CHINA: Following over 18 months of preparatory work and a spell operating at a temporary site nearby, Eminence Speaker recently unveiled a new factory in Dongguan, China. The 160,000sq ft facility has been developed "in an effort to better serve Eminence customers that were manufacturing in Asia", writes David Davies.
"To keep growing in the speaker industry we had to either create a presence where the demand was or resign ourselves to shrinking," remarked Eminence president Rob Gault of the latest development in the 41-year-old US company's history.
Based in the Kentucky town that gives the company its name, Eminence produces loudspeakers for brands including Gibson, Fender, Epiphone, Yamaha and SWR. The new factory in China is said to replicate many of the production practices on display in Kentucky, although Gault emphasises that it will not replace the US site.
"The new facility in Dongguan is not an effort to replace the Kentucky factory," said Gault. "Eminence USA remains very healthy and very competitive both in the USA and in our export markets. Our Eminence branded product line has become popular in over 100 different markets, and we will continue to concentrate on that production here in the USA to meet our distributors' needs. On the other hand, Eminence Dongguan will logistically address the needs of our OEM customers manufacturing in Asia. Additionally, we will be serving many of those customers with turn-key products - something that Eminence has never been able to offer before, and with a level of quality and on-time delivery that you just can't find anywhere else in China."
Introduced with a grand opening event in June, the factory is capable of housing a maximum of 400 employees in the air-conditioned dormitories. "We want to take the best possible care of all our employees," said Danny Meadows, Eminence's OEM sales representative. "When they are comfortable and happy, they can concentrate on our proven manufacturing techniques and on building really great quality products. We also know that we have to protect our components and finished goods from the incredible humidity that is so common and potentially destructive in China."
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