Quectel breaks ground for its new innovation headquarters in Shanghai

Patrick Qian, Chief Executive Officer of Quectel
Patrick Qian, Chief Executive Officer of Quectel

Quectel Wireless Solutions, a global IoT solutions provider, announced breaking ground for its new innovation Headquarter in Shanghai and also recently celebrated a significant milestone with the opening of its new Global Intelligent Manufacturing Center (GIMC) in Changzhou.

What is the market offering of GIMC?

Delivering advanced IoT automation, the new Global Intelligent Manufacturing Center facility features a fully functioning manufacturing production line that combines latest technologies, including edge intelligence, machine learning, robotics and machine vision solutions built with Quectel’s latest smart module technologies which significantly expands manufacturing capabilities to guarantee supply and reassure product quality for global customers.

Designed and architected by a group of its IoT experts, the state-of-the art manufacturing center is equipped with the most advanced industrial automation technologies including:

  1. Fully automated warehouse storage system with 65,000 material cubicles, which can support 40 SMT lines material supply and operate 7×24 based on real-time workorders.
  2. End-to-end touchless process with Automatic Guided Vehicles to transport raw material to production lines, hand-over semi-products from SMT for testing and final packing with minimal manpower.
  3. 30 Fuji NXT-III SMT lines with Siemens MES monitoring system supporting production of up to 150 million modules per year.
  4. 85 Quectel Self Design Automatic Testing Stations with full testing log files onto each module produced.
  5. 40 Quectel Self Design Auto Inspection and Packing Systems.

The Global Intelligent Manufacturing Center (GIMC) project started construction in September 2021 and will commence operation in 2023. The smart factory will further enhance Quectel’s production capabilities, strengthening its core competitiveness. The center occupies an area of ​​72,000 square meters, with a total construction space of 160,000 square meters.

The Global Intelligent Manufacturing Center (GIMC) is capable of manufacturing Quectel’s full range of modules, including 4G modules, 5G modules, smart modules, automotive grade modules, narrowband IoT modules, GNSS modules, Wi-Fi modules and antennas.

“Our smart factory is a vital step toward the next generation of smart manufacturing and will guarantee both our product quality and production capacity, sufficient to meet demanding requirements of our global clients. Applying IoT innovation to our processes — will not only help us enhance our industry leading quality — it will accelerate the expansion of the global IoT market and be a catalyst for the entire IoT eco-system,” said Patrick Qian, CEO, Quectel.

What does the new headquarters mean for Quectel?

Quectel also recently broke ground for its new headquarters in Shanghai. The headquarter of about 100,000 square meters will serve as a central hub for administrative and research and development functions but will also offer a wide range of amenities including sports facilities, conference spaces, outdoor gardens, catering services, and ample parking facilities. The company plans to officially inaugurate and begin operations at the new headquarters in 2025.

“The HQ will offer a smart environment that makes it attractive for people to work, excel and innovate and that exceeds the highest standards in sustainability, health and wellness. It will host Quectel’s R&D center and IoT innovation showroom and will bring together some of the best engineers and IoT leaders to bolster innovation and drive the future of IoT,” Qian said.

Founded in 2010, Quectel has maintained rapid development and has become a leading IoT provider of solutions covering cellular modules, Wi-Fi modules, smart modules, automotive modules, GNSS modules, antennas as well as connectivity and certification services.