high diversity complex parts. Beyond the flexible service of customers and the high quality services at a competitive price level, the success of the subsidiary is due also to the recently launched investments targeting technological improvement and capacity extension.

New Special Purpose Machines, Income Growth

Székesfehérvár, 27/02/2013VT-ASYST Kft., the Videoton company designing and producing special purpose machines, testers and complete manufacturing lines has recently delivered two manufacturing equipment and a tester to company Valeo. The value of the package exceeded 100 million HUF. This subsidiary became individual within the Videoton group in the beginning of last year and achieved a significant rise in its income in 2012.

VT-ASYST Kft. supplied two assembly machines and a tester to the Veszprém (Hungary) plant of the French owned company Valeo. The Videoton subsidiary located in Székesfehérvár won the project last year, and so increased its year 2012 income by 100 million HUF.  The special purpose machines designed and manufactured by Videoton will be used to assemble and test components of switch arms.
Videoton engineers had to face increasing challenges as well as more and more complex customer expectations during the work. Mitsubishi 6-axle, so-called „humanoid” robots equipped with swivel joint arms have been built into the assembly and tester workstations, together with a 3-axle dynamometer. Beside the robots several state of the art solutions have been used to accomplish the assembly and testing operations.
The co-operation of the two companies started in year 2002, and since that VT ASYST Kft has supplied several special purpose machines to Valeo Auto-Electric Magyarország Kft located in Veszprém.
Thanks to businesses concluded with existing and new customers, the Videoton subsidiary specialised in the design and construction of unique manufacturing lines achieved a record income of one billion HUF last year and expects further increase in 2013.

Traditional customer, new technology

Székesfehérvár, 27/09/2012VIDEOTON Automotive Electronics Kft. – the Videoton company specialised in the production of automotive electronic and electro-mechanic parts – won more new businesses at its strategic partner, Valeo France. 

One of these projects is already in the mass production phase: LED electronics built in rear lamps based on flexible PCB, which is a technical novelty. The related challenges were successfully solved by the Videoton engineering team during NPI. The insertion of flexible PCBs requires special trays compared to the traditional (rigid) PCBs on the SMT (surface mount) lines.
„The new technology requires new competencies and needs special attention because the product is much more sensitive than generally.” – stated Mrs. Zsuzsa G. Lászlófalvi, the managing director of the company VIDEOTON Automotive Electronics Kft.
Another project is the production of windscreen-viper engine-controller electronics which is a complete module assembled in a plastic housing. The product is produced in millions, in three different types and is to be built into various passenger cars. One kind is already in mass production, the others are in the trial run phase. 
The production of a steering wheel switching sensor family is in the sample production phase. Mass production (in hundreds of thousands a year) is expected to start in autumn of 2012.
These new businesses prove that Videoton plays a more and more determinant role in the automotive electronic market and provides a competitive service to its customers at a higher and higher competency basis.

Further business success in the field of LED products

Székesfehérvár, 31 July 2012. - Due to the several new businesses won recently, VEAS Kft has become the most dynamically growing member of the Videoton company group. The factory made an investment of about 4 billion HUF in the past two years and reached a year on year growth of above 15%. Significant part of the new businesses is related to LED technology, one portion of them to energy saving lighting systems, another portion to the LED-based outdoor and indoor high category display systems.

“Thanks to these new businesses Videoton EAS Kft increased the number of its employees with more than 100 people this year, so employees circa 700 people now.” – stated Csaba KLAMBAUER, the managing director of the company focusing on the production of mainly industrial and automation electronics.
Part of the new electronic products takes care of the control of high capacity, innovative LED lights. These products are used in energy saving and long life-time lighting assets of indoor halls (airport waiting rooms, shops, theatres, hypermarkets, hotels, etc.).  Following the this year production of roughly 500K parts – especially due to the expected spread of the high capacity LED lights – the volumes are expected to grow significantly in year 2013.
In case of the other project, the VEAS Kft. started the production of LED wall modules in its Székesfehérvár location for its partner market leader in manufacturing professional visual assets. Following a larger quantity order of the first type, in the coming weeks the company starts the production of further types too.  The production of these high value and fairly complex products requires special attention from staff in order to be able to ensure the extremely strict quality demand.
Together with the new businesses starting this year the revenue is expected to increase with 2 billion HUF in total, thus the whole income of Videoton EAS Kft. is going to exceed 12 billion HUF in year 2012.
Due to the high technical level innovative products and its market leader partners in the LED application market, Videoton sees a long-term perspective in this peak-technology market segment, so endeavours to strengthen its presence.

