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FullConn gets help from Dassault for 3D PLM solutions

By Elizabeth Tchii  /  STAFF REPORTER

Local electronics connector maker FullConn Industry Inc (全康精密) said yesterday it was employing Dassault Systemes SA’s expertise in 3D and product life cycle management (PLM) solutions to stay ahead amid fierce competition.

Dassault ranks No. 1 in worldwide market share for 3D PLM, followed by Siemens AG, Parametric Technology Corp, SAP AG and Oracle Corp.

The cooperation with Dassault will help the company “reduce waste through effective communication across the [Taiwan] Strait,” FullConn president Tom Liu (劉嘉仁) said at a media briefing.

The local connector industry is set up in such a way that research and development and sales distribution are headquartered in Taiwan, while production and product development is set up in China.

FullConn is in a business where margin is shrinking, demand is waning and competition is intensifying, especially with Chinese rivals.

“Our biggest concern now is Chinese rivals because they are the ones able to afford lavish spending on expensive equipment from the US and Europe,” Liu said.

As the connector manufacturing business becomes increasingly commoditized, Liu said the company is hoping to change the game plan by providing standardization with its connectors, as well as incorporating automation, modularization and digitalization in every project it undertakes with Dassault.

Another challenge in the connector industry is the rapid pace at which the size of connectors is shrinking, the company said.

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