The FRABA Group has opened a new manufacturing plant in Johor, which is expected to commence operation this coming spring. A major supplier of sensors for industrial motion control applications, FRABA is headquartered in the Netherlands where its holding company is located, and was founded in Germany in 1918. It also maintains subsidiaries in Poland, China, Singapore and the US.
The new facility in Johor will operate in parallel with its existing facility in Poland to increase its capacity to meet growing demand globally. Measuring 1,700 square meters, the facility will offer a different product portfolio from that of the European plant, but both will use Fraba’s custom-developed digital production control system, using cloud-based computing and data-management resources to support flexible and responsive processes while ensuring high product quality, product traceability, and competitive prices. Among the products slated to be manufactured from the facility include the recently introduced kit encoder assemblies and Wiegand sensors, which will be produced in larger quantities for large-volume OEM customers.
Steady growth in sales of its sensors caused FRABA to outgrow the capacity of its Poland facility. It is also seeing an evolution of its product mix, through its specialization in a high complexity/low volume approach towards mass customization manufacturing. Its highly portable production model will enable the group to open similar factories in other locations in the future.
(Sources: FRABA B. V.; Automation World; Redwire)