TAIPEI -- Coming off a record year, Unitech is expected to see further growth in 2018 on plant expansions and demand for automotive electronics.

The fabricator is increasing capacity at its plant in Taiwan, with production volume set to increase by 15% by year end. Also, it is moving its plant in Shanghai to Nantong, Jiangsu Province, at the Chinese government’s request.

Construction of the Nantong plant has begun and is expected to be completed by the second quarter, with operations set to begin by 2020 with an initial monthly capacity of 1 million sq. ft. The new plant will specialize in the production of HDI/rigid-flex boards/automotive boards with an estimated annual revenue of NT$6 billion.

Smart devices and auto electronics make up a combined 80% of Unitech's sales. The company says demand for rigid-flex boards, especially for automotive radar and photographic lens, drove operating momentum in 2017. The firm is betting on SLP technology, with volumes expected to ramp in the third quarter.

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