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GPC Electronics opens China factory

Shenzhen - November 2007

GPC Electronics has set up a factory to manufacture electronic products in Southern China. This will add to the existing factory locations in Christchurch

This facility provides customers with another option from which to source their products. GPC Electronics' plants in Sydney and Christchurch will continue to provide manufacturing services for products that are complex, or where demand is volatile. The China facility builds on the technical skills and agility demonstrated by the existing facilities.

The operation in China will focus on products that are more price sensitive, and where the manufacturing location is less critical.

Managing Director, Christopher Janssen said, "Based on discussions with customers, we are confident that we can grow our total business substantially with this range of options. We expect that the setup in China will be in place by January 2008, being ready to ship initial volume production by March 2008."

The factory will be co-located with the facilities of sister company, Utilux South China, about one hour from Hong Kong. The group has had a presence in China since 1989. This couples an existing, experienced team in the dynamic Shenzhen area with over 20 years of industry skills and knowledge, innovation and the supplier network of GPC Electronics.

Supply of customer products will be managed seamlessly regardless of manufacturing location. Visibility of the supply chain is enabled through the SAP ERP system. Being in a similar time zone to Australia and NZ means that it easier to manage production out of China.

The China manufacturing option further extends GPC Electronics' Outsourced Business Management (OBM) model that provides complete management of the supply of customer products.

About GPC Electronics
GPC Electronics is an electronics contract manufacturer based in Penrith (Sydney) Australia. Additional manufacturing sites are in Christchurch (New Zealand) and Shenzhen (China). The company produces complex electronics equipment for leading global corporations. Rather than simply following customer instructions to build products, GPC Electronics helps its customers to achieve their strategic goals through greater responsiveness, overall lower cost and improved flexibility.

(Additional information at: www.gpc.com.au)

Contacts
Bradley Ayres
Customer Support Manager
GPC Electronics
bradley.ayres@gpc.com.au
61 2 4737-6625