Quectel breaks ground on Shanghai innovation HQ

  • May 17, 2023
  • Steve Rogerson

Quectel has broken ground on its new innovation headquarters in Shanghai and recently opened its GIMC global intelligent manufacturing centre in Changzhou.

Delivering IoT automation, the GIMC facility features a fully functioning manufacturing production line that combines technologies such as edge intelligence, machine learning, robotics and machine vision built with Quectel’s smart modules to expand manufacturing capabilities, guaranteeing supply and reassuring quality for global customers.

Designed and architected by a group of its own IoT experts, this IoT manufacturing centre is equipped with industrial automation technologies including a fully automated warehouse storage system with 65,000 material cubicles, which can support 40 SMT lines material supply and operate round the clock based on real-time workorders.

There is an end-to-end touchless process with automatic guided vehicles to transport raw material to production lines, and hand-over semi-products from SMT for testing and final packing with minimal manpower.

Thirty Fuji NXT-III SMT lines use the Siemens MES monitoring system to support production of up to 150 million modules per year. There are 85 Quectel self-design automatic testing stations with full testing log files on each module produced. And the facility includes 40 Quectel self-design auto inspection and packing systems.

The GIMC project started construction in September 2021 and will commence operation this year. The centre occupies 72,000 square metres, with a total construction space of 160,000 square metres. It is capable of manufacturing Quectel’s full range of modules, including 4G, 5G, smart, automotive grade, narrowband IoT, GNSS and wifi modules, and antennas.

“Our new smart factory represents an important step towards the next generation of smart manufacturing and will guarantee both our product quality and production capacity, sufficient to meet various demanding requirements of our global customers,” said Patrick Qian, CEO of Quectel. “Applying IoT innovation to our own processes will not only help us enhance our industry leading quality, it will also accelerate the expansion of the global IoT market and be a catalyst for the entire IoT ecosystem.”

Quectel also recently broke ground for its headquarters in Shanghai.

“The new headquarters are designed to provide a modern, smart environment that makes it attractive for the best people to work, excel and innovate and that exceeds the highest standards in sustainability, health and wellness,” said Qian.” It will host Quectel’s R&D centre and IoT innovation showroom and will bring together some of the world’s greatest engineers and IoT leaders to accelerate innovation and drive the future of IoT.”

The headquarter covers approximately 100,000 square metres will serve as a central hub for administrative and research and development functions but will also offer amenities including sports facilities, conference spaces, outdoor gardens, catering services and parking. The company plans to inaugurate officially and begin operations at the headquarters in 2025.