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Videoton gained a foothold also in the supply market of semi-conductor producing machines and medical equipment

vt mechatronicsRecently Videoton Holding acquired direct majority ownership in STS Technology Kft headquartered in Győr. In the future Videoton will manage the company as an integrant part of its contract manufacturing portfolio.
STS Technology signed an important agreement to deliver equipment and modules to the European and Asian factories of one of the leading suppliers of assembly equipment for the semiconductor industries. The other important target market of STS Technology is the production of medical equipment. The first successful co-operation has already started in the production of subassemblies to CT and PET equipment with the quickly developing company Mediso located in Budapest. The planned income of STS Technology for year 2011 exceeds 10 million EUR.
The most important capability of STS Technology is: the single and small series production of high complexity (thousands of components and sub-assemblies) machines and mechatronical equipment using in-house produced precision mechanical parts. The company knows its way very well around the world market of the parts applied, its competitiveness is increased by the local and Eastern European supplier base.
The integration of the STS Technology fits perfectly into Videoton’s strategy: in line with the market demands and with the nature of the region it strengthens Videoton’s position in the field of single and small series equipment production. Several innovative companies develop and have precise mechatronics based equipment produced in Europe. As of today it mainly takes place in Western Europe while the South East Asian production many times does not mean a real alternative due to the distance, consequently Videoton, as a contract manufacturer, sees large extension potential in this field from the printing machines to the laboratory equipment.
Videoton’s vertical integration (production of plastic parts, metal parts, enclosures, electronics control units, etc.) ensures an advantage in the competition compared to the companies making only assembly.

Videoton water-vapour analyser on airplanes

caribic projectHilase Kft belonging to the interest sphere of Videoton together with Videoton’s central R&D department developed a water-vapour analyser which measures the water content of the air. It is very important because the condensation trail drawn by the airplanes and its environmental consequences raise significant concerns. So the water-vapour analyser is going to have prominent role in the operation of the airplanes in the future.  Several world-wide companies test the analyser in the airplanes even today related to the so-called CARIBIC project* (Civil Aircraft for the Regular Investigation of the atmosphere Based on an Instrument Container). The analyser applied in the CARIBIC project for years was developed further by Hilase Kft. and Videoton’s central engineering department last year. In the beginning of 2011 the team received professional recognition from the group of scientists leading this international project.
The water vapour content data collected by the analyser can be used not only for the investigation of the condensation trail but also for meteorological applications. In case of having a large number of real time water-vapour data, the preciseness of the weather prognosis can be improved significantly, which is of vital importance among several other users to the air-carriers too. The developments targeting the size and weight reduction of the analyser to the usage in the air are in process.

caribic vizgozmero gepThe goal of the Hilase Kft. and Videoton’s central engineering team is to convince those international authorities about the suitability of the analyser who in case of their later environmental protection actions may motivate the airplane producers and/or airways to install the Videoton-Hilase analyser in the board of their airplanes.    
The R&D department of the Videoton Holding Zrt started its development activity in 1997. In the beginning they designed and produced automatic and manual jigs, equipment to special production technologies. Then, following the accumulation of know-how and increasing the number of employees gradually, they started to develop functional testers. First they supplied only the factories of the Videoton company group, then they step by step opened to outside markets too. As of today beside designing individual equipment Videoton’s central engineering is dealing also with tender and various product development tasks related to basic investigations. Videoton offers its design and engineering services in several different fields from automotive industry, via household applications, industrial automation and photo-acoustics to medical gauge development.

* Civil Aircraft for the Regular Investigation of the atmosphere Based on an Instrument Container
CARIBIC is an innovative scientific project to study and monitor important chemical and physical processes in the Earth´s atmosphere. Detailed and extensive measurements are made during long distance flights.

Special machine business unit of VT Informatika Kft starts year 2011 with investment and extension

VT ASYST 04Special machine business unit of VT Informatika Kft started this year with buying new machines and moving the whole business unit to a larger hall. The new hall is about 300 m2 larger than the previous place the business unit had, so not only the working area is better structured but also the space appropriate for assembling the special purpose machines is larger than before. Beyond the altogether 40 million HUF extension of the machine park the Special machine business unit plans to employ further people in the first quarter. The machining staff is expected to be increased by 10%, the number of mechanicians is expected to be doubled. This increase in the number of employees is justified also by the increase in the income expected for this year. According to the forecasts the orders for 2011 will be higher than in the up to now most successful year 2009. Contemporaneously the company decided to increase the volume of small series component production in order to make the load of the machines smoother.
The Special machine business unit of VT Informatika Kft in co-operation with the central Development Dept. produces primarily test equipment, production and final control lines to the production and functional testing of various, mainly automotive units. The machines are designed and produced based on individual specifications, according to the needs of customers. The company is among the few capable to offer complete solution from design through part production and assembly to installation.
The number of employees in the Special machine business unit of VT Informatika as of today is 50, while the number of customers is above 20.  Main partners of the business unit are the prominent suppliers of the automotive industry but the factory produces several items also to other fields, for example to the production of mobile phones, electric motors. Major partners: Valeo, Denso, Grundfos, Videoton member companies, etc.

Iron production for Braun started at VT Elektro-PLAST

uj braun csarnokThe production of irons for Braun started at the Kaposvár site of Videoton Holding Zrt in the summer of 2007.  A new production hall of 5000 m2 was built and technical investments took place related to the project. Beside the transfer and modernisation of the assembly lines, Videoton purchased new 2K moulding machines and designed, produced and/or have special purpose equipment produced.
Due to the new business the factory in Kaposvár is expected to produce more than 4 million complete household and budy care products for Philips and Braun using about 800 moulds on 87 moulding machines in 32 000m2 production and logistics area in year 2008.