Success in special purpose machine production at Videoton

Székesfehérvár, 28 February 2012VT-ASYST Kft, the Videoton member company dealing with the design and production of special purpose machines, handed over a new production line to the Japanese owned Denso Gyártó Magyarország Kft.  The experts of the company made the production equipment in close co-operation with the customer, based on Japanese design.

The special purpose machine production became an independent company within the Videoton group this January. Last year the business unit accomplished more individual special purpose equipment and three stations of a new production line to the Székesfehérvár site of Denso. The particularity of the project is that the earlier versions of the production line were produced in Japan, this was the first time that part of it was made in Hungary.
The function of the machine is the laser etching and visual checking of the diesel injector produced. The whole implementation of the project – starting from the production and assembly of the mechanical parts of the equipment through the localisation of the design up to the installation – was done by VT-ASYST’s engineers supported by Japanese colleagues from Denso.
The extent of the order is beyond 70 million HUF.
Based on the positive feedback received from Denso, VT-ASYST trusts that the company may have the chance for the production of further parts – or even the whole – of the production line.
The customer already indicated its need for another production line of the same type. There is one further (100 million HUF) line – following the design, already in production phase – for Denso.
The co-operation between the two companies started in year 2000, and since that the Videoton company has supplied several production lines for the Székesfehérvár factory of the Japanese company.

2011 was also a successful year

Székesfehérvár, 9 December 2011 - The expected income of the Videoton company group before consolidation exceeds 100 billion HUF, which shows a slight increase compared to the result in year 2010. The company group still employees 8000 workers. In 2011 the Hungarian factories increased the number of their employees with about 300 people but – due to the effects of the changes in the market – the Bulgarian subsidiary had to make a cut back in similar extent.

The primary goal in Videoton is organic growth. So the company group started a technology improvement programme which is more intensive than ever before. The value of the investment to be accomplished between 2010 and the end of 2013 is well beyond 5 billion HUF. Out of this more than 3.5 billion HUF has already been executed until 2011.
Though the majority of the investments going on also in 2012 is carried out in the companies dealing with automotive and industrial electronic assembly, which are expected to have the largest result in 2011; actually the whole technical verticality – including plastic injection moulding, metal processing and sheet metal technology – and Videoton’s factory in Bulgaria is also affected. The largest industrial company in Hungarian private ownership finances the investments from its cash flow (not from credit).
Due to its prominently strong financial position and its increased technical and organisational efficiency the Videoton company group strengthened its position in the European market further against its competitors.
It is also a consequence of the above that Videoton extended its businesses with the existing partners and succeeded to get several new customers. The ability that Videoton was able to offer efficient solution to single business cases in certain characteristic industrial segments is to be highlighted especially.
In year 2011 the largest European automotive suppliers, Bosch and Continental gave new, complex tasks to Videoton, whom they already consider as a key supplier in the region.  The implementation of the projects needed several basic technologies, so the vertical integration of the company group meant an advantage and required the co-operation of several Videoton subsidiary companies.
In lighting industry the revolutionary breakthrough of LEDs is going on. The company group gained new lighting industry businesses in the field of public lighting, automotive industry and consumer industry. Related to these projects Videoton may produce complete sub-assemblies and, due to its electronic, plastic industrial and assembly technical competences, help its partners in design and NPI effectively.
In the field of household appliances, the company group had a chance also in 2011 to participate in the launching of new products meaning worldwide novelty in their own category. Besides, Videoton was assigned to prepare further novelties too. Beyond all this, one of its largest partners entrusted the company with a task in which the management of the whole development process may be done by Videoton.  With the establishment of this ability Videoton, belonging to the leading contract manufacturers in Europe, achieved its year-long target.
Concerning industrial air technology, Videoton succeeded to introduce Ventifilt Kft, acquired in 2011, in the German market and so to give a new horizon to the operation of the company.
There are more and more potential customers who, hearing about the versatility of the company, use Videoton as a “trouble-shooter”, e.g.: for emergency takeover of work from suppliers not able to operate any more should it be caused by flood in Thailand or financial bankruptcy.