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Acknowledgement for innovation to Hilase Kft. being in the majority ownership of Videoton

Innovacios nagydijHilase Kft's tender of a laser based photoacoustic instrument used for the measurement of hydrogen sulphide and water vapour content of natural gas received special recognition from the evaluation committee of the XXI. Hungarian Innovation Grand Prize. The awarded instrument was developed by Hilase Kft. and Videoton Holding Zrt. based on the patent of University of Szeged (SZTE) and MOL Hungarian Oil and Gas Plc. Hydrogen sulphide and water vapour content of the natural gas is an important indicator of its quality, and is defined by strict regulations during exploitation and sale. As of today, these indicators are still measured with complicated instruments, often by separate sampling.  The process is further complicated by the fact that mining is often done among extreme weather and natural conditions, where these methods simply cannot be used. In 1996, however, the experts of MOL and the scientists of the Department of Optics and Quantum Electronics, University of Szeged came up with a revolutionary new idea. They measured the hydrogen sulphide and water vapour content of the natural gas on-line by an instrument based on laser-photoacoustic principle, which has not been used in the industry before. Laboratory experiments proved that the conception is correct, thus this novel approach gained patent protection in a very short time.  Videoton Holding Zrt. bought the right to exploit the patent of MOL and SZTE; then Videoton - as a majority owner via its venture capital investment - and the researchers involved in the project from the university's side established Hilase Kft.  Main business targets of the new company included the introduction of the invention-based measurement equipment on the market. The first industrial applications of the equipment - functioning even in industrial environment - constructed due to the joint efforts of Hilase Kft and Videoton Holding Zrt - the developer of the electronics and signal processing system - were implemented in various sites of MOL. The great advantage of this device created as a result of development is that compared to the previous devices used in the oil and gas industry, it is much more accurate, simpler to operate and easy to use even under extreme circumstances. In the last three years, the equipment of Hilase Kft. appeared also in a number of offshore platforms in the North Sea. Hilase Kft., SZTE and Videoton Holding ZRt. are working closely together even today on expanding the application area of this highly perspective technology; and their activities are accompanied by considerable international interest.

New Special Purpose Machines, Income Growth

VT ASYST 01VT-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 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.



Continuous growth in Videoton in the past 3 years

VTAE 02Following its highest ever income in year 2011, in year 2012, beside another circa 10% turnover increase, Videoton reached roughly 110 billion HUF cumulated income.
The largest industrial company in Hungarian private ownership could keep its market positions also in year 2012.  The most significant part of its income comes still from the automotive segment. Compared to last year, however, measurably increased the company’s income from industrial electronics, followed by household appliances.
Beside getting new business, Videoton paid special attention to increase cost efficiency and resource utilisation in case of its running businesses last year too.
The company group accomplished large investments – still from its own capital – in year 2012 as well; spent 2.1 billion HUF on new technologies and improvement of earlier technologies, and so increased its competitiveness and efficiency further. Moreover, Videoton succeeded to keep its 8000 employees also in year 2012.
The turnover of the company group has increased dynamically in the past three years, and based on the forecasts there is a well-founded hope of keeping this growth rate in Videoton also in the coming years.



Successful participation at the Electronica 2012 Fair

IMG 0077It was the 7th time that Videoton participated between 13th and 16th of November as an exhibitor at Electronica, the world's leading trade fair for electronics in Munich, Germany.
At Electronica fair this year there were 2670 exhibitors from 49 countries and 70,000 visitors from about 80 different countries.
Videoton presented in its enlarged and renewed stand the latest developments of its vertically integrated production activity including electronic assembly, plastic moulding, sheet metal processing and final assembly.
There was a great turnout at Videoton's stand, exceeding that of the previous year. It also shows that - being the 4th largest privately owned EMS company in Europe, the largest in the Central-Eastern European region – Videoton’s market position and appreciation within the industry has increased in the past 2 years, which ensures a firm base for future development.



Videoton at the Electronica 2012 Fair

IMG 0003It is the 7th time that Videoton, the 4th largest private owned EMS company in Europe, the largest in the central-eastern European region, participates as an exhibitor in Electronica, the world’s leading trade fair for electronics in Munich, Germany.
Videoton presents in its enlarged and renewed stand the latest developments of its vertically integrated production activity including electronic assembly, plastic moulding, sheet metal processing and final assembly.
Beside the traditional production activities, the company’s extended service portfolio – including several design services and complex product system integration - is also exhibited.
Due to its complexity, extremely strong, stable financial background and high flexibility, Videoton may be an excellent partner both as a contract manufacturer and as a multi-commodity supplier of modules and parts.
So welcome to Videoton’s stand (538 in Hall B1) at Electronica Fair in Munich between 13 and 16 November, 2012.

Traditional customer, new technology

VTAE 01VIDEOTON 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.
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

VEAS 02Due 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.
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.