Visit to a graphics card factory in Taiwan On the assembly line quality control
Even IT journalists need a good deal of luck to gain direct insight into the manufacture of hardware components. Manufacturers usually keep a lot of secrets, on the one hand to protect their own company secrets and those of their customers, but on the other hand also for fear of critical reporting.
So we were all the more excited when we got the chance to visit the graphics card manufacturer PowerColor’s Baochang Factory in Taiwan, which was just a few months old, during the on-site reporting on Computex. From the capital, Taipei, it took about half an hour to drive to Xizhi, a district of New Taipei City. The expressway meanders east through the foothills of the Xueshan Mountains until the striking complex of four high-rise buildings emerges in a tributary valley of the Keelung River.
In one of the concrete towers, PowerColor or more precisely the parent company TUL, founded in 1997, currently occupies four floors with just over 5000 square meters of space. So far, there is only one production line in the factory, which opened in December 2022. A maximum of 2400 circuit boards such as graphics cards, but also those for M.2 SSDs, USB hubs or keyboards roll off the assembly line there every day. But this is only the first stage of expansion. By the end of 2023, PowerColor plans to increase the facility to six production lines.
